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1G4 THE BLIND BEGGAR'S DAUGHTER
"If that thou wilt marry with me," quoth the
knight, " I'll make thee a lady with joy and delight; «o My heart is enthralled in thy fair beauty, Then grant me thy favour, my pretty Bessee."
The gentleman said, " Come marry with me, In silks and in velvets my Bessee shall be ; My heart lies distracted, oh hear me!" quoth he, & "And grant me thy love, my dear pretty Bessee."
" Let me be thy husband," the merchant did say, " Thou shalt live in London most gallant and gay; My ships shall bring home rich jewels for thee, And I will for ever love pretty Bessee." eo
Then Bessee she sighed, and thus she did say; " My father and mother I mean to obey; First get their goodwill, and be faithful to me, And you shall enjoy your dear pretty Bessee."
To every one of them that answer she made; 83
Therefore unto her they joyfully said,
" This thing to fulfill we all now agree;
But where dwells thy father, my pretty Bessee ? "
" My father," quoth she, " is soon to be seen ; The silly blind beggar of Bednall Green, n
That daily sits begging for charity, He is the kind father of pretty Bessee.