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The licences taken in Dactylic verse are sometimes such that they disguise the measure and render it equivocal, as in this uncommon specimen :
Oh ! what a pain is love !
How shall I bear it ? She will unconstant prove,
I greatly fear it. Please her the best I may, She looks another way; Alack and well-a-day,
Phillida flouts me !
Elites » Specimens." v. ili. p. 338.
Every line of this stanza but the last is divisible into iambic feet, and they all make verses in that measure; they are nevertheless designed for the dactylic, as appears by these next, which cannot be so divided without violence:
Thou shalt eat curds and cream
All the year | lasting ; And drink the crystal stream,
Pleasant in | tasting.