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Four and three iambics alternate are known as Ballad or Service stanza. A slight variation of the latter goes by the name of Gray's stanza.
All melancholy lying
Thus wailed she for her dear; Replied each blast with sighing,
Each billow with a tear.
(d). Stanzas of Five Verses.
These are called quintains, and have been employed by our poets in great variety of rhyme and length of verse.
That was I you heard last night,
When there rose no moon at all, Nor, to pierce the strained and tight
Tent of heaven, a planet small: Life was dead, and so was light.
R. Browning. " A Serenade."
Who is the honest man ? He that doth still and strongly good pursue; To God, his neighbour, and himself most true. Whom neither force nor fawning can Unpin, or wrench from giving all their due.
Herbert. " The Steadfast Life."
You meaner beauties of the night,
That poorly satisfy our eyes More by your number than your light You common people of the skies. What are you when the moon shall rise ?
Wot ton. "To Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia."