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Sang, Song, n. Also: sange; songe, soung. [Chiefly north. and north. midl. ME sang (Cursor M.), midl. and south. song (Layamon), OE sang, song.] See also Evinsang n., Plain-sang n. and priksang Prik adj.2 a.

1. The action or activity of singing; singing as an art; vocal music. b. The singing of a bird or birds. (1) In all my tyme Ik hard neuer in sang na ryme Tell off a man that [etc.]; Barb. iii 178.
Of ane hour hale the space Vith gret delyt of angel sange Fed scho was; Leg. S. xvi 803.
Warldly sang and vanyte; Ib. xxvi 656.
Thay maid … lauchter and sang; Alex. ii 5071.
Dame Natur has … Ascendit … with solace & sang; Howlat 943 (A).
Wes nowthir solace nor sang thair sorow to soft; Gol. & Gaw. 1055.
Dunb. (OUP) 147/16.
With hir ythand sweit sang and caralyng; Doug. vi xvi 25.
With hevinly and delitious sang; Bell. Boece I 233.
Lynd. Depl. Magd. 89.
(b) To angell song and hewinlie armony; K. Hart 312.
Wyth sowne of clarioun, organe, song and sence; Dunb. (OUP) 109/22.
(2) Ther maister of grammer and sang; 1561 Rentale Dunkeld. (SHS) 342.
Prowyding thar be na uther scoill teachit in this toun, bot sang onlie; 1582 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 72.
b. To the swete sang of foules seire; Troy-bk. ii 1654.
And for till heir … Thair [sc. the birds'] cairfull sang and lamentatioun; Henr. Fab. 1877.
The pyot … sesit hir sang & maid na glewe; Seven S. 1962.
The fader that kest his son in the se for the birdis sang; Ib. 2562 heading.
For all thar trast was on the cokis sang; Fyve Bestes 216.
I hard a merle with mirry notis sing A sang of lufe; Dunb. (OUP) 60/4.
Id. Twa Mar. W. 7.
Kennedy Pass. Christ 422.
Tender twystis trymlyt on the treis For byrdis sang; Doug. xii Prol. 244.
The lark discendis … Syngand hir complyng sang; Ib. xiii Prol. 35.
Lynd. Meldrum 1013.
The dou croutit hyr sad sang; Compl. 39/17.
Rolland Seven S. 8421.
(b) Throw birdis songe with opine wox one hy; Lanc. 13.
Quhill al the wood resonite of thar [sc. birds'] songe; Ib. 66.
Bann. MS 229b/42.
O blisit burd quhois soring song [etc.]; a1624 Edinb. Univ. MS La. ii 319.

2. Something sung; a song, as composed, sung, played, etc.; something expressed in song or ? rhyme. (a) Sangis ȝa of lychery Vile & als dewylry; Leg. S. xviii 933.
& yhone Sibile sang [ed. saug] can say [L. Sibilla quoque sic ait:] … That God that hangit one the tree … happy is he; Ib. l 439.
He cleikit vp ane hie ruf sang; Peblis to Play 57.
The sang is sueit quhen that the sound is suyth; Regim. Princ. 4 (Fairf.).
I will put on my haly-dayis clais … Syne chant this sang, ‘Wes neuer wedow sa gay!’; Henr. Fab. 515.
Mercurius … Setting sangis and singand merilie; Id. Test. Cress. 243.
I mete A mirry man … Singand this sang that [etc.]; Id. Age & Yowth 7.
Quhen … all … maneris pertenand to him ar concordand … and consonaunt as the voces and the notis in the sang; Irland Mir. II 110/29.
Sangis to mak undir the levis grene; Dunb. (OUP) 141/28.
Scho playit sangis so duilfull to heir; Ib. 147/23.
Thay that prouokis ony ewil desir … with sangis or wordis or foul takine; Gau 16/10.
Sonyt war trumpettis, … sangis and rymys war rehersit and song with merynes [etc.]; Boece 161.
Prentaris … that … prentis … ballattis sangis blasphematiounis rymes; 1551 Acts II 488/2.
[He could] Sangis set with diuers tunis expres; 1567 Sat. P. iii 43.
1572 Sempill Sat. P. xxxviii 33.
For passaig of the sangis to and fro; Art of Music 6.
How manfully he behauit him self, certaine sangs asweill in France it self, as in Scotland beiris witnessing; Charteris Wall. Pref. 173.
Hume 69/32.
To answer for … singing of superstitious and prophane sangis; 1609 Stirling Presb. in Hume xxxiv.
(b) For singing of bawdry songis; 1591 St. A. Kirk S. 705.
(c) James Arthour, kirk officer, being delait for singing off nevyeir soungis on nevyeiris ewin; 1649 Echt Kirk S. in
Strathbogie Presb. xiii.

b. Freq., a religious or spiritual song. (a) This haly sang and orisone [sc. the Paternoster] … that Jhesus withe His haly mouthe [sueitlie sang]; Irland Mir. I 32/24.
The angellis sall sing the haly chansoune and sang of pes; Ib. 119/25.
With sangis and ympnis, and othir divine cerimonyis; Bell. Boece I 232.
The thankfull sangis of Marie and Zachary; Nisbet I 9.
Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 177/21.
Be singing of the psalmes and spiritual sangis; G. Ball. 1.
Followis ane sang of our coruiptit nature; Ib. 24.
Sinnaris, vnto my sang aduert, Quhilk Christ [etc.]; Ib. 34.
Ib. 21, etc.
Hume 11/15.
(b) Followis the song of the Virgin Mary callit magnificat anima mea dominum; Bann. MS I p. 22 colophon.
The bischopis, abbottis [etc.] … maid great solemnitie … witht mese songis and playing on the organis; Pitsc. I 379/26.

c. A poetic composition or narrative, more generally. (a) This falyhyd fra he deyd suddanly, This sang wes made off hym for-thi; Wynt. vii 3618.
Thy scharp sugurate sang Virgiliane; Doug. ii Prol. 29.
Ȝhe Musys now, … Entone my sang; Ib. vii xi 5.
To thee, my Lord Regent, I turne my sang; 1567 Sat. P. vi 129.
(b) Your iust disdaynes of reasoun now enclynes To cast my songs asyde and thame to ryve; Fowler I 138/8.

d. transf. A piece of music played on or characteristic of a particular instrument. O dulfull harpe with mony dolly stryng Turne all thi mirth and musik in murnyng And ces of all thi subtell sangis sweit; Henr. Orph. 136.

3. In various fig., transf., and allusive uses. To mak na sang of, to say nothing about, keep silent about. (Cf. to mak a sang (= fuss, to-do) about, of or ower something, in the mod. dial.). To sing the samin or ane sang, to express the same opinion, to declare agreement. (1) Off all hys thowcht he mad na sang Bot prewaly [etc.]; Wynt. vi 1983.
(2) And that ȝe think vnressoun or wrang, Wee al and sundrie sings the samin sang; Prestis of Peblis 142.
Gyf ye sing all ane sang concerning the iudiciall lawes of Moyses; 1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. (STS) 63/15.
(3) How sayis the sang? Thair salbe mirth at our meting ȝit; Peblis to Play 247.
Had thair bein mair made of this sang Mair suld I to ȝow say; Ib. 255.
Wa was the hart of the emprys Scho held chalmer with lytill sang, Gretand and murnand; Seven S. 797.
Till our rymis be rung And our mistonit sangis [B. songis] be sung; Lynd. Sat. 75 (Ch.).
That mony heris and knauis His Worde … and dois not thairefter, bot turnis it in ane sang of thair mouth, thair hartis being geuin tyl auarice; Winȝet I 45/6.
Thay … persuade him [etc.] … The king … heiris thair sueit sang plesantlie; Dalr. II 64/9.
Thou has gotten the woman's song laid, as thou promised … Many pretty men has thou putten down both in ships and boats; thou has gotten the woman's song laid now … I have keeped thee from doing many ill turnes. Thou has now laid the woman's song; 1633 Kirkcaldy Kirk S. in
Coll. Witchcraft 114.
(b) The … gospel … is a set of pleasant melodious songs that may … refresh us till we come unto the city where we shall all sing the song of the Lamb. What a song is liberty to captives … Ye would all think salvation … a sweet song … Many listen to the song of justification, but they will not abide to hear out all the song; Binning Wks. 597.
(4) The songe Of sousinge seas; Fowler I 380/53.

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