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What can it avail
John Skelton, ‘Colyn Cloute’ — 1270 lines in ‘skeltonics’
Author(s): John Skelton
Title(s): ‘Colyn Cloute’
Versification: — skeltonic



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology]
Note: A fragment. Cf. 6205.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2252, ff. 147-153v
First Lines:
What can hyt avayle
Ho dryve forthe a snayle…
Last Lines:
…Thyngis þat ar amys
When hys pleasure ys
Attributed Author: Quod Scelltonys lawreatis (f. 153)
3.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, f. 71
Note: ‘The Profecy of Skelton’; same as lines 462-80 of Dyce text.
Editions:
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.329.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 1.141-2.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22600.5. Skelton, John, Here after followeth a lytell boke called Collyn Clout, London [T. Godfray,] [1531?]
2.Source: STC 22601. Skelton, John, Here after foloweth a litel boke called Colyn Cloute compyled by mayster Skelton poete Laureate, [Imprinted at London: By [R. Copland for] me Rycharde Kele dwellyng in the powltry at the long shop vnder saynt Myldredes. chyrche, [1545?]]
Note: Further prints based on this, STC 22602-22603b, 22608; ed. Bowle (1736); Chalmers (1810), 2.280-90.
Editions:
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.311-60.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 1.125-69.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 282-321; 1948, 1959, 250-87.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, ed. Poems by Skelton. London: W. Heinemann, 1924: 96-139.
Williams, W. H. Skelton. A Selection. London: Isbister, 1902: 101-40.
Pinto, Vivian de Sola. Skelton: A Selection from His Poems. New York: Grove, 1950: 88-97 (extracts).