Charles Cotton, one of whose rondeaus has been quoted, also wrote a virelai.
What shall I weave for thee—what shall I spin— Rondel, or rondeau, or virelai?
As to the virelai, this species of lyric was nery fashionable in Chaucers time.
The Lai and the virelai are so nearly related that they must be considered together.
Before leaving this heading there is another form, the virelai nouveau, singularly unlike its name.
The virelai (ancien) is a lai that preserves a sequence of rhymes throughout.
Still the virelai is good in its way, though it can hardly be older than 1500, and may be still later.