The New International Encyclopædia/Bouts-rimés

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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


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