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Oh hang thee, I do, from the rafters above;
Though I'll often do my utmost to support thee from below.
Sometimes I'm wont to leave thee waiting in ears;
But as a rule, I'm a beast, telling thee to stop, and stop now.

What am I?

Hint 1:

Line 2: think modern-day technology; Line 4: generic application of the word.

Hint 2:

Line 1: another generic application of the word (by this I mean close to its definition); Line 3: for the musically-inclined.

Hint 3:

Three-syllable word starting with S

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Suspension?

Oh hang thee, I do, from the rafters above;

Suspending something from a height or rafters

Though I'll often do my utmost to support thee from below.

Like a suspension bridge or suspension (ie. tires and a suspension system supporting a car)

Sometimes I'm wont to leave thee waiting in ears;

a means of creating tension by prolonging a consonant note while the underlying harmony changes, normally on a strong beat, from music theory

But as a rule, I'm a beast, telling thee to stop, and stop now.

Either getting suspended for one’s actions, or being told to suspend operations immediately

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  • $\begingroup$ That's it, nice job! I was thinking rot13(pne fhfcrafvba) for line 2. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Apr 2 at 6:34
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Final Answer

Elevator

Because

Oh hang thee, I do, from the rafters above;

An elevator's pulley is fastened above the highest point, so from the rafters is a logical spot

Though I'll often do my utmost to support thee from below.

The elevator has a floor which supports people from below

Sometimes I'm wont to leave thee waiting in ears;

We often wait for the elevator to finish stopping, usually waiting for some sort of sound, ie, a final clunk or a ding.

But as a rule, I'm a beast, telling thee to stop, and stop now.

When an elevator stops, you stop going down or up, as it acts as a part of the floor you are now on.

First Answer

Smoke Alarm

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, I like that second answer, fits relatively nicely. But unfortunately it's not the intended answer...I'll add a hint in response $\endgroup$ – anodyne Apr 1 at 20:02

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