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Church torn over future of precious asset

In 1640, on the edge of a vast wilderness that would one day become the United States, a printing press began to roll in Cambridge, producing the first book ever published in British North America.

The Bay Psalm Book was a new translation of the Book of Psalms by a group of prominent Puritan ministers. It was an instant hit: Congregations across the Massachusetts Bay Colony were soon singing from the new psalter during worship.

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