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300                      DICTIONARY OF RHYMES.
however, are given throughout to lists that nearly cor­respond with each other.
Under each heading the list of words printed in ordinary type, which has been made as complete and suggestive as possible, rhyme perfectly, or very nearly so, with each other; and they are arranged alphabetically, and in the order of the number of their syllables. At the end of these, printed in italics, a few typical words are given which rhyme more or less imperfectly with the normal sound of the heading; but no attempt has been made to assist the student to find words that he ought to do his utmost to avoid. Examples of licences in rhyme taken by our standard poets are introduced here and there; but these should be regarded by the modern versifier as models to shun, for the most part, rather than to imitate. These, when given, will be found amongst the foot-notes.
Single rhymes only are given ; the inclusion of double and triple rhymes would have swelled this part of the volume out beyond due limits, without corresponding advantage. Besides, double rhymes can be easily constructed from the single ones, inasmuch as they are nearly all derivative words formed from nouns, verbs, and adjectives by the suffixes er, es, est, ing, less, ness, and ly. The same remark applies to most words which end in e mute, preceded by the liquid /, i.e. to words in ble, cle, and die, and also to that numerous class of nouns ending in ion, very few of which find place here. Other omissions, which have been made to keep the book within reasonable limits, may be pointed out, such as the plurals of nouns, the participles and gerunds of verbs, and all unemphatic monosyllables which ought never to conclude a rhyming verse. Instead