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The plays that take on our corrupted stage, Methinks, resemble the distracted age.
While you turn players on the world's great stage, And act yourselves the force of your own age.
In his prologues and epilogues, which are about forty, these two words rhyme above a dozen times. In the same pieces the term play occurs as naturally as stagey and is made as serviceable; for its termination in ay affords as many rhymes as any in the language.
Pope's Prologue to Cato is another instance in point. It consists of twenty-three couplets, in which we find these rhymes: stage, age ; stage, rage ; fate, state; great, state ; draws, was; cause, laws ; laws, cause.
Here are a few specimens of commonly recurring imperfect rhymes:
Of rhymes that are classed as bad very little need be said beyond quoting a few typical examples, and pleading the difficulty of rhyming in Eng-