The Lord is my Shepherd - Egan

This setting of psalm 22 (23) was composed by Irish Roman Catholic diocesian priest, liturgist and musician Thomas (Tom) Egan (likely d 2006 - ref), and combines plainchant and Irish traditional singing.

It was written for the ordination of the bishop of Killarney in 1969 (ref).   The text appears to be adapted(?) from the Grail translation.

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:

The setting was originally published by A P Watt & Son and they were listed as the copyright owners in 1979. However by the 1999 publication, copyright rested with Egan again, and his Co Kerry address is listed as the contact.   No updated information has been located.

The tune is unnamed.   The verses are in plainchant / free-rhythm style, while the refrain is in 3/4 time, and appears to be based on Irish traditional singing styles.   In the key of Em, the first few notes of the refrain are B,D E B_ GF GA B



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Singer, self-accompanied on a harp:


Lyrics

Refrain:
The Lord is my shepherd;
There is nothing I shall want.

1. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.

2. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping
spirit. He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name.

3. You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing.

4. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of
my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell forever and ever.

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