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[26] If the demands of artistic structure permit, it is far best to end the sentence with a verb: for it is in verbs that the real strength of language resides. But if it results in harshness of sound, this principle must give way before the demands of rhythm, as is frequently the case in the best authors of Rome and Greece. Of course, in every case where a verb does not end the sentence, we shall have an hyperbaton,1 but hyperbaton is an admitted trope or figure, and therefore is to be regarded as an adornment.

1 See VIII. vi. 62 sqq.

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