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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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THE BAILIFF'S DAUGHTER OF ISLINGTON
XIII
' O farewell grief, and welcome joy,
Ten thousand times and o'er ! For now I have seen my own true-love,
That I thought I should have seen no more.'
163. The Blind Beggar's Daughter
of Bed
all Green
I T was a blind beggar, had long lost his sight, He had a fair daughter of beauty most bright; And many a gallant brave suitor had she, For none was so comely as pretty Bessee.
ii And though she was of favour most faire, Yet seeing she was but a poor beggar's heyre, Of ancyent housekeepers despised was she, Whose sons came as suitors to pretty Bessee.
ill Wherefore in great sorrow fair Bessy did say, ' Good father, and mother, let me go away To seek out my fortune, whatever it be.' This suit then they granted to pretty Bessee.
IV
Then Bessy, that was of beauty so bright, All clad in grey russet, and late in the night, From father and mother alone parted she ; Who sighed and sobbed for pretty Bessee.
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