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Such a face she had for to
Invite any man to love her;
But her coy behaviour taught
That it was but in vain to move her ;
For divers so this dame had wrought
That they themselves might move her.m
Phoebus for her favour spent His hair, her fair brows to cover; Venus' cheek and lips were sent, That Cupid and Mars might move her; But Juno, alone, her nothing lent, Lest Jove himself should love her.
Though she be so pure and chaste, That nobody can disprove her; So demure and straightly cast, That nobody dares to move her; Yet is she so fresh and sweetly fair That I Bhall always love her.
Let her know, though fair she be, That there is a power above her; Thousands more enamoured shall be, Though little it will move her; She still doth vow virginity, When all the world doth love her.
THE BLIND BEGGAR'S DAUGHTER OF BETHNAL GREEN. This tune was found by Dr. Rimbault in a MS. volume of Lute Music, written by Rogers, a celebrated lutenist of the reign of Charles LL, in the library at Etwall Hall, Derbyshire. It is there called The Cripple, and the ballad of The stout Cripple of Cornwall is directed to be sung to the tune of The blind Beggar. See Roxburghe Collection, i. 389, and Bagford, i. 32. It is also in Evans' Old Ballads, i. 97 (1810) ; but, as too frequently the case, the name of the tune to which it was to be sung, is there omitted.
* This line is evidently incorrect, but I have no other copy to refer to.

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