John Skelton - WOMANHOOD, WANTON, YE WANT

WOMANHOOD, WANTON, YE WANT

WOMANHOOD, wanton, ye want;
Your meddling, mistress, is mannerless;
Plenty of ill, of goodness scant,
Ye rail at riot, reckless:
To praise your port it is needless;
For all your draff yet and your dregs,
As well borne as ye full oft time begs.

Why so coy and full of scorn?
Mine horse is sold, I ween, you say;
My new furred gown, when it is worn,                                           10
Put up your purse, ye shall none pay.
By creed, I trust to see the day,
As proud a pea-hen as ye spread,
Of me and other ye may have need.

Though angelic be your smiling,
Yet is your tongue an adder's tail,
Full like a scorpion stinging
All those by whom ye have avail.
Good mistress Anne, there ye do
shail:<1>
What prate ye, pretty pigsney?                                                        20
I trust to quite you ere I die.

Your key is meet for every lock,
Your key is common and hangeth out;
Your key is ready, we need not knock,
Nor stand long wresting there about;
Of your door-gate ye have no doubt:
But one thing is, that ye be
lewd:
Hold your tongue now, all beshrewed!

To Mistress Anne, that farly sweet,
That wonnes at The Key in Thames Street.                                     30

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