Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature Tudor Rose John Skelton

John Skelton | Biography | Quotes | Works | Essays & Articles | Bookstore | Web Resources | Renaissance English Literature



Seventeenth Century

Eighteenth Century




Vppon a deedmans hed, that was sent to hym from
   an honorable jentyllwoman for a token, deuysyd
   this gostly medytacyon in Englysh couenable, in
   sentence comendable, lamentable, lacrymable, pro-
   fytable for the soule.

  YOURE vgly tokyn
My mynd hath brokyn
From worldly lust ;
For I haue dyscust
We ar but dust,
And dy we must.
    It is generall
To be mortall :
I haue well espyde
No man may hym hyde
From Deth holow eyed,
With synnews wyderyd,
With bonys shyderyd,
With hys worme etyn maw,
And his gastly jaw
Gaspyng asyde,
Nakyd of hyde,
Neyther flesh nor fell.
    Then, by my counsell,
Loke that ye spell
Well thys gospell :
For wher so we dwell
Deth wyll us qwell
And with us mell.
    For all oure pamperde paunchys,
Ther may no fraunchys,
Nor worldly blys,
Redeme vs from this :
Oure days be datyd
To be chekmatyd
With drawttys of deth,
Stoppyng oure breth ;
Oure eyen synkyng,
Oure bodys stynkyng,
Oure gummys grynnyng,
Oure soulys brynnyng.
To whom, then, shall we sew,
For to haue rescew,
But to swete Jesu,
On vs then for to rew ?
    O goodly chyld
Of Mary mylde,
Then be oure shylde !
That we be not exyld
To the dyne dale
Of boteles bale,
Nor to the lake
Of fendys blake.
    But graunt vs grace
To se thy face,
And to purchace
Thyne heuenly place,
And thy palace,
Full of solace,
Aboue the sky,
That is so hy ;
To beholde and se
The Trynyte !
Mirres vous y.

See the same modernized & glossed

Skelton, John. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. Vol. I.
Rev. Alexander Dyce, Ed.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1866. 23-25.

Back to Works of John Skelton

Site copyright ©1996-2019 Anniina Jokinen. All Rights Reserved.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on August 25, 2000. Last updated January 30, 2019.


The Tudors

King Henry VII
Elizabeth of York

King Henry VIII
Queen Catherine of Aragon
Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Anne of Cleves
Queen Catherine Howard
Queen Katherine Parr

King Edward VI
Lady Jane Grey
Queen Mary I
Queen Elizabeth I

Renaissance English Writers
Bishop John Fisher
William Tyndale
Sir Thomas More
John Heywood
Thomas Sackville
John Bale
Nicholas Udall
John Skelton
Sir Thomas Wyatt
Henry Howard
Hugh Latimer
Thomas Cranmer
Roger Ascham
Sir Thomas Hoby
John Foxe
George Gascoigne
John Lyly
Thomas Nashe
Sir Philip Sidney
Edmund Spenser
Richard Hooker
Robert Southwell
Robert Greene
George Peele
Thomas Kyd
Edward de Vere
Christopher Marlowe
Anthony Munday
Sir Walter Ralegh
Thomas Hariot
Thomas Campion
Mary Sidney Herbert
Sir John Davies
Samuel Daniel
Michael Drayton
Fulke Greville
Emilia Lanyer
William Shakespeare

Persons of Interest
Visit Encyclopedia

Historical Events
Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520
Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536
The Babington Plot, 1586
The Spanish Armada, 1588

Elizabethan Theatre
See section
English Renaissance Drama

Images of London:
London in the time of Henry VII. MS. Roy. 16 F. ii.
London, 1510, the earliest view in print
Map of England from Saxton's Descriptio Angliae, 1579
Location Map of Elizabethan London
Plan of the Bankside, Southwark, in Shakespeare's time
Detail of Norden's Map of the Bankside, 1593
Bull and Bear Baiting Rings from the Agas Map (1569-1590, pub. 1631)
Sketch of the Swan Theatre, c. 1596
Westminster in the Seventeenth Century, by Hollar
Visscher's Panoramic View of London, 1616. COLOR

Search | Luminarium | Encyclopedia | What's New | Letter from the Editor | Bookstore | Poster Store | Discussion Forums