Thomas Sternhold

Short Name: Thomas Sternhold
Full Name: Sternhold, Thomas, d. 1549
Birth Year (est.): 1449
Death Year: 1549

Thomas Sternhold was Groom of the Robes to Henry VIII and Edward VI. With Hopkins, he produced the first English version of the Psalms before alluded to. He completed fifty-one; Hopkins and others composed the remainder. He died in 1549. Thirty-seven of his psalms were edited and published after his death, by his friend Hopkins. The work is entitled "All such Psalms of David as Thomas Sternhold, late Groome of the King's Majestye's Robes, did in his Lyfetime drawe into Englyshe Metre." Of the version annexed to the Prayer Book, Montgomery says: "The merit of faithful adherence to the original has been claimed for this version, and need not to be denied, but it is the resemblance which the dead bear to the living." Wood, in his "Athenae Oxonlenses" (1691, vol. I, p. 62), has the following account of the origin of Sternhold's psalms: "Being a most zealous reformer, and a very strict liver, he became so scandalized at the amorous and obscene songs used in the Court, that he, forsooth, turned into English metre fifty-one of David's psalms, and caused musical notes to be set to them, thinking thereby that the courtiers would sing them instead of their sonnets; but they did not, some few excepted. However, the poetry and music being admirable, and the best that was made and composed in these times, they were thought fit to be sung in all parochial churches." Of Sternhold and Hopkins, old Fuller says: "They were men whose piety was better than their poetry, and they had drunk more of Jordan than of Helicon." Sternhold and Hopkins may be taken as the representatives of the strong tendency to versify Scripture that came with the Reformation into England--a work men eagerly entered on without the talent requisite for its successful accomplishment. The tendency went so far, that even the "Acts of the Apostles" was put into rhyme, and set to music by Dr. Christopher Tye.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.


Texts by Thomas Sternhold (55)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
All people that on earth do dwellSternhold (Author)English2
All ye that fear Him, praise the LordThomas Sternhold (Author (stanza 1))2
Ascribe to God, ye sons of menThomas Sternhold (Author)English2
Attend, my people, to my law; Thereto give thou an earThomas Sternhold (Author)English3
Blessed art thou that fearest GodT. S. (Author)English3
Give to the Lord ye PotentatesT. S. (Author)3
Help Lord for good and godly menT. S. (Author)3
How ever it be yet God is goodT. S. (Author)3
How long wilt Thou forget me, Lord, Shall it forever beT. S. (Author)English1
How long wilt Thou forget me Lord? Shall I never be remembered?Thomas Sternhold (Author)English2
I lift my heart to thee, My God and Guide most justThomas Sternhold (Author)English10
I will give laud and honour bothThomas Sternhold (Author)3
I trust in God, how dare ye thenT. S. (Author)English3
In my distress I sought my GodThomas Sternhold (Author)2
In trouble and adversityT.S. (Author)3
In trouble and in thrallT. S. (Author)English3
Incline thine eares unto my wordsT. S. (Author)English3
Judge and revenge my cause O LordT. S. (Author)3
Joy to the world! the Lord is come!Thomas Sternhold (Author)English2
Let God arise and then his foesThomas Sternhold (Author)3
Lord be my Judge and thou shalt seeThomas Sternhold (Author)3
Lord in thy wrath reprove me notT. S. (Author)3
Lord keep me for I trust in thee And do confess indeedThomas Sternhold (Author)English3
My shepherd is the living Lord, Nothing therfore I needT. S. (Author)3
My Shepherd is the living Lord, Now shall my wants be well suppliedThomas Sternhold (Author (1st quartrain))English1
My Shepherd is the living Lord, I therefore nothing needThomas Sternhold (Author)English16
My soul give laud unto the LordThomas Sternhold (Author)English3
O God my God I watch betimeT. S. (Author)3
O God my God, wherefore dost thouT. S. (Author)3
O God, my strength and fortitudeThomas Sternhold (Author (arranged from))English32
O God our Lord how wonderfulThomas Sternhold (Author)3
O God that art my righteousnessThomas Sternhold (Author)3
O Lord give eare to my just causeThomas Sternhold (Author)3
O Lord, how are my foes increased? Against me many riseThomas Sternhold (Author)English4
O Lord how are my foes increased, Which vex me more and moreT. S. (Author)3
O Lord how joyfull is the KingThomas Sternhold (Author)3
O Lord my God I put my trustT. S. (Author)3
O thou my soul, bless God the LordT. Sternhold (Author)English2
O Lord that heaven dost possesseT. S. (Author)English3
Oft they (now Israel may say)Thomas Sternhold (Author)English1
Our ears have heard our fathers tellT. S. (Author)English3
The foolish man is that which heT. S. (Author)3
The heavens and the firmamentT. S. (Author)3
The Lord descended from above, And bowed the heavens most highThomas Sternhold (Author)English132
The man is blest that careful isThomas Sternhold (Author)3
The man is blest that hath not bentT. S. (Author)3
The man is blest whose wickednesseT. S. (Author)3
There is no God as foolish menT. S. (Author)3
Thou art (O Lord) my strength and stayT. S. (Author)3
Thy praise alone, O Lord, doth reignSternhold (Author)English3
What is the cuase that thou O LordT. S. (Author)2
Why did the Gentiles tumults raise?Thomas Sternhold (Author)4
With heart & mouth unto the LordT. S. (Author)3
O Lord within thy TabernacleT. S. (Author)3
Ye men on earth in God rejoiceT. S. (Author)3
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