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MEASURES OF VERSE.                        43
A beautiful combination of verses of this kind but slightly varying is seen in Shelley's Prome­theus.
In the world unknown, Sleeps a voice unspoken ; By thy stop alone, Can its rest be broken, Child of ocean ?
Shelley.
Again—
Now the day is over, Night is drawing nigh ;
Shadows of the evening Steal across the sky.
Baring Gould.
Fill the bumper fair !
Every drop we sprinkle On the brow of care
Smoothes away a wrinkle.
Moore.
(d). Trochaic Tetrameter.
This measure is sufficiently lengthy for contin­uous composition, and seems to be a favourite with all our modern poets. Longfellow's Hiawatha, a poem of upwards of five thousand lines, is com­posed in it in unrhymed verse. Tennyson and Shelley also furnish numerous examples, chiefly with symmetrical and truncated verses inter­mingled.






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