Within sounded a psalm
; a coffin, decked with flowers, was borne forth.
Still more to-day: it was a special occasion, for an old man, familiar to all the parish, had died a sad death--not in his bed, a circumstance the most painful to the mind of the peasant--and now the funeral psalm
was to be sung in memory of his sudden departure.
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.
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!
By the time they had swung in an irregular way from prayer to psalm
, from psalm
to history, from history to poetry, and Mr.
Once more he cudgelled the sides of the inflexible Gunpowder, and, shutting his eyes, broke forth with involuntary fervor into a psalm
Gashford, with a smiling face, but still with looks of profound deference and humility, betook himself towards his master's room, smoothing his hair down as he went, and humming a psalm
`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.
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.