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Cophetʹua

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An imaginary king of Africa, of great wealth, who “disdained all womankind.” One day he saw a beggar-girl from his window, and fell in love with her. He asked her name; it was Penelʹophon, called by Shakespeare Xenelʹophon (Love’s Labour’s Lost, iv. 1). They lived together long and happily, and at death were universally lamented. (Percy’s Reliques, book ii. 6.)

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King Cophetua loved the beggar-maid.”


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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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