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lines are connected and run one into another. This is done by ending the line in that part of a sentence where there is no sensible pause. But to explain this it will be necessary to consider how, for this purpose, a sentence may be divided, and also what makes a pause. And first to mention what, in a simple sentence, will produce a pause. Take a sentence in its natural order of words: viz. ist, the article ; 2nd, the nominative case, and what may be joined with it, as adjective or genitive case; 3rd, the verb ; 4th, the noun, or other word governed by it, e.g. :
The affable archangel had forewarn'd Adam.
Whatever disturbs this natural order creates a pause, as:
'i) Transposition; i.e. any change of that order, e.g. :
The sojourners of Goshen, who beheld From the safe shore their floating carcases.
Ahaz his sottish conqueror, whom he drew God's altar to disparage.
(ii) The insertion of any phrase, or word, not necessary to make out the sentence :
----------the selfsame place where he
First lighted from his wing.
----------my sudden hand
Prevented, spares to tell thee yet by deed».

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