canticle

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canticle

1. a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches
2. a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character
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(33.) Gregory, Super cantica canticorum expositio, proemium, 3 (PL 79: 473).
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, exclaims the bride, and Bernard assures, "Even one soul, if she loves God dearly, wisely, and ardently, is the Bride" (Song 1:1; Sermones super Cantica Canticorum [SCC] 73.10).
(47) Manuscrito M: Psalmi, Cantica et Hymni, Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Ms.
Esta cantica corresponde en otras maneras al soneto de Gongora.
(8.) Antiphonarium, Omnia pia Cannonicorum horarum cantica: secundum ordinem atque vsum Ecclesie et dioceses Monasteriensis: complectens, iam primum summa diligentia excusam, Cologne: Hero Alopecius, 1537.
psalterium, librum aragonum et officiorum domini, beati jeronimi, bernardus super misses, super cantica canticorum, meditationes beati bernardi, libre de duodecimi gradibus humilitatis, libre de ejusdem bernardi de libero arbitrio et gratia, naturalis philosofia [...] (13)
From Inferno's cacophony, through purgatorial monophony, and to paradisiacal polyphony, each cantica retains a well-defined musical identity, which serves a specific purpose in the overall poetic strategy.