Listen to the Metta Sutta as chanted in
Sri Lankan devotional style (chanter unknown).
The Pali language alternates "long" and "short" syllables
in innumerable creative patterns that yield a distinctive rhythm
to its poetry. The long syllable is held for two "beats," while
the short syllables get only one. This metrical pattern is marked
on the text below. See if you can follow how it unfolds in the
recitation of the sutta.