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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
References in classic literature ?
By the Temple of that wise king, which our wiser brother Richard proved unable to recover, she is the very Bride of the Canticles
What a noble thing is that canticle in the fish's belly
But, above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is', Nunc dimittis; when a man hath obtained worthy ends, and expectations.
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.
In Brown's classic book The Birth of the Messiah, he both explains the origins of Luke's canticles and demonstrates what the evangelist is trying to accomplish by employing them at strategic points in his infancy narrative.
Ben Parry, the director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, said: "It was so exciting to hear Solihull School's Chamber Choir sing my new Canticles in the wonderful acoustic of St Paul's.
com Britten's Five Canticles St David's Hall, Cardiff, 3pm Tickets: PS7 A celebration of Benjamin Britten's centenary with a new dramatisation of this set of songs.
For example, it appeared most often to the text of Psalm 113 in the pre-Reformation period and in later settings for the Roman Catholic Church, but was most closely associated with the Magnifica, in the German Lutheran tradition and with the Benedicite and other canticles in England.
Tomorrow's concert at St Mary's Church, Warwick, opens with the Russian Easter Festival Overture by Rimsky-Korsakov, based on themes from a collection of Russian Orthodox canticles.
Britten was represented by two of his Canticles, 'Still Falls the Rain' sustainedly sombre with suppressed anger (hornist Richard Watkins rich in piercing timbres, tenor Mark Padmore expressively equal to the challenge set by his great predecessor Peter Pears, pianist Julius Drake such an empathetic foil), and the warmly serene 'My Beloved is Mine', for tenor and piano alone, bringing such a contrast.
19:00 Christmas canticles on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Saint George church, Mieh Mieh, Sidon.