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CONTRACTIONS R softens or destroys a following vowel

R frequently softens or destroys a following vowel (the vowel being nearly lost in the burr which follows the effort to pronounce the r). “Whén the | alárum | were strúck | than í | dly sít.” Cor. ii. 2. 80.Ham. Perchánce | t'will wálk | agáin.
Hor. I wárrant | it will.” Hamlet, i. 2. 3. “I' have | cast óff | for éver; | thou shált, | I wárrant thee.” Lear, i. 4. 332. “I bét | ter broók | than floúrish | ing péo | pled tówns.” T. G. of V. v. 4. 3. “Whiles I | in Ire | land nóurish 1 | a míght | y bánd.” 2 Hen. VI. iii. 1. 348. “Place bárrels | of pítch | upón | the fát | al stáke.” 1 Hen. VI. v. 4. 57. “'Tis márle | he stább' | d you nót.” B. J. E. out &c. v. 4; Rich. III. i. 4. 64. “A bárren | detést | ed vále | you sée | it is.” T. A. ii. 3. 92; 2 Hen. VI. ii. 4. 3. So "quarrel," Rich. III. i. 4. 209.

This is very common with "spirit," which softens the following i, or sometimes the preceding i, in either case becoming a monosyllable. “And thén, | they sáy, | no spírit | dares stír | abróad.” Hamlet, i. 1. 161. So scan “Hów now, | spírit, whither | wánder | you?” M. N. D. ii. 1. 1. ("Whither" is a monosyllable. See 466.) This curtailment is expressed in the modern "sprite." So in Lancashire, "brid" for "bird." Hence we can scan “In aíd | whereóf, | wé of | the spírit | ualty.Hen. V. i. 2. 132.

Instances might be multiplied.

1 Compare nourrice, nurse.

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