On Mount Sainte-Geneviève a sort of Job of the Middle Ages, for the space of thirty years, chanted the seven penitential psalms
on a dunghill at the bottom of a cistern, beginning anew when he had finished, singing loudest at night,
Duffy notes that literate members of all social classes are known to have possessed primers, which included the penitential psalms
, (The Stripping of the Altars, 209-32).
In the Septem Psalmi of 1538, Macrin presents the seven penitential psalms
in Aeolic verse.
Psalm 51, Miserere mei Deus, one or the seven penitential psalms
was sung or recited at Lauds on the three days of Holy Week and in the Office of the Dead'.
The translation or reinterpretation of traditional models is also explored in Patricia Demers' reflections on 16th-century women's translations and commentaries on the Penitential Psalms
, particularly Psalm 51 or the Miserere, as well as in Renee-Claude Breitenstein's study of Madeleine and Georges de Scudery's Femmes illustres ou les harangues heroiques.
To help the Church bear this heavy burden, I propose that she rediscover one of her venerable traditions--praying the penitential psalms
624-632); they introduce each of the Hours of the Virgin and the Seven Penitential Psalms
Clare Costley King'oo's Miserere Mei: The Penitential Psalms
in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (University of Notre Dame Press) was named 2012 Book of the Year.
Septem psalmi poenitentiales quinque vocibus exornati = Sedm kajicich zalmu petihlasem vyzdobenych = Sicben Busspsalmen fur funf Stimmen = Seven Penitential Psalms
for Five Voices.
She then includes English translations of selections from Matraini's prose writings: Spiritual Meditations, Considerations on the Seven Penitential Psalms
of the Great King and Prophet David, A brief Discourse on the Life and Praise of the Most Blessed Virgin and Mother of the Son of God, and Spiritual Dialogues.
Modelled originally on books for the clergy, they ordinarily contained the little hours of the Virgin, penitential psalms
, the office of the dead, seasonal variations, vernacular prayers and rhymes and sometimes, in the more expensive, the owner's personal choices.
The last section focuses on Wyatt and Surrey, and here, though firmly grounding his discussion on intellectual history, Walker leaves room also for textual analysis, offering the reader an elegant and illuminating commentary on some of Wyatt's less-frequented works, such as his Paraphrase of the Penitential Psalms
or the surprising "My Mother's Maids.