John Skelton - NOTES TO UPON A DEAD MAN'S HEAD

NOTES TO UPON A DEAD MAN'S HEAD

1. Checkmated] The term at chess when the king is made prisoner, and the game consequently finished, is often used figuratively by our early writers. With the present lines compare the following passages:

"With a draught he was checkmate.
King Robert of Sicily,MS. Harl. 1701. fol. 93.

"But she had taken such cold for the default of help that deep draughts of death took her, that needs she must die," &c.
Morte d'Arthur
, B. via. c. i. vol. i. 247. ed. Southey.

2. Myrres vous y] "Behold yourself therein" (Carl Woodring)

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