(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)
Today’s hymn is a duet mixup, where we alternate solos and switch-up duets. It is the sort of things the educated and musically literate might do of an evening while creating their own entertainment for themselves. Not perfection, but pleasantry and camaraderie and enjoyment is the goal and the win. Passive audience to the professional performer, especially in a church setting, is a definite loss.
The Lord’s my Shepherd — I’ll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green — He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
My soul He doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E’en for His own name’s sake.
Yea, tho I walk thru death’s dalk vale,
Yet will I fear no ill,
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.
My table Thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes,
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me,
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.