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THE BLIND BEGGAR'S DAUGHTER
LXIV
' And here, noble lords, is ended the song Of one that once to your own rank did belong: And thus have you learned a secret from me, That ne'er had been known, but for pretty Bessee.'
LXV
Now when the fair company every one, Had heard the strange tale in the song he had shown, They all were amazed, as well they might be, Both at the blind beggar, and pretty Bessee.
LXVI
With that the fair bride they all did embrace, Saying, ' Sure thou art come of an hon'rable race; Thy father likewise is of noble degree, And thou art well worthy a lady to be.'
LXVII
Thus was the feast ended with joy and delight,
A bridegroom most happy then was the young Knight,
In joy and felicitie long lived he,
All with his fair lady, the pretty Bessee.
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