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date: 21 May 2022

Cophetua, King [Leg. & Folk.] 

A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

A legendary African king who was unmarried and had come to disdain women. One day when he was out riding he saw a beggar-maid ‘clad all in gray’, fell in love with her and proposed marriage. Their marriage was happy and successful. The story is told in the ballad ‘King Cophetua and the Beggar-Maid’ in ... ...

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