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•i8                             ORTHOMETRY.
Or hid within the hollow earth to lie.
Book xii. line 1293.
Now low on earth the lofty chief is laid.
Ibid, line 1346.
She drew a length of sighs, nor more she said.
Ibid, line 12 80.
He says further, " That no vowel can be cut off before another, when we cannot sink the pronunci­ation of it, as he, she, me, I, &c." This is very true; but it does not follow that there is no hiatus where such a vowel is left. In each of these lines is an hiatus :
Whoe'er you are, not unbeloved by Heaven.
Book i. line 537.
These walls he entcr'd, and those words express'd.
Book iv. line 515.
False as thou art, and more than false, forsworn.
Ibid, line 523.
Weak as I am, can I, alas! contend ?
Book xii. line 1262.
So is there when the last consonants of a word are not sounded, as:
One bough it bears ; but wond'rous to behold.
Book vi. line 210.
In all these, and many similar cases, which occur in every book of his JEneid, Dryden has left an "hiatus, although he endeavours to explain it away.