The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
I am called Childhood in play is all my mind
Thomas More, Tapestry verses, c. 1503 — 8 stanzas rhyme royal and
12 lines in Latin
Author(s): Thomas More
Subjects: pageants; inscriptions
More, Thomas, Workes in the Englyssh Tonge
, ed. Rastell, Tottell, 1557 , sigs. C.3-C.4
I am called Chyldhod in play is all my mynde
To cast a coyte a
cokstele and a ball…
…When they shall leue theyr courie thou shalt be brought
all thy pride and bostyng into nought
Note: Latin ends, ‘In permansuro ponite vota deo’ (sig.
Attributed Title: Mayster Thomas More in his youth deuysed in hys fathers house in London a
goodly hangyng of fyue paynted clothe with nyne pageauntes and verses ouer euery
of those pageauntes which verses expressed and declared what the ymages in those
pageauntes represented and also in those pageauntes were paynted the thynges
that the verses ouer them dyd in effecte declare whiche verses here folowe (sig.
Campbell, William Edward,
The English Works of Sir Thomas More.
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1927: 332-5.
1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 40-2.