The Bay Psalm Book: Being a Facsimile Reprint of the First Edition

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Dodd, Mead & Company, 1905 - 17 pages

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Page ix - BAY PSALM BOOK. A literal reprint of the Bay Psalm Book being the earliest New England version of the Psalms and the First Book Printed in America.
Page vi - These, like the rest, were of so different a genius for their poetry, that Mr. Shepard, of Cambridge, on the occasion addressed them to this purpose: You Roxb'ry poets, keep clear of the crime Of missing to give us very good rhime. And you of Dorchester, your verses lengthen, But with the text's own words, you will them strengthen.
Page vi - The singing of psalms," should be restored among them unto a share in that purity. Though they blessed God for the religious endeavours of them who translated the Psalms into the meetre usually annexed at the end of the Bible, yet they beheld in the translation so many detractions from, additions to, and variations of, not only the text, but the very sense of the psalmist, that it was an offence unto them.
Page v - Case 38. b. 40. (2.) [The Whole Booke of Psalmes. Collected into English meeter, by T. Sternhold, J. Hopkins, and others . . . with apt notos to sing them withall, etc.] [Printed for the Company of Stationers : London, 1629?] 4".
Page vi - Twenty or thirty houses ; and presenting my respects to Mr. Winthorpe the Governour, and to Mr. Cotton the Teacher of Boston Church, to whom I delivered from Mr. Francis Quarles the poet, the Translation of the 16, 25, 51, 88, 113, and 137. Psalms into English Meeter, for his approbation, being civilly treated by all I had occasion to converse with, I returned in the Evening to my lodging.
Page ix - After advertising for another copy of this book and making enquiry in many places in New England &c. I was not able to obtain or even hear of another. This copy is therefore invaluable and must be preserved with the greatest care. Isaiah Thomas, Sep. 20. 1820.
Page viii - Prince says (preface to his version of 1758), was made in 1640, by Richard Mather, Thomas Weld, and John Eliot; and afterwards revised by Henry Dunster and Richard Lyon. He adds that, owing to its merits, " I found in England it was by some eminent Congregations prefer'd to all Others in their Publick Worship, even down to 1717, when I last left that Part of the British Kingdom.
Page ix - After advertising for another copy of this book, and making enquiry in many places in New England, &c., I was not able to obtain, or even to hear of another. This copy is therefore invaluable, and must be preserved with the greatest care. It is in the original binding.
Page l - PSALME XIX. To the chiefe Musician a psalme of David. THe heavens doe declare the majesty of God: also the firmament shews forth his handy-work abroad. 2 Day speaks to day, knowledge night hath to night declar'd. 3 There neither speach nor language is, where their voyce is not heard. 4 Through all the earth their line is gone forth, & unto the utmost end of all the world, their speaches reach also: A Tabernacle hee in them pitcht for the Sun.
Page 9 - PSALME 29. A psalme of David. VNto the Lord doe yee ascribe (o Sonnes of the mighty) unto the Lord doe yee ascribe glory & potency. 2 Vnto the Lord doe yee ascribe his names glorious renowne, in beauty of his holynes unto the Lord bow downe. 3 The mighty voyce of lehovah upon the waters is : the God of glory thundereth, God on great waters is. 4 lehovahs voyce is powerfull, Gods voyce is glorious, 5 Gods voyce breaks Cedars : yea God breaks Cedars of Lebanus.

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