long metre


a stanzaic form consisting of four octosyllabic lines, used esp for hymns

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Examples from the Web for long metre

Historical Examples of long metre

  • The music of the long-metre doxology was floating through the open windows.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke

  • You might as well try to sing a long-metre hymn to "Fisher's Hornpipe," as to undertake to dance to that polka.

  • It was all done in a flash, and I marvel that I tell its mental processes as if they were a song sung in long-metre time.

    The Price of the Prairie

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • Let some one with a strong voice give out the long-metre doxology, and the whole world "Praise God, from whom all blessings flow."

    Around The Tea-Table

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • It was the old tune which for many years had closed the session of the State Board, the long-metre doxology.