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A frequent rhyme in Waller is the word so, which has been noted and censured by Johnson :
Thy skilful hand contributes to our woe, And whets those arrows which confound us so : A thousand Cupids in those curls do sit, Those curious nets thy slender fingers knit.
" Verses to Saccharissa's Maid "
Who, naming me, doth warm his courage so, Shows for my sake what his bold hand would do.
" Verses for Drinking Healths*
We find in Dryden rhymes of the same class.
The Panther smiled at this, " and when," said she, " Were those first councils disallow'd by me ? 'Tis dangerous climbing ; to your sons and you I leave the ladder, and its omen too.— Why all these wars to win the book, if we Must not interpret for ourselves, but she ? " Hind and Panther.*
They occur more frequently in his prologues and epilogue ; but examples enough have been given ; for they are not introduced for the purpose of cen­sure, but only to show what, in the present day, ought to be avoided.
Another defect in this part of versification is the employment of such rhymes as are become hack­neyed by overmuch use. What these rhymes are, is described and exemplified by Pope ; he calls them " the sure returns of still expected rhymes ; " as in this couplet:






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