Author of the Lyrics
The author of the sincere
words of the "King of Love my Shepherd is" lyrics, Henry Williams Baker (May 27, 1821-February 12, 1877),
was born in Vauxhall, London, England and
achieved fame as a vicar and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "King of Love my Shepherd is", John Bacchus Dykes (March 10, 1823-January 22, 1876),
was born in Kingston upon Hull, England and
became famous as a composer, Church organist and musician. Dykes was also Canon of Durham Cathedral.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: King of Love my Shepherd is
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Henry Williams Baker (May 27, 1821
to February 12, 1877)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
Name of Composer of Music: John Bacchus Dykes (March 10, 1823 to
January 22, 1876)
Hymn Category: Wedding Songs
First Line of Hymn: "The King of love my shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never"
First Publication Date:
King of Love my Shepherd is Lyrics
The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And he is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul he leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.
Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love he sought me
And on his shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me.
In death's dark vale I fear no ill
With thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.
Thou spredst a table in my sight;
Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight
From thy pure chalice floweth!
And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never.
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
Within thy house forever.