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Wontis Arrius say "Chommodious" whenas "commodious"
Means he, and "Insidious "aspirate "Hinsidious,"
What time flattering self he speaks with marvellous purity,
Clamouring "Hinsidious" loudly as ever he can.
Deem I thus did his dame and thus-wise Liber his uncle
Speak, and on spindle-side grandsire and grandmother too.
Restful reposed all ears when he was sent into Syria,
Hearing the self-same words softly and smoothly pronouncèd,
Nor any feared to hear such harshness uttered thereafter,
Whenas a sudden came message of horrible news,
Namely th' lonian waves when Arrius thither had wended,
Were "lonian" no more—they had "Hionian" become.

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