John Skelton - CALLIOPE

CALLIOPE

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

WHY WERE YE CALLIOPE EMBROIDERED WITH LETTERS OF GOLD?

SKELTON LAUREATE, ORATO. REG., MAKETH THIS ANSWER

CALLIOPE,
As ye may see,
Regent is she
Of poets all,

Which gave to me
The high degree
Laureate to be

Of fame royal;

Whose name enrolled
With silk and gold                                                                                         10
I dare be bold
Thus for to wear.

Of her I hold
And her household;
Though I wax old
And somedeal
sere,

Yet is she fain,
Void of disdain,
Me to retain
Her serviture:                                                                                                 20

With her certain
I will remain,
As my sovereign
Most of pleasure,

Maulgre touz malheureux.<1>

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