Bay Psalm Book

Bay Psalm Book, common hymnal of the Massachusetts Bay colony. Written by Richard Mather , John Eliot , and Thomas Weld, it was published in 1640 at Cambridge as The Whole Book of Psalms Faithfully Translated into English Metre. The announced effort of the authors to make a literal rendering at the expense of elegance is successful if the crudity of the verse be a criterion. This was the first book published in the Thirteen Colonies.

See Z. Haraszti, The Enigma of the Bay Psalm Book (1956).

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