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18 8                             ORTHOMETRY.
These licences are all of one kind; viz. the sub­stitution of the trochaic for the iambic foot, and it is this which offends the ear in some of Milton's lines, as in this:
Yet fell; remember, and | fear to | transgress.
But it offends only because there is no pause before it; the following, which has exactly the same feet, is a musical line :
This trochaic substitution being the direct oppo­site to the fundamental measure of the heroic line should be used most sparingly, and never occur in the last foot, though a pyrrhic or spondee may so stand, as in the two following lines:
Here are examples of other substituted feet in Milton's verse:
And the | shrill sounds I ran echoing through the wood,