Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A song sung on the battle-field, or relating to battle; a martial song.

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Examples

  • Flora had exchanged the measured and monotonous recitative of the bard for a lofty and uncommon Highland air, which had been a battle-song in former ages.

    Waverley

  • It will be remembered that he was the martial coryphaeus who led my little army to war against Mirambo, chanting the battle-song of the

    How I Found Livingstone

  • “He is a great man,” whispered my interpreter, “and if they chaunt their battle-song, he must show them his bravery.”

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Waves were welling, the warriors saw, hot with blood; but the horn sang oft battle-song bold.

    Beowulf, translated by Francis Gummere

  • This sequence was long used as a battle-song; one of Luther's funeral hymns, "Mitten wir im Leben sind," is a translation of it and portions of the Burial Service of the Church of England are taken from it.

    Paul Gerhardt as a Hymn Writer and his Influence on English Hymnody

  • Still Stormbringer sang its sinister battle-song and still the runesword passed its power to its master so that with every death Elric found strength to slay more of the soldiers.

    The Sailor On The Seas of Fate

  • I remembered the battle-song of my father's men which he had liked before; I hoped it would cheer his soul.

    The Persian Boy

  • Gold and silver shone upon their armor, pennons of white and purple floated over them, and from a thousand trumpets sounded their battle-song.

    Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)

  • It was begun by a horseman riding out from the Norman lines and advancing alone toward the English army, tossing up his sword and skilfully catching it as it fell, and singing all the while the stirring battle-song of Charlemagne and Roland (see p. 405).

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • Next loud sobs were heard, mingled with murmured praises; then suddenly from hundreds of lips there rose this glorious battle-song of the North, for they felt, though many a battle was to follow, that the Union was saved: --

    The Story of Garfield Farm-boy, Soldier, and President

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