Sternehold, Hopkins Metrical Psalter 1561.
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These go back to 1561.
They are in the two Anglo-Genevan psalters of that year (four-score and seven Psalmes of David in English Metre in the library of St Paul's Cathedral, and Foure score and seven Psalmes of David in English mitre, in the British museum), and also in Day's English Psalter of the same year at Burlington House.
They were not included in the completed Psalter of 1562, but were recovered in the harmonized psalter of 1563.
They were in all the scottish series from 1564-5 onwards.
The question of authorship might be clearer.
In the first of the A.G. psalters mentions above it is ascribed to Sternehold,
in the second to Kethe.
In Day's psalter there is no name attached.
The Scottish book of 1564-5 also favours Kethe, whom we can safely regard as the author.
[It will be noted that the ascribed author in the illustration above is J.H: John Hopkins.]
This from the French Genevan Psalter of 1551 where it is set to Ps.cxxxiv.
It has been associated with the English Ps.c. since its first appearance in print.
The only difference between the English form and the French is that the latter has three semibreves to start the last line.
The Anglo-Genevan and Scottish books kept the French form.
Illustration: Paul Ingram, 2007, from a copy of the Geneva Bible dated 1610.
Description: 'Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient & Modern', (Page 233). Ed: Maurice Frost Litt.D. Proprietors of Hymns Ancient & Modern. 1962.
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