What’s All the Fuss About Nine? (Spencerian Stanza)
In China number nine means lasting long,
Although in near Japan it’s bad indeed.
In Hebrew nine is truth; it’s never wrong.
It is the symbol for all those who lead.
Of wisdom and completion it’s decreed.
The code of Brahma to Hindus of old.
And Heaven’s number used religiously.
The birthday of the Jade King, we are told.
A magic number with the worth of gleaming gold.
Edmund Spenser used a distinctive verse form, now known as the Spenserian Stanza in several of his works, most notable is the epic Faerie Queen. The stanza has Nine lines and the main meter is iambic pentameter (10 syllables) over the first eight lines with a final line in iambic hexameter (12 syllables)