Daily (?) Captain Cox–“Collyn Clout”

Pedigree:    Mr. Furnivall lists six printings of this work (presumably before 1570 by Stationers Register records):   by Thomas Godfrey (no date listed), Rycharde Kele (no date), John Wyghte (undated), Jhon Wallye (dated “? about 1550”, Anthony Kytsen (undated), and Thomas Marshe (1568).

Synopsis:    “Collyn Clout” is a  poetic satire / denouncement of the excesses of early Tudor clergy  (Cardinal Wolsey in particular),  and “the neglecting of learning and politics by the nobles, and the anti-church and heretical spirit among the commonalty”.      Created by Poet Laureate John Skelton,    Collyn Clout is a self-described foole, and Skelton writes the poem in Clout’s voice.   The lines of the poem are short rhyming couplets.    In several places, Skelton switches from English to Latin for a few lines or couplets.

Availability:      Google Books has an online version of a 19th-century collection, “The Poetical Works of John Skelton” (volume I)  edited by Rev. Alexander Dyce.

http://books.google.com/books/about/The_poetical_works_of_John_Skelton.html?id=a5YNAAAAYAAJ

Volume 2 is here:  ttp://books.google.com/books?id=uuoUAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=poetical+works+of+John+Skelton+volume+2&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tgVNUZToA6H20gGE8oH4Dg&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=poetical%20works%20of%20John%20Skelton%20volume%202&f=false

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