Every well minded family by singing can make themselves a little church. And every church make themselves a little heaven. (p. 12)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Nathaniel Homes on the Beauty of Psalm-Singing
Nathaniel Homes (Holmes), English Puritan (1599-1678), wrote a 1644 treatise entitled Gospel Musick. Or, the singing of Davids psalms, &c. in the publick congregations, or private families asserted, and vindicated. This defense of psalmody, not hymnody, is, ironically, said to be the first published use of the term 'gospel music'. In it, he encourages families as well as churches to sing the Psalms of David.