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SECOND DISSERTATION 239

And Suidas, one of those grammarians, could not be ignorant of this ; for he cites the very same epitaph, and calls it kXeyeiov. The case is no more than this : in the old times they generally made their epitaphs in a single distich, hexameter and pentameter ; whence in process of time an epitaph at large came to be called eAcyctov. The ancients, says the Scholiast upon Apollonius Rhodius, used eAeycta for inscriptions upon tombs. To. eAeycta, says Lycurgus the orator, ra eTTtycypa/x/xeva kv rol'i fj-vy]fX€tOL<;. But what ad- vantage is this now to Mr B. and his Phalaris ? An iXeyelov of all hexameters is as remote from a lyric song, as if it was mixed with pentameters. So that eAeyctov and yu,e'Ao9 cannot yet be used for the same copy of verses, but by that privilege of making solecisms, that Mr B. would vindicate to princes.

But his next proof perhaps may be better ; for a nightingale, he says, in Aristophanes's aves, is said to sing lAcyoi, and by and by those very tAeyot are called fxiXrj. This indeed carries both surprise and demonstration along with it. What a strange reach of fancy has our Examiner ? Who but he could ever have

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