French Psalms Written in Metrical Format

French poet, Clement Marot published 30 French psalms in metrical version, Trente Pseaumes de David (Thirty Psalms of David) in 1542. Marot was denounced as a heretic and fled to exile in Geneva, Switzerland, yet the verses were later set to music by Protestant leader John Calvin in 1562, as an alternative to the Roman Catholic liturgy.

      1539, 1542
      Clement Marot
      Geneva, Switzerland

Additional Information:

  • Metrical psalter – Wikipedia
    A metrical psalter is a kind of Bible translation: a book containing a metrical translation of all or part of the Book of Psalms in vernacular poetry, meant to be sung as hymns in a church. Some metrical psalters include melodies or even harmonizations.
  • The English Metrical Psalter of the Reformation – Jstor
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  • Psalters Online | Reformed Books Online
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    ”2 If this Psalm was put into metrical form by James it was not preserved in the … town of Tournois in France, where it was believed such money had been first coined. … is a book among the royal MSS. containing written copies of thirty psalms.

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