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Lyra Regis

Excerpt from Lyra Regis: The Book of Psalms and Other Lyrical Poetry of the Old Testament Rendered Literally Into English Metres This little Volume can, at the worst, add but one more to the almost countless attempts that have been already made to bend the Psalms successfully to metrical treatment. The very number, however, and frequency of previous attempts prove the importance attached by many to the object in view, and supply the best excuse for another, however humble. What has employed the talents, exercised the ingenuity, and occupied, at any rate, the leisure of many men of mark for many ages, can scarcely be lightly dismissed as useless, or undesirable; and, however difficult complete success in the undertaking may be, it is not therefore to be set down as wholly unattainable. Poets and statesmen, scholars and divines, lawyers and laymen alike, have devoted their attention to this work from time to time, and produced versions which have met with more or less acceptance and success. Milton and Sandys, Merrick and Keble, Archdeacon Churton and Professor Kennedy, Lord Lorne and Mr. W. Digby Seymour, Q.C., are only a few out of the many, and most of them in our own day, who have grappled with the problem; and, if they have not wholly solved it, their work, as a whole, remains to us as a monument of learning and research, of graceful scholarship and accurate interpretation, which we could ill spare, and certainly would not willingly be without. At the same time, as Archdeacon Churton, the author of the Cleveland Psalter, expressed himself in writing to me some fifteen years ago, soon after I had begun this present version, 'If the work can be done successfully, it remains to be done.' About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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