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The National Music of America. 37
The dwelling upon the doom of the sinner (as in the last specimen) was always a choice morsel to the litterateur of those days.1 The influence of the " Bay Psalm-book " was enor­mous. It went through some thirty editions in America, twenty-two in Scotland, and about twenty in England, abundantly proving the final statement of the preceding chapter.
Whatever faults one may find with the poetry of the " Bay Psalm-book," it must be admitted that it was a close and literal trans­lation of the Psalms, in rhyme; it came as near to the old Hebrew version as the Eng­lish Scriptural version itself. Some of its selections were of great length, the longest being 130 lines. Whatever the length might
1 The damnation of babes who had not been baptised was always a rigid point with both Separatists and Puri­tans. Here is a verse on the subject by Nathaniel Ward, the pastor of Ipswich. (The Divine Judge speaks):
" A crime it is! Therefore in Bliss You may not hope to dwell; But unto you I shall allow The easiest room in Hell I"
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