John Skelton possibly born in Diss Norfolk, was an English poet.
He is said to have been educated at Oxford. He certainly studied at Cambridge, and he is probably the "one Scheklton" mentioned by William Cole as taking his M.A. degree in 1484. In 1490, William Caxton writes of him, in the preface to The Boke of Eneydos compyled by Vyrgyle, in terms which prove that he had already won a reputation as a scholar. "But I pray mayster John Skelton," he says, "late created poete laureate in the unyversite of Oxenforde, to oversee and correct this sayd booke ... for him I know for suffycyent to expowne and englysshe every dyffyculte that is ... more »
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John Skelton Poems
Cuncta Licet Cecidisse Putas Discrimina ...
Cuncta licet cecidisse putas discrimina rerum, Et prius incerta nunc tibi certa manent, Consiliis usure meis tamen aspice caute, Subdola non fallat te dea fraude sua:
The Tunning Of Elenor Rumming
Tell you I chyll, If that ye wyll A whyle be styll, Of a comely gyll
To Mistress Margaret Hussey
MERRY Margaret As midsummer flower, Gentle as falcon Or hawk of the tower:
With Lullay, Lullay
With lullay, lullay, like a child, Thou sleepest too long, thou art beguiled! "My darling dear, my daisy flower, Let me," quoth he, "lie in your lap."
A Ballad Of The Scottsysshe Kyne
Kynge Jamy, Jomy your joye is all go. Ye summoned our kynge. Why dyde ye so? To you no thyng it dyde accorde To sommom our kynge your soverayne lorde.
The Book Of Phillip Sparrow
Pla ce bo, Who is there, who? Di le xi, Dame Margery;
Womanhod Wanton Ye Want
Womanhod wanton ye want. Youre medelyng mastres is manerles. Plente of yll of goodnes skant. Ye rayll at ryot recheles.
A Lawde And Prayse
[a laude and prayse made for our souereigne lord the kyng.] The Rose both white and Rede In one rose now dothe grow:
To Mistress Margery Wentworth
WITH margerain gentle, The flower of goodlihead, Embroidered the mantle Is of your maidenhead.
The Auncient Acquaintance, Madam, Betwen...
The auncient acquaintance, madam, betwen vs twayn, The famylyaryte, the formal dalyaunce, Causyth me that I can not myself refrayne But that I must wryte for my plesaunt pastaunce:
The Bowge Of Courte
In Autumpne whan the sonne in vyrgyne By radyante hete enryped hath our corne Whan luna full of mutabylyte As Emperes the dyademe hath worne
Vppon A Deedmans Hed
[Skelton Laureat vppon a deedmans hed that was sent to hym from an honorable Ientyll-woman for a token Deuysyd this gostly medytacyon in Englysh Couenable in sentence Comendable, Lamentable, Lacrymable, Profytable for the soule.] Youre vgly tokyn. My mynd hath brokyn.
Knoledge, Acquayntance, Resort, Fauour W...
Knoledge, acquayntance, resort, fauour with grace; Delyte, desyre, respyte wyth lyberte; Corage wyth lust, conuenient tyme and space; Dysdayns, dystres, exylyd cruelte;
Go, Piteous Heart
GO, pytyous hart, rasyd with dedly wo, Persyd with payn, bleding with wondes smart, Bewayle thy fortune, with vaynys wan and blo.
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Cuncta Licet Cecidisse Putas Discrimina Rerum
Cuncta licet cecidisse putas discrimina rerum,
Et prius incerta nunc tibi certa manent,
Consiliis usure meis tamen aspice caute,
Subdola non fallat te dea fraude sua:
Saepe solet placido mortales fallere vultu,
Et cute sub placida tabida saepe dolent;
Ut quando secura putas et cuncta serena,
Anguis sub viridi gramine saepe latet.
Though ye suppose all jeperdys ar paste,
And all is done that ye lokyd for before,
Ware yet, I rede you, of Fortunes dowble cast,
For one fals poynt she is wont to kepe in store,
And vnder the fell oft festered is the sore: