Five years ago it was purchased by its present owner for a song—and only a half-line of the song was sung at the time.
It is also the only alliterating syllable in the second half-line.
Whether the number of accents in the second half-line was ever diminished to two, may be doubted.
It is noteworthy that, out of these twenty-seven instances, the added n appears sixteen times at the end of line or half-line.
When the first half-line contains but one alliterating syllable, that syllable marks the first stress, rarely the second.
Sometimes, in the same way as with the first, a syllable is dropped at the opening, and the half-line becomes similarly trochaic.
The trichina capsules commonly measure about one-fifth of a line long, and the coiled worm within is scarcely a half-line long.
Whether the half-line be first or second, it is usually of the A type without anacrusis.
Type E inverts the rhythm of D, as in the half-line "gylp-wordum spræc."
The only defective lines in the texts are B. 748 and 2715 (the second half-line in each).