common metre

common metre
common metre noun
A four-line hymn stanza with eight syllables in the first and third lines, six in the second and fourth
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common metre
A quatrain in eights and sixes, of four and of three iambic feet alternately (also service metre, from its use in the metrical psalms, etc, and ballad metre, from its use in old ballads)
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