The New International Encyclopædia/Bouts-rimés

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The New International Encyclopædia
Bouts-rimés
Edition of 1905. See also Bouts-Rimés on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

BOUTS-RIMÉS, bōō'rḗ'-mắ' (Fr., rhymed endings). A kind of verse, the making of which forms a social amusement. Some one of the party gives out the rhymes or endings of a stanza, and the others have to fill up the lines as they best may. Suppose the rhymes prescribed are wave, lie; brave, die; the following is one of the ways in which the lines might be completed:


Dark are the secrets of the gulfing
 Where, wrapped in death, so many heroes
Yet glorious death's the guerdon of the
 And those who bravely live can bravely


wave,
lie;
brave,
die.

Addison ridicules the amusement in the Spectator, No. 60.