John Skelton: The Critical Heritage

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Theas verses written heer,
To honour vertue as I ought,
And make his fame apeer,
That whan the Garland gay
Of lawrel leaues but laet:
Small is my pain, great is his prayes,
That thus sutch honour gaet.


Notes
1
Clement Marot (1496-1544), a French sonneteer and pastoral poet.
2
Thomas Vaux (1510-56), poet.

11.

JOHN GRANGE ON SKELTON’S ‘RAGGED RYME’

1577

The ‘Golden Aphroditis’ of John Grange, a euphuistic work in verse and prose dedicated to noble ladies, was published in 1577 (STC 12174). This extract occurs on N 4r. Little is known about Grange himself.

For by what meanes could Skelton that Laureat poet, or Erasmus that great and learned clarke have uttered their mindes so well at large, as thorowe their clokes of mery conceytes in wryting of toyes and foolish theames? as Skelton did by ‘Speake Parrot’, ‘Ware the hauke’, ‘The Tunning of Elynour rumming’, ‘Why come ye not to the Courte?’ ‘Phillip Sparrowe’, and such like, yet what greater sense of better matter can be, that is in this ragged ryme contayned? or who would haue hearde his fault so playnely tolde him if not in such a gibyng sorte?

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