Long meter (long measure)

The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms - Ross Murfin 2018

Long meter (long measure)

Long meter (long measure): A four-line stanza typically written in iambic tetrameter with an abab or abcb rhyme scheme. Long meter, often abbreviated “L.M.,” is often used in hymns.

EXAMPLE: The first stanza of the hymn “O God, Beneath Thy Guiding Hand” (1793):

Ŏ Gód,│bĕneáth│thy̆ guі́din̆g hánd

Our exiled parents crossed the sea

And when they trod the wintry strand,

With prayer and psalm they worshiped thee.