anthem (n.) Old form(s): Antheme , Anthemes
song of mourning, hymn of grief
2H4 I.ii.191[Falstaff to Lord Chief Justice] For my voice, I have lost it with hallooing, and singing of anthems
Phoen.21[] Here the anthem doth commence
TG III.i.240[Valentine to Proteus] [an] ending anthem of my endless dolour
Ven.839[of Venus] Her heavy anthem still concludes in woe
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