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common meter Syllabification: com·mon me·ter
(also common measure, abbreviation: CM)

Definition of common meter in English:


A metrical pattern for hymns in which the stanzas have four lines containing eight and six syllables alternately rhyming abcb or abab.
Example sentences
  • Shakespeare referred to common meter in Midsummer Night's Dream as ‘eight-and-six,’ which is a description of the number of syllables in the odd and even lines.
  • They used Rouse's metrical version, in which all the psalms are rendered in common metre, except the one hundredth which is long metre.
  • The Psalms of King David paraphrased and turned into English verse according to the common metre as they are usually sung in parish-churches
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