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IMEV 813.3
NIMEV TM 417
For age is a page / For the court full unmeet
John Skelton, ‘Why come ye nat to Courte?’ — 1248 lines in ‘skeltonics’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 417; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 411; for a carol that precedes as prefatory lines see 6055.
Author(s): John Skelton
Title(s): ‘Why come ye nat to Courte?’
Subjects: political verse
Versification: — irregular, two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 36-43v
First Lines:
For age is a page
For the courte full vnmete…
Last Lines:
…Thys ys the tener of my byll
a dawcoke ye be and Soo shalbe styll
Note: Fragment, 419 lines.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “Handschriftliche Bruchstücke von John Skeltons ‘Why com eye nat to court?’” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 85 (1890): 429-36: 429-36.
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 166-81.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22594. Skelton, John, The Boke of Phyllyp Sparowe, [R. Copland for] R. Kele, [1545?] , ff. 36-43v
Note: Further printed editions, STC22595, STC22596, Skelton, John, Pithy, Plesaunt and Profitable workes of Maister Skelton, ed. J. Stow, T. Marshe [1568] ; repr. Bowle (1736); Chalmers (1810), 2.271-81.
Editions:
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 2.27-67.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 2.276-320.
See Morris and Skeat (1882): 138-47 (extracts).
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 62-7.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 338-75; 1948, 1959, 308-45.
Williams, W. H. Skelton. A Selection. London: Isbister, 1902: 142-80.
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 166-81.