- Old Ballad " /> - Old Ballad " /> Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) , King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid 'When King Cophetua lov'd the beggar-maid'. <I>Romeo and Juliet, Act II, scene 1</I> 'Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and the Beggar?' <I>Love's Labour's Lost</I> 'Here may you read, Cophetua, Though long time fancie-fed, Compelld by the blinded boy The beggar for to wed; He that did lovers' looks disdaine, To do the same was glad and faine; Or else he would himself have slaine, In storie, as we read. He saw her pass in modest grace, Whiles in his tent he lay. "Fill me a cup", the king he sayde, "She shall be queen, this beggar-mayde, If she'll not say me nay"'. <I>- Old Ballad</I> | Christie's