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metrical psalm

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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a translation of one of the psalms into rhyming strict-metre verse usually sung as a hymn
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The entrepreneurial printer John Day, himself avid for reform and at the same time recognizing a ready market, pressed forward to edit a complete metrical psalter.
The Reformation in Rhyme: Sternhold, Hopkins and the English Metrical Psalter, 1547-1603.
With over 150 Elizabethan editions, this metrical psalter and its predecessors were "some of the best-selling evangelical literature" and provided many of the "best-known translations of scripture" (5).
The Reformation in rhyme; Sternhold, Hopkins and the English metrical psalter, 1547-1603.
Part 3 demonstrates the very considerable influence of England in Welsh music culture--the popularity of English tunes, the increasing references to viols and virginals, even the introduction of some English verse conventions in the Welsh metrical psalter.
Turning to the Low Countries, the author again discusses the background of Latin hymns before tracing the development of vernacular psalmody in the work of the Antwerp printer Simon Cock, who was responsible for the first complete metrical psalter, the Souterliedekens, which in turn influenced the work of Jan Utenhove, whose early metrical psalms were issued in London during the reign of Edward VI.
In the English church the task of providing a complete metrical psalter, to be sung by the community, was carried out by a team, with Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins as main contributors (Al such Psalmes of Dauid [1549]).
The tune itself was included in the metrical psalters of Sternhold and Hopkins (1562 and subsequent editions), which found their way to the New World.
One difference between the Tudor and post-1611 metrical psalters that has not been noted is a shift in the paraphrasts' attitudes toward translation and the (inevitable) difference between English Bibles and rhymed quatrains.