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POETIC TRIFLES.
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And streaked with shadows cool and wet Two sweethearts on a bench were set, Two birds among the boughs were met; So love and song were heard and seen
In Rotten Row.
A horse or two there was to fret The soundless sand ; but work and debt, Fair flowers and falling leaves between, While clocks are chiming clear and keen, A man may very well forget
In Rotten Row.
W. E. Henley.
4.—THE ROUNDEL.
The Roundel is a variation of the rondeau, con­sisting of three stanzas of three lines each, linked together with but two rhymes, and a refrain at the end of the first and third group,
THE ROUNDEL.
A Roundel is wrought as a ring or a starbright sphere, With craft of delight and with cunning of sound unsought, That the heart of the hearer may smile if to pleasure his ear
A roundel is wrought.
Its jewel of music is carven of all or of aught—
Love, laughter, or mourning— remembrance of rapture or
fear— That fancy may fashion to hang in the ear of thought.
As a bird's quick song runs round, and the hearts in us hear— Pause answers to pause, and again the same strain caught, So moves the device whence, round as a pearl or tear,
A roundel is wrought. Algernon Charles Swinburne.






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