This is an analysis of the poem Olney Hymn 18: Lovest Thou Me? that begins with:

Hark my soul! it is the Lord;
'Tis Thy Saviour, hear His word; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aacc ddbb eeff ggbXXccdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110001 1110101 1011101 1110111 1010111 1110111 11100111 1110001 1010101 1010111 1110100 1010101 1010101 1010101 1010101 1110111 1111101 1010101 1001110 1110111 1001101 1110111 1111101 1110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 129
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thee, love are repeated.

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