Hymnal Measure Notes

Stricter than Common measure, Hymnal Measure consists of alternating rhyming couplets over iambic tetrameter and trimeter. This gives a rhyme scheme of…
abab cdcd efef … and so on

Example:

Hymn to Beauty by Jez Farmer

It is an art this kissing thing,
A portrait drawn by love;
When lips embrace the heart shall sing
And speak desire thereof
A pencil cannot trace your smile
As can my fingertip;
For graphite has not passion's style
That lies upon your lip
No paint can catch the vibrant hue
That shines within your eyes;
For beauty calls from within you
To catch my breath of sighs.

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