(1) Poems by Skelton
Colyn Cloute (‘What can it auayle’)
Canon, C12, p. 5. First published London, [c.1530]. Dyce, I, 311-60. Scattergood, pp. 246-78.
Copy of a 1107-line version, plus a Latin epilogue (see SkJ 3).
In: A miscellany, in several hands, compiled by John Colyns (d.c.1542), mercer, of the parish of St Mary Woolchurch, London. c.1522-39.
Discussed, with eight pages of facsimiles, in Carol M. Meale, ‘The Compiler at Work: John Colyns and BL MS Harley 2252’, in Manuscripts and Readers in Fifteenth-Century England: The Literary Implications of Manuscript Study, ed. Derek Pearsall (Cambridge and Woodbridge, 1983), pp. 82-103, and, with ten pages of facsimiles, in Carol Meale, ‘London, British Library, Harley MS 2252: John Colyns' “Boke”: Structure and Content’, EMS, 15 (2009), 65-122.
This MS collated in Dyce.
Copy of lines 462-80, beginning ‘Som men thynke that ye’ and subscribed ‘The profecy of Skylton, 1529’.
In: A quarto composite volume of verse and prose, partly on vellum, partly on paper, c.110 leaves. Mid-late 16th century.
Edited from this MS in Dyce, I, 329.
‘Colinus Cloutus, quanquam mea carmina multis’
Canon, C11, p. 5. First published in Dyce (1843), I, 360.
Epigramma ad tanti principis maiestatem in sua peuricia (‘Si quid habes, mea musa, dei resonantis amenam’)
Canon, C51, p. 15. First published in F.M. Salter, ‘Skelton's Speculum Principis’, Speculum, 9 (1934), 25-37 (pp. 36-7). Carlson, pp. 42-3 (with a translation).
Fair copy on vellum, headed ‘Ad tanti principis maiestatem in sua pericia, quando erat insignitus Dux Eboraci, etc., Skeltonis Laureatus hoc Epigramma et.’, appended to the MS.
In: An octavo MS of Speculum principis, in a formal hand, in black and red ink with some engrossed lettering and decoration, 30 vellum leaves, in contemporary leather on boards stamped with the Tudor royal arms and initials ‘H A’. Dedicated to Prince Henry (Henry VIII), dated from Eltham, 28 August 1501, and probably Skelton's presentation MS to Henry. c.1509-10.
Possibly once in Lincoln Cathedral Library. Inscribed (f. 1r on an affixed slip) ‘Mr Bramley, late of Acton’, ‘Jemima Sewall[?]’, ‘Geo Murray...Mar 1854’. Purchased from Puttick & Simpson's, 15 July 1865, lot 838.
Facsimile of ff. 21v-2r in Henry VIII Man and Monarch, ed. Susan Doran (British Library, London, 2009), p. 30.
Edited from this MS in Salter. Facsimile of ff. 24v-5r in Carlson, pp. 2-3.
Garlande of Laurell (‘Arectyng my syght towarde the zodyake’)
Canon, C27, p. 9. First published in an incomplete version [London], 1523. Complete in Pithy pleasaunt and profitable workes of maister Skelton (London, 1568). Dyce, I, 361-427. Scattergood, pp. 312-58. Edited by F.W. Brownlow, as John Skelton: The Book of the Laurel (Newark, Delaware, 1990).
Copy; in a professional hand, with some additions and corrections in another hand, imperfect, lacking about three fifths of the text. c.1495-1523.
In: A folio volume of miscellaneous tracts and verse, 272 leaves, imperfect from fire damage, each leaf mounted.
Inscribed (f. 2v) by John Stow (1524/5-1605), London historian.
This MS collated in Dyce. Partly edited from this MS, and collated, in John Skelton, The Book of the Laurel, ed. F.W. Brownlow (Newark, Delaware, 1990), with facsimiles of ff. 209r and 218v on pp. 19 and 27.
‘Gentle Paule, laie down thy sweard’
A couplet, first published in Edward Halle, Vnion of the Two Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancastre & Yorke (London, 1568), sig. TTt2v. Scattergood, p. 358.
Copy by Haslewood, headed ‘On Cardinal Wolsey’.
In: A small collection of poems by or attributed to Skelton, in the hand of Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833), bibliographer and antiquary, at least some transcribed from earlier MS sources, 47 folio pages, disbound. c.1808-33.
Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 10112.
Quoted and discussed in David Carlson, ‘Joseph Haslewood's Manuscript Collection of Unpublished Poems by John Skelton’, PBSA, 81 (1987), 65-74.
‘I, liber, et propera, regem tu pronus adora’
[Dyce, I, 147].
A Lawde and Prayse Made for Our Souereigne Lord the Kyng (‘The Rose both White and Rede’)
Canon, C35, p. 11. First published in Dyce (1843), I, ix-xi. Scattergood, pp. 110-12.
Autograph, untitled, subscribed ‘Per me laurigerum britonu skeltonida Vatem:’, on two conjugate folio leaves, once folded as a letter or packet, endorsed ‘A lawde and prayse made for our Sovereigne Lord the Kyng’, probably the MS presented to Henry VIII in 1509. c.1509.
Edited from this MS in Dyce and in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the Reign of Henry VIII, ed. J. S. Brewer, Vol. II, Part II (London, 1864), p. 1518.
Complete facsimile and transcript in Croft, Autograph Poetry, I, 6-8. Facsimile examples in William Nelson, John Skelton, Laureate (New York, 1939), p. 164; in Maurice Pollet, John Skelton, trans. John Warrington (London, 1971), after p. 62; in John Skelton, The Book of the Laurel, ed. F. W. Brownlow (Newark, Delaware, 1990), p. 26; in DLB, vol. 136, Sixteenth-Century British Non-Dramatic Writers. Second Series, ed. David A. Richardson (Detroit, 1994), p. 306; and in Henry VIII Man and Monarch, ed. Susan Doran (British Library, London, 2009), p. 62.
Manerly Margery Mylk and Ale (‘Ay, besherewe yow, be my fay’)
Canon, C37, p. 11. First published in Sir John Hawkins, A General History of the Science and Practice of Music (London, 1776), III, 2. Dyce, I, 28-9. Scattergood, pp. 35-6.
Copy, in a musical setting by William Cornish, untitled.
In: A folio songbook, in a single formal rounded secretary hand, with rubrication and colour decoration of initial letters, 145 vellum leaves, in old red morocco gilt. c.1500s.
Inscribed (f. 1r), probably by the compiler or commissioner of the volume, ‘Robertus Fayrfax Doctor in Musicis iacet sepidtus in Ecclesia Monasteriali Scj Albani’: i.e. by Robert Fairfax (1464-1521), Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, composer. Later owned and inscribed by Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), Yorkshire antiquary and topographer.
Edited from this MS in Hawkins; in Dyce; and in Early Tudor Songs and Carols, ed. John Stevens, Musica Britannica XXXVI (London, 1975), pp. 128-30.
Copy by Haslewood.
Carlson, pp. 68-9.
Copy, in a cursive hand, untitled, on the verso of the final flyleaf (f. 77v) in a printed exemplum of Caxton's Dictes or Sayeingis of the Philosophres (London, 1477). Mid-late 16th century.
This MS edited and discussed, with a facsimile, in A.S.G Edwards and Lynne R. Mooney, ‘A New Version of a Skelton Lyric’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 10 (1994), 507-10 and Plate 12.
Palinodium (‘Iam nunc pierios cantus et carmina laudis’)
Canon, C51, p. 15. First published in F.M. Salter, ‘Skelton's Speculum Principis’, Speculum, 9 (1934), 25-37 (p. 37).
Poems against Garnesche (‘Sithe ye haue me chalyngyd, Master Garnesche’)
Canon, C2, p. 3. First published in Dyce (1843), I, 116-31. Scattergood, pp. 121-34.
Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled. Mid-16th century.
In: A folio composite volume of miscellaneous papers, in verse and prose, in various hands, including that of John Stow (1524/5-1605), London historian, 192 leaves, in 19th-century half-leather gilt.
Edited from this MS in Dyce.
Poeta Skelton laureatus libellum suum metrice alloquitur (‘Ad dominum properato meum, mea pagina, Percy’)
See SkJ 12.
Speke, Parrot (‘My name is Parrot, a byrd of paradyse’)
Canon, C41, p. 12. Lines 3-237 first published in Certaine bokes copyled by mayster Skelto (London, [c.1545]). A text of 513 lines first published in Dyce (1843), II, 1-25. Scattergood, pp. 230-46.
Copy of lines 1-59, 230-513.
In: the MS described under SkJ 1. c.1522-39.
Edited partly from this MS in Dyce. Facsimiles of f. 133*v in Meale (1983), p. 90, and of f. 134r in Meale (2009), p. 75.
Tetrastichon Skelton, laureati ad Magistrum Rukshaw, sacrae theologiae egregium professorem (‘Accipe nunc demum, doctor celeberrime Rukshaw’)
See SkJ 12.
‘That ever England had’
The Tunnyng of Elynour Rummyng (‘Tell you I chyll’)
Canon, C42, p. 12. First published [c.1520]. Dyce, I, 95-115.
Copy, being an attempted MS facsimile in a single hand of a 16th century printed edition of Skelton's poem, on ff. 1r-11v of 24 octavo leaves, the reverse end (ff. 12v-24 rev.) with rules of a society of bellringers in another hand dated 1662-3, in black leather gilt, with stamped royal cipher of Charles II. Mid-late 17th century.
Inscribed (heavily deleted) on a flyleaf ‘William Daniel 1693’. Sotheby's, 15 June 1870.
Vpon the doulourus dethe and muche lamentable chaunce of the most honorable Erle of Northumberlande (‘I wayle, I wepe, I sobbe, I sigh ful sore’)
Canon, C18, pp. 6-7. First published in Pithy pleasaunt and profitable workes of maister Skelton (London, 1568). Dyce, I, 6-14. Scattergood, pp. 29-35.
A formal copy, possibly in the hand of William Peeris, heavily decorated and with colouring, preceded by a dedication, ‘Poeta Skelton laureatus libellum suum metrice alloquitur’, beginning ‘Ad dominum properato meum, mea pagina, Percy’, and ending with ‘Tetrastichon Skelton, laureati ad Magistrum Rukshaw’, beginning ‘Accipe nunc demum, doctor celeberrime Rukshaw’. c.1516-23.
In: A folio composite volume of 15th- and 16th-century works by John Lydgate and others, on vellum throughout, i + 212 leaves.
Once owned by Henry Fitzalan (1511?-80), twelfth Earl of Arundel, nephew of Henry Algernon Percy (d.1527), fifth Earl of Northumberland. Later in the library of Fitzalan's son-in-law John, first Baron Lumley (c.1533-1609), collector.
Discussed, with three pages of facsimiles, in Pat Naylor, ‘Scribes and Secretaries of the Percy Earls of Northumberland, with Special Reference to William Peeris and Royal MS 18 D. II’, EMS, 15 (2009), 166-84.
This MS collated in Dyce. Facsimiles of f. 166v in Naylor, p. 172, and in Carlson, p. 27.
Why Come ye nat to Courte? (‘All noble men, of this take hede’)
Canon, C46 & C5, pp. 13-14, 4. First published in London, c.1545. Dyce, II, 26-67. Scattergood, pp. 278-311.
Copy of the introductory lines and lines 838-1248.
In: A quarto composite volume of verse, in various hands, 167 leaves (plus blanks), in calf. Mid-16th century.
Edited from this MS in Julius Zupitza, ‘Handschriftliche Bruchstücke von John Skeltons Why come ye nat to court?’, Archiv, 85 (1890), 429-36.
Copy of lines 753-6.
In: A notebook compiled by Thomas Plume (1630-1704).
Discussed in Andrew Clark, ‘Dr. Plume's Pocket Book’, The Essex Review, 14 (1905), 9-20.
Cited in Clark, p. 14.
(2) Poems of Doubtful Authorship
How euery thing must haue a tyme (‘Tyme is a thing that no man may resyst’)
Canon, D52, p. 16. First published in Certaine bokes copyled by mayster Skelto (London, c.1545). Dyce, I, 137-8.
Copy of a five-stanza version (plus a two-line burden).
In: A folio miscellany chiefly of heraldic and historical collections, in a single secretary hand, with rubrication, 418 leaves. Compiled by Robert Commaundre (d.1613), rector of Tarporley, Cheshire, and chaplain to Sir Henry Sydney, Lord President of the Marches of Wales. Late 16th-early 17th century.
This MS recorded in Canon.
Copy of the poem as stanzas 6 and 9-11 of an untitled thirteen-stanza poem beginning ‘O god that in tyme all thingis did begin’.
In: A formal anthology of Scottish poetry, including 51 poems presently attributed to William Dunbar, largely in a single secretary hand, with a few later additions in other hands, in two tall folio volumes, with differing series of pagination and foliation, vol. I comprising 192 leaves (paginated 1-385), vol. II comprising 205 leaves (paginated 387-795), all leaves now mounted separately in window mounts, each volume in 19th-century green morocco elaborately gilt. Compiled by George Bannatyne (b.1545), student of St Andrews and merchant burgess of Edinburgh. Subscribed on the last page ‘finis. / 1568’ but probably written over a period of some years. c.1568.
Descending to Bannatyne's son-in-law George Foulis. Later (c.1712) inscribed (p. 60) ‘This book is gifted to Mr William Carmichael Be me James Foulis’. Some annotations by Allan Ramsay (1684-1758), poet and editor, and by Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, writer and literary editor. Presented in 1772 by John Carmichael, fourth Earl of Hyndford.
Generally cited as the Bannatyne MS. Complete facsimile, introduced by Denton Fox and William A. Ringler, published by the Scolar Press, 1980. Complete text edited in Murdoch and in Ritchie. Discussed in Priscilla Bawcutt, ‘The Contents of the Bannatyne Manuscript: New Sources and Analogues’, Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 3 (2008), 95-133. A facsimile page in The National Library of Scotland Advocates' Library Notable Accessions up to 1925 (Edinburgh, 1965), Plate 43.
Edited from this MS in The Bannatyne Manuscript, ed. J. Barclay Murdoch, II, Hunterian Club (Glasgow, 1896), 227-30; The Bannatyne Manuscript, ed. W. Tod Ritchie, II, STS NS 22 (Edinburgh & London, 1928), 208-11; recorded in Canon.
Of the Death of the Noble Prince, Kynge Edwarde the Forth (‘Miseremini mei, ye that be my frendis!’)
Canon, D53, pp. 16-17. First published (lacking lines 37-48) in Certaine bokes copyled by mayster Skelto (London, c.1545). Complete in Dyce (1843), I, 1-5, and in Robert S. Kinsman, ‘“A lamentable of Kyng Edward the III”’, HLQ, 29 (1966), 95-108.
Copy, subscribed ‘A lamentable of Kyng Edward ye iiij’, on ff. 131r-2r in a volume also containing copies of Mandeville's Travels and other works. c.1487.
Later in the library of the family of Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861), book collector, of Eshton Hall, near Skipton, West Yorkshire. William H. Robinson's sale catalogue No. 77 (1948), item 144 (p. 149), with a facsimile of f. 131r.
Edited from this MS in Kinsman. Collated in Dyce.
Copy, with alterations, headed ‘Here folowythe the Epitaphy of Kynge Edward ye fowrthe complyd by [John Lidgate monke of Burie deleted] Skelton’.
In: A folio volume of poems by John Lydgate and others, in several secretary hand with some rubrication, 288 leaves, in 19th-century morocco. compiled by or for John Stow (1525?-1605). Chiefly in the hand of John Stow (1524/5-1605), London historian.
Puttick & Simpson's, 15 July 1874.
This MS collated in Kinsman.
Copy, untitled. c.1575.
In: A folio volume of poems by John Lydgate and others.
Edited from this MS in Carleton Brown, Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century (Oxford, 1939), pp. 250-3. Collated in Kinsman.
On Tyme (‘Tyme is a thing that no man may resyst’)
See SkJ 14-15.
Canon, D54, p. 17, First published in Certaine bokes copyled by mayster Skelto (London, c.1545). Dyce, I, 139-40.
Copy of three prayers, here untitled, namely ‘to the father of Heauen’ (beginning ‘O Radiant Luminary of lyght intermynable’), ‘To the Seconde Parson’ (beginning ‘O Benygne Jesu, my souerayne Lord and Kynge’), and ‘To the Holy Gooste’ (beginning ‘O Firy feruence, inflamed wyth all grace’).written on the end-papers. Late 15th-early 16th century.
In: A 14th century MS Registrum brevium cancellariae, with colour and gold decoration, ff. 96v-7r occupied by later notes dated 1654-5, and ff. 97v-100r with verses in a formal 16th-century hand, 101 small octavo vellum leaves, in modern red morocco.
Inscribed (f. 97r) ‘Gabriell Wettenhall’ and ‘Thomas Wetenhall’. Later owned by William Pickering (1796-1854), publisher. Bookplate of William Falconer, Chester. Sotheby's, 12 December 1854 (Pickering sale), lot 156.
This MS recorded in Canon.
Copy of three prayers, ‘to the Father of Heauen’, ‘To the Seconde Parson’, and ‘To the Holy Gooste’. At the end of an octavo 16th-century MS prayer book (use of Sarum), 129 leaves, in contemporary vellum. 1583.
Inscribed on the cover ‘Robert Cooke’. Later owned by John Meade Falkner (1858-1932), writer and businessman. Sotheby's, 12 December 1932 (Falkner sale), lot 86, to Quaritch. Sotheby's, 8 July 1957, lot 78.
Recorded in De Ricci, Supplement, p. 406.
‘Qui trahis ex domiti ramum pede diue leonis’
Canon, D55, p. 17. First published in Friedrich Brie, ‘Skelton-Studien’, ES, 37 (1907), 1-86 (p. 28). Carlson, pp. 58-1 (with a translation).
Copy, untitled and ascribed to ‘Skeltonidis laureati’, among other verses and medical prescriptions, on a tipped-in leaf of parchment.
In: A folio composite law book, in Latin and Law French, in several hands, 101 leaves, in modern half-calf on marbled boards. Mid-16th century.
Once owned by Walter Ashwell (‘Ashwell Waltero constat liber iste benigno’) and his wife Margery.
Edited from this MS in Brie and, with a translation, in Carlson, pp. 58-9. Discussed, and an additional couplet printed, in David Carlson, ‘John Skelton's Latin Verses “Qui Trahis”’, N&Q, 233 (March 1988), 29.
‘Salve plus decies quam sunt momenta dierum!’
Canon, D53, p. 17, First published in Pithy pleasaunt and profitable workes of maister Skelton (London, 1568). Dyce, I, 177.
Copy, headed ‘Ex Jo. Skelton Poeta laureato’. c.1580s.
In: A folio volume of historical papers, in several hands, one predominating, ii + 322 leaves, in modern half red morocco. Compiled largely by Sir James Ware (1594-1666), antiquary and historian.
Subsequently owned by Henry Hyde (1638-1709), second Earl of Clarendon, politician (constituting Clarendon MSS Vol. 36). Bookplate of Jeremiah Milles (1714-84), Dean of Exeter, antiquary (Milles Collection Vol. XXXIV).
This MS collated in Dyce.
To the Father of Heauen (‘O Radiant Luminary of lyght intermynable’)
To the Holy Gooste (‘O Firy feruence, inflamed wyth all grace’)
To the Seconde Parson (‘O Benygne Jesu, my souerayne Lord and Kynge’)
A Treatise bitwene Trouth and Information (‘The knowlege of God passyth comparison’)
First published in Pithy plesaunt and profitable workes of maister Skelton (London, 1568). The poem, generally accepted as by William Cornish, is reprinted in Nan Cooke Carpenter, ‘Skelton's Hand in William Cornish's Musical Parable’, CL, 22 (1970), 157-72. It is here argued that ‘The poem is obviously not Skelton's’, but ‘there are signs that the laureate probably had a hand in its composition’.
Verses Presented to King Henry VII (‘O moste famous noble king! thy fame doth spring and spreade’)
Canon, D 57, p. 18. First published in Elias Ashmole, The Institutional Laws and Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (London, 1672). Dyce, II, 387-8. Discussed and Skelton's authorship rejected in Richard Firth Green, ‘The Verses Presented to King Henry VII: A Poem in the Skelton Apocrypha’, ELN, 16 (1978), 5-8.
Copy, occurring in a herald's chronicle of ceremonial events in the reign of Henry VII.
In: A quarto heraldic miscellany, iv + 237 leaves. Early 17th century.
Once owned by Sir William Le Neve (1592-1661), Clarenceux King of Arms, and by Arthur, Earl of Anglesey.
Canon, D57, p. 18. Edited from this MS in Ashmole. Discussed and collated in Green.
Copy, untitled, with two introductory lines beginning ‘Englande now Roioysse fore Ioyous may thou bee’, in a herald's chronicle of ceremonial events in the reign of Henry VII.
In: A folio volume of historical collections up to the time of Henry VIII, in professional secretary hands, 316 leaves, in modern half brown morocco on cloth boards gilt.
Edited from this MS in Green.
Copy, with introductory lines beginning ‘Englande now reioyse, for ioyous may thow be’.
In: A folio volume of accounts of state and ceremonial events in the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, in a single professional secretary hand up to f. 76r, a second hand thereafter, including an index, 126 leaves (including remains of excised leaves), in 19th-century calf gilt. Late 16th century.
Bookplate of Horace Walpole (1717-97), fourth Earl of Orford, of Strawberry Hill, author, politician and patron of the arts. Bought from Thomas Thorpe, 14 October 1843.
Skelton wrote a “Wofully araid” but it is uncertain whether his version can be identified with any extant poem incorporating these words: see Canon, L118, pp. 32-3. First published in Sir John Hawkins, General History of the Science and Practice of Music (London, 1776), III, 2. Dyce (1843), I, 141-3.
Copy of a 62-line version, in a four-part musical setting by William Cornish, untitled.
Edited from this MS in Hawkins; in Dyce; and in Early Tudor Songs and Carols, ed. John Stevens, Musica Britannica XXXVI (London, 1975), pp. 92-7.
Copy of a 62-line version, in a three-part musical setting by John Browne, untitled.
Copy of a short version in the form of a prayer, on vellum. Early-mid-16th century.
In: A miscellany or religious works, in verse and prose, on vellum.
Edited from this MS in Carleton Brown, Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century (Oxford, 1939), pp. 156-8.
Copy of the first two stanzas, written on the last page.
In: A 15th-century MS of the office of the dead (use of Sarum) and Psalms, on parchment, ii + 100 leaves (130 x 90 mm.).
Among the collections of James P.R. Lyell (1871-1948), book collector.
Edited from this MS, with a facsimile of f. 65r of the main MS, in Quaritch's sale catalogue of Illuminated and other MSS (1931), item 66, and in catalogue No. 474 (1933), item 148.
Copy of a longer version, in the hand of John Symson, in black and red ink, subscribed ‘Explicit J Skelton’.
In: Twenty-nine quarto leaves of MS verse, bound up before and after a printed exemplum of Pseudo-Boethius, De disciplina scholarium cum notabili commento (Deventer, 1496), in contemporary blind-stamped calf. In the hand of one John Symson, who also inscribes the first page ‘liber ioannus symson dmi xxi’. 1521.
Also inscribed on the first page ‘Wm Herbert 1774’: i.e. William Herbert (1718-95), bibliographer and print seller. Later in the library of Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. In the collection of Robert H. Taylor (1908-85), American book and manuscript collector.
This MS collated in Dyce. Edited in Walter De Gray Birch, ‘A New Poem by John Skelton’, Athenaeum (29 November 1873), p. 697.
The Bibliotheca Historica of Diodorus Siculus
Skelton's English translation of Diodorus Siculus from the Latin version of Poggio Bracciolini. Canon, C50, pp. 14-15. First published in London, 1956-7, ed. F.M. Salter and H.L.R. Edwards, 2 vols, EETS, 233 and 239.
Copy, in three professional hands, with annotations in later hands, imperfect. Early 16th century.
Once owned by Robert Pen, a Gentleman of the Chapel under Henry VII and Henry VIII.
Edited from this MS in Salter and Edwards, with reduced facsimiles of ff. 73r and 247r in Vol. I, frontispiece.
See SkJ 29.
Canon, C51, p. 15. First published in F.M. Salter, ‘Skelton's Speculum Principis’, Speculum 9 (1934), 25-37.
In: the MS described under SkJ 4. c.1509-10.
Edited from this MS in Salter. Portions edited from this MS, with a translation, in Carlson, pp. 34-45. Facsimiles of parts of ff. 2r and 29r in Petti, English Literary Hands, Nos. 14, 15 (where it is suggested that the MS is autograph, but see P.J. Croft's review in TLS (24 February 1978), p. 241).
Annotations in Printed Books
Chronique de Rains
Canon, C31, pp. 9-10.
Skelton's autograph annotations and dedications, including two Latin dedicatory poems beginning ‘Quamvis annosa’ and ‘I, liber, et propera, regem tu pronus adora’ and an English verse beginning ‘That ever Englond had’. In a 15th-century French MS chronicle of the Third Crusade and exploits of Richard Coeur de Lion, a MS used by Skelton to teach history to Henry VIII when a Prince and presented to him after his accession to the throne. [1511-12].
Parts of the dedications edited from this MS in James Nasmith, Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum quos Collegio Corporis Christi legavit Matthaeus Parker (Cambridge, 1777), p. 400, and in Dyce, I, 147. The dedications edited from this MS, with translations, in Carlson, pp. 45-6. See also H.L.R. Edwards, ‘The Dating of Skelton's Later Poems’, PMLA, 53.i (1938), 601-19.
Facsimile pages in William Nelson, John Skelton, Laureate (New York, 1939), after p. 116 and p. 174; in Petti, English Literary Hands, No. 16 (part of f. 1v); and in Henry VIII Man and Monarch, ed. Susan Doran (British Library, London, 2009), p. 31 (f. 7r).
Terentii Comoediæ, cum Commento Guidonis Juvenalis (Lyons, 1497)
Printed exemplum, allegedly bearing on the verso of the last flyleaf ‘manuscript notes and memoranda in different old handwritings, some probably by John Skelton, Poet Laureate’. c.1500?
Recorded in Mark English, ‘Lost Autographs of John Skelton, David Lindsay, and Thomas More?’, N&Q, 248 (December 2003), 385.
Elegy on King Henry the Seventh (‘O wauering worlde all wrapped in wretchidnes’)
Canon, R60, pp. 19-20. Edited in Dyce, II, 399-400.
See HaS 3.
‘Hoyda joly rutterkin hoyda’
Canon, R62, p. 20. Edited in Sir John Hawkins, A General History of the Science and Practice of Music (London, 1776), III, 2. In a musical setting by William Cornish, in Early Tudor Songs and Carols, ed. John Stevens, Musica Britannica XXXVI (London, 1975), pp. 132-4.
The Image of Ypocresye
Canon, R64, p. 21. 2544 lines, attributed to Skelton in Thomas Hearne, Peter Langtoft's Chronicle (Oxford, 1725), II, 684-7. Full text in Dyce, II, 413-47.
Copy, widely spaced, in a secretary hand, the first line illegible, 155 folio leaves, in modern half-morocco.
Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘This Book I borrow'd of James West Esqr. To be Returned on Demand &c. / Tho: Martin / In his Leaue I haue Transcrib'd it’ and, in another hand, ‘The transcript is in the possession of Rich Heber Esqr. who bought it at Dr. Farmer's sale’. Also inscribed ‘Le Neve Norroy AD 1724 posessorem libri’, and with bookplate of ‘Shelburne’.
Transcript of the Lansdowne MS (SkJ 34), made by Thomas Martin (1697-1771), of Palgrave, Suffolk, antiquary and collector, 84 leaves, dated 23 February 1738. 1738.
Inscribed by the Rev. Richard Farmer, FSA (1735-97), Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, literary scholar. A note dated 19 June  by Mr Ritson returning the MS to Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. Thorpe's sale catalogue, 1836, item 1173, bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9261. Sotheby's, 26 March 1895 (Phillipps sale), lot 1041.
The Manner of the World Now a Dayes (‘So many poynted caps’)
Canon, R65, p. 21. Published in London, c.1562. Dyce, I, 148-54.
Copy in: A largely late-15th-century folio cartulary book of Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire, with some miscellaneous entries interspersed, 100 leaves.
Canon, R66, p. 21. Edited in The Romans of Partenay, ed. Walter W. Skeat, EETS 22 (London, 1866), p. vi.
Copy in: A manuscript volume principally of ‘The Romance of Earl Raymond of Poitiers’. 15th century.
Edited from this MS in Skeat.
Canon, R67, pp. 21-2. Edited by Ian A. Gordon in TLS (20 September 1934), p. 636.
Petevelly constrayned am Y
Canon, R68, p. 22. Edited in Ewald Flügel, ‘Liedersammlungen des XVI. Skelton’, Athenaeum (29 November 1873), p. 697.
Copy of a long version, beginning ‘Thofe I doo syng my hert doth wepe’, in a musical setting by Robert Cooper.
In: An oblong quarto volume of madrigals and other musical works, the lyrics in two or more secretary hands, 60 leaves, in half-morocco, stamped in gilt on both covers ‘1757’. Early 16th century.
Edited from this MS in Ewald Flügel, ‘Liedersammlungen des XVI. Jahrhunderts, besonders aus der Zeit Heinrich's VIII’, Anglia, 12 (1889), 225-72 (pp. 266-7).
The Recule ageinst Gaguyne of the Frenshe Nacyoun
Canon, L106, p. 30. A lost piece; doubtfully identified in Friedrich Brie, ‘Skelton-Studien’, ES, 37 (1907), 1-86 (pp. 31-2), with SkJ 41.
Seven lines, beginning ‘How darest thou swere or be so bold also’.
In: A quarto notebook, 74 leaves. Late 15th century.
Canon, L117, p. 32. A lost piece; doubtfully identified by Dyce (I, 144-6; II, 199) with verses beginning ‘Now synge we, as we were wont’, first printed in Christmas Carolles [c.1550] and in MS versions including: British Library (Add. MS 37049, f. 67v; Arundel MS 285, ff. 164v-8, edited in Carlton Brown, Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century (Oxford, 1939), pp. 151-6); and Edinburgh University Library (MS Borl. 205, f. 201, edited in Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS, ed. George Stevenson, STS 65 (Edinburgh & London, 1918), pp. 35-6).
Copy in: A folio volume of lecture notes on logic written in Louvain in 1477 by Magnus Makculloch, clerk to Archbishop William Schevez (d.1497), iii + 202 leaves, imperfect at the end, in modern brown calf gilt. Chiefly in one professional secretary hand, with some engrossed lettering, in double columns, another hand, one ‘Johannes’, possibly John Purde, on pages including ff. iiv-iiir, 86r-7r, 181v, 183v, and 200r-2r.
Owned by David Laing in 1854.
Edited from this MS in Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS, ed. George Stevenson, STS 65 (Edinburgh & London, 1918), pp. 35-6).
Vox Populi, Vox Dei (‘I pray yow, be not wrothe’)
Canon, R70, pp. 22-3. First published in Sir John Littledale's Roxburghe Club edition of Skelton's Magnyfysence (London, 1821). Edited in Dyce, II, 400-13.
Copy in: the MS described under SkJ 9.
Edited from this MS in Littledale.
Copy, in a neat secretary hand, as by ‘Mr Skeltone poete Lawriate’. Late 16th-early 17th century.
In: A small quarto volume comprising two separate MSS, 24 leaves, in later half-calf boards.