Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" His marks and his token are knowen full well; He always is led by a dog and a bell; A poor silly old man, God knoweth, is he, « Yet he is the true father of pretty Bessee."
" Nay, nay," quoth the merchant, " thou art not
for me;" " She," quoth the innholder, " my wife shall not
be;" " I loathe," said the gentleman, " a beggars degree, Therefore, now farewell, my pretty Bessee." so
" Why then," quoth the knight, " happ better or
worse, I weigh not true love by the weight of the purse, And beauty is beauty in every degree; Then welcome to me, my dear pretty Bessee.
" With thee to thy father forthwith I will go." ss " Nay, forbear," quoth his kinsman, " it must not
be so: A poor beggars daughter a lady sha'nt be ; Then take thy adieu of thy pretty Bessee."
As soon then as it was break of the day, The knight had from Rumford stole Bessee away;                                                                          so
The young men of Rumford, so sick as may be, Rode after to fetch again pretty Bessee.
91. Percy has thicke.