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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,
Unwritten, and unknown,
But as they be blown
From liar to liar;
Invented by a frier
Brought out of Utopia
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 in 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 Wolsey and 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. 254.), declares that he flourished 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
* 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.
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 betwene two prestes' servauntes, named Watkyn and Jeffraye." 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.
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?
More like a god celestial
Than any creature mortal,
With worldly pomp incredible.
Before him rideth two priests strong,
In their hands instead of a mace.
Then followeth my lord on his mule,
Then hath he servants five or six score,
Of which are lords and gentlemen,
A great carl he is, and a fat;
Procured with angels' subsidy; 2
To hold over it a canopy.
2 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;
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,
Is their continual exercise.
As for preaching, they take no care:
To follow the chace of wild deer,
1 Perfect. Fr.