Classics  
English    1460 - 1529   
John Skelton, also known as John Shelton, was an English poet. He figured in the popular imagination as an incorrigible practical joker. Exalted personages did not want this sarcastic wit and public gossip in their private chambers gathering potentially scandalous information: they didn't want "a Skelton in their closet".
John Skelton, also known as John Shelton, was an English poet. He figured in the popular imagination as an incorrigible practical joker. Exalted personages did not want this sarcastic wit and public gossip in their private chambers gathering potentially scandalous information: they didn't want "a Skelton in their closet".

With margerain gentle,
  The flower of goodlihead,
Embroidered the mantle
  Is of your maidenhead.
Plainly I cannot glose;
  Ye be, as I divine,
The pretty primrose,
  The goodly columbine.

Benign, courteous, and meek,
  With wordes well devised;
In you, who list to seek,
  Be virtues well comprised.
With margerain gentle,
  The flower of goodlihead,
Embroidered the mantle
  Is of your maidenhead.

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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