Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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And being led in, from catching of harm, He had a dainty lute under his arm; Said, " Please you to hear any music of me, A song I will give you of pretty Bessee."
With that his lute he twanged straightway, « And thereon began most sweetly to play, And after a lesson was played two or three, He strained out this song most delicately:—
" A beggars daughter did dwell on a green,
Who for her beauty might well be a queen,            so
A blythe bonny lass, and dainty was she,
And many one called her pretty JBessee.
" Her father he had no goods nor no lands, But begged for a penny all day with his hands, And yet for her marriage gave thousands three, » Yet still he hath somewhat for pretty Bessee.
" And here if any one do her disdain,
Her father is ready with might and with main,
To prove she is come of noble degree,
Therefore let none flout at my pretty Bessee." eo
"With that the lords and the company round With a hearty laughter were ready to swound; At last said the lords, " Full well we may see, The bride and the bridegroom's beholden to thee." 60. may.