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Anglo-Saxon poetry depended for its pleasantness to the ear, not on rhyme as does ours, but on accent and alliteration.
In general I hated the reading-lesson, it was such a torture to the ear to listen to their uncouth mouthing of my native tongue, and no effort of example or precept on my part ever seemed to effect the slightest improvement in their accent.
The accent marked by an asterisk resembles the lower half of a circle.
And I you a happy New Year," responded the Second Blighted Being, with the accent of a penitent accordeon.
There was something more plaintive than these words, and that was the accent in which they were uttered.