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Rim(e, Rym(e, v.2 [ME and e.m.E. rime(n (c1290), OF rimer (c1119 in Larousse).]

1. intr. To make an utterance in verse; to write poetry; to versify. b. To ‘flyte’ in verse.Also, const. of (the subject of the verse).(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 23.
Ȝit mycht thay be sa bald in thair bakbytting, To gar me ryme, and rais the feynd with flytting
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 255.
Thow of new begynis to ryme and raif
Ib. 343.
Thou … drank the padok rod, That gerris thé ryme in to thy termis glod
1513 Doug. i Prol. 473.
Pardon thy scolar suffir hym to ryme
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 740 (T).
Quhilk schawis ye rimde but rethorik or airt
(2) a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 500.
Rymis thou of me, of rethory the rose?

2. a. Of a poet: To seek or employ rhyming sounds. b. Of verse: To be written in rhyming (or ? accentual) verse; to have rhyming endings to lines. c. Of a word or words: To have similar, rhyming syllables; to be so placed in verse as to draw attention to these; to rhyme with (vnto) another word.a. 1581-1623 James VI Poems I 70/6.
That ȝe ryme ay to the hinmest lang syllable, (with accent) in the lyne, … as bakbyte ȝovv, and out flyte ȝovv, it rymes in byte and flyte
b. a1500 Henr. Hasty Credence 23.
Ryme as it may, thairin is na ressoun To gif till taillis hestely creddence
a1500 K. Hart 664.
Suppois it ryme it accordis nocht all clene
c1590 J. Stewart 149 heading (see Rime n.1 3).
c. 1581-1623 James VI Poems I 70/4.
That ȝe make not proue and reproue ryme together
Ib. 71/14.
[The feminine ending] man be thairfore repetit in the nixt lyne ryming vnto it

3. tr. To compose in verse.Also, to rime out.The quot. c1650 may depend on a play of words between Rane n. and Rung n. 1. c1590 J. Stewart 171 §3.
Ȝit spair I not to rym this ruid reply
c1650 Fugitive Poetry II xxvi 3/2.
Oh! that I could speake Scotch, … I would rime out runges, and then I'd bange'um, His ribbes, and rigge, and [etc.]

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