Verses with four accents a number of clausesLines with four accents are found where a number of short clauses or epithets are connected together in one line, and must be pronounced slowly: “Earth gapes, hell burns, fiends roar, saints pray.” Rich. III. iv. 4. 75. “Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit.” 3 Hen. VI. i. 2. 43. The last line is very difficult. "And," or a pause equal to "and," after "witty," would remove the difficulty. It is remarkable that Shakespeare ventures to introduce such a line even in a rhyming passage: “Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, all
That happiness and prime can happy call.” M. for M. ii. 1. 184. “Ho! héarts, | tongues, fígures, | scribes, bárds, | poéts |
Think, spéak, | cast, wríte, | sing núm | ber, ho!
His love to Antony.” A. and C. iii. 2. 17. “Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps.” W. T. i. 2. 329. (Here, however, "goads" and "thorns" may be prolonged. See 484, 485.) “With thát | harsh, nó | ble, sím | ple-- | nóthing.” Cymb. iii. 4. 135. The following occurs amid regular verse: “These drums! these trumpets! flutes! what.” A. and C. ii. 7. 138. “When you do dance, I wish you
A wave of the sea, that you might ever do
Nóthing | but thát; | move stíll, | still só.” W. T. iv. 4. 142. Here still, which means "always," is remarkably emphatic, and may, perhaps, be pronounced as a quasi-dissyllable. So "til" is a monosyllabic foot in CHAUCER, C. T. 1137.