Definition of common metre in English:

common metre

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[mass noun]
  • A metrical pattern for hymns in which the stanzas have four lines containing eight and six syllables alternately.
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    • 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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