from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little verse: used in contempt.
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I present this Longfellow verselet by way of asserting that Nicole Krauss can be very good indeed, and occasionally horrid-the horridness stemming from the forgivable sin of overweening literary ambition.
Japanese poems and adduce a verselet said to have been written by him on his death-bed:
Jimmu composed a couplet expressing his troops 'delight at having disposed of a formidable foe so easily, and in this verselet he spoke of one Yemishi being reputed to be a match for a hundred men.
We find an Emperor addressing an ode to a dragon-fly which avenges him on a gad-fly; we find a prince reciting impromptu stanzas while he lays siege to the place whither his brother has fled for refuge; we find a heartbroken lady singing a verselet as for the last time she ties the garters of her lord going to his death, and we find a sovereign corresponding in verse with his consort whose consent to his own dishonour he seeks to win.
The Olema have made much of the verselet: “Verily the first house built for mankind (to worship in) is that in Bakkah65 (Meccah), blessed and a salvation to the three worlds.
It is of silk, embroidered with golden letters, and upon it are written the Bismillah, the name of the reigning Sultan, “Bag of the key of the holy Ka’abah,” and a verselet from the “Family of Amran” (Koran, ch.