Psalm 23 – J. Addison

Today’s Psalm 23 interpretation will be the final one of this brief series.  It was written by English essayist and poet, Joseph Addison (1672-1719).  It would be marvelous to hear this put to a fitting melody and sung by a mighty host!

Psalm 23

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 will attend
And all my midnight hours defend.

Though in the paths of death I read,
With gloomy horrors overspread,
My steadfast heart shall fear no ill,
For Thou, O lord! are with me still;
Thy friendly crook shall give me aid,
And guide me through the dreadful shade.


Please share any other versions, poetic or otherwise, of Psalm 23, if  not included here.

7 thoughts on “Psalm 23 – J. Addison

  1. I stopped in at your site today and am enjoying the poetry and the soothing music. Thank you for this.

    The photos are excellent too.

  2. I so appreciate how you have posted a series of different versions of this favorite psalm, Linda.

    Your creativity and sensitivity is so well appreciated, I just wanted you to know that. THough we have never met, I just sense a very beautiful and gentle spirit behind the author of this blog!

    Blessings on you today dear blog friend.

    • Thank you for your comment…it’s especially appreciated when I reflect on the beauty of your writing, journey, and blog, and the stamp of Jesus on your life!

      Thank you sister. Only by His Grace, Linda

  3. “Please share any other versions, poetic or otherwise, of Psalm 23, if not included here.”

    I was first introduced to Psalm 23 in musical form years before I became a Christian when Psalm 23 was quoted in a song by punk rock artist Patti Smith. I recall thinking that part of the song was so beautiful and comforting. I recognized it as the chapter from the Bible that was read often by priests in TV shows and movies, usually during a funeral scene. Hearing it sung/spoken in a different way and context made me realize it was a prayer, and I paid attention to the words more closely. Of course, it was used in an rather unconventional way in Smith’s song, and probably would be offensive to most Christians. If you view it from the perspective of a young person searching for something real, powerful and spiritual (as I was then) it doesn’t seem so disrespectful. More of a primal cry for help.

    I have been enjoying the versions you posted. I am partial to Keith Green’s version. I like Eden’s Bridge very much.

    I enjoy your beautiful blog! Blessings in Christ!

    • Thanks for your encouraging comment! Your site is really interesting too, and I hope others will check it out!!

      I think the Lord speaks through a lot of different songs, different ways to reach us wherever we are. I’m not familiar with Patti Smith’s version, but I still can remember certain rock songs from the 60’s sparking an interest in my heart for the Lord.

      Keith Green is one of my favourite Christian artists!! I’m not familiar with his version of Psalm 23, so I’m going to search that out! Thanks for letting me know!

      Blessings, Linda

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