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one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.
a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.
Historical Examples

The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various
Abbe Mouret’s Transgression Emile Zola
Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola
The History of Modern Painting, Volume 3 (of 4) Richard Muther
Barn and the Pyrenees Louisa Stuart Costello
The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
The Works of Sir Thomas Browne Thomas Browne

a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches
a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character


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