Excerpt from A Manual of Plain Song for the Offices of the American Church
Primary aim 3 for my desire has been not to produce a version to supersede the prayer-book Psalter, but to produce a version which may be read beside it and explain \it. Although my translation is intended in the first instance for the use of readers not con versant with Hebrew, those acquainted with Hebrew may, I trust, in some instances find it serviceable for as they read the Prayer - Book Version beside it, the principles of translation which I have followed will, I hope, enable them to recall more readily than they could do without its assistance, the expressions and phraseology of the original. In the case of uncertain and difficult passages, where it seemed to me desir able to notice alternative renderings or readings, this has been done in the foot-notes, which also include a minimum of explanation on passages, or expressions, the sense of which might not be apparent to all readers. The Introduction contains some account of the origin and history of the prayer-book Psalter, and an explanation, in greater detail than can be stated in a Preface, of the principles of transla tion which I have adopted. Of the Glossaries, the first contains a select list of words and phrases of frequent occurrence in the Psalter, with explanations (in certain cases) of their import and meaning, which I hope may be found useful by students of the Psalms, the second is intended to illustrate and elucidate the principal Archaisms occurring in the prayer-book Version, especially those of a kind.
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