The Bay Psalm Book

The Bay Psalm Book

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The Bay Psalm Book

The Bay Psalm Book

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The Singing of Psalmes, though it breath forth nothing but holy harmony, and melody: yet such is the subtilty of the enemie, and the enmity of our nature againʃ+t the Lord, & his wayes, that our hearts can finde matter of discord in his harmony, and crotchets of division in this holy melody .-for- There have been three queʃ+tiõs especially ʃ+tirrĩg cõcerning singing. Firʃ+t what psalmes are to be sung in churches? Whether Davids and other scripture psalmes, or the psalmes, invented by the gifts of godly men in every age of the church. Secondly, if scripture psalmes, whether in their owne words, or in such meter as english poetry is wont to run in? Thirdly by whom are they to be sung? whether by the whole churches together with their voices? Or by one man singing alõe and the reʃ+t joynĩg in silếce, & in the close sayĩg amen.

Touching the firʃ+t, certainly the singing of Davids psalmes was an acceptable worship of God, not only in his owne, but in succeeding times. as in Solomons time 2 Chron. 5.13. in Iehosaphats time 2 chron. 20. 21. in Ezra his time Ezra 3. 10, 11. and the text is evident in Hezekiahs time they are commanded to sing praise in the words of David and Asaph, 2 chron. 29, 30. which one place may serve to resolve two of the queʃ+tions (the firʃ+t and the laʃ+t) at once, for this commandement was it ceri-

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