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PROSODY.

following may be considered an example of one species of it:

"Cēliă thĕ crūĕl, rĕsōlv'd nŏt tŏ mārrў sŏon,
Boasts of a heart like a fortified garrison,
Bulwarlcs and battlements keeping the beaux all off,
Shot from within knocking lovers like foes all off."

Anapæstic verses are of various kinds.

1. The shortest anapæstic verse is a single anapæst: as,

"Ǐn thĕ glāss
There's an ass."

This measure, after all, is ambiguous; for if the stress of the voice be laid on the first and third syllables, it becomes trochaic. Perhaps, therefore, it is best to consider the first form of our Anapæstic verse, as made up of two anapæsts: as,

"Sĕt ă schōolbŏy ăt wōrk
With a knife and a fork."

And here if you like, you may have another short syllable: as,

"Ănd hŏw sōon thĕ yoŭng glūttŏn
Will astonish your mutton!"

2. The second species consists of three anapæsts: as,

"Ămărȳllīs wăs slēndĕr ănd tāll,
Colin Clodpole was dumpy and fat;
And tho' she did'n't like him at all,
Yet he doted on her for all that."

This metre is sometimes denominated sing-song.

3. The third kind of English Anapæstics may be very well exemplified by an Irish song:

"Hăve yŏu ē'er hăd thĕ lūck tŏ sēe Dōnnўbrŏok Fāir?"