The bay psalm book as this work is commonly known is the first book printed in british north america the reverend jesse glover imported the first printing press to the massachusetts bay colony in 1638 some 18 years after the first english settlers landed at plymouth rock a london printer stephen daye came with the press and established a printing office in cambridge. The bay psalm book was the first book printed in british north america the book is a metrical psalter first printed in 1640 in cambridge massachusettsthe psalms in it are metrical translations into english the translations are not particularly polished and not one has remained in use although some of the tunes to which they were sung have survived for instance old 100th. The whole booke of psalmes faithfully translated into english meter whereunto is prefixed a discourse declaring not only the lawfullness but also the necessity of the heavenly ordinance of singing scripture psalmes in the churches of god cambridge mass stephen day imprinted 1640 the bay psalm book is a very important piece of history. Bay psalm book byname of the whole booke of psalmes faithfully translated into english metre 1640 perhaps the oldest book now in existence that was published in british north america it was prepared by puritan leaders of the massachusetts bay colony. The whole booke of psalmes faithfully translated in to english metre 1640 also known as the bay psalm book was the first book length publication in the north american colonies ten years after
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