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Psalm (from the Greek - song sung to a harp) is a hymn or song of praise. The songs attributed to King David in the Old Testament are psalms. The New Shorter Oxford Dictionary describes a psalm as "A sacred song that is or may be sung in religious worship or any song or ode of a sacred or serious character".

(Here is a Psalm from scripture, it is a favorite of mine. I learned the King James Version as a child. This beautiful Hebrew prayer dates back long before the Romans but the Hebrew text was preserved, interpreted and passed down to its current form through the efforts of Latin clerics. Therefore the Psalm, originally Hebrew has become a standard of Latin Liturgical Form.)

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd
---- I shall not want;
He maketh me to lie down
---- in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside
---- the still waters;
------- He restoreth my soul!
He leadeth me in the paths
---- of righteousness
------- for his namesake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
---- of the shadow of death,
---------- I will fear no evil,
------- for Thou art with me!
----------- Thy rod and Thy staff
--------------- they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table
------- in the presence
----------- of mine enemies.
Thou annointest my head with oil,
------- my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy
------- shall follow me all the days of my life
----------- and I will dwell in the house
-------------- of the Lord forever.
--------------------------- Amen.

See my psalm written as an Abacedarius

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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