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The Beggar Woman, William King
Posted by: beckymanders (86.197.237.---)
Date: February 11, 2008 07:56AM


does anyone have a copy of the beggar woman by william king for i need it for a piece of coursework and i need a full version to complete it.


becky manders

Re: The Beggar Woman, William King
Posted by: LindaD (91.110.203.---)
Date: February 11, 2008 04:57PM

Here you are.

The Beggar Woman.

1: A Gentleman in Hunting rode astray,
2: More out of choice, then that he lost his way,
3: He let his Company the Hare pursue,
4: For he himself had other Game in view.
5: A Beggar by her Trade; yet not so mean,
6: But that her Cheeks were fresh and Linen clean.
7: Mistress, qouoth he, and what if we two shou'd
8: Retire a little way into the Wood.
9: She needed not much Courtship to be kind,
10: He ambles on before, she trots behind;
11: For little Boby to her Shoulders bound,
12: Hinders the gentle Dame from ridding Ground,
13: He often ask'd her to expose, but she
14: Still fear'd the coming of his Company.
15: Says she I know an unfrequented place,
16: To the left Hand, where we our time may pass,
17: And the mean while your Horse may find some Grass.
18: Thither they come and both the Horse secure,
19: Then thinks the Squire I have the matter sure.
20: She's ask'd to sit, but then Excuse is made,
21: Sitting, says she's not usual in my Trade;
22: Should you be rude, and then should throw me down,
23: I might perhaps break more Backs than my own.
24: He smiling cries; come, I'll the Knot untie,
25: And if you mean the Child's we'll lay it by.
26: Says she, that can't be done, for then 'twill cry.
27: I'd not have us, but chiefly for your sake,
28: Discover'd by the hideous Noise 'twou'd make.
29: Use is another Nature, and 'twou'd lack
30: More then the Breast, its Custom to the Back.
31: Then says the Gentleman, I shou'd be loth
32: To come so far and disoblige ye both:
33: Were the Child ty'd to me d'ye think 'twou'd do?
34: Mighty well, Sir! Oh, Lord! if ty'd to you!
35: With Speed incredible to work she goes,
36: And from her Shoulders soon the Burthen throws.
37: Then mounts the Infant with a gentle Toss
38: Upon her generous Friend, and like a Cross,
39: The Sheet she with a dextrous Motion winds,
40: Till a firm Knot the wand'ring Fabrick binds.
41: The Gentleman had scarce got time to know
42: What she was doing; she about to go,
43: Cries, Sir, good buy ben't angry that we part,
44: I trust the Child to ye with all my Heart,
45: But e'er you get another 'ti'n't amiss
46: To try a Year or two how you'll keep this.

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