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KING COPHETtJA AND THR BEGGAB-JIAID. 199
And when the wedding day was come, &s
The king commanded straight The noblemen, both all and some,
Upon the queene to waight. And she behavd herself that day As if she had never walkt the way; s°
She had forgot her gowne of gray,
Which she did wear of late. The proverb old is come to passe, The priest, when he begins the masse, Forgets that ever clarke he was; »s
He knowth not his estate.
Here you may read Cophetua,
Through fancie long time fed, Compelled by the blinded boy
The beggar for to wed: 100
He that did lovers lookes disdaine, To do the same was glad and fain, Or else he would himself have slaine,
In stories as we read. Disdaine no whit, 0 lady deere, i<»
But pitty now thy servant heere, Lest that it hap to thee this yeare,
As to the king it did.
And thus they lead a quiet life
During their princely raigne, no
And in a tombe were buried both,
As writers shew us plaine.