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  • n. Alternative form of compline.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The last of the seven canonical hours, originally said after the evening meal and before retiring to sleep, but in later medieval and modern usage following immediately upon vespers.

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  • n. last of the seven canonical hours just before retiring


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  • At prime, tierce, sext, none, vespers, complin, and the midnight office, they daily sung the whole psalter, which every sister was obliged to know by heart.

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • Lady's office, of the psalms in the office for the dead, of the gradual and seven penitential psalms, and of the psalms sung at vespers and complin, is excellent.

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • “Te lucis ante terminum, ” the first verse of the hymn in the last part of the sacred office, termed “complin.

    Purgatory. Canto VIII

  • He hid himself in the grand portico, which he had so often passed through to go to mass or complin within, and presently his heart gave a great leap, for he saw the straw-enwrapped stove brought out and laid with infinite care on the bullock dray.


  • Gurth and Harold were seated in close commune in the Earl's chamber, at an hour long after the complin (or second vespers), when Alred entered unexpectedly.

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Volume 10

  • After hearing the complin vespers in the temporary chapel fitted up in that unfinished abbey of Westminster, which occupied the site of the temple of Apollo [53], the King and his guests repaired to their evening meal in the great hall of the palace.

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Volume 02

  • For example, in one of the psalms used by the Church of Rome at complin, and with the rest repeated in the Church of England, and prophetic of the

    Primitive Christian Worship Or, The Evidence of Holy Scripture and the Church, Against the Invocation of Saints and Angels, and the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Singleby you should not spread rumours, If you put as much energy in to promotiong your cause and the arrse website on twitter instead of annoying that person/people you would have cause to complin. from what we have read considering you are a charity bear you dont swear at people

    Army Rumour Service

  • October 6th, 2009 3: 07 pm ET personally i dont think these kids should be goin to prison for not wanting to go back to fight in these bloody wars can you imagine how scared each one of these young men are when they are fighting in combat you cant see bullets im sure none of us would relish the fact that we might loose our legs our get burned by roadside bombs we treat our terrorists in prison that have killed pur soldiers better than we treat the boys that didnt want to fight in middleeast why should our kids serve prison aftter they served our country thats just wrong even if they only went thru training thats more than most of the lazy people that complin about trivial things in there life have done at least these young men are doing something good for all of us soldiers need to come home from 2 bloody wars right now in middleeast they deserve to live life like the rest of us do so bring all soldiers home now dont throw this good person away if he doesnt want to go to combat

    Video: AWOL Soldier turns himself in

  • He planted his watchful mo - ther as a kind of duenna over her, when - ever he rode out to pay his complin: ients tQ the lord of Gravenegg, whofe vaffal he was.

    Popular tales of the Germans [selected from J.C.A. Musaeus] tr. [by W. Beckford].


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  • (n): the last devotional service of the day, marking the seventh canonical hour; the last division in the Roman Catholic breviary; the last prayer of the day, said after sunset. Also compline.

    January 18, 2009