The Poets' Book of Psalms: The Complete Psalter as Rendered by Twenty-five Poets from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries
Poetry has traditionally embodied religious imagination and reflected the deepest longings, joys, and tribulations of humanity. As the Bible's best-known poetry, the Psalms have been a rich source of inspiration for meditation, song, and recitation for thousands of years.
Uniting the lyrical songs of Israel with their literary legacy, The Poets' Book of Psalms comprises renditions of the Psalms by twenty-five renowned poets from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Poets include John Donne, Robert Burns, John Milton, Sir Philip Sidney, John Davies, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Sidney Herbert, David Rosenberg, and Laurance Wieder. The result--a complete and lyrical Psalter for the modern reader--supplies a living language alternative to existing prose translations and pious paraphrases.
The collection includes an introduction by the editor that describes the often surprising history and politics surrounding many of the poets lives and work. For easy cross-reference in meditation and prayer, the King James Version of the Psalms is also incorporated. Wieder separates The Poets' Book of Psalms into five parts in accordance with the Midrash tradition that also identifies the ten types of Psalms: glory, melody, Psalm, song, praise, prayer, blessing, thanksgiving, Hallelujah, and exultation. This Psalter can be read at random or in order without compromising the integrity and music of the poetry.
All 150 poetically interpreted Psalms speak to the three religious traditions that hold the Bible sacred--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--and provide endless enjoyment for lovers of poetry. Bringing together the brightest poetic musings, The Poets' Book of Psalms is a unique modern alternative to existing English versions of the Bible's Psalms.
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INTRODUCTION Laurance Wieder xiii
The Thirtythird Psalm LAURANCE WIEDER 45
The Hundredfifth Psalm CHRISTOPHER SMART 154
The Hundredfourteenth Psalm THOMAS CAREW 170
The Hundredthirtyfourth Psalm MARY SIDNEY HERBERT 197
The Eighth Psalm HENRY HOWARD OF SURREY 15
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afflicted behold blessed chief Musician Christopher Smart delight deliver doth dwell earth enemies eyes faithful fear foes George Wither Gittith give glory God's hate hath hear heart heathen heaven iniquity Israel Jacob JAMES VERSION Psalm Jehovah KING JAMES VERSION Korah land Laurance Wieder lips Mary Sidney Herbert Maschil mercies aye endure mighty mouth Neginoth peace Praise ye prayer PSALM A Psalm PSALM A Song Psalm of Asaph Psalm of David psaltery rejoice righteous salvation Selah shame sing Sion Song of Degrees sons of Korah soul strength sure thine things Thomas Carew thou art thou didst thou dost thou hast thou shalt throne thy commandments thy face thy hand thy law thy mercy thy name thy precepts thy servant thy statutes thy word tongue trust unto the Lord unto thee unto thy voice wicked Wither wrath ye the Lord