from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A collection of songs or other vocal music forming a book or volume; specifically, a hymn-book.
  • n. In the Anglo-Saxon church, the portass or breviary.


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  • An example of clinical paranoia directly from the Beck (aka The Cowardly Lion) song-book.

    Sarah Smile

  • The congregation was singing lustily from their Lutheran song-book, when someone spotted a snake track.


  • They would suddenly find a different song-book to sing from

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • He did not notice that the house was empty, that only a few stragglers had halted at the door; he was absorbed in his own thoughts and was madly pawing through his song-book as he made his way out to the table.

    The Road Leads On

  • The pack of cards, the little looking-glass, the song-book, even a milk loaf.

    The Possessed

  • “I suppose a song-book might be full of improving sentiments,” he said.

    Presumption of Death

  • To mollify him, she added, “Seems harder to note the author if one just knows something out of a song-book.”

    Presumption of Death

  • The circle broke up, each collaring his own jug, glass, and song-book; Bill pounced on the big table, and began to rattle it away to its place outside the buttery door.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • CAROL, a long tawney coat, with a red cap, and a flute at his girdle, his torch-bearer carrying a song-book open.

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • Take any German song-book, and you will immediately come upon a recognition of a higher power as the spring of our joys, and upon an expressed desire to use them, so as to bring us nearer one another, and to make us more honest, upright, happy, and contented men.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century


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