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D A V ID,

In M E TRE.

Collected out of the principal Versions

now in Use.

To which are added,

H Y M N S

Particularly designed for the

LORD's SUP PER.

B E L F A ST:

Printed by HENRY and ROBERT JOY. M. DCC. LXXVI.

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PRE FACE. THE

THE Psalms are universally acknowledged to be

excellent and admirable Composures. There is not only a wonderful strain of Piety and Devotion, but there is a Dignity, a Beauty, a Spirit and Energy in them considered as in the Original, that can scarce be equalled in any Translation. There have been in our own Language several attempts to translate the Psalms into Verse, that they might appear in a poetical Garb and Form; and so in some measure resemble the Original, which contains some of the noblest Pieces of divine Poetry in the World. Of some of these Translations I think it must be acknowledged by all that are in any degree Judges of these Things, that they are fiat and mean, and altogether unworthy of the Dignity and Glory of the Original. There are other Translations that have more of a Spirit and Beauty in them. But I believe it will be generally judged, that a better Version might be made up out of them all, than any one of them alone can furnish. An Attempt is made this way in the following Collection. The Versions chiefly made use of are thofe of Dr. Patrick, Tate and Brady, Sir John Denham, Sir Richard Blackmore, and Dr. Waits's Psalms of David imitated. And there are a few of Mr. Barton's preserved. That the Reader may know to whom the Translation of the several Píalms is principally owing, there are generally prefixed to each Pfalm the initial Letters of the Person's Name, out of whose Version it is taken, But to prevent Mistakes it is proper to advertise the Reader that a Liberty is all along taken to alter Words, Lines, and sometimes whole Stanzas. There is no need to give a reason here for the feveral Al. terations that have been made. The Design has generally been either to bring the Sense nearer to the Original, or to render it clearer, and thereby more fitted for common use, or render it more concise, and express the Sense in fewer Words, provided it be perfpicuous and smooth. There are often two or three Versions of the fame Pfalm inserted for the greater Variety, and where it is so, one of them at

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