The original is in couplets of six hemistichs.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
The poetical passages are generally arranged in hemistichs; the rest is in columns which vary according to the size of the page.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
The compositor's eye (he says) may have glanced from 'succeed' to 'weakness' in a subsequent hemistich.
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
The strength of a line in our language consists principally in saying something in each hemistich.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Read it, and if you find a single hemistich in it I will confess myself in the wrong.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. II (of VI), "To Paris and Prison" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt