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Quatrain

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Qua'train. n.s. [quatrain, Fr.] A stanza of four lines rhyming alternately: as,

Say, Stella, what is love, whose fatal pow'r
Robs virtue of content, and youth of joy?
What nymph or goddess in a luckless hour
Disclos'd to light the mischief-making boy.
Mrs. Mulso.

I have writ my poem in quatrains or stanza's of four in alternate rhyme, because I have ever judged them of greater dignity for the sound and number, than any other verse in use. Dryden.

Sources: Chapone, Hester (1) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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