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JOHN SKELTON
English satirical poet
(1460 - 1529)

For the sake of health, medicines are taken by weight and measure; so ought food to be, or by some similar rule.
      - [Appetite]

History makes us some amends for the shortness of life.
      - [History]

Laymen say, indeed,
  How they take no heed
    Their sely sheep to feed,
      But pluck away and pull
        The fleeces of their wool.
      - Colin Clout [Public]

Nede hath no lawe.
      - Colyn Cloute (l. 865) [Necessity]

Nor wyll suffer this boke
  By hooke ne by crooke
    Printed to be.
      - Duke of Clout [Books]

There is nothynge that more dyspleaseth God
  Than from theyr children to spare the rod.
      - Magnyfycence (l. 1,954) [Punishment]

That byrd ys nat honest
  That fylythe hys owne nest.
      - Poems Against Garnesche (III) [Birds]

He knew what is what.
      - Why Come Ye nat to Courte (l. 1,106)
        [Knowledge]

In the spyght of his tethe.
      - Why Come Ye nat to Courte (l. 939)
        [Dentistry]

But have ye not heard this,
  How an one-eyed man is
    Well sighted when
      He is among blind men?
      - Why come ye not to Courte?,
        writing about Wolsey [Eyes]

He ruleth all the roste
  With bragging and with boste.
      - Why come ye not to Courte?,
        of Cardinal Wolsey [Cookery]


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