n.1.The hold or grip of an anchor, or that to which it holds.
2.Hence: Firm hold: security.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The first is about a young girl who experiences visions and enters the anchor-hold of a local abbey to spend her life in spiritual communion with Christ (seen as the "bridegroom" in ecstatic medieval poetry).
In the church the recovery of a mediaeval spirit of tradition, of an old high and deeply spiritual sacramental history seemed to provide a new anchor-hold for faith, and the 19th centur y took religion enormously seriously.