long metre


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long metre

n
(Poetry) a stanzaic form consisting of four octosyllabic lines, used esp for hymns
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She argues, for instance, that the first song in Phillip's Patient and Meek Grissell evokes sung metrical psalms that use the same long metre. Long metre, however, is also found in secular ballads, and when Brokaw says 'Grissell's song could have been set to something that was already a psalm tune, or one of the many ballad tunes and dances that were recycled into psalm tunes,' she can only speculate (129).
Consider 'Bitwene March ant Averil' (probably better known as 'Alysoun') from the Harley lyrics, with its burden in a mix of long metre and ballad metre: