The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6055
IMEV 194.5
NIMEV Skelton | TP 2055
Too hasty of sentence / Too fierce for none offence
John Skelton, ‘The Relucent Mirror’, a carol with burden: ‘All noble men take hede / and beleue ytt as your crede’ — thirty lines in Skeltonics
Note: Formerly 194.5; also used as prefatory lines to 1335; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 1770; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 2055.
Author(s): John Skelton
Title(s): ‘The Relucent Mirror’
Subjects: carols, secular; advice, moral
Versification: — irregular — irregular

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], f. 36
First Lines:
To hastye of Sentence
To ferce for non offence…
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 166-8.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22599. Skelton, John, Certayne bokes compyled by maister Skelton, Kynge and Marshe, n.d
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 2.26-7.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 2.276-7.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 62.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 338-9; 1948, 1959, 308-9.
2.Source: STC 22608. Skelton, John, Pithy, Plesaunt and Profitable workes of Maister Skelton, ed. J. Stow, T. Marshe [1568]
Bowle, John, ed. Pithy, Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, 1568. London: C. Davis, 1736.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 2.266, 271.
3.Source: STC 22615. Skelton, John, Here after foloweth a lytell boke, whiche hath to name, Why come ye nat to courte compyled by maystr Skelton poete Laureate, [Imprinted at london: By [R. Copland for] me Richard kele dwellig [sic] in the powltry at the longe shop vnder saynt myldredes chyrch, [1545?]]