This strophe was not in the ode as delivered, but was written immediately after the occasion, and included in the published poem.
Balassa was also the inventor of the strophe which goes by his name.
A deliberate contrast seems to be made in each Chorus between the strophe and the antistrophe.
(strophe) Romulus and Remus, nice pair of schemers, How does your city grow?
Big gun and rifle fire mingled like strophe and antistrophe of an anthem of death.
Canzone, in which Dante describes the person of Beatrice, strophe third.
As the hymn developed, the chorus and strophe were dropped, and the narrative only was preserved.
The closing verse of this strophe takes the complaint of ver.
A piteous tale of suffering is wailed forth in the second strophe.
A mysterious attribution of them all to God closes the strophe.
c.1600, from Greek strophe "stanza," originally "a turning," in reference to the section of an ode sung by the chorus while turning in one direction, from strephein "to turn," from PIE *strebh- "to wind, turn" (cf. Greek strophaligs "whirl, whirlwind," streblos "twisted").