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My father, me fagd, is foone to be seene :
The feely blind beggar of Bednall-greene,
That daylye fits begging for charitie,
He is the good father of pretty Bessee.

His markes and his tokens are knowen very well ;
He always is led with a dogg and a bell :
A feely olde man God knoweth, is hee,
Yett hee is the father of pretty Bessee.

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Nay then, quoth the merchant, thou art not for mee:
Nor, quoth the innholder, my wiffe(fhaly thou bee :
I lohe, fayd the gentle, a beggars degree,
And therefore, adewe, my pretty Bessee ! 80

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Why then, quoth the knight, hap better or worse,
I wfighe not true love by the weight of the pursse,
And bewtye is bewtye in every degree;
Then welcome unto med, my pretty Bessee.

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With thee to thy father forthwith I will goe.
Nay soft, quoth his kinsmen, it must not be foe;
A poor beggars daughter nce ladye shal bee,
Ten take thy adew of pretty Bessee.

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But soone after this, by breake of the day
The knight had from Rumford stole Eeffy away. 90
The yonge men of Rumford, as thicke as might bee,
Rode after to feitch againe prettys Bessee,

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As swifte as the winde to rydd they were seene,
Untill they came neare unto Bednall-greene;
And as the knight lighted most curteouslie,

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They all fought against him for pretty Bessee.
But rescy came speedilye over the plaine,
Of else the young knight for his love had beene laine.
This fray being ended, then straitway he fee
His kinsmen come rayling at pretty Bessee.
Then spake the blind beggar, Although I be poore,
Yett rayle not against my child at my own doore:
Though shee be not decked in velvett and pearle,
Yettlt will dropp angells with you for my girle.
And then, if my gold may better her birthe, 105
And equall the gold that you lay on the earth,
Then neyther rayle nor grudge you to fee
The blind beggars daughter a lady to bee.
But first you shall promise, and have itt well knowne,
The gold that you drop shall all be your owne.
With that they replyed, Contented bee wee.
Then here's, quoth the beggar, for pretty Bessee.
With that an angell he cast on the ground,
And dropped in angels

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For the gentlemens one the beggar dropt twayne :

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The gentlemen then having dropt all their store,
Sayd, Now, beggar, hold, for we have no more.

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Thou hast fulfilled thy promise aright.
Then marry my girlesquath hajto the knight ;
And heere,'added hee, I will now throwe you downe
A hundred pounds more to buy her a gowne.

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The gentlemen all, that this treasure had seene,

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Admired the beggar of Bednall-greene :
And all those, that were her suitors before,
Their fleshe for very anger they tore.

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Thus was faire Beffy Latest for the knight,
And then made a ladye in others despite :

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A fairer ladye there never was seene,
Than the blind beggars daughter of Bednall-greenę.

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But of their fumptuous marriage and feast,
What brave lords and knights thither were prest,
The secoŅD FITA

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With marvelous pleasure, and wished delight.

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The word fit, for PART, often accurs in our ancient ballads and metrical romances; which being divided into everal parts for the convenience of singing them at public entertainments, were in the intervals of the feast sung by

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