"The Psalms of David exceed all other language..."

“Even so. As the psalms of David exceed all other language, so does the psalmody that has been fitted to them by the divines and sages of the land, surpass all vain poetry. Happily, I may say, that I utter nothing but the thoughts and the wishes of the King of Israel himself... “

Describing his psalter: “... 'Tis the six-and-twentieth edition, promulgated at Boston, Anno Domini, 1744; and is entitled, "the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testaments; faithfully translated into English Metre, for the Use, Edification, and Comfort of the Saints in Public and Private, especially New-England."

- David Gamut in The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, Folio Society Edition, p. 29.


I’ve just recently finished The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. It is filled with a vivid cast of characters, not all of them in the film if that’s your only reference. One of them is David Gamut, a naive but brave man who does little else besides sing the Psalms. He is doubtless, a caricature, but his perseverance is notable and, in the events, he plays a notable role.

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