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RHYME.                                   159
abridged, in serious poems, this large use of double rhymes; and what was still allowed, was under certain limitations : as, first, that the rhyme should not consist of more than two syllables ; and second that it should not, like some in the stanza above, be made of two words. Under these restraints the double rhyme often appears, and not without grace, in our lyric poetry, as here :
O lyre divine ! what daring spirit Wakes thee now ? though he inherit Nor the pride, nor ample pinion, That the Theban eagle bear, Sailing with supreme dominion Through the azure deep of air.
A fine example of double rhyming is to be seen in Shelley's Cloud. But the most suitable place for the exhibition of double rhymes is where ludicrous subjects are treated of in a burlesque style, as in Butler's Hudibras, Hood's Whims and Oddities, or Gilbert's Bab Ballads, in which numerous examples of double and triple rhymes may be found, as in the following stanzas taken at random from the latter:
For Burglars, Thieves, and Co.,
Indeed I'm no apologist, But I, some years ago,
Assisted a phrenologist.
Wild croquet Hooper banned, And all the sports of Mammon ;
He warred with cribbage, and He exorcised backgammon.

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