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Just about everything written in iambic heptameter (fourteen syllables and seven iambic feet per meter) can easily be read in common meter: four lines which alternate between iambic tetrameter (four feet per line) and iambic trimeter (three feet ), with each foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable; and an 8/6/8/6 syllable count.  Iambic heptameter is really common in a lot of Sixties and Seventies television theme songs, common meter is common (get it) to a lot of medieval ballads, and both crop up a lot in those poetry classics you were supposed to have read in freshman English, but didn't...

One line has four iambic feet.
The next has only three. 
And then the pattern will repeat 
And rhyme, as you can see.

Since common meter texts abound, 
Tune-swapping is a breeze. 
You'll see examples float around, 
Including each of these:

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
a tale of a fateful trip.
That started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship.

Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me
The Carriage held but just Ourselves
And Immortality.

There is a house in New Orleans,
They call the rising sun.
And it's been the ruin of many a poor girl,
And God, I know I'm one.

I wanna be the very best.
Like no one ever was!
To catch them is my real test.
To train them is my cause!

O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

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