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POETIC LICENCES.                         133
Richly paint the vernal arbour.
Gray.
A perfect line is not oftener found in this kind than in the heroic verse.
Now as to the licences which we will exemplify from lines of eight and seven syllables indiscri­minately.
The first foot admits a pyrrhic,
On a j rock, whose haughty brow;
Gray.
or a spondee:
No, blest I chiefs! a hero's crown ;
Sir TV. Jones.
or an iambus :
To brisk | notes in cadence beating.
Gray.
The second foot admits a p)'rrhic:
Mute, but I to the | voice of anguish;
Gray.
or spondee:
Wakes thee ( n6w, though | he inherit.
Gray.
The third foot admits the same.
Pyrrhic:
With Harmodius | shall re | pose;
spondee :
Rome shall perish— | write that | word. ,                                                                  Cowftcr.






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