Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Whereas Martin Luther would admit any suitable text to be sung in worship unless it was unbiblical, John Calvin would allow only those texts which came from Scripture. Calvin commissioned poets to write metrical settings of the Psalms for the congregations in Strassburg and Geneva. Calvinist churches throughout Europe developed large repertories of psalmody, especially churches in England and Scotland.

By about 1532 the French court poet Clement Marot (c. 14971544) had already translated...


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