Pas"tor*al(?), n. 1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
A pastoral is a poem in which any action or passion is represented by its effects on a country life.Rambler.
(Mus.) A cantata relating to rural life; a composition for instruments characterized by simplicity and sweetness; a lyrical composition the subject of which is taken from rural life.
Moore (Encyc. of Music).
(Eccl.) A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese; also
(Prot. Epis. Ch.), a letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.
Pas`to*ra"le(?), n. [It.] 1. (Mus.) A composition in a soft, rural style, generally in 6-8 or 12-8 time.
2. A kind of dance; a kind of figure used in a dance.
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