# Psalm-like indentation

I'm trying to make a kind of breviary containing psalms indented like e.g. here
What I managed so far is indenting by hand every two other verses. It goes like this:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,oneside]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\begin{document}

\noindent O God, you are my God, for you I long; *\\
for you my soul is thirsting.\\
\indent My body pines for you *\\
\indent like a dry, weary land without water.\\
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *\\
\indent For your love is better than life, *\\
\indent my lips will speak your praise.\\
So I will bless you all my life, *\\
in your name I will lift up my hands.\\
\indent My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *\\
\indent my mouth shall praise you with joy.\\
On my bed I remember you. *\\
On you I muse through the night\\
\indent for you have been my help; *\\
My soul clings to you; *\\
your right hand holds me fast.\\
\indent Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *\\
\indent and to the Holy Spirit:\\
as it was in the beginning, is now, *\\
and will be for ever. Amen.

\end{document}


It looks fine but takes a lot of nonsense work.
Does anyone know how to automatize the job? Thanks in advance.

• look for \hangindent but do you intend those * to be typeset?(just checking) – David Carlisle Mar 21 '17 at 14:04
• Welcome to TeX.SX! It's not really and answer, but rather a suggestion. Keep your content separate from layout. You don't want that particular line to be indented, you want the first 2 out of 4 lines to be indented (e.g. what happen if you typesetted Ps. 118(9) and you realize you forgot line 3 and 4?!). You could also have a look at Package to typeset Poems (even if does not directly solve the indentation issue). – ebosi Mar 21 '17 at 14:05
• You could also adapt solutions suggested in Formatting verse: How to change indent for all even lines? – ebosi Mar 21 '17 at 14:12
• Instead of modifying your existing query to create what is, in essence, an entirely new and separate query, you should have posted a new query, in which you would focus attention on just the new part. – Mico Mar 24 '17 at 20:38
• Right, here is the new question – Precluch Mar 24 '17 at 21:08

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,oneside]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\begin{document}

\begingroup
\setlength\parskip{0pt}
\def\par{\ifvmode\noindent\else\endgraf\fi}
\obeylines

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *

for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.

So I will bless you all my life, *

in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *

On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help; *

My soul clings to you; *

your right hand holds me fast.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, *

and will be for ever. Amen.

\endgroup

\end{document}

• Could you please explain how it works? Even if the 'trick' is only two commands, I'm hardly understanding its functioning! – ebosi Mar 21 '17 at 14:45
• @ebo \obeylines makes the end of line an active character with definition \par which means that every line is a paragraph (so you can not use \hangindent) however you can indent everything (leftskip then detect in the local definition of \par that you had a blank line and if so back-space up to remove the \leftskip indentation. – David Carlisle Mar 21 '17 at 14:49
• While this code may answer the question, providing additional context regarding why and/or how this code answers the question improves its long-term value. – Chris Chudzicki Mar 21 '17 at 14:49
• @ChrisChudzicki why? – David Carlisle Mar 21 '17 at 14:51
• @DavidCarlisle I was first confused with the "1/blank/2-3-4/blank" scheme for clustering lines. But thanks to your explanations I got it. It should be understood as: "if a line of text has a blank line above, then it's not indented" and thus be read as "blank-1/blank-2/3/4". – ebosi Mar 21 '17 at 14:58