I have a little boy, younger than you, who knows six Psalms
by heart: and when you ask him which he would rather have, a gingerbread-nut to eat or a verse of a Psalm
to learn, he says: 'Oh!
Her voice, of immense power and sublime expression, gave to the rude, unpolished poetry of these psalms
a magic and an effect which the most exalted Puritans rarely found in the songs of their brethren, and which they were forced to ornament with all the resources of their imagination.
`Then the worse for thy soul!' said he; and with that he broke into a long tale how that on account of the virtues of the Abbot Berghersh it had been decreed by the Pope that whoever should wear the habit of a monk of Beaulieu for as long as he might say the seven psalms
of David should be assured of the kingdom of Heaven.
For some weeks in the bright springtime of 735 Bede had been ill, yet "cheerful and rejoicing, giving thanks to almighty God every day and night, yea every hour." Daily, too, he continued to give lessons to his pupils, and the rest of the time he spent in singing psalms
. "I can with truth declare that I never saw with my eyes, or heard with my ears, any one return thanks so unceasingly to the living God," says the letter.
Their festivals were fast days, and their chief pastime the singing of psalms
. Woe to the youth or maiden who did but dream of a dance!
, the prayers, the Litany, and the sermon were all reduced to one chanting sound which paused, and then renewed itself, a little higher or a little lower.
She liked to hear the chanting--such as it was--and the old Psalms
, and to join in the Morning Hymn.
As the psalms
of David exceed all other language, so does the psalmody that has been fitted to them by the divines and sages of the land, surpass all vain poetry.
They sing the psalms
of David, of which, as well as the other parts of the Holy Scriptures, they have a very exact translation in their own language; in which, though accounted canonical, the books of the Maccabees are omitted.
He maddened me particularly when he read aloud the psalms
to himself behind his partition.
The Bible itself was not much known to me at an age when most children have been obliged to read it several times over; the gospels were indeed familiar, and they have always been to me the supreme human story; but the rest of the New Testament I had not read when a man grown, and only passages of the Old Testament, like the story of the Creation, and the story of Joseph, and the poems of Job and Ecclesiastes, with occasional Psalms
. I therefore came to the Scriptures with a sense at once fresh and mature, and I can never be too glad that I learned to see them under the vaster horizon and in the truer perspectives of experience.
Had he been at that time singing psalms
in the church, he would have avoided a broken head.