Saturday, February 11, 2012

John Skelton's To Mistress Margaret Hussey

To Mistress Margaret Hussey
      by John Skelton 

                         
        Merry Margaret  
  As midsummer flower,  
  Gentle as falcon  
  Or hawk of the tower:  
With solace and gladness,
Much mirth and no madness,  
All good and no badness;  
    So joyously,  
    So maidenly,  
    So womanly
    Her demeaning  
    In every thing,  
    Far, far passing  
    That I can indite,  
    Or suffice to write
  Of Merry Margaret  
  As midsummer flower,  
  Gentle as falcon  
  Or hawk of the tower.  
  As patient and still
  And as full of good will  
  As fair Isaphill,  
  Coliander,  
  Sweet pomander,  
  Good Cassander;
  Steadfast of thought,  
  Well made, well wrought,  
  Far may be sought,  
  Ere that ye can find  
  So courteous, so kind
  As merry Margaret,  
  This midsummer flower,  
  Gentle as falcon  
  Or hawk of the tower.

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