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[104] The choreus may also be preceded by a pyrrhic, as in omnes prope cives virtute, gloria, digitiate superabat.1 The dactyl also may come at the close, unless indeed it be held that, when it forms the final foot, it is transformed into a cretic: e.g. muliercula nixus in litore.2 The effect will be good if it is preceded by a cretic or an iambus, but unsatisfactory if it is preceded by a [p. 567] spondee, and worse still if by a choreus.

1 pro Cael. xiv. 34. “He surpassed almost all other citizens in virtue, glory and honour.”

2 Verr. v. xxxiii. 86. “Leaning on a worthless woman on the shore.”

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