After the Protestant Reformation, the Anglican church, or the church of England used this style of singing to replace the Catholic chants of ancient plainsong.
Like plainsong Anglican chant is suitable for words to be sung out-of-time.
The lines of text vary in the number of syllables, and therefore is not structured like English poetry.
There are single and double chants, and the words are clearly pronounced sung as a good reader would recite them.
The biggest difference between the Anglican and old chants lies in harmony.
The plainsong are sung in unison, but the newer Anglican chant is all in harmony (different voices singing together).
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