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Child ! you pout, and you urge your plea-Better it were that you held your tongue !
Maids should learn at their elders' knee— But things have altered since I was young.
The Rondel is the old form of the more popular rondeau into which it ultimately grew. It was much used as far back as the fourteenth century. It consisted originally of two four or five line stanzas, with only two rhymes, but in the hands of Charles d'Orleans (1391-1466) its form was changed, as in the specimen below.
Love comes back to his vacant dwelling,— The old, old Love that we knew of yore ! We see him stand by the open door,
With his great eyes sad, and his bosom swelling.
He makes as though in our arms repelling, He fain would lie as he lay before;—
Love comes back to his vacant dwelling,— The old, old Love that we knew of yore 1
Ah I who shall help us from overspelling, That sweet forgotten, forbidden lore ! E'en as we doubt in our hearts once more, With a rush of tears to our eyelids welling, Love comes back to his vacant dwelling.