Tractarians need not think metrical psalms are the sole preserve of uncatholic or even of Evangelical circles. John Keble himself was the versifer of a metrical psalter, its accuracy checked by Edward Pusey. I myself favour psalms chanted before the first lesson in Morning and Evening Prayer, but metrical psalmody is an excellent way to take the spirituality of the Psalter into the rest of daily life, outside the concentrated stillness and proclamation of the Daily Office. Metrical psalmody, sung in place of lewd drink-songs and frivolous ditties, is how the word of God will inhabit the hearts of the English-speaking peoples.
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