Hymn #248: Such Perfect Love My Shepherd Shows

Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877) paraphrased Psalm 23 for this text and, in the spirit of Watts, included several New Testament references.  It appeared in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern (1868), the landmark English hymnal for which Baker chaired the committee.

Henry W. Baker, born in London, England, received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge.  He was ordained a priest of the Church of England in 1844.  Baker spent twenty years working on Hymns Ancient and Modern, which became the unofficial hymnal of the Anglican Church.

John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876) composed this melody in 1868 for Baker's text.  The tune name, DOMINUS REGIT ME, is the Latin version of the opening phrase of Psalm 23, on which the hymn is based.

John B. Dykes was recognized as one of the great church musicians of the Victorian era, and in 1861 he received a doctorate in music from the University of Durham, England.  Dykes composed only in his spare time when not occupied by his duties as precentor at Durham Cathedral.