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The King Of Love My Shepherd Is

This hymn first appeared in the appendix of the Anglican hymnal Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1868. The words were written by the hymnal's editor-in-chief, Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877). The original tune for the hymn, "Dominus Regit Me" (the Latin title of the 23rd Psalm, on which the text is based), was written by John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876). Dykes' melody is probably the one most often associated with this hymn (it was the tune used for "The King of Love" when it was sung at Princess Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1997). However, another tune is also commonly associated with "The King of Love," a traditional Irish melody titled "St. Columba." This melody comes from George Petrie's The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, a nineteenth-century collection of Irish music first published in 1855. r
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Words: Henry W. Baker, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern (London: 1868). This hymn was sung at the fun­er­al of Di­a­na, Prin­cess of Wales, in West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Sep­tem­ber 6, 1997.r
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Music: St. Columba, an­cient Ir­ish mel­o­dy
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