Saturday, 13 September 2008

Exeter Cathedral - 4

Here is a view of the North East corner of the Cathedral.

One things that strikes me is how green everything is looking - hardly surprising given all the rain we have had this summer!

The Lord my pasture shall prepare,
And feed me with a shepherd's care;
His presence shall my wants supply,
And guard me with a watchful eye;
My noonday walks he shall attend,
And all my midnight hours attend.

When in the sultry glebe I faint,
Or on the thirsty mountain pant,
To fertile vales and dewy meads
My weary wandering steps he leads,
Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow,
Amid the verdant landscape flow.

Though in a bare and rugged way
Through devious lonely wilds I stray,
Thy bounty shall my pain beguile;
The barren wilderness shall smile
With sudden greens and herbage crowned,
And streams shall murmur all around.

Though in the paths of death I tread,
With gloomy horrors overspread,
My steadfast heart shall fear no ill,
For thou, O Lord, art with me still:
Thy friendly crook shall give me aid,
And guide me through the dreadful shade.

These lovely words by J Addison (based on Psalm 23) are often sung to the tune 'Surrey'.


Edbowie said...

Yes, a lovely tune; would that 'And can it be' were also sung to that tune instead of the dreadful fuguing tune called 'Sagina'.

Peter Simpson said...

We appear to have similar tastes in hymn tunes!