It is all written in "common metre," nearly all in lines of eight and six syllables alternately.
The syllables are as in the common metre, but it has thrice the rhymes.
Ballads are more frequently written in common metre lines of eight and six syllables alternating.
One of its forms has in hymn-books the designation of common metre.
The trochaic septenarius, also a common metre in the drama, consists of seven trochees and an additional long syllable.
This is the common metre for narrative, didactic, and descriptive poetry.