Beggar’s Petition (The), a poem by the Rev. Thomas Moss (1769). It begins—

Pity the sorrows of a poor old man,
Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door;
Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span;
Oh, give relief, and Heaven will bless your store!
   —Stanza 1.

Beguines [ Ba-gweens or beg-eens], the earliest of all lay societies of women united for religious purposes. Brabant says the order received its name from St. Begga, daughter of Pepin, who founded it at Namur, in 696; but it is more likely to be derived from their beguins, or linen caps.

Behram, captain of the ship which was to convey prince Assad to the mountain of fire,” where he was to be offered up in sacrifice. The ship being driven on the shores of queen Margiana’s kingdom, Assad became her slave, but was recaptured by Behrams crew, and carried back to the ship. The queen next day gave the ship chase. Assad was thrown overboard, and swam to the city whence he started. Behram also was drifted to the s ame place. Here the captain fell in with the prince, and reconducted him to the original dungeon. Bo stana, a daughter of the old fire-worshipper, taking pity on the prince, released him; and, at the end, Assad married queen Margiana, Bostana married prince Amgiad (half-brother of Assad), and Behram, renouncing his religion, became a Mussulman, and entered the service of Amgiad, who became king of the city.—Arabian Nights (“Amgiad and Assad”).

Belarius, a nobleman and soldier in the army of Cymbeline king of Britain. Two villains having sworn to the king that Belarius was “confederate with the Romans,” he was banished, and for twenty years lived in a cave; but he stole away, out of revenge, the king’s tw o infant sons, Guiderius and Arviragus. When these two princes were grown to manhood, a battle was fought between the Romans and Britons, in which Cymbeline was made prisoner; but Belarius coming to the rescue, the king was liberated and the Roman general in turn was made captive. Belarius was now reconciled to Cymbeline, and, presenting to him the two young men, told their story; whereupon they were publicly acknowledged to be the sons of Cymbeline and princes of the realm.—Shakespeare: Cymbeline (1605).

Belch (Sir Toby), uncle of Olivia the rich countess of Illyria. He is a reckless roisterer of the old school, and a friend of sir Andrew Ague-cheek.—Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (1614).

Belcour, a foundling adopted by Mr. Belcour, a rich Jamaica merchant, who at death left him all his property. He was in truth the son of Mr. Stockwell, the clerk of Belcour, senior, who clandestinely married his master’s daughter, and afterwards became a wealthy merchant. On the death of old Belcour, the young man came to England as the guest of his unknown father, and falling in love with Miss Dudley, married her. He was hot-blooded, impulsive, high-spirited, and generous, his very faults serving as a foil to his noble qualities; ever erring and repenting, offending and atoning for his offences.—Cumberland: The West Indian (1771).

Beled, one of the six Wise Men of the East, lead by the guiding star to Jesus. He was a king, who gave to his enemy, who sought to dethrone him, half of his kingdom, and thus turned a foe into a fast friend.—Klopstock: The Messiah, v. (1747).

Belen, the mont St. Michael, in Normandy. Here nine druidesses used to sell arrows to sailors “to charm away storms.” These arrows had to be discharged by a young man 25 years old.

Belerma, the lady whom Durandartê served for seven years as a knight-errant and peer of France. When, at length, he died at Roncesvallês, he prayed his cousin Montesinos to carry his heart to Belerma.

I saw a procession of beautiful damsels in mourning, and white turbans on their heads. In the rear came a lady with a veil so long that it reached the ground: her turban was twice as large as the largest of the others; her eyebrows were joined, her nose was rather flat, her mouth wide, but her lips of a vermilion colour.Her teeth were thin-set and irregular, though very white; and she carried in her hand a fine linen cloth, containing a heart. Montesinos informed me that this lady was Belerma.—Cervantes: Don Quixote, II. ii. 6 (1615).

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