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Without replication, Having delectation To make exclamation, By way of declamation, In his debellation, With a popish fashion, To subvert our nation. But this dawcock doctor And purgatory proctor Waketh now for wages; And as a man that rages, Or overcome with ages, Disputeth per ambages, To help these parasites And naughty hypocrites With legends of lies, Feigned fantasies, And very vanities, Called verities, Unwritten, and unknown, But as they be blown From liar to liar; Invented by a frier In magna copid, Brought out of Utopia Unto the maid of Kent, Now from the devil sent,
A virgin fair and gent,
That hath our eyes y-blent.
Alas we be mis-went;
For if the false intent
Were known of this witch,
It passeth dog and bitch, &c. &c.
[MS. fol. 100, &c.]*
Dr. Farmer has noticed another work of Skelton, entitled " Vox Populi Vox Dei," which is prese ved m MS. in the archives of the university of Cambridge, and which, as well as the Image of Hypocrisy, had escaped the notice of Mr. Warton.
Another satirist, less distinguished than Skelton as a Latin scholar, but, at least equally formidable to cardinal Wolseyand the catholics, was William Roy; of whom, I believe, nothing is known but that Bale, who has described his poem (de Script. Brit. ed. 1548, p. 2.54.), declares that he nourished in 1526.
His work, which is now extremely rare (though twice printed), forms a small duodecimo volume, elegantly printed in black letter, without date or publisher's name. It has a prose dedication to some person of whose name the initials only are given; and a metrical prologue, consisting of a dialogue between the author and his treatise. Then follows a sort of satirical dirge, or lamentation, on the death of the Mass; and then the treatise itself, which is called " A brefe dialoge bettcene two prestes' servauntes, named Watkyn and Jcffraye!' It is in two parts, of which the first is, in general, a satire on the monastic orders; though even here, the cardinal and his friends are occasionally introduced.
* Thomas Hearne obtained a sight of the original MS, which was in Mr. Le Neve's possession, and gives some account of it in the glossary to P. Langtoft, p, 674, being highly indignant with the writer.
Roy's versification is tolerably easy and flowing; his language often coarse, but nervous and expressive. The bitterness of his invective will appear from the following extracts.
Wat. Doth he * then use on mules to ride?
Before him rideth two priests strong,
Gaping in every man's face.
In their hands instead of a mace.
* Cardinal Wolsev.
Then followeth my lord on his mule,
In every point most curiously.
Pretending some high mystery.
Of which are lords and gentlemen,
And also knaves among.
Whether he do right or wrong.
A great carl he is, and a fat;
Procured with angels' subsidy; 2
To hold over it a canopy.
• Cul. Fr. * Purchased at the court of Rome An
angel is a well-known coin.
Beside this, to tell thee more news,
Which seldom touch any ground;
Costing many a thousand pound.
Wat. And who did for these shoes pay?
To be eased of his visitation.
The following is his description of the bishops
Wat. What? are the bishops divines?
Lawyers they are of experience,
They are parfet* by practice.
Is their continual exercise.
As for preaching, they take no care:
Rather than to make a sermon:
Among them all is common.