A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Iambic
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IAMBIC. An Iamb or Iambus is a metrical foot consisting of a short and a long syllable—as bĕfōre ; or as Coleridge gives it,
'Ĭāmbĭcs mārch frŏm shōrt tŏ lōng.'
This, from Handel's Alexander's Feast, is an iambic passage. So also is 'Rejoice greatly' from the Messiah. So is the following from the Finale to Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata' (op. 47).
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- 'Metrical feet-Lesson for a boy.' Poetical Works. 11 145.