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Lavolt or Lavolta

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(French, la volte.) A lively dance, in which was a good deal of jumping or capering, whence its name. Troilus says, “I cannot sing, nor heel the high lavolt” (iv. 4). It is thus described:—

“A lofty jumping or a leaping round,

Where arm in arm two dancers are entwined,

And whirl themselves with strict embracements bound,

And still their feet an anapest do sound.”


Sir John Davies.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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