Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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198 KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAB-MAID*
The king he cal'd her back again, And unto her he gave his chaine ; And said, " With us you shall remain
Till such time as we dye.                                 eo
" For thou," quoth he, " shalt be my wife,
And honoured like the queene ; "With thee I meane to lead my life,
As shortly shall be seene : Our wedding day shall appointed be,                 65
And every thing in their degree; Come on," quoth he, " and follow me,
Thou shalt go shift thee cleane. What is thy name ?ógo on," quoth he. " Penelophon, 0 King! " quoth she;                 to
With that she made a lowe courtsey ;
A trim one as I weene.
Thus hand in hand along they walke
Unto the kings palace : The king with courteous, comly talke               rn
This beggar doth embrace. The beggar blusheth scarlet read, And straight againe as pale as lead, But not a word at all she said,
She was in such amaze.                                    bo
At last she spake with trembling voyce, And said, " O King, I do rejoyce That you will take me for your choice,
And my degree so base ! "







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