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166 THE BLIND BEGGAR'S DAUGHTER
As swift as the wind to ride they were seen, Until they came near unto Bednall Green, And as the knight lighted most courteously, w They fought against him for pretty Bessee.
But rescue came presently over the plain, Or else the knight there for his love had been slain; The fray being ended, they straightway did see His kinsman come railing at pretty Bessee. 100
Then bespoke the Blind Beggar, "Altho' I be poor, Rail not against my child at my own door; Though she be not decked in velvet and pearl, Yet I will drop angels with thee for my girl;
" And then if my gold should better her birth, ice And equal the gold you lay on the earth, Then neither rail you, nor grudge you to see The Blind Beggars daughter a lady to be.
" But first, I will hear, and have it well known, The gold that you drop it shall be all you own ;" no " With that," they replied, " contented we be ; " " Then heres," quoth the beggar, " for pretty Bessee."
With that an angel he dropped on the ground, And dropped, in angels, full three thousand pound ; And oftentimes it proved most plain, 115
For the gentlemans one, the beggar dropped twain.