The Lord My Shepherd
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Voicing SATB, organ, oboe/C inst.
Scripture reference Psalm 23
Lectionary usage Easter 4 ABC, Lent 4A, Proper 23A, Proper 11B
Price $1.95 (U.S.)
Length 2' 40" Released 6/92
Catalog no. 410-823
Difficulty Mod. easy
Discography A Year of Grace: The Choir of Grace Episcopal Church, Utica, New York, Lawrence Tremsky, conductor (GCS101-Grace Episcopal Church)

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The beloved Psalm 23 finds new life in this anthem. Fresh imagery by Carl Daw and the pastorale setting by David White make for a beautiful and expressive anthem. An oboe or other C instrument adss a powerful and haunting element. The vocal line alternates between unison, two and four-part texture, and is within the capabilities of most church choirs.

Anthem text
The Lord my Shepherd guards me well,
and all my wants are fed:
amid green pastures made to lie,
beside still waters led.
My careworn soul grows strong and whole
when God's true path I tread.

Though I should walk in darkest ways
through valleys like the grave,
no evil shall I ever fear;
your presence makes me brave.
On my behalf your rod and staff
assure me you will save.

For me a table has been spread
where all my foes can see;
you bathe my head with fragrant oil
to soothe and honor me.
My heart and cup are both filled up
with joyful ecstasy.

Your steadfast love will follow me
to shield me all my days
and bring me to your holy house,
redeemed from error's ways,
my whole life long to join the song
of those who sing God's praise.

Text: Psalm 23, para. Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1986.
© 1990 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill., 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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"With a beautiful pastorale setting and a new text of Psalm 23 by Carl Daw, Jr., this work integrates the solo instrument, choir, and organ into a satisfying work of art and a spiritual experience as well."-Pastoral Music

"Written for Region VII's 1987 Mid-Winter Conference, this is a beautiful setting of Carl Daw's metrical paraphrase of the 23rd Psalm, in which the oboe is usually in dialogue with a solo organ stop. Choir parts are not difficult. Simple yet imaginative and interesting writing." -AAM Journal, 4/93


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