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[108] Here, however, [p. 569] we get the rest of which I spoke:1 for we make a short pause between the last word and the last but one, thus slightly lengthening the final syllable of turpe; otherwise quis non turpe duceret? will give us a jerky rhythm resembling the end of an iambic trimeter. So, too, if you pronounce ore excipere liceret2 without a pause, you will reproduce the rhythm of a licentious metre, whereas if triply punctuated and thus provided with what are practically three separate beginnings, the phrase is full of dignity.

1 ยง51.

2 Verr. v. xlv. 118. The licentious metre is Sotadean.

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