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This poem is taken from PN Review 200, Volume 37 Number 6, June - July 2011.

Walsingham's Men Sheenagh Pugh
1. Player-Man
Maliverny Catlyn, '11', 1586


He writes this time from the Marshalsea,
having contrived to be confined
with two priests enchanted by a man
so willing to listen. He signs himself
'11'. There is news to impart
only for the ears of his master,
touching insurrection.
 
                                The spymaster
frowns slightly. He knows he must see
the fellow. 11 is a find,
one of his best, but a disturbing man
somehow, so intense. He himself
is reckoned puritan, yet for his part
he does not bar pleasure, apart
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