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short metre

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Definition of short metre in English:

noun

A metrical pattern for hymns in which the stanzas have four lines with 6, 6, 8, and 6 syllables.
Example sentences
  • It was then that he experimented with a new form - short metre and a pleasing colloquial tone.
  • Common metre, short metre and long metre are almost always referred to by their letter abbreviations (CM, SM, LM).
  • In my edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (With Accompanying Tunes), I discovered eleven Watts hymns: one in short meter, six in common, four in long.

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