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LENGTHENING OF WORDS. Trimeter couplet the comic

The comic trimeter. In the rhyming parts of the Comedy of Errors and Love's Labour Lost, there is often great irregularity in the trimeter couplet. Many of the feet are trisyllabic, and one-half of the verse differs from the other. Often the first half is trochaic and the second iambic. “Ant. E. Whérefore? | fór my | dínner: || I háve | not dín'd
| to-dáy.” C. of E. iii. 1. 40.Ant. E. Dó you | héar, you | mínion? || You'll lét | us ín, |
I hópe.” Ib. 54.

In the following, the former half is iambic and the latter anapœstic: “Thou wóuldst | have cháng'd | thy fáce || for a náme, | or
thy náme | for an áss.C. of E. iii. 1. 47.

And conversely: “It would máke | a man mád | as a búck || to bé | so bóught |
and sóld.” Ib. 72.

There are often only five accents. “Bal. Gŏod méat, sĭir, | ĭs cómmŏn | that é | very chúrl |
Ant. E. And wélcŏme | mŏre cómmŏn; | for thát | is nóthĭng
| but wórds.” Ib. iii. 1. 24, 25.

Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the verse is trisyllabic with four accents, or dissyllabic with five. “Have át | you wíth | a próverb-- | Shall I' | set ín | my stáff?” Ib. 51. may be scanned with six accents, but the line to which it rhymes seems to have four: “And só | tell your máster. | O Lórd, | I must láugh,” Ib. 50. and the following line also: “Have at yóu | with anóther; | that's whén | can you téll,” Ib. 52. and it is therefore possible that we ought to accent thus:

Have at yoú | with a próverb-- | Shall I sét | in my stáff?

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