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RHYME.                                       165
fections. Of these, some may be attributed to the inadvertence or negligence of the writer. Of this sort is the recurrence of the same rhymes at short distances. By the same rhymes is meant, all those which rhyme together, though consisting of different words, as bay, day ; lay, may; pay, say.
Our age was cultivated thus at length, But what we gain'd in skill we lost in strength : Our builders were with want of genius curst; The second temple was not like the first; Till you, the best Vitruvius, come at length, Our beauties equal, but excel our strength.
Dry den.
Here the same rhymes occur, and are even made by the same words, separated by one couplet only.
A fault similar to this is the frequent repetition of the same rhymes, as in this example :
Shall funeral eloquence her colours spread, And scatter roses on the wealthy dead ? Shall authors smile on such illustrious days, And satirise with nothing—but their praise?
Why slumbers Pope, who leads the tuneful train, Nor hears that virtue, which he loves, complain ? Donne, Dorset, Dryden, Rochester, are dead, And guilt's chief foe, in Addison, is fled; Congreve, who, crown'd with laurels, fairly won, Sits smiling at the goal, while others run : He will not write ; and (more provoking still!) Ye gods ! he will not write, and Maevius will.
Doubly distrest, what author shall we find, Discreetly daring, and severely kind, The courtly Roman's shining path to tread, And sharply smile prevailing folly dead?