The Poets' Book of Psalms: The Complete Psalter as Rendered by Twenty-five Poets from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries
Oxford University Press, 1999 - Bibles - 311 pages
Poetry has traditionally embodied religious imagination and reflected the deepest longings, joys, and tribulations of humanity. As the Bible's best-known poetry, the Psalms have been a rich source of inspiration for meditation, song, and recitation for thousands of years.
Uniting the lyrical songs of Israel with their literary legacy, The Poets' Book of Psalms comprises renditions of the Psalms by twenty-five renowned poets from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Poets include John Donne, Robert Burns, John Milton, Sir Philip Sidney, John Davies, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Sidney Herbert, David Rosenberg, and Laurance Wieder. The result--a complete and lyrical Psalter for the modern reader--supplies a living language alternative to existing prose translations and pious paraphrases.
The collection includes an introduction by the editor that describes the often surprising history and politics surrounding many of the poets lives and work. For easy cross-reference in meditation and prayer, the King James Version of the Psalms is also incorporated. Wieder separates The Poets' Book of Psalms into five parts in accordance with the Midrash tradition that also identifies the ten types of Psalms: glory, melody, Psalm, song, praise, prayer, blessing, thanksgiving, Hallelujah, and exultation. This Psalter can be read at random or in order without compromising the integrity and music of the poetry.
All 150 poetically interpreted Psalms speak to the three religious traditions that hold the Bible sacred--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--and provide endless enjoyment for lovers of poetry. Bringing together the brightest poetic musings, The Poets' Book of Psalms is a unique modern alternative to existing English versions of the Bible's Psalms.
INTRODUCTION Laurance Wieder xiii
The Eighth Psalm HENRY HOWARD OF SURREY 15
The Twentyninth Psalm CHRISTOPHER SMART 38
The Fortysecond Psalm CHRISTOPHER SMART 63
The Ninetysecond Psalm MARY SIDNEY HERBERT 139
The Hundredfourteenth Psalm THOMAS CAREW 170
The Hundredthirtyfourth Psalm MARY SIDNEY HERBERT 197
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afflicted behold blessed Book of Psalms cast chief Musician Christopher Smart deliver doth dwell earth enemies evil eyes faithful fear foes George Wither Gittith give glory grace hate hath hear heart heathen heaven HERBERT Psalm holy iniquity Israel Jacob JAMES VERSION Psalm Jehovah KING JAMES VERSION Korah land Laurance Wieder Mary Sidney Herbert Maschil mercies aye endure mercy endureth mighty mouth Neginoth praise thee prayer Psalm 89 PSALM A Psalm Psalm of Asaph Psalm of David psaltery rejoice righteous salvation Selah shame SMART Psalm Song of degrees sons of Korah soul strength thine thou art thou didst thou hast thou shalt throne thy commandments thy face thy hand thy law thy mercy thy name thy precepts thy servant thy statutes thy word tongue trouble unto the Lord unto thee unto thy voice wicked wrath ye the Lord Zion