At the Reformation metrical psalmody was introduced in the Low Countries and in the French and Swiss Reformed Churches as a more biblical form of musical worship than the German Lutheran hymns. In England under Edward VI metrical versions of the Psalms were published by T. Sternhold and others. Of the many later English versions the most widely used was that of N. Tate and N. Brady (1696). After the mid-19th cent. the use of metrical psalters declined in England, but in Scotland has remained a characteristic feature of national worship.
Subjects: Christianity — Music.