TATE, Nahum, and Nathaniel BRADY. A new Version of the Psalms of David, fitted to the Tunes used in Churches …
London: Printed for the Company of Stationers; and sold at Stationers-Hall … 1798.  
8vo (218 x 137 mm), pp. 228; the occasional light spotting or soiling, insignificant wormholes/short track in the gutter of some leaves, text unaffected; final gathering sprung, but still holding; contemporary reversed calf, ornamental roll in blind, (ownership?) label to upper cover missing, a few small holes, some surface wear; contemporary gift inscription in ink ms to back flyleaf recto: ‘the Gift of Richard Bailiff – to Jane Loak My, Housekeper Nobr 3rd 1811-’, later inscription to front endpaper.
By the end of the seventeenth century, the so-called Old Version of metrical psalms (the equivalent of a hymn book in the Anglican church) written by Sternhold and Hopkins in the Elizabethan era was, in the minds of many, in need of a revamp. Tate and Brady’s New Version came out in 1696, and ‘was designed to achieve a modernity and elegance of idiom, while remaining compatible with the traditional psalm tunes’ (Oxford DNB). Some of their texts are still in use today: ‘Through all the changing scenes of life’ (Psalm 34), ‘As pants the hart for cooling streams’ (Psalm 42) and, most famously, ‘While shepherds watched their flocks by night’ (first published in the 1700 Supplement to the New Version, and printed here on p. 223), the ‘only legally authorized Christmas hymn’ (Hugh Keyte, The New Oxford Book of Carols, p. 143) for much of the eighteenth century.
For the present edition, ESTC locates 5 copies only (BL, Bodley, Cambridge, UCLA, Kansas).
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