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294                             ORTHOMETRY.
Useless, unseen, as lamps in sepulchres.
" Elegy on an Unfortunate Lady."
And swell the pomp of dreadful sacrifice.
" Eloisa to Abelard.n
That guilt is doomed to sink in infamy.
"Essay on Satire."
So that, should we submit to Tyrwhitt's authority, we must renounce some of the most established and allowed licences, if they are so to be called, in English versification.
Foster, in his celebrated Essay on Accent and Quantityy wrote two chapters on English prosody; and the mention of them is introduced here, not for any material information which they will afford to the reader, but rather to caution him against trusting to what is there said upon the subject.
The treatise on Painting and Poetry, by Webbe, deserves notice, as well for some judicious remarks on our poetical measures, as for directing the public attention to Shakspere's skill and excel­lence in them.
To the end of the last century there still remain a few, whom it will be sufficient to specify by their names and the titles of their books. These are— Tucker (under the name of Edward Search) on Vocal Sounds, 1773; Walker's Rhyming Diction-ary, 1775; Steel's Prosodia Rationah's, 1779; Dr. Trussler's Dictionary of Rhymes, 1783.
The same subject has employed the pens of certain writers in the northern part of our island,






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