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CONTRACTIONS Power, prowess, being, knowing, monosyllables

Words in which a light vowel is preceded by a heavy vowel or diphthong are frequently contracted, as power, jewel, lower, doing, going, dying, playing, prowess, &c. “The whích | no sóon | er hád | his prówess | confírm'd.” Macbeth, v. 8. 41. Comp. “And he that routs most pigs and cows,
The fórm | idáb | lest mán | of prówess.Hudib. iii. 3. 357. Perhaps “Which bóth | thy dú | ty ówes | and óur | power cláims.” A. W. ii. 3. 168. (This supposes "our" emphasized by antithesis, but "and our pów | er cláims" (ELLIS) may be the correct scanning.)

Being.-- “That wíth | his pér | emptór | y "sháll" | being pút.” Coriol. iii. 1. 94, 2. 81. “The sóv | ereigntý | of eí | ther béing | so great.” R. of L. 69.

This explains the apparent Alexandrines: “And béing | but a tóy | that ís | no gríef | to gíve.” Rich. III. ii. 1. 114. “Withóut | a párall | el, thése | being áll | my stúdy.” Tempest, i. 2. 74.

Doing.-- “Can láy | to béd | for éver: | whiles yóu, | doing thús.” Ib. ii. 1. 284.

Seeing.-- “Or séeing | it óf | such chíld | ish fríend | linéss.” Coriol. ii. 3. 183. “I'll in | mysélf | to sée, | and in thée | seeing íll.” Rich. II. ii. 1. 94. “That yóu | at súch | times séeing | me né | ver sháll.” Hamlet, i. 5. 172.

-ying.-- “And próph | esýing | with ác | cents tér | rible.” Macbeth, ii. 3 62.

This may explain “Lóck'd in | her món(u) [468] | ment. Shé'd | a próphe)- |
sying féar.” A. and C. iv. 14. 120.

So with other participles, as “They, knówing | dame E'l | eanór's | aspír | ing húmour.” 2 Hen. VI. i. 2. 97.

The rhythm seems to demand that "coward" should be a quasimonosyllable in “Wrong ríght, | base nóble, | old yoúng, | coward vál | iánt.” T. A. iv. 1. 29. "Noble" a monosyllable. (See 465.) “Yét are | they páss | ing cówardly. | But I' | beséech you.” Coriol. i. 1. 207.

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