The God of Love My Shepherd Is
Roy Hopp

Composer Roy Hopp
Text George Herbert
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Shepherd (God as), Assurance
Scripture reference Psalm 23
Lectionary usage Lent 4A, Easter 4ABC, Proper 11B, Proper 23A
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 3' 50" Released 3/93
Catalog no. 418-617
Difficulty Mod. diff.

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A paraphrase by George Herbert of this beloved psalm, and Hopp has written a lovely and pastorale setting of these words. After a forceful stanza, "Surely, the sweet and wondrous love shall measure all my days," Hopp returns to his beautiful melody for a gentle reminder that "The God of love my shepherd is, and I am his."

The God of love my shepherd is,
and he that doth me feed:
while he is mine and I am his,
what can I want or need?

He leads me to the tender grass,
where I both feed and rest;
then to the streams that gently pass:
in both I have the best.

Or if I stray, he doth convert
and bring my mind in frame:
and all this not for my desert,
but for his holy name.

Yea, in death's shady black abode
well may I walk, not fear:
for thou art with me; and thy rod
to guide, thy staff to bear.

Nay, thou dost make me sit and dine,
ev'n in my enemy's sight:
my head with oil, my cup with wine
runs over day and night.

Surely the sweet and wondrous love
shall measure all my days;
and as it never shall remove,
so neither shall my praise.

The God of love my shepherd is,
and I am his, what can I want or need?

Text: Psalm 23, para. George Herbert

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"Roy Hopp's setting of the poet's take on Psalm 23 is [a] real find. With its sweet melody and singable lines, it is true to the spirit of Herbert's poetry. This piece is easily within the grasp of a well-trained choir, for the organ provides plenty of support." -Pastoral Music, August-September 1994

"The God of Love My Shepherd Is is a paraphrase of Psalm 23. The opening refrain also serves as a conclusion to this anthem. Each couplet is set for a different voicing: unison, women, SATB, men, SATB, and unison, this last setting being extremely maestoso."-Modern Liturgy, May 1994.

"After a conventional beginning, Roy Hopp's setting of The 23rd Psalm turns out to be winsome and winning; its late climax and soft ending are very well paced. This could be a new Good Shepherd Sunday winner at a time when post-Paschal energy is predictably low!" -AAM Journal, Dec. 1994


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