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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
Extract from The Garlande of Laurell: To Maystress Margaret Hussey
By John Skelton (1460?–1529)
 
MIRRY Margaret,
As mydsomer flowre;
Jentill as fawcoun
Or hawke of the towere:
With solace and gladnes,        5
Moche mirthe and no madness,
All good and no badness,
  So joyously,
  So maydenly,
  So womanly,        10
  Her demenyng
  In every thynge,
  Far, far passynge
  That I can endyght,
  Or suffyce to wryghte,        15
  Of mirry Margarete,
  As mydsomer flowre,
  Jentyll as fawcoun
  Or hawke of the towre:
  As pacient and as styll,        20
  And as full of good wyll
  As faire Isaphill;
  Colyaunder,
  Swete pomaunder,
  Goode Cassaunder;        25
  Stedfast of thought,
  Wele made, wele wrought;
  Far may be sought,
  Erst that ye can fynde
  So corteise, so kynde,        30
  As mirry Margaret,
  This mydsomer floure,
  Jentyll as fawcoun
  Or hawke of the towre.
 
 
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