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[55] Among others they attack Cicero's1 statement that the thunderbolts of Demosthenes would not have such force but for the rhythm with which they are whirled and sped upon their way. If by rhythmis contorta he really means what his critics assert, I do not agree with him. For rhythms have, as I have said, no fixed limit or variety of structure, but run on with the [p. 539] same rise and fall till they reach their end, and the style of oratory will not stoop to be measured by the beat of the foot or the fingers.

1 Or. lxx. 234.

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