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(Plain-,) Playn-sang, n. Also: plaine-, plan(e)-, plean- and -song, -syng. [ME. pleyn-, playn(e)-, plain(e)-song (c 1425), f. med. L. cantus planus. Cf. Plain a.1 8 c.] Plain-song. 1445 Peebles B. Rec. I. 11.
Thar sal na man be feit thairtil bot he that can sufficiandly syng playn sang to help Goddis service
1458 Ib. 126.
[To] syng playn syng at the leste
1508 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 347.
Sangstaris that can syng plane sang ande prik sang at the lest
1513 Crail Ch. Reg. 41.
Plane sang
1527 Guide to St. Andrews (1953) 19.
Plan sang, prickit sang, and descant
c1550-c1580 Art of Music 36 b.
A/E/I/O/U. Of the quhilkis ewrie ane salbe tane for ane simpill noit of plane sang
Ib. 92, 103 b. 1600-1610 Melvill 29.
I lerned of him the gam, plean-song, and monie of the treables of the psalmes

b. A simple, unharmonised melody. fig. 1584 Calderwood IV. 43.
To hold in a baise of plaine song unto his discant

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