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proceed to explain the build, and to give specimens of the chief varieties.
The Ballade consists of three stanzas of eight or ten lines, concluding with an envoy* of four or five lines. There must be only three rhymes in each stanza, and the same three, and in the same order, must obtain throughout; and each stanza as well as the envoy has the same refrain.
FOR ME THE BLITHE BALLADE.
Of all the songs that dwell
Where softest speech doth flow, Some love the sweet rondel,
And some the bright rondeau,
With rhymes that tripping go In mirthful measures clad ;
But would I choose them ?—no, For me the blithe ballade 1
O'er some, the villanelle,
That sets the heart aglow, Doth its enchanting spell
With lines recurring throw ;
Some weighed with wasting woe, Gay triolets make them glad ;
But would I choose them ?—no, For me the blithe ballade !
• The envoi is a kind of invocation or dedication of the poem, and used to commence with the title of the person to whom it was addressed —Sire, or Princess. It forms the peroration or climax to the verses, and should more clearly express the sentiment or feeling embodied in the poem.