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.
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