MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Blind Beggar
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 8A Track 3
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

Now it's of a blind beggar for a long time was blind
He reared one comely daughter both handsome and fine
He reared one comely daughter was pleasing to see
And everyone called her their bonny Betsy
He reared one comely daughter was pleasing to see
And everyone called her their bonny Betsy

Now the first came to court her was a captain so gay
He came to court Betsy by night and by day
My ship's on the ocean I’ll resign unto thee
If you'll grant me one favour my bonny Betsy
My ship's on the ocean I’ll resign unto thee
If you'll tell me your father my bonny Betsy

Oh the next came to court her was a merchant so bright
He came to court Betsy by day and by night
Saying silver and gold I’ll resign unto thee
If you'll grant me one favour my bonny Betsy
Silver and gold I’ll resign unto thee
If you’ll tell me your father my bonny Betsy

The next came to court her was a squire so gay
He came to court Betsy by night and by day
Saying diamonds and pearls I’ll resign unto thee
If you'll grant me one favour my bonny Betsy
My diamonds and pearls I’ll resign unto thee
If you'll tell me your father my bonny Betsy

My father is a beggar sure that is well known
My father is a beggar the truth l will tell
He is led by his dog with a chain and a bell

Up speaks the captain saying I’ll not have you
Up speaks the merchant saying I’ll not have you
Then up speaks the squire let the beggar agree
And you’re welcome to my arms my bonny Betsy

Up speaks her old father as he stood in the door
Don’t despise my daughter because she is poor
Because she can’t dress in the finest of pearl
We will draw spangles on her the bonny brown girl

The squire drew a spangle that reached to the ground
The beggar-man threw down his ten thousand pounds
The squire then threw down the rest of his store
And the beggar man doubled it ten thousand times more


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