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POETIC LICENCES.
137
But this great confusion of measure is not often made. The allowed licences are to curtail the last foot, sometimes by one syllable, as in the lines quoted above, but more usually by two, which, as compositions of this kind are chiefly for music, makes a better close: such is:
Under the blossom that hangs on the | bough.
It is allowed in the beginning of a line to sub­stitute for the proper foot a trochee, as :
Songs of I shepherds and rustical roundelays.
Old Ballad.
Or a single accented syllable may stand for it, even for two feet together, as:
Come, I see | rural felicity.
The question of metrical licences as it affects the Heroic measure will be further considered when we come to deal with Blank verse (see p. 185).