Excerpt from The Psalter: A Revised Edition of the Scottish Metrical Version of the Psalms With Additional Psalm-Versions
MY reason for the publication of this book is the following: many of the words of the Authorized Version (written in 1650 by Rous), which might formerly have been considered as rhyming together, cannot with modern pronunciation be now held to do so; and believing that the want of true rhyme is often not agreeable, it seems probable that there is room for a new version, which is therefore here attempted. The use of the actual words of the Bible is alone satisfactory to ears accustomed to Rous's Psalms, and I have sought, in the case of the Psalms translated into common metre, to adhere as closely as possible to the language of the original, while making each alternate line rhyme.
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