Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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OP BEDNALL GREEN.                    167
So that the whole place wherein they did sit With gold was covered every whit; The gentleman having dropt all his store, Said, " Beggar, your hand hold, for I have no more.                                                                              ia>
" Thou hast fulfilled thy promise aright;" " Then marry my girl," quoth he to the knight; " And then," quoth he, " I will throw you down, An hundred pound more to buy her a gown."
The gentlemen all, who his treasure had seen, 125 Admired the Beggar of Bednall Green. And those that had been her suitors before, Their tender flesh for anger they tore.
Thus was the fair Bessee matched to a knight, And made a lady in others despite:                         iso
A fairer lady there never was seen Than the Blind Beggars daughter of Bednall Green.
But of her sumptuous marriage and feast, And what fine lords and ladies there prest, The second part shall set forth to your sight, iss With marvellous pleasure, and wished for delight