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Vírelay. n.s. [virelay, virelai, Fr.] A sort of little ancient French poem, that consisted only of two rhymes and short verses, with stops. L'Acad.

The mournful muse in mirth now list ne mask,
As she was wont in youngth and summer days;
But if thou algate lust like virelays,
And looser songs of love to undersong.

The band of flutes began to play,
To which a lady sung a virelay:
And still at ev'ry close she would repeat
The burden of the song, the daisy is so sweet.

Sources: Dictionnaire de l'Académie française (1) · Dryden, John (788) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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

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