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OF BEDNALL GKEEN. 169
With troops of ladies, the like was ne'er seen, As went with sweet Bessee of Bednall Green. a>
This wedding being solemnized then, "With music performed by skilfullest men, The nobles and gentles sat down at that tide, Each one beholding the beautiful bride.
But after the sumptuous dinner was done, as To talk and to reason a number begun, And of the Blind Beggars daughter most bright, And what with his daughter he gave to the knight
Then spoke the nobles, " Much marvel have we This jolly blind beggar we cannot yet see !" so " My lords," quoth the bride, " my father so base Is loathe with his presence these states to disgrace."
" The praise of a woman in question to bring, Before her own face, is a flattering thing; But we think thy fathers baseness," quoth they, 35 " Might by thy beauty be clean put away."
They no sooner this pleasant word spoke,
But in comes the beggar in a silken cloak,
A velvet cap and a feather had he,
And now a musician, forsooth, he would be. ■»
23. gentlemen down at the side.