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My name is parrot a bird of paradise
‘Speke, parott’, by John Skelton — 511 lines chiefly in rhyme royal stanzas, and with repeated envoys
Note: Cf. 5227.
Author(s): John Skelton
Title(s): ‘Speke, parott’
Subjects: birds, as narrators; envoys; political poems; satire
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2252, ff. 134-134v
First Lines:
My name ys parott A Byrde of paradyse
By nature devysed of a wonderowus kynde…
Last Lines:
…Such pollaxis & pillers such mvlys trapte with gold
Sens dewcalyons flodde in no cronycle ys told
Attributed Author: Quod Skelton Lawryat (f. 140)
Editions:
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.1-25.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22598. Skelton, John, Certayne bokes compyled by maister Skelton, R. Lant f. H. Tab, [1545?]
Editions:
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.1-25.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 2.245-75.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, ed. Poems by Skelton. London: W. Heinemann, 1924: 1-6,140-3.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 259-81; 1949, 1959, 288-307.
Pinto, Vivian de Sola. Skelton: A Selection from His Poems. New York: Grove, 1950: 98-103 (extracts).
2.Source: STC 22608. Skelton, John, Pithy, Plesaunt and Profitable workes of Maister Skelton, ed. J. Stow, T. Marshe [1568]
Editions:
Bowle, John, ed. Pithy, Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, 1568. London: C. Davis, 1736.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 2.258-60.