King James translator of the Psalms

The Psalmes of King David translated by king James

Oxford :  William Turner, 1631. In-8°

STC (2nd ed.) / 2732.
STROZIER, Special Collections Vault -- BS1440.S85 1631

Pages displayed: Privilege of Charles I and title-page engraved by William Marshall (1617-1649). King James and King David


King James I (1566-1625) prepared for many years a metrical translation of the Psalms that would be his legacy to the Churches of Scotland and England and supplant the Sternhold-Hopkins version, particularly criticized by Calvinists. After James I’s death Charles I (1600-1649) appointed William Alexander, Earl of Stirling (1577-1640),  to prepare his father’s Psalms for publication, but failed in his attempts to make them the standard text for Church use because of the opposition of the Churches and of the Company of Stationers that held the rights to the Sternold-Hopkins translation.