Psalter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Psalter a collection of Psalms for liturgical use
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Psalter (R. C. Ch) A rosary, consisting of a hundred and fifty beads, corresponding to the number of the psalms.
    • Psalter Specifically, the Book of Psalms as printed in the Book of Common Prayer; among the Roman Catholics, the part of the Breviary which contains the Psalms arranged for each day of the week.
    • Psalter The Book of Psalms; -- often applied to a book containing the Psalms separately printed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Psalter [capitalized] The Book of Psalms, considered as a separate book of the Old Testament: usually restricted to those versions of or compends from it which are arranged especially for the services of the church, such as the version of the Psalms in the Book of Common Prayer. The translation of the Psalter in the Book of Common Prayer is not that of the authorized version, but that of the earlier version of Cranmer's Bible.
    • n Psalter In liturgics, that portion of the Psalms appointed for a given day or service.
    • n Psalter In the Roman Catholic Church: A series of devout utterances or aspirations, 150 in number, in honor of certain mysteries, as the sufferings of Christ.
    • n Psalter A large chaplet or rosary, consisting of 150 beads, corresponding to the number of the Psalms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Psalter sawl′tėr the book of Psalms, esp. when separately printed:
    • n Psalter sawl′tėr (R.C.) a series of 150 devout sentences: a rosary of 150 beads, according to the number of the psalms
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. psauter, sauter, OF. sautier, psaltier, F. psautier, from L. psalterium,. See Psaltery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. psaltier—L. psalterium, a song sung to the psaltery.

Usage

In literature:

By the end of the next year a Psalter was finished which cost 54$605 or L12, at the rate of 6$000, L1, 6s.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
I showed him one of the Hebrew Psalters of the Jews' Society.
"Journal of a Residence at Bagdad" by Anthony Groves
THE PSALTER AND THE GOSPEL.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
Therefore Origines made two translations, and Jerome translated thrice the Psalter.
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
She studied day and night, and when she had finished with the catechism and the psalter, they found a new trick to play upon her.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Latin poems taken from a Psalter written in England about A. D. 1220.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
The Christian use of the Psalter is as old as Christianity itself.
"The Christian Use of the Psalter" by A. R. Whitham
It is said that a Greek psalter was written in an abbey at Tournay about 1105.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Psalters, books of hours, and other prayer-books were practically the only very small books in use.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
The bow is similar in shape to one shown in the Psalter of Labeo Notker, Leipzig, 10th century, mentioned farther on.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Mr. Leffingwell, read from the psalter, and Rev.
"Village Life in America 1852-1872" by Caroline Cowles Richards
The fourth, a Latin Psalter.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
Psalter und Harfe, 143.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
The Psalter also exhibits this West Saxon form.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Of these "glossed Psalters" twelve MSS.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Psalter, Latin, St. Jerome's version of, corrected by Paula and Eustochium, 32, 33.
"Woman in Science" by John Augustine Zahm
British Museum, Greek Psalter, add.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
This last curious-looking instrument was called a psalter, and its three-cornered shape was held to be a symbol of the Trinity.
"Ekkehard. Vol. I (of II)" by Joseph Victor Scheffel
It was neither a breviary nor the Psalter.
"Ekkehard. Vol. II (of II)." by Joseph Victor Scheffel
His 'leisure' he spent in translating the Hebrew Psalter.
"Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar" by George Smith
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In poetry:

Candles I'll give to thee,
And a new altar,
And thou, Saint Ben, shalt be
Writ in my psalter.
"His Prayer To Ben Jonson" by Robert Herrick
One stands at the cloudy altar,
A form bowed down and thin;
The text of the psalm in the psalter
He reads, is sorrow and sin.
"At Vespers" by Madison Julius Cawein
To him all men were just the same —
He never foamed at altars,
Although he lived ere Moody came —
Ere Sankey dealt in psalters.
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
Chanting from the Bybline psalter
Touched he then her forehead altar;
Sleeking back the trickled jet,
There the marriage-seal he set.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
'My son, you went for a holy man,
Whose heart was set on high;
Go sing in your psalter, and read in your books;
Man's love fleets lightly by.'
"The Priest's Heart" by Charles Kingsley
Years upon years, and the flame of love's high altar
Trembles and sinks, and the sense of listening ears
Heeds not the sound that it heard of love's blithe psalter
Years upon years.
"Recollections" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Portrait of Henry VIII from The Psalter of Henry VIII, circa 1540.
Detail from The Ramsey Psalter, Anglo-Saxon illuminated manuscript, late tenth century.
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