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148                               ORTHOMETRY.
Did God set His fountain of light in the sky, That man should look up with the tear in his eye ? Did God make this earth so beauteous and fair, That man should look down with a groan of despair ?
y. C. Prince.
(ii) Such as have' a marked and sensible differ­ence between the consonants preceding the vowel; that is, consonants not of the same class, like these, by P\ d, t; c, g; f, v; s, z; which would rhyme in bity pit; den, ten ; come, gum ; fany van ; seal, zeal. Such rhymes differ, indeed, in the sound pre­ceding the vowel, and therefore, strictly taken, are regular; but the difference is so slight that they are not to be commended.
The want of sufficient difference is likewise per­ceptible in such rhymes as bled, bed; pray, pay, where the second consonant is dropped, and both words begin with the same letter; but the rhymes bled, led; pray, ray, are perfectly good, because the consonants with which they begin are different.*
(iii) Such as are made by syllables that are long and full-sounding, in preference to their opposites; among which last are the terminations of polysyllabic words.
Compounds do not rhyme well with their simples, as, resound with sound. The greater variety also
* Dr. Johnson, in one of his poems, has used a very uncommon rhyme;
Such bribes the rapid Greek o'er Asia whirl 'd, For such the steady Roman shook the world.
" Vanity of Human Wishes."
One of these words is aspirated and the other not; so that here is a dif­ference; but they make the nearest approach to identity that can ba allowed, or, indeed, that can be uttered.






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