The Lord Himself, the mighty God,
Vouchsafe to be my guide;
The Shepherd by whose constant care
My wants are all supplied.
In verdant meads He makes me feed,
And gently there repose;
Then leads me to cool shades and where
Refreshing water flows.
He does my wand’ring soul reclaim;
And to His endless praise,
Instructs with humble zeal to walk
In His most righteous ways.
I pass the gloomy vale of death,
From fear and danger free,
For there His aiding rod and staff
Defend and comfort me.
In presence of my spiteful foes,
He does my table spread,
He crowns my cup with cheerful wine,
With oil anoints my head.
Since God doth thus His wondrous love,
Through all my life, extend,
That life to Him I will devote,
And in His friendship spend.
Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).