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I en­joyed your ar­ti­cle ‘Lutheran Lega­cies’ (April is­sue) but have a prob­lem with the fol­low­ing sen­tence: ‘The rather bleak aus­ter­ity of Protes­tant re­form­ers like Calvin and Zwingli in Switzer­land has rubbed off a lit­tle on Martin Luther’s post­hu­mous rep­u­ta­tion.’

Even to­day, Swiss Ger­man hymn books have kept at least two hymns writ­ten by Zwingli. And Calvin? Though he wasn’t a trained mu­si­cian, he com­mis­sioned what is now known as the Geneva Psalter. It was the first con­tain­ing rhymed para­phrases in French, set to 125 dif­fer­ent melodies. With this pub­li­ca­tion, Calvin started a move­ment that didn’t stop at the bor­ders of Switzer­land. Scots call the ‘Old Hun­dredth’ their own, Ger­mans wrote met­ric Psalms to fit the Geneva tunes and early Dutch im­mi­grants brought them to North Amer­ica.

Daniel von All­men, London

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hymn of praise: John Calvin en­joyed a wide in­flu­ence

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