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Introduction to Psalms or Prayers (1544)

Introduction to Psalms or Prayers (1544)

(p.197) Introduction to Psalms or Prayers (1544)
Katherine Parr
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on Katherine Parr's “Psalms or Prayers,” an English work which is a translation of John Fisher's Latin “Psalms,” published around 1525. Undertaking to translate any work entails careful, sustained attention to many specifics of theme, tone, and expression. Parr's responsiveness to Fisher's spirituality is widely demonstrated in the sensitivity with which she handles her source, and it is especially salient in “Psalms or Prayers,” where key religious issues of her day come to the fore. Judged by any standard and viewed from any angle, it demonstrates a profound familiarity with the Bible in Latin and English—and preeminently with the Psalms. The Scripturalism that emerges in this work continues to characterize all her later compositions such as “Prayers or Meditations”, “Lamentation of a Sinner,” and “Personal Prayerbook.”

Keywords:   Katherine Parr, translations, Psalms, John Fisher, prayers, spirituality, Bible

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