Thomas Sternhold

(d. 1549) author of metrical psalm paraphrases

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versifier of the Psalms. He entered the service of Henry VIII and became a court favourite. Probably in 1549 he published a first (undated) edition of his metrical version, containing nineteen Psalms; it was dedicated to Edward VI. A third edition, with 37 Psalms, appeared posthumously in 1549; it contained a further seven Psalms by ‘J. H.’ (John Hopkins, probably a Suffolk clergyman, d. 1570). The collection, in the complete edition printed by J. Day in 1562, became known as ‘Sternhold and Hopkins’.

Subjects: Christianity — Literature.

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