Hymn Story: The Lords My Shepherd

The Lord’s My Shepherd is a hymn based on Psalm 23. It first appeared in the Scots Metrical Psalter in 1650 and is usually attributed to the English Puritan Francis Rous.

The tune Crimond is generally credited to Jessie Seymour Irvine, daughter of a parish minister of the Church of Scotland during Queen Victoria’s reign.

The hymn was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II and sung at her funeral, as well as her father’s (King George VI) 1952 funeral.  In 2016, it was featured as one of her 10 favorite pieces of music and had been sung at the November 20, 1947 wedding of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

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