Villanelle of Ye Young Poet's First Villanelle to his Ladye and Ye Difficulties Thereof

Original Text: 
"Laconics," New London Telegraph (August 27, 1912). Cf. Eugene O'Neill, Poems 1912-1944, ed. Donald Gallup (New Haven and New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1980): 7.
1To sing the charms of Rosabelle,
2To pour my soul out at her feet,
3I try to write this villanelle.
4Now I am caught within her spell,
5It seems to me most wondrous sweet
6To sing the charms of Rosabelle.
7I seek in vain for words to tell
8My love -- Alas, my muse is weak!
9I try to write this villanelle.
10Would I had power to compel
11The English language incomplete
12To sing the charms of Rosabelle.
13The ardent thoughts that in me dwell
14On paper I would fair repeat
15I try to write this villanelle.
16My effort fruitless is. O H--l!
17I'll tell her all when next we meet.
18To sing the charms of Rosabelle,
19I tried to write this villanelle.
Written for Maibelle Scott.
Publication Start Year: 
1912
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.
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