Bay Psalm Book

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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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The first known example in what is now the United States was a simple printed label created by Stephen Daye, the Massachusetts Bay Colony printer of the 1642 "Bay Psalm Book."
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The wide range of sources are indicated by just a few examples of entries: there is a facsimile of Psalm 100 from the Bay Psalm Book, with the tune "Old Hundredth", along with various translations of this psalm from later editions of the Psalm Book.
Offering a broad survey of American music history from the Bay Psalm Book to the compositions of Michael Daugherty, McLucas rehearses several well-known case studies, sometimes in a very cursory manner, of composers who drew upon oral/aural musical practices in their work.
Individual essay topics include studies of the Bay Psalm book, Juan de Avila's Audi, filia, William Byrd's English Psalms, and Sahagun's Psalmodia christiana.
The mutually rivalrous versions of George Wither and Henry Dod, as well as those of George Sandys and Henry King, and the New England Bay Psalm Book, are presented; and concluding mention is made of the Tate and Brady New Version of 1696.Hamlin's next two chapters offer a broader context for English metrical psalmody.
Chapter 2 examines a selection of these, ranging from the plain style of George Wither, whose bid to supplant "Sternhold and Hopkins" ran afoul of the Stationers' monopoly, and the even more prosaic Bay Psalm Book (1640), whose principal concern was word-for-word faithfulness to the Hebrew text, to the more literary work of George Sandys, who wrote for private devotion rather than congregational singing and for whom Henry Lawes provided tunes of appropriate sophistication.