1804 Psalm David Leather MINIATURE book


What a really INTERESTING BOOK this is. IT is like walking thru a real Shakespearean period except this is really how the book and the words were really said. All in rhyme, this book "The Imitation of the Psalms of David" is, from what I understand, originally published in 1719 by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). But Watts did not believe it would be right to give up Psalm-singing altogether, and so besides his many hymns he also re-cast all of the Psalms with a more modern musical setting and, more importantly, a specifically Christian (rather than pre-Christian) slant. The Psalms are songs to be sung, and Watts never wanted to deny it. But he was convinced that if they were to be sung by Christians, then they should be sung in light of their fulfillment in Christ. The Psalms spoke prophetically of Christ, and Christians should recognize it. So in 1719 he published The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and Applied to the Christian State and Worship - or, Psalms Imitated for short. All 150 of the Psalms were re-cast for singing. The new lyrics were not strictly metrical translations or even quite paraphrases of the Psalms, properly speaking. They were "imitations" of the Psalms. It was the Psalms come to maturity in Christ. Here are a few of the phrases that come from it and I will let you see how neat this very old book is ( notice the old English pronunciation and lettering) ." the food’s prepared by heav’nly art, The pleasure’s well refin’d, They spread new life thro’ ev’ry heart, And cheer the drooping mind". This is a miniature book and it is very small but VERY THICK with over 600 pages. The book measures 4 ¾" x 3" and is 2" thick. The date is 1804 on the front page. IT really gives you an insight into how things were back then and how people thought. The pages are not printed evenly and the letters are very calligraphic. This is sold AS IS.

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