John Skelton - VERSES AGAINST DUNDAS

VERSES AGAINST DUNDAS

VILITISSIMUS SCOTUS DUNDAS ALLEGAT CAUDAS CONTRA ANGLIGENAS <1>

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[This poem from Marshe's ed. of Skelton's Works, 1568.]

Caudatos Anglos, spurcissime Scote, quid effers?
Effrons es, quoque sons, mendax, tua spurcaque bucca est.<
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Anglicus a tergo
caudam gerit;
est canis ergo.
Anglice caudate,
cape caudam
ne cadat a te.
Ex causa caudae
manet Anglica
gens sine laude.
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Diffamas patriam, qua non
est melior usquam.
Cum cauda plaudis dum
possis, ad ostia pultas
Mendicans; mendicus eris,
mendaxque bilinguis,
Scabidus, horribilis, quem
vermes sexque pedales
Corrodunt misere; miseris
genus est maledictum
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Skelton, nobilis poeta.<6>

Gup, Scot,
Ye blot:
Laudate
Caudate
,<7>
Set in better
Thy pentameter.
This Dundas,
This Scottish ass,
He rhymes and rails
That Englishmen have tails.<8> 10

Skeltonus laureatus,
Anglicus natus,
Provocat Musas
Contra Dundas
Spurcissimum Scotum,
Undique notum,
Rustice fotum,
Vapide potum
. <
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Skelton laureate
After this rate 20
Defendeth with his pen
All English men
Against Dundas,
That Scottish ass.
Shake thy tail, Scot, like a cur,
For thou beggest at every man's door.
Tut, Scot, I say,
Go shake thy dog, hey!<
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Dundas of Galloway
With thy versifying rails 30
How they have tails.
By Jesu Christ,
False Scot, thou liest:
But behind in our hose
We bear there a rose
For thy Scottish nose,
A spectacle case
To cover thy face,
With trey deuce ace.
A
toolman to blot<11> 40
A rough footed Scot!
Dundas, sir knave,
Why dost thou
deprave
This royal ream,
Whose radiant beam
And relucent light
Thou hast in despite,
Thou dunghill knight?
But thou lackest might,
Dundas, drunken and drowsy,
Scabbedd, scurvy, and lousy, 50
Of unhappy generation
And most ungracious nation.
Dundas,
That drunk ass,
That rates and
ranks,
That prates and pranks
Of Huntly-banks,<12>
Take this our thanks:
Dundee, Dunbar,<13> 60
Walk, Scot,
Walk, sot,
Rail not too far.

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