Penelope Shuttle

Ann Boleyn’s Music Book

Maid of honours, her book has forty two songs
writ in an English hand, but not her final singing
O Death rock me asleep

I will give you pleasure dear sang Ann
perhaps to more than one man, perhaps
O Death rock me asleep

Mistresse A Bolleyne loved de Sermisy
and Josquin, love songs and prayers
O Death rock me asleep

Flirt’s scrapbook for singing the hours?
A scholar’s Missa plurium modulorum?
O Death rock me asleep

Lute and harp, falcon and pomegranate
Jouyssance vous donneray, she sang
O Death rock me asleep

for Sylvia Miles

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall. In May 2017 Bloodaxe Books published  Will You Walk A Little Faster? Her recent books are (with John Greening) Heath (Nine Arches Press) and a pamphlet, Four Portions of Everything on the Menu for M’sieur Monet! (Indigo Dreams Publications). She is a founder member and now President of the Falmouth Poetry Group, and a Festival Committee member for their Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival.