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October 23 – Psalmodist John Hopkins

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd October 1570, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, poet, psalmodist and Church of England clergyman John Hopkins was buried at Great Waldingfield in Suffolk.

Hopkins' versions of the Psalms were "the best-known English verses" in the late 16th and 17th century because they were sung in church by every member of society.

Trivia: As well as being a clergyman and psalmodist, John Hopkins was also a shepherd!

Find out more about this interesting Tudor man...

You can read "The whole booke of Psalmes collected into Englysh metre by T. Starnhold, J. Hopkins, & others" at Early English Books -

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October 23 – Psalmodist John Hopkins