Ae Freslighe An Irish form that dates back to at least the time of Saint Patrick, Ae Freslighe is a quatrain of seven syllables per line, and tells a story within no more than four stanzas. Properly, it rhymes abab cdcd efef etc. All rhymes are feminine rhymes, odd line rhymes ending with words of three syllables and even lines ending with words of two syllables. Ideally, the last word should be the same as the first, although some examples of only the last syllable same are extant. Alternately, when writing more than one stanza, the last line may repeat the first, which would alter the last stanza’s rhyme scheme to eaea. Please note the syllable count shows that odd lines end in three syllables, even lines in two. xxxx(xxa) xxxxx(xb) xxxx(xxa) xxxxx(xb)
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Macho Picchu (Ae Freslighe)
Treasures are worth defending; (it’s best if they’re kept hidden.) The artisans descending had done what they were bidden.
The clouds closely hovering – so full of rain were loaded; men terraced a covering that still is not outmoded.
Invaders were defacing by crude and ugly measures just taking, not replacing Thank God they missed these treasures.
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