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266                             ORTHOMETRY.
however, to regard all such attempts to introduce exotics like these into our verse as mere literary amusements and curiosities.
Here are the schemes of these various metres, with examples of each.
I.—HEXAMETERS.
Fair was she | to be | hold, that | maiden of | seventeen |
| summers; Black were her | eyes as the | berry that | grows on the | thorn
by the | wayside— Black, yet how | softly they | gleamed be | neath the brown |
| shade of her | tresses ! Sweet was her | breath as the | breath of | kine that | feed in
the | meadows.
Evangeline.
Fasting in | sackcloth and | ashes they | came, both the | king
and his | people,
Came to the | mountain of | oaks, to the | house of the | terrible |
sea gods.
Andromeda,
a.—PENTAMETERS.
These lame | hexam | eters the | strong winged | music of |
| Homer!
No—but a | most bur | lesque || barbarous | experi | ment.
When was a | harsher | sound ever | heard, ye | Muses of |
England ?
When did a | frog coarser | croak y upon | our Heli | con ?
7'ennyson.






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