And knowing so much, I muse thou art so poor
I fan away the dust flying in mine eyes
Flowing o'er with court news only of you and them.
All such participles (where no consonant divided the vowels) were normally of one syllable, permissibly of two.1
If Mr. Masson
had studied the poets who preceded Milton
as he has studied him
, he would never have said that the verse
Not this rock only; his omnipresence fills,
was ‘peculiar as having a distinct syllable of over-measure.’
He retains Milton
's spelling of hundred
without perceiving the metrical reason for it, that d, t, p, b
, &c., followed by l
, might be either of two or of three syllables.
we find it both ways in two consecutive verses:—
A hundred hundred] and fifty thousand horse,2 Mr. Masson
Two hundred thousand foot, brave men at arms.
is especially puzzled by verses ending in one or more unaccented syllables, and even argues in his Introduction that some of them might be reckoned Alexandrines.
He cites some lines of Spenser
as confirming his theory, forgetting that rhyme wholly changes the conditions of the case by throwing the accent (appreciably even now, but more emphatically in Spenser
's day) on the last syllable.
A spirit and judgment equal or superior,