or Asclepiadic Metre. A Greek and Latin verse, so called from Asclepiades, the inventor. Each line is divided into two parts.
The first ode of Horace is Asclepiadic. The first and last two lines run thus, and in the same metre:
Dear friend patron of song, sprung from the race of kings; Thy name ever a grace and a protection brings ... My name, if to the lyre haply you chance to wed, Pride would high as the stars lift my exalted head. E. C. B.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894