The Poetical Works of John Skelton; In Three Volumes

The Poetical Works of John Skelton; In Three Volumes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...slepe now in molde, as it is naturall That erth vnto erth hath his reuerture: What ordeyned God to be terestryall, Without recours to the erth of nature? Who to lyue euer may himselfe assure? What is it to trust on mutabilyte, Sith that in this world nothing may indure? For now am I gone, that late was in prosperyte: - To presume thervppon, it is but a vanyte, Not certayne, but as a cheryfayre, full of wo: Reygned not I of late in greate felycite? Et, ecce, nunc in pulvere dormio! Where was in my lyfe such one as I, Whyle lady Fortune with me had continuaunee? Graunted not she me to haue victory, In England to rayne, and to contribute Fraunce? She toke me by the hand and led me adaunce, And with her sugred lyppes on me she smyled; so But, what for her dissembled countenaunce, I coud not beware tyl I was begyled: Now from this world she hath me excyled, When I was lothyst hens for to go, And I am in age but, as who sayth, a chylde, Et, ecce, nunc in pulvere dormio! I se wyll, they leve that doble my jeris: This dealid this world with me as it lyst, And hathe me made, to jow that be my perys, Example to thynke on Had I wyst: I storyd.my cofers and allso my chest With taskys takynge of the comenalte; I toke ther tresure, but of ther prayjeris mist Whom I beseche with pure humylyte For to forgeve and have on me pety; I was jour kynge, and kept jow from jowr foo I wold now amend, but that wull not be, Quia ecce, nunc in pulvere dormio! I had ynough, I held me not content, Without remembraunce that I should dye; And more euer to incroche redy was I bent, I knew not how longe I should it occupy: I made the Tower stronge, I wyst not why; I knew not to whom I purchased Tetersall; I atnendid Douer on the mountayne hye, And London I prouoked to fortify...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236578597
  • 9781236578594