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[102] Even the dactyl ought not to precede a final spondee, since we condemn verse-endings at the period's close. The bacchius is employed at the conclusion, sometimes in conjunction with itself as in venenum timerss1 while it is also effective when a choreus and spondee are placed before it as in ut venenum timeres. Its opposite, the palimbacchius, is also employed as a conclusion (unless, of course, we insist that the last syllable of a sentence is always long), and is best preceded by a molossus, as in civis Romanus sum,2 or by a bacchius, as in quod hie potest, nos possemus.3

1 pro Cael. xiv. 33. “That you should fear poison.”

2 Verr. v. lxii. 162.

3 pro Lig. iv. 10.

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