1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Slatyer

Henry Neele, in Russell Institution Lectures on English Poetry (1827); Remains (New York, 1829) 138.



William Slatyer published, in 1642, the Songs of Sion, or certain Psalms of David, set to strange Tunes, and rendered into a strange Tongue. Of the tunes, I can say nothing; but the tongue is strange enough. For instance, a part of the 6th and 7th verses of the 52nd Psalm, — "The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo! this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches!" is thus versified:—

The righteous shall his sorrow scan,
And laugh at him, and say, behold!
What has become of this here man,
That on his riches was so bold!