The Bible in Poetry

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Order of Contents

General Works
Bible Songs
Old Testament

Genesis
Judges
Ruth
Esther
Job
Psalms
Ecclessiastes
Song of Solomon
Isaiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Minor Prophets
   Jonah

New Testament

Gospels
Acts
The Epistles
James
Revelation

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General Works

Barton, William – A Catalogue of Virtuous Women Recorded in the Old and New Testaments  13 pages

Clapham, Henoch – A Brief of the Bible Drawn First into English Poësy, and then Illustrated by Apt Annotations  1596

Graile, Edmund – Timothy’s Lesson: or, a Summary relation of the historical part of Holy Scripture, plainly and familiarly comprised in meter, for the help of memory, and instruction of the ignorant  Ref  1699

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Bible Songs

Sandys, George – A Paraphrase upon the Songs Collected out of the Old and New Testaments  1638

Erskine, Ralph – Songs Selected from the Historical Books  in Works, vol. 7

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Genesis

Lesly, George – Joseph Revived, or, The Twelve Last Chapters of Genesis Metaphrased, Containing the Life & Death of Holy Joseph  (London, 1676)

Bunyan, John – ‘The Life of Joseph in Verse’  (Genesis 37-50)  14 pp.  in Works, vol. 2

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Judges

Quarles, Francis – The History of Samson  1631

Bunyan, John – The History of Samson  in Works, vol. 2 

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Ruth

Bunyan, John – The Book of Ruth in Verse  4 pp.

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Esther

Quarles, Francis – Hadassa: or The History of Queen Esther with Meditations thereupon, divine and moral  1621

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Job

Blackmore, Richard – A Paraphrase on the Book of Job  1700

Blackmore (1654-1726) was an Anglican.

Brett, Arthur – Patentia Victrix, or, The Book of Job in Lyric Verse  (London, 1661)

Erskine, Ralph – Job’s Hymns  in Works, vol. 7

Garden, Charles – An Improved Metrical Version attempted of the Book of Job; a Poem, with preliminary dissertation and notes  1796   The poem is on pp. 5-75 after the preliminary dissertation.

King, Edwin – The Poem Of Job Translated In The Meter of The Original  1914

Malet, Arthur – The Books of Job, Ecclesiastes and Revelation rendered into English Verse, also Solomon and His Bride, A Drama from the Song of Songs  Buy PoD

Meikle, W. – Job in Meter  1869

Mumford, A.H. – The Book of Job: a Metrical Version  1922

Quarles, Francis – Job Militant with Meditations Divine and Moral  1624

Ramsaeus, T. Ramsay – The Book of Job, Chapter 3 to the End

Raymond, Rossiter – The Book of Job: Essays, and a Metrical Paraphrase  1878

Schmidt, Nathaniel – The messages of the poets : the books of Job and Canticles and some minor poems in the Old Testament, with introductions, metrical translations, and paraphrases, p. 112 ff.  1911

The work cycles through sections of Job in verse and notes on the passage by the author.

Scott, Thomas – The Book of Job in English Verse, with Remarks  1733

This is not the Scott that produced the whole Bible commentary, but rather was a dissenting minister at Ipswich, England.

Stather, W.C. – The Book of Job in English Verse; with Notes  1859

Stock, Joseph – The Book of Job Metrically Arranged according to the Masorah and newly translated into English with Notes Critical and Explanatory  1805

Thomas, Manley – The Affliction and Deliverance of the Saints: or, The Whole Book of Job composed into English heroical verse metaphrastically  (London, 1652)

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The Psalms

Psalters Online

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Ecclesiastes

Sandys, George – A Paraphrase upon Ecclesiastes  1638

Malet, Arthur – The Books of Job, Ecclesiastes and Revelation rendered into English Verse, also Solomon and His Bride, A Drama from the Song of Songs  Buy PoD

Morgan, Aaron – The Book of Solomon called Ecclesiastes metrically paraphrased and accompanied with an analysis of the argument, being a retranslation of the original Hebrew…  1856 

“This is an article de luxe, and is rather for the drawing room than for the study.  A graphic pencil, first class typography, and a carefully written metrical translation make up an elegant work of art.” – Spurgeon

Quarles, Francis – Solomon’s Recantation, entitled Ecclesiastes Paraphrased with a Soliloquie or Meditation upon every chapter  1644

Roe, George – Koheleth: a Metrical Paraphrase of the Canonical Book of Ecclesiastes  1912

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The Song of Solomon

The Song of Solomon in Poetry

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Isaiah

Erskine, Ralph – Songs Selected form the Prophet Isaiah, etc.  in Works, vol. 7

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Lamentations

1600’s

Sandys, George – A Paraphrase upon Lamentations  1638

Anonymous – A Bottle of Holy Tears, or, Jeremiah’ throws and lamentations for Israel’s misery and Jerusalem’s woeful desolation metrically and meta-phrastically laid out in verse, explaining plainly the meaning of the prophet in his lamenting phrases.  Very suitable to these times, wherein we have a call every day to learne the lessons of England’s lamentation, war and plague having made a strong entrance into diverse parts of the land, and lean famine and desolation knocking at the door for entrance  Ref  1645

Quarles, John – The Lamentations of Jeremiah  in Fons Lachrymarum, or, A Fountain of Tears from whence doth flow England’s complaint, Jeremiah’s Lamentations Paraphrased, with Divine Meditations…  (London, 1649)

Anon. – The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah Paraphrased, Suitable to the Exigencies of these Times  (London, 1667)

Chamberlaine, James – A Sacred Poem wherein the Birth, Miracles, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of the Most Holy Jesus are Delineated… also Eighteen of David’s Psalms, with the Book of Lamentations Paraphrased, together with poems on several occasions  ToC  (London, 1680)

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1700’s

Erskine, Ralph – A Short Paraphrase on the Lamentations of Jeremiah  in Works, vol. 7

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1800’s

Slight, Henry – A Metrical Version of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, p 403 ff.  1848

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Ezekiel

Newcome, William – An Attempt Towards an Improved Version, a Metrical Arrangement and an Explanation of the Prophet Ezekiel  1788

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The Minor Prophets

Erskine, Ralph – Poems Selected from the Minor Prophets  in Works, vol. 7

Newcome, William – An Attempt Towards an Improved Version, a Metrical Arrangement, and an explanation of the 12 Minor Prophets  1809

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Jonah

Quarles, Francis – A Feast for Worms Set forth in a Poem of the History of Jonah  1620

Bunyan, John – The Prophecy of Jonah in Verse  4 pp.

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The Gospels

The Whole

Coles, Elisha – Christologia: or, a Metrical Paraphrase on the History of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: dedicated to His Universal Church (London, 1671)

Coles (c.1608-1688) was an English puritan and an official in the University of Oxford before the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660.  He also wrote, A Practical Discourse of God’s Sovereignty…

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Parts

Bunyan, John – Christ’s Sermon on the Mount  in Works, vol. 2

Erskine, Ralph – Songs Selected from the Four Evangelists  in Works, vol. 7

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Acts 

Tye, Christopher – The Acts of the Apostles [chs. 1-14], translated into English meter… for all Christians that cannot sing, to read the good and Godly stories of the lives of Christ’s Apostles  1553

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The Epistles

Erskine, Ralph – Songs Selected from the Apostolical Epistles  in Works, vol. 7

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James

Bunyan, John – The General Epistle of James  in Works, vol. 2

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Revelation

Malet, Arthur – The Books of Job, Ecclesiastes and Revelation rendered into English Verse, also Solomon and His Bride, A Drama from the Song of Songs  Buy PoD

Erskine, Ralph – Songs Selected from the Revelation  in Works, vol. 7

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Related Pages

Poetry

The Song of Solomon in Poetry

The Poetry of the Westminster Divines

Psalm Singing

Personal Godliness