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John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States wrote a metrical version of the Psalms, as well as several hymns.

His diary entry for June 29, 1845, reads: Mr. Lunt preached this morning from Ecclesiastes 3.1, “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”  He had given out as the first hymn to be sung the 138th of the Christian Psalter—his compilation, and the hymn-book now used in our church. It was my version of the 65th Psalm; and no words can express the sensations with which I heard it sung. Were it possible to compress into one pulsation of the heart the pleasure which, in the whole period of my life, I have enjoyed in praise from the lips of mortal man, it would not weigh a straw to balance the ecstasy of delight which streamed from my eyes as the organ pealed and the choir of voices sung the praise of Almighty God from the soul of David, adapted to my native tongue by me.      

 

John Quincy Adams was born 7/11/1767, Braintree, Massachusetts.

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