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ALLITERA TION.                            17 7
Shakspere's mock imitation of it in Love's Labour's Lost. Holofernes, the pedantic pedagogue, writes some verses which he calls " An Extemporal Epi­taph on the Death of the Deer :" they run :
The praiseful princess pierced and pricked a pretty
Pleasing pricket;
Some say, a sore ; but not a sore till now made
Sore with shooting.
He ridicules the excessive use of it again in the bombastic words of Bottom :
Whereat, with blade, with bloody, blameful blade, He bravely broached his boiling, bloody breast.
'' Midsum mer Night's Drea m."
Nevertheless he avails himself of this simple ornament with rare felicity throughout his entire works.
This precious stone set in a silver sea.
"RichardII. "
Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.
" Richard III."
He capers nimbly in his lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
" Richard III."
Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.
11 King Lear."
Whose influence, like a wreath of radiant fire, On flickering Phcebus front.
" King Lear."
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