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“I finde none example in English meetre, so well maintayning this figure as that dittie of her Maiesties owne making passing sweete and harmonicall, which figure beyng as his very originall name purporteth the most bewtifull and gorgious of all others, it asketh in reason to be reserued for a last complement, and desciphred by the arte of a Ladies penne, her selfe beyng the most bewtifull, or rather bewtie of Queenes.”
“Wen yuur lite meetre pointez tuu zeeroh, duz iyt meen enneefing?”
“Of Auricular figures that serue to make the meetre tuneable and melodious, but not by defect nor surplusage, disorder nor exchange.”
“And king _Henry_ the 8. her _Maiesties_ father for a few Psalmes of _Dauid_ turned into English meetre by Sternhold, made him groome of his priuy chamber, & gaue him many other good gifts.”
“Since him followed Maister _Arthure Golding_, who with no lesse commendation turned into English meetre the Metamorphosis of _Ouide_, and that other Doctour, who made the supplement to those bookes of _Virgils”
“The Greekes call this figure _Antistrophe_, the Latines, _conuersio_, I following the originall call him the _counterturne_, because he turnes counter in the middest of euery meetre.”
“But this omission of letters in the middest of a meetre to make him the more slipper, helpes the numerositie and hinders not the rime.”
“_Soueraine God_, or two bissillables and that is plesant thus, _Restore againe_, or with foure monosillables, and that is best of all thus, _When I doe thinke_, I finde no fauour in a meetre of three sillables nor in effect in any odde, but they may be vsed for varietie sake, and specially being enterlaced with others the meetre of six sillables is very sweete and dilicate as thus.”
“The third sorrowing was of loues, by long lamentation in _Elegie_: so was their song called, and it was in a pitious maner of meetre, placing a limping _Pentameter_, after a lusty _Exameter_, which made it go dolourously more then any other meeter.”
“Musicke lying in his rime or concorde to heare the Simphonie, he maketh all the hast he can to be at an end of his verse, and delights not in many stayes by the way, and therefore giueth but one _Cesure_ to any verse: and thus much for the sounding of a meetre.”
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