from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the ancient Roman drama, any passage sung by the actors; especially, in comedy, a solo accompanied by dancing and music.
  • n. [LL.] A canticle.


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  • Greek comic poets also, interposing the canticum sung by the chorus, divided the spaces of their plays.

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  • Then came the first canticum, a glorious tenor aria sung to the accompaniment of a lyre.

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  • Only by deciphering the imprint left by God on the world can we raise ourselves to the transcendent, invisible world; for God has so ordered his creation, has so linked the lower to the higher by subtle signatures and affinities, that the world we see is, as it were, a great staircase by which the mind of man must climb upwards to spiritual intelli - gence (In canticum canticorum 3).

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  • Iambic senarii were spoken; other metres were sung; but the scenes in septenarii stood midway between the dialogue and the _canticum_.

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  • '_Quomodo cantabimus canticum Domini in terra aliena?

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  • We may well imagine that such scenes were preceded as well as accompanied by a fearful racket within (a familiar device of our low comedy and extravaganza), the effect probably heightened by tempestuous _melodrama_ on the _tibiae_, as both the scenes cited are in _canticum_.

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  • Note that this is _canticum_ and the effect of the two "sing-songing" slaves on the audience must have been much the same as, upon us, the spectacle of a vaudeville "duo," entering from opposite wings and singing perchance a burlesque of grand opera at each other.

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  • The comparison is the more apt, as about two-thirds of the illustrative scenes referred to in the next paragraph are in _canticum_.

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  • Cf. _Most. _ 858 ff. and _As. _ 545 ff., a duologue in _canticum_.

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