The un-named tune has a 3/4 time signature, and was originally published in the key of C. The first notes in this key are CD E G cB ABA G. The tune uses techniques from Irish-traditional genres, giving it a haunting "celtic" feel - and to fit with this some of the phrasing is quite poetic, and requires careful preparation for performance:
eg "When I hunger, tired and weary, to green pastures, me he leads".
Sheet music is available for purchase and immediate download from Sheet Music Plus (link below) - it appears that this is the only way that this work has been published.
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Published version - choir with piano accompaniment:
LyricsThe lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website under the title "Shepherd Song" (half way down the page) - presumably by permission of the author.
The song starts with a two-line chorus, and this is repeated after each of the four verses. A rough outline is:
The Lord will be my shepherd
There is nothing I shall need.
1 The Lord will be my shepherd, there is nothing I shall need ...
2 As a shepherd knows the right path, so he puts me on the way ...
3 Surely goodness, surely kindness, shall ever follow me ....