Excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Rendered in Metre and Set to Music The Book of Psalms was prepared under the direction of the Holy Spirit to be sung in the worship of God. The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, says the Royal Psalmist of Israel, and his word was in my tongue. By the same Spirit the Great Apostle to the Gentiles, surveying the devotional needs of all the ages to come, instructed the worshippers in the New Dispensation to use the Book of Praises inspired of God, Singing, as he said, with grace in your hearts to the Lord. The church, in order to comply with the divine command, began from the earliest hours of the Reformation to put the Psalms into metrical form. For ten generations, says Mr. Glass, in his Story of the Psalters our forefathers lifted their hearts in praise and prayer in the rugged rhymes of Sternhold and Hopkins, or the somewhat more polished verses of Rous, and Tate and Brady... In a strange Anglo-Saxon garb the aspirations of the Sweet Singer of Israel found an echo in the hearts of the Anglican, Independent, and Presbyterian alike... Next in importance to the translation of the whole Bible into the vulgar tongue, and declaring every man's right to read it and judge for himself, were the rhyming versions of the Psalms, which made the jubilant hymns of the Hebrew poets the songs of the people. Psalm-singing was a consequence of the Reformation. It carried the devout believer straight into the presence of his Maker and Deliverer... It helped to lay the foundations of the religious liberty which w spreads more or less over the whole of Christendom. Wherever the early colonies of England were planted the Psalter followed. The first printed book in America was the Bay Psalm-book, and the last of the stereotyped editions of Tate and Brady was used in the mission stations scattered over the four quarters of the globe. The Psalter is a heritage, and the present Version has been prepared under the consciousness that the gathered hosts of four centuries are looking down upon us and charging us to guard the songs that made the nations free. The constant aim in the preparation of the present Version has been to conserve the old and utilize the new. Accordingly the first place throughout the Psalter has been reserved for the Rous Version as it stands to-day. All selections from other sources appear as second metres. The Rous Version, at times to make the rendering more faithful to the text, at times to remove some patent imperfections in rhythm or expression, has been carefully retouched. The second metres have been chosen largely from the Version Prepared by a Joint Committee of American and Canadian Churches, and published in 1905. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.