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 Alexandrine Philosophy.Alexandrite (4 syl.). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Alexan’drines (4 syl.).
Iambic verses of 12 or 13 syllables, divided into two parts between the sixth and seventh syllable; so called because they were first employed in a metrical romance of Alexander the Great, commenced by Lambert-li-Cors, and continued by Alexandre de Bernay, also called Alexandre de Paris. The final line of the Spenserian stanza is an Alexandrine.   1
“A needless Alexandrine ends the song,
Which, like a wounded snake, I drags its slow length along.”
Pope: Essay on Criticism, Part ii., lines 356–7.

 Alexandrine Philosophy.Alexandrite (4 syl.). 


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