The birth of the Prince and the Pauper

IntheancientcityofLondon,onacertainautumndayinthesecondquarterofthesixteenthcentury,aboywasborntoapoorfamilyofthenameofCanty,whodidnotwanthim.OnthesamedayanotherEnglishchildwasborntoarichfamilyofthenameofTudor,whodidwanthim.AllEnglandwantedhimtoo.Englandhadsolongedforhim,andhopedforhim,andprayedGodforhim,that,nowthathewasreallycome,thepeoplewentnearlymadforjoy.Mereacquaintanceshuggedandkissedeachotherandcried.Everybodytookaholiday,andhighandlow,richandpoor,feastedanddancedandsang,andgotverymellow;andtheykeptthisupfordaysandnightstogether.Byday,Londonwasasighttosee,withgaybannerswavingfromeverybalconyandhousetop,andsplendidpageantsmarchingalong.Bynight,itwasagainasighttosee,withitsgreatbonfiresateverycorner,anditstroopsofrevellersmakingmerryaroundthem.TherewasnotalkinallEnglandbutofthenewbaby,EdwardTudor,PrinceofWales,wholaylappedinsilksandsatins,unconsciousofallthisfuss,andnotknowingthatgreatlordsandladiesweretendinghimandwatchingoverhimandnotcaring,either.Buttherewasnotalkabouttheotherbaby,TomCanty,lappedinhispoorrags,exceptamongthefamilyofpauperswhomhehadjustcometotroublewithhispresence.

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