John Byam Liston Shaw
British, 1872 - 1919
King Cophetua and the Beggar-Maid
An illustration for the old English ballad "King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid":
"For thou," quoth he, "shalt be my wife,
And honoured for my queen;
With thee I mean to lead my life,
As shortly shall be seen:
Our wedding shall appointed be,
And everything in its degree:
Come on," quoth he, "and follow me,
Thou shalt go shift thee clean.
What is thy name, fair maid?" quoth he.
"Penelophon, O King," quoth she;
With that she made a low courtsey;
A trim one as I ween.
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