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96
ORTHOMETRY.
I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers
From the seas and the streams ; I wear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noon-day dreams ; From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet birds every one, When rocked to rest on their mother's breast,
As she dances about the sun. I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
And whiten the green plains under; And then again 1 dissolve in rain,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.
Shelley.
Terza Rima, in which Dante's Divine Comedy is written, furnishes another variety of verse arrange­ment intermediate between the continuous and stanzaic forms. It consists of heroics with three rhymes at intervals. In the first tercet the first line rhymes with the third, and the second with the first and third of the following tercet, and so on continuously throughout. Even when the groups are separated, as in Shelley's Triumph of Life, the sense is continuous, and it is therefore usual to pre­sent them in unbroken succession. The following extract from Byron's Prophecy of Dante furnishes an excellent example :
Many are the poets who have never penned Their inspiration, and perchance the best:
They felt, and loved, and died, but would no' lend Their thoughts to meaner beings ; they compressed
The good within them, and rejoined the stars Unlaureled upon earth, but far more blest