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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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Part II
Of a blind beggar's daughter most bright, That late was betrothed unto a young Knight ; All the discourse thereof you did see : But now comes the wedding of pretty Bessee.
Within a gorgeous palace most brave, Adorned with all the cost they could have, This wedding was kept most sumptuouslie, And all for the credit of pretty Bessee.
All kind of dainties and delicates sweet Were bought for the banquet, as it was most meet; Partridge, and plover, and venison most free. Against the brave wedding of pretty Bessee.
This marriage through England was spread by report, So that a great number thereto did resort Of nobles and gentles in every degree ; And all for the fame of pretty Bessee.
To church then went this gallant young Knight; His bride followed after, an angel most bright, With troops of ladies—the like ne'er was seen As went with sweet Bessy of Bednall-green.
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