And yet wemeasure times; but yet neither those which are not yet, nor thosewhich no longer are, nor those which are not lengthened out by somepause, nor those which have no bounds.
Thus measure wethe spaces of stanzas, by the spaces of the verses, and the spacesof the verses, by the spaces of the feet, and the spaces of thefeet, by the spaces of the syllables, and the spaces of long, by thespace of short syllables; not measuring by pages (for then wemeasure spaces, not times); but when we utter the words and theypass by, and we say “it is a long stanza, because composed of somany verses; long verses, because consisting of so many feet; longfeet, because prolonged by so many syllables; a long syllablebecause double to a short one.
It is perhaps impossible to establish anything that combines principles with opinions and practice, which the progress of circumstances, through a length of years, will not in some measure derange, or render inconsistent; and, therefore, to prevent inconveniences accumulating, till they discourage reformations or provoke revolutions, it is best to provide the means of regulating them as they occur.
After a short consideration, Sir Thomas asked Crawford to join the early breakfast party in that house instead of eating alone: he should himself be of it; and the readiness with which his invitation was accepted convinced him that the suspicions whence, he must confess to himself, this very ball had in great measure sprung, were well founded.
The stone came down hitting it on the head, the dog raised a yell at the blow, the master saw the affair and was wroth, and snatching up a measuring-yard rushed out at the madman and did not leave a sound bone in his body, and at every stroke he gave him he said, "You dog, you thief!
Repeat me some of your long-measure verses, senor, if you will be so good, for I want thoroughly to feel the pulse of your rare genius."
To ignore this question would be like describing a chronometer without regard to its accuracy as a time-keeper, or a thermometer without mentioning the fact that it measures temperature.