23rd Psalm (Plainsong)
Sung by the Harvard University Choir
Directed by Murray Forbes, Somerville

One of the most well-loved psalms, Psalm 23, is attributed to  King David, who ruled Israel in the first millennium BCE, and is believed to have been a gifted singer and psalmist.

The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.  
He shall feed me in a green pasture, and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.  
He shall convert my soul, and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness
for his Name’s sake.  
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.  
Thou shalt prepare a table before me in the presence of them that trouble me; thou hast anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.  
Surely thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the years of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.  
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;  
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.