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Next to the variety of feet may be noticed the variety of pauses with respect to their position in the line. Here again Milton's excellence appears :
However, some tradition they dispersed Among the heathen, of their purchase got, And fabled how the serpent, whom they call'd Ophion, with Eurynome, the wide-Encroaching Eve, perhaps, had first the rule Of high Olympus, thence by Saturn driven And Ops, e'er yet Dictaean Jove was born.
In this passage the pause is so varied that no two lines together have it in the same place; and within the compass of seven lines it stands in six different places. This is by no means a singular instance ; a variety, similar if not so great, is one characteristic of this poem.
Millions of spirits for his fault amerced Of heaven, and from eternal splendours flung For his revolt; yet faithful how they stood, Their glory wither'd : as when heaven's fire






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