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There is no more such masters: I may wonder.
(iii) Imperfect lines are admissible, i.e. verses of only one, two, or three feet—rarely four. When these hemistichs, as they are called, come together, they require to be scanned as a continuous line:
• Ophelia. I pray you now receive them. Hamlet. No, not I;
I never gave her aught.
Of but a sickly part of one true sense
Could not so mope.
O shame, where is thy blush ?
" Ha inlet.n
Occasionally, Alexandrines are blended with the five-foot verse:
Hamlet. Honeying and making love
Over the nasty sty,— Queen. O, speak to me no more 1
(iv) What are known as "light" and " weak" endings are freely used, especially in the choicest specimens of Shakspere's verse. By the former is meant the termination of a line with personal or relative pronouns, or auxiliary verbs, that admit but a very slight pause ; by the latter the verse is ended by prepositions or conjunctions which allow of no break whatever; the line is forced to run