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Enduring accidental acrostics.

Walt sends this very curious link between the lines of two classic pieces of literature. The second line of Edmund Spenser's Fairie Queene (1596), Vol. 1, Book I, Canto viii, stanza 11, containing a phonetic {a, e, i, o, u} acrostic in

    Dismaied with so desperate deadly wound, 2  And eke impatient of
vnwonted paine,
   He loudly brayd with beastly yelling sound,

accidentally links to the only sentence in Thomas Paine's Common Sense, The Crisis No. X

--On the King of England's Speech (Philadelphia, March 5, 1782)

that contains an {a, e, i, o, u} acrostic? This stretch of unusual Paine is "an expression I once used" in the second line of

    To be nobly wrong is more manly than to be meanly
   right, is an expression I once used on a former occasion, and it is
   equally applicable now. 

Also the Fairie Queene quote contains the word paine in it.


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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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