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A church song performed in cathedral service by choristers who sung alternately. It was used to denote both psalms and hymns, when performed in this manner; but, at present, anthem is used in a more confined sense, being applied to certain passages taken out of the scriptures, and adapted to a particular solemnity. Anthems were first introduced in the reformed service of the English church, in the beginning or the reign of queen Elizabeth.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Anthem'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. 1802.

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