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[48] These feet are also employed by metre, but with this difference, that in rhythm it does not matter whether the two shorts of the dactyl precede or [p. 535] follow the long; for rhythm merely takes into account the measurement of the time, that is to say, it insists on the time taken from its rise to its fall being the same. The measure of verse on the other hand is quite different; the anapaest (u u _) or spondee (_ _) cannot be substituted at will for the dactyl, nor is it a matter of indifference whether the paean begins or ends with short syllables.

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