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32 The National Music of America.
printed without any harmony, under some of the very literal paraphrases of the Psalms. The poetry often suffered by the exact character of the setting, as the following examples of the first Psalm may show:
PSALM I, — SCRIPTURAL.
" Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."
" Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous."
" O Blessed man that doth not in The wicked's counsell walk; Nor stand in sinners' way, nor sit In seat of scornful folk.
" Therefore the wicked shall not in The Judgment stand upright: And in th' assembly of the Just Not any sinfull-wight."
Not all of Ainsworth's selected tunes were sung by the Pilgrims. It is said that but