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1. A song or chant, especially a nonmetrical hymn with words taken from a biblical text other than from the book of Psalms.
2. Canticles Bible The Song of Songs.

[Middle English, from Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song, from past participle of canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.Canticles - an Old Testament book consisting of a collection of love poems traditionally attributed to Solomon but actually written much later
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
Hagiographa, Ketubim, Writings - the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
sapiential book, wisdom book, wisdom literature - any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
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By the Temple of that wise king, which our wiser brother Richard proved unable to recover, she is the very Bride of the Canticles !''
But, above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is', Nunc dimittis; when a man hath obtained worthy ends, and expectations.
What a noble thing is that canticle in the fish's belly!
Athelny was not displeased to find someone to whom he could read the translations with which for some time he had amused his leisure; and in his fine, vibrating voice he recited the canticle of the Soul and Christ her lover, the lovely poem which begins with the words en una noche oscura, and the noche serena of Fray Luis de Leon.
The earliest work, a marvellous setting of the Evening Canticles composed for Magdalen College Oxford, dates from 1959; the latest, a sturdy and excitingly-structured organ voluntary (well played by Christopher Whitton) on the ancient plainchant Veni creator spiritus, is from 1987, a year before Leighton's death.
1, The Canticles of Hieronymus, and The Young Dead Soldiers, as well as a works list.
Herbert Howells - The Complete Morning and Evening Canticles vol.3 (Priory) This third volume collecting the multitudinous morning and evening canticles composed by Herbert Howells, a still under-rated composer much of whose music brings many rewards, contains works created for Winchester, Dallas, Hereford and St Paul's Cathedrals, as well as the only setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis he destined for an English parish church.
And those extremes of emotion expressed in the psalms and canticles that were so off-putting to my 18-year-old self?
Conducted by head of music, James Andrews, the choir performed pieces including Canticles in D Major by George Dyson and Balfour Gardiner's Evening Hymn.
He stated this while speaking to newsmen at the 2018 Festival of Hymns and Canticles, an annual musical event of the Lagos Methodist Archdiocese, at Methodist Church City Mission Circuit, Surulere, Lagos.
The multi-volume study of the textual history of the Hebrew Bible continues here by looking at Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Canticles, Qohelet, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah, and 1-2 Chronicles.
Hudson, Anne, ed., Two Revisions of Rolle's English Psalter Commentary and the Related Canticles: V olume III (EETS, O.S.