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figure smiled at him; and e lighted -the candles, and it -was all % er..
grand and btratitiful
Anid %%lien lie "a, I manun, hlie w.a, on a real theatre The lights %%ere ay
and the ,ii-.C lLii. .Buit lis heart wa% s .;ad. for iobo d% cared for him.
SoJ lie .ent A ai% t hk lit umbile h n.me, and r'..ok his children on h111 knee.
a n iol them pretty i:s till t, Ill ase~~ie'p; arnd he slept tc ,, and in hi;
dreamt, ho n a,. 1 other ihaipp, chhildtn. Som,- wele sittinfL in the mead,_%s g
under thie Liumller -Ufhin e I jif mne were Sitting bi the firel.ight in the winter
L elnils '[hei' r e% c e; e I wide 'Olpen as theI lit,.-ned ith eatlt ern ess t, the
tale. their mothers read t, themi
And he ih dictiamt in I,- -arret kne" they were leading his
t_ e .s. and knew that hlie lii _d in ItheII lirtle children's hearts.
And when hlie woke hlie felt that the light, and the music and
the cruwd; in the theatre were nothing to him it onlY li he toitld
4wit the.. children's he.art;.
IF in. E. W r e riIFr ..
CO NI -fE: N 5
TH E D\ A s Y"
TH'E FI A VE TI
T4'- F CO rf CITED
APPLE- 5 R AC
TH E. WEITE SWANS
T- E P E .6 LO S OM
NO%' listen. In the 'country, close by the roadside; stood a pleasant house; you have seen one like it, no
doubt, very often. In front lay a little garden enclosed in palings, and full of blooming flowers. Near the
hedge, in the soft green grass, grew a little daisy. The sun shone as brightly and warmly upon her as upon.
the large and beautiful garden flowers, so the daisy grew from hour to hour. Every morning she unfolded her
little white petals, like shining rays round the little golden sun in the centre of the flower. She never thought of
being unseen down in the grass, or that she was only a poor, insignificant flower. She felt too happy to care
for that, so she turned towards the warm sun, Idoked "up to the blue sky, and listened to the lark singing high in
the air. One day the little flower was as joyful as if it had been a great holiday, and yei it was only Monday.'
TIHE DAIS Y. 7
All the children tweie at s -hi,,, and alil i[dieI t a on their i,.rms leaning thii.ir l,..4.n,1 ih,:. ton
her little stem. learnt also fromi the a ar:m sun and Ironm e\ei l tini ar.:.1ii.J nhe htw goorl (,od is,
and she was glad to hear the lark in Jil jle., ais t >.,song Lpi eI\aril her r,,n i i f i. Itn.L .\nd the:
daisy admired the lhapy 1.ilid U lIo cOuld waiLil e sti cetlY aid tLlv n so hi gh, but he %a. ; it
sorrowful from regret at hei o -wn in.il;,ll it to d, tile same rie I can --C. anC d l.-:er," thiI... li:tn ,s hII
**the sun shines tipon me, and the \%ind kiscs ro e what el-e do I need i. make me AlPlIC : ; --' '
\Witliin the ph filings grie\ a numLbel .of.l,-rden flotwLrs. liho appearc-ed more pil.jud a.nd c'--.nI.'ied
in proportion as the\ were stcet.i Pihe peonies i.oniidlered it a g;and thing to be s. l.r .
and puffed themselves out tu Lb: larger than the roi.es The rulifps knewv that the ai e e/
marked with beautiful :co l.uiS. and held themsehle old Ulpright, li tha ey thmt ite iht sten moire
plainl.. They did not notice the little da.is; ,utide. bI.ut lie loirked at them and thought. How
rich and beautiful tlihe are! Nn wionde tile i-,!itty bird flics d.iw n tlo i si t i li.ei Hrv &l.mI "
I am that I grow so near. that liia adrpnr their beautiful appearance : Jlust :it this
moment the lark flew down, crying '**' ee".iut ie did not gp near the pcomni. and tiiuji.s;
he hopped into-the gras. near ~Ie' lowly daiy'. 'li; She ebled for joy,- and lhandl\ knea what
to think. The'little bird hoipe d rotund the dais si, h, %lhat swec.t, sft glass and
what a lovely little flower, with'gold in its heart and sil\t r on.its drei-.s.' For the \ellov
centre in the daisy looked like gold, and the leaves around were glittering white, like silver.
How happy tile little dais' felt no onle can desroiibe; the bird kissed it with Is beak .a:ng to it, and then flew up again into
the blue air above. It was, at least, a quarter of an hour before the daisy could rueIrt\r lerell Hall asliamed, yet happy
in herself. shegglaned at tihe othet fl ,ers; ithe must ha.e seen the honor she lhad itceived andJ would understand her
delight and pleasure. But tlule ip-. looked prouder than e\er ; indeed, they were evidently quite \excd about it. And the
peonies .cre quite digu-,t.ed, anrd (Oiil tlhey lhae spoken, the poor little daisy aould have no doubt received a good
scolding. She could t.ee the\ tere all out ..,I temper, and it made her very sorry.
At this moment there ia .e into the garden a !irl tith a large Ihalp knIfe. which glittered in her hand. She went
straight' up to tile Itililps and (.ut d n -aii se t ii of them, one after anotlier.
"Oh dear." sighed the daisy. '**lo shocking! It is all oie with them no-w." lie girl carried the iiilipis away, and the
daisy. felt ery glad to grow outside in the glass, and to ,be only a poor little flrowcr. \ lien the suI sCet. she Frolded up:
her -lea\es -and went tu sleep, and dreamt the wile night long of the iarim sun and the pretty little bird. Thle next
THE DAISY 9
morning, when the flower joyfully stretched out its white leaves once more to the warm air and the
light, she recognized the voice of the bird. but his song sounded mniurnlul and sad. Alas! lie had good
reason to be sad--he had been ca.lght and made a prisoner in a cage that hung close by the open window.
He sung of the happy time when he could fly in the air joyous and flee, of the young green rorn in
the fields from which he would spring higher and higher to iing his glorious song, and now he was a
prisoner in a cage. The little daisy wished ery' much that she could help him. But what could
she do? In her anxiety she forgot all the beautiful things around her, the warm sunshine, and her
own pretty shining white leaves: Alas! she could think of nothing but the captive bird, and her own .
inability to help him. Two boys came into the garden; one of them carried a large sharp knife in his
hand like the one with which the girl had cut down the tulips. They went straight up to the little
dais., who. could not think what they
were going to do. '' We can cut a
nice piece of turf for the lark here."
said one of the boys;. and he began to
'cut a square piece found the daisy, so
S that she stood just in the centre. "'Pull
up the flower," said the other boy, and
the daisy trembled with fear, for to
pluck it up would destroy its life, and
it wished so much to live arid to be
taken to the captive lark,' in his- cage,
S on the piece of tutf. "- No, let it stay,"
said the boy,. it looks s:o pretty.'. So
the daisy remained, and was puit with the turf in the .lark's
cage. The pool bird %as complaining loudly about his lost
freedom, and beat hli, wings against the iron bars of his cage.
The little daisy could not speak nor utter one word to
console hiin, or she wooluld gladly .have done so. The whole
tmorninti pan.;ed in this manner.
Io THE DAIS Y
Here is no water.' said rth ciapti\e lark, -lthe.y are all gone out and 'ave. forgotten to give .a.drop- of wa er.to
drink My throat is hot and dry; I l.el as if I had fire and ice withinmr'e', and ihe air is so h. vy. Alas! I -mt
die; I nust bid farewell to the nwarm sunshine, 'i'e fresh green, and all the beautiful things which -ilias created." -kn d
lien he thrust his beak into the rcool turf to refiesh himself a little A'idt "Ihe fresh grass, and his eve, on the dais ;,then
hie bird nodded t it and kissed it %with his bea and said, **You also 'ill wither here, you poor I tfdwer! Tlhe, have
giicn y.ui to me with the little patch iogreen grass on which you grow,-in exchange for the whole fld which'was mine
out theie Eachl little blade of gra \%.is to mL :i as 1 great tree, anid each :of your white leaves as a S r. A.las! you only
shi.,w me how much 1 ha'ie I,.st." "Ohi if I could inly -ucomfort him," thought the daisy, but she ;1.k not nive "a V T-;
\et lite perfume from her lea is .s str iiinir .i.ba is usual in these flioers. and the bird noticed it. an i W gh he was fainting
iith tlhi .t, and ini hi, p-.in T11 led ti till he grl, e blaa des of grass, lie did not tcoui.h the fio -. fef" 'P'I F c.ime, and vet no
one at.peared to bling tle lird a diop f t [tlin lie stretched tt Iis i. ettvy ings and shook ,no ulsi\cly, ; lie ,,could only
ing. I weet, t'eel, in a.1 Iak iiurnlfl t.ne. His hittl'e hlead bent di ',n loiward; the flower; tihe birid's heart was broken
Sitll t annt and pining Th" n li the iri e ci u'ild not fuld ts, Ic.lei s, as it had Jdniii tlie e-'ening ltefore. to sleep, but it drooped,
sick and vsorr.,owful, t...ardi, tl,, il- cai. N_ Lt till miOrning did thl :'E. cNlo s iiT, and lihe n they fo :und the Lbrd dead, they wept
inImn and bitter tears; they dilii a pictv trane ti. r inim. ..nd atlndf' i.t. with leave le of Tllrs. pie ris lifeless. body,
%. plaiedl in a _smart red Lb.i and le a.'-fbui ied w ih griaL.t li'rnut P .o r Lbird! while he- as alie anid could sin
they forgot him, and allowed him L-o.,sit inr hk ca i, and unrfLr wanrt, but nw "
he was de:t.1, they mourned for him witll inny tears, and li.rn-i him in rI .\al
state. But the turf with the daisy on it was tliiuJn out nii. the dusl\ road.
No one thought of the linill flower, which had felt more fui tlle Ipou..r butlll than
any one else, and would have been so glad to hiclp and cons.ule hun. if sl. I1l _...,-
been able to, do so.
THE BRAVE TIN SOLDIER.
'THERE were once five-and-twenty tin soldiers, who were all brothers, for they had been made out of the same old tin spoon. -
They shouldered arms and looked straight before them, and wore a splendid uniform, red and blue. The first thing in
the world they ever heard were the words, "Tin soldiersl" uttered by a little boy, who clapped his hands with delight when
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thie' Ild )f the box, in which thl lay. was til.-.n jflf They a scarf. In fr. nt of this was fi\',.l .1 glittcrinm. tn'il r.r:o .t.
*i, o,' I ,n him for a birthday present, and he stood at the table large as her whole face. The [itl..l Iad. a a dlancer, and
tiJ set thiem up. The soldiers were all ':ca<-ctl alike. cxcelitin i she sti I;ctcld out both her arms, anl laitl ..ne I.f he lie leg;s so
one. who had only one leg; he had been left to the last, high, that the tin i.,li .i 'il.d1 not sce it at all.
and then there was not enough ofthe niel ti in / J and he thou,.i4 tihat -i.e. like limnself, had
to finish him, so they made him to stand ,vly one lI. Tlt i, the l if' fur me."
firmly on one leg, and this caused hinm Sh5 e thought l, but ',he is too giand,
to be very remarkable. and i lc. i a ca-tl,, while I ha.e
Thetails ,n rhich the. tin[ .,1 lie .i ... nh t l' ., t., lit. in. fi le-and-
.i ltl d' W"Sn Ieri J 'l' li i ll h 1.11 .i er 1 ai ca earlier, that l i
lthingls, ib t tie imnlo t attra, tie ti, i i \ i pa11 r [, hier Still I muit
the ce was a plreitt little il'l"-. i.n fy aVnd i.kI.- he r ii untan4'e
ca(,tle. Thrjug,i tire nmall T IIn. Th In he I.Iil hill ll' at full
dlows the r m, ,.. ul- I 1' ce-n In h l. l n the tabh [,ehind a
fiont of tie ca ,tica -,nu,,inl ,f ittl. I... ,,,, tlhat L., ... it, io
trees sui r.unded I .- kf nn tlit .t could .t tie little
g .la while 11 %a.,nten, l d i,, l,,Slt',.lI d .liit ate 1.4h1 %h% ll' Iltn ,LI.."l tu stand
a transparent lake "ainI. iaidSt I a-. .I I 'uile hlg %ithl_,ti l.inll. her balance.
,r.1t Oil tile lake aild 1 ei rI .l' tei, .Id 't it lie b' i ei inn caim, the Li .,t,5h, tin soldieis
.ll this .wis cr 1lrettI I tt I i tt.'ll t .1 .'itll t:A 1 t % %. al 111 l 11 n Ill til ..1 .1., d l Itl Iti ll. C l tOf re
tinm little lad.. "hin ti.i d : il hl i 'vllen ,I,-,r fi the ,aItle, hiuSIOe nrt tv ,td Th tiheen tile -,1lat.thliing1, I, ,'t.le 1ti ,t i- their,
rshe. als, ., %as made of PI,a l, aind Sre a die' S I c -an -an,.I ,t.,_tlher, t., ia. 1 its. t o hate .iha,, f.ht.. nld to
muslin, ithi a nar'jr blue ribbon i, ci I'Lcr.h1 Sulde juL.t like ,I% ball. The tin t .lJiei T. rattled in their I lv thLt wanted(
STHE BRA VE TIN SOLDIER. .
t t gt ut anln to jin the amusimeniets, but tiey c',u d not ,open the lid. The ut'.
'i' ( crackers played at leap-frog,.and theipencil-jiunped about:.the table. "There wks such
S \, a noise liaf the. canary.,woke up.-and began to-talk, and. in poetry, too. Only 'the
Stein soldier and the dancer fempained in their places. She stood on tip toe, with hIer
arms stretched out, as firmly as he did on his one leg. He never took his eyes from
her for even'a moment. The clock struck twelve, and; with a.bouice, up-sprang the
Slid of the snuff-box; but, instead of snuff, there jumped, up a little black goblin, for .
the snuff-box was a toy puzzle.
Tin soldidr,'.said the goblin. "don't wish for what does riot belong- to 'ou."
B ut the tin soldier pretended not to hear.
"Very well ;- wait till to-morrow, then," said the goblin.
SWhen the children came in the next morning, they placed the tin soldier in the window. Now,
Whether it was.the goblin who did it, or the draught, is not known, but the window flew open;
and out fell the tin soldier, heels over head, from the third story, into the street beneath. It was a
terrible fall; for he came head downwards, his helmet and his bayonet stuck in between the ll.g-*.,ii,.L, and his
one leg up in the air. The servant-maid and the little boy went downstairs 'directly to look for. himi but he
was nowhere to be seen, although once they nearly trod upon him. If he had called out, "Here I am," it would have been
all right; but he was too proud.to cry out for help while he wore a uniform..
SPresently it began to rain, and.the drops fell .faster and faster, till there was a heavy shower. When it was over, two boys
hal'ppned to pass by,. and one of them siid, "Look, there is.a tin soldier. He ought to have a .boat to sail in." So they made a
boat out of a. n%, lp'.aler, and placed the tin soldier in it, and sent him sailing down the gutter,, while the two boys- ran by
the side of it,: arid clapped'their hands. Good gracious, what large waves arose in that gutter! and how fast the stream rolled
on! for the rain ihad been \er i heaiivr The I,.ile'r boat it, l up and ilo n, and turlntil itself ri:uud sumetimin s;, quii.kiy
14 THE BRA VE TIN SOLDIER.
I that the tin snldier trembld; v:eIt-le ren.ntined firm; .his. P.ountenarnce did noit change; lie li:oked straight before him, aid
liLhouihlered hirs nmuikr. tk.,uildient bo JLsliotJ under a bridge which formed pait ul' a drain nd then it wa: as dark as the
tin sonldiL S .- .
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S\\ lheiic i. .going nrl tihtgitir he, "Thi is the black olilin's iault. I am sure Al. %ell i f tIle little li.Jy cre onl
lieie w ith i.rrtnm the boat. I should not 'ar,:- fOr a; da iknesi,"
S'idin 'i theL -re'appearecI a glpeat watear-lt .. li.:ld in the draii-.
la '' l.*-..... a;-ked the rat ". t it to me .at 4" e,u" .But the t.in 'ldi.i: rimai nej i il int ard lild hi. imuket
tijihti..r'tLh n ce i. Tihe b:t at oIile, tn ald :I a ll ed it. Hor ltie did giiash his it,_cth and cry out t tjo die lt. '1 t to:,l
.ind strawt. "Stip inM. stop him ; Ih: hI.a not paid till, and iia. liin -ibhoin -his piss." But ni .tihteam rushed on striip.r and
.sitrngTL" 'The tin s.l.lier ouild already see dayliight slimning i here the .Iar-li.e'ni ed.- Thin lie heard a i,:inin1 -' und quite trriil.le
-; -,-..* a a.
..ntii i n friglihten tilan. .herat t man. A t i If tie tiinncl thli drain tell iritC4 r- canal *.e .1t Ii'i la-c. a hiich made
it.ns dangci luis itr hi;n as a watertfdll wtuldi Le it us. H. : t. r'.iui ljse t st.,ip. s. thIl bi.tt ius1 l .d a..n d thie p.iio- i tin
isocldier cqiuhil (111nh hi hl htm 'selt .tti'vy as 5Cdiil. ltlrutt tu int arni r e\tlim., mthol iii- tI'. it
r ,' .
lie ,..ias not afraid I lie liat V.llhrl .d J t .ilitif j .'.r fl'Itr times, :and tl..'n filled iri4itfi atei ti
the \vi'y ildge; nolhiiirng co lli sat, it froftl. sinking He n.-w stN~i d uip t'I his ne k ill nitrm i,
wihilc deepei and dec i t r .snk the Ub..l k.ind the.-pafpe bucramn silt and loosee i ith. tc,. n et. till
at last the a.ter close rclos wr the s,.lier'slt'ed. He thought of tihe elegant little d. yicer wli.hom
li.e .sh.liilhl neier see again., .anld tiic ,rdls oi' ithe song sounded in his cam--
Farcieli iatrrr,, it r r t-.
I rtflling initarI i, t,. gt.i.e.
liheni the paper l oat fell toi pierce. and tile -oldier sink int.-i the tiater anmd inmmidirtely v
a tertards t,:is fAalliwedl up Iy .i great tfi,. Oilh hi:,i\ dark it itas in ide thie
tish a :rvat l deal dilikem than in thie uitinel, anthl )iariier t.-.o buLit lc t ihet
6J THE BRA VE TIN SOLDIER.
soldier continued firm. and la% at full length, shouldering his musket. The fish swam to and fro., making lthe must wonderful
movements, but at last he became quite still. After a while, a flash of lightning seemed to pass through him. and then the daylight
appeared, and a voice cried ut,. **I declare here is the tin soldier." The fish :had been cauhtir, takenn to the market and sold
to the cook. who took him into the kitchen and cut him open with a laige knife. She picked up the soldier and held -him by
the waist between her finger and thumb, and carried him into the room. They were all anxious to see this wonderful soldier
who had travelled about inside a fish; but lie was not at all proud They placed himn on the table, and-how many curious
things do happen in the world!-thlere lie wa%. in the %ery same room from the window of which he had fallen, there were the
same children, the same playthings -tanding on the table, and the pretty castle with the elegant little dancer at the door; she still
balanced herself on one leg, and held up the other, so -he was as firm as himself It touched the tin soldier so much to see her that lie
almost wept tin teats, but he kept them back He only looked at her. and they both remained silent. Presently one o tihe little boys
took up the tin soldier, and threw himt into the sto\e. He had no reason for doing so, therefore it must ha'e been the fault of the black
goblin who liedi in the snuff-box. The flames lighted up tile tin soldier, as he stood ; the heat was %ery terrible, but whether it
proceeded from the leal fire or from tihe fire of l.i e he could not tell. Then lie could see that the bright colours were faded
from his uniform, but whether they had been washed off during his journey. or from the effects of his sorio,. no one c'tuld say
-He looked at fthe little lady, and she loUokid at hini He feit himself melting awa\. but he ;till remained firm witlh his gun on his
shoulder. Suddenly the do.ir of the room flew open. and the draught of air caught up the little dalnci ; sll,: fluttcied like a sy lph
right into the toi\e by the ice of te t in soldier and was instantly' in flames and was igone. Tlie tin -,nldicr mic:tecd down into a
lump. and tlhe ne\t inm'rning, when thle m.lid-ser..ant touk the a.hlis out of the str\e, she Iluind him in tle shape of a little tin
heart. But of the Inttle dancer nothing remained an but thie tinsel rose. which uas burnt Llack a a cinder.
E CONCEITED APPLE-BRANCH.
IT ,as the Ionth of Mlay. FThe wind still blewl cold; but frum bush and tree, field and
l r ^flower, caine the welcome sound. "'Spring is rorne \ild-tlowers in profusion covered the
hedges. Under the little apple-tree Spring eeined busy. and told his tale from one of the
bIranches which Iluno fiesh and blooming. and c-i\ered %with delicate pink blossoms that were
just ready to open The branch well knew how beautiful it was; this knowledge exists as
much in the leaf as in the blood; I wa- therefore not surprised when a nobleman s carriage,
in which sat the young c.-untess, stopped in the road just by. She said that an apple-branch
was a nmost lel) y object, and an emblem of spring in its most charming aspect. Then the
brancli was I.r,:,ken ofi for her, antd sh hlield it in iei delicate hand, and sheltered it with her
sil-k 11arasol. Thin they dro\ e to tlie castle, in which were lofty halls and splendid drawing-
rooms. Pure white curtains fluttered I. el're the uopn windows, and beautiful flowers stood
in shiining tl.ansparent \ise-s; and in one of them,' which looked as if it had been cut out
of niewly-fallen sn) no ithl aipple-btanch vwas placed, among some fresh, light t g igs of beech. It
was a chatimuing silght. 'l'liTn thle branch became proud. which was criy much like human
nature. 'Pc.ll. of eteil description entered the room, and according to their position in
sorict), so ilared t the to exIress their admiration. Some few said nothing, others expressed
too much. and tile apple-lulanch \ery soon got to understand that there was as much difference
in the chi.racti.rs of hunl.ln bcinll s as in those of plants and flowers. Some are all for pomp
and parade, others hale a great deal t:. dJo to maintain their own importance, while the rest might be spared without
much loss 1 society So thought thle aple-branc. as le l stood before the open window, from ihich lie could see out over
gardens and I1elds. where there weie floi ers and plants enough for him to think and reflect upon; some rich and beautiful,
some poor and humble indeed.
"Poor, despised herbs," said the apple -branch ; "th ire is call a dierenrene between them and such as I am. How
unhappy they must be if they can fi..l as those in ni I,,sitnn dlo! There is a difflience indeed, and so there ought
to be, or ite should all be equals. '
And the apple-branch looked with a sot0 Lof pity tiplon them, especially on a certain little flower that is found in fields
THE CONCEITED APPLE-BRANCH.
and in ditch:.lr. NI., -ine b..und thelseL f1.,jcrs v I tr.erlier 11 a nosega. : ; they were ltoo i oininiiiun they we. ee e en known to
glow I.etween the pafing-stone-. shooting up everywhere, like bad weeds; and they bore the very ugly name of "dog*flowers"
** Poor. despised plants," said the apple-bough, "it is not your fault that you are so ugly, and that you have sucTi an ugly
name; but it is with plants. as \N;ii mnn--lth-r mu-.t be a difference."
"A diierene'1''" cried tile sunilcatxL- .a. Il. kiss<-d the blooming apple-branch, and then kissed the yellow dandelion out in
the fields. .ll ~erce btirthliet. .rnl tIhe autfbLitlIn kisecd them--the poor flowers as well as the rich.
The alil'iei-houlirgihilia n' el tilui;.it u i troellt"undk is love of God, which extends over all the works of creation, over everything
%which lives, and m ,\ i'. .li hl.i its L'bing i'-,Hini. I>,' had never thought of the good and beautiful which ai is. often hidden.
but can never rg Rti i;..trll I,\ Him Fllnu'not onlk .inong the lower creation, but-also among men. The sunbeam, the ray
of liglt. knew betri
ou do not see ery flar, not !',clrl lie -.-aid to the apple-branch. "Which is the despiset.d Ii.i, you so specially ]t1Y ?"
'lTe dandelion," he replied. "No one ever places it in a nosegay; it is often trodden under foot, there are so many
of thell, a;nd azti. n tJi. run to seed, they have flowers like wool, which fly away in little pieces over the road. and cling
to tihe' the p'iple I ly ar oinl ..J-; but of course there must be weeds..- l,, I am really very thankful that
I w- .tne 0t' tlese ia I
:iennitly '.ic'.ri:r b,' i.li'- wlil_.e group of children, the youngest of whom. was so small that it had to be
carried '. 'h l-is an .1 htlii he w:is seated on the
grass, amdL lite yellw' I1Ij.-r' he'I ILIu lgl edI alo.ud with joy,
kicked out' his little g t t, ill,-4 -- al.out. lul.k.d i the ll w' '
flowi ers, and kis wdl ithl'ii in I liildliku iij 'r i 11 U.n llie cideel
children rikl I. i tile ftitr11s i-i l %V i .hu stlin,. blent tile
stalk ,nC rue nJrv id tile itler, t. fri n liiink and inade first :i i
cf ll ll" f r lt" 11n t k. thacr to ..
lang d(r-0 n tu tihe. ait;t. .; ,tt., Ils .1 reat it ar IitU-Itl
the head, so dtat 1"tl'he -,k, uir- nr i'l. in their .alaind.
of green teiim' and idt] 1 2, s .But .th t eldeit alm.l.ng
li in galthiterd caiirculll tl-ec fid.0 d1 tl'..i tI i, Oln the steinI -.lf lr i ,
ras Lgroup d 'gilieth tie ,--ed in hilie 'for ul a hi ti 'ieti '.
THE CONCEITED APPLE-BRANCH 21
r'i. lnal. hcel lo L, ally w-ol-.i wCI are cry l autil'til, iand look like fine snon w\ l-athellic or dounn -
The children held them to their mouths, and tried to blow away the whole coronal with one puff '
of the breath. They had been told by their grandmothers that whoever did so would be sure to have .
new clothes before the end of the year. The despised flower was by this raised to the position of a
prophet or foreteller of events.
"Do you see," said the sunbeam, "do you see the beauty of these flowers? do. you see their
powers of giving pleasure?"
"Yes, to children," said the apple-bough.
By-and-by an old woman came into the field, and, with a blunt knife without a .handle, began
to dig round the roots of some of the dandelion-plants, and pull them up. With. so.me ol these she
intended to make tea for herself; but the rest she was going to sell to the chemist, and obtain some
"But beauty is of higher value tlian all- this," said the apple-tree branch, only the chosen can be admitted into the
realms of the beautiful. There is a difference between plants, just as tlher,. is a dlifflrcirce between men." '
Then the sunbeam spoke of the boundless love of God as seen in creation an' over all lives, and of the equal distribu-
tion of His gifts, both in time and in eternity. -
"That is your opinion," said the apple-bough.
Then some people came into the room; and among them, the youirI ,tmtl-s -ilie lady wh'i) lih i pt.iil,- c tile apple-
bough in the transparent vase, so pleasantly beneath the rays of sunlight. She earrjied in her ha i f':..onlhiii that seemed
like a flower. The ..'*'j.-it was hidden by two or three great leaves, .lii.i ,.I.erid it like a shield, s'o ._at "no drauglht or
gust of wirn!:l 10t,11] i[ifu ri it, and it was carried more carefully than the apple-branch had ever been. Vcr\ c::iLutiolllv the Iargr
leaves werei'removed. and there appeared the feathery seed-crown of the despised .yellow dandelion. sThis was' what the
lady hi .d s... clull. |)uL k.
its mist.I-hk hai.,' wa. ,-o li;.'l'tl\ formn-ed. 'huju'd. flutter a 'ay. hle- 1 l drei. It 'forli qiuitc.- uninjured. a.nd wondered at
its L.'c.ia tilll I._l..1 tnl d ,;ir\ ligiitni-s and ingular constirictiun. i, s. -r n to Lb bli11h., awa\ by" tihe wind.
Se.' live e i:\ lanned, "li- A :1n i full tGud h.as made thi. little flower. I %\ill paint it witli tihe appl.-Li incih toLetlher.
E elv unll:e adliire.-., thin Leauit. i,1 tlihe applcL-buugh; l ut thi- IhLnll le flo(,twel iha, Ieen endoi:, d by H-leav.-r, i\nith another kind
of I'.cLlns~ rand aJllilkiji ti'c dJifer in appear.irn e. both are the i'1ildi.n rof thli rc-alui of beauty."
Then thie sunibea i k issd lte lowly flower and lie kissed the bl oioning ajlile-.branch uloin wlihose leaves appliLeared a rosy Lblush
:XR in i ti e la nd to l-hich the swall,,s t h.n it i- %inter. .d clt a Lin t wh l
cl c sen s.,r, and .n daughter, nAined Eliza. Tirhe er %t n bl others eery ,l nd .e and eu'l.
,,erit [t t i ntol .ithl a star ,,n hi. bl i .,tt, a .1 t b us ;ide F l- 1 wh I\ ,'rote with ian.,In l
lenh ii .,; ld slates, and :-airt their le'. Ins o i quickly. amid read so e siOJ that ,C' ,"n-ic
migl t lkmo thev ,.re Irine, l heir 0i-ter li iza .1 little tlool .1d luei la, idI .,l
a haritk t' ,i ,i l tu ,i t l i .. ', l, 11. t C l.l n1ti' I at t l tr t .at kiu gi ,,'r i ll, ti i 'l e r l. idli .el it
ili '~r h.l. 11. 1,11, t lll t I t li il Uo tl .ts T -r father i s .%I i as kinm: ,f th,, cc n ,Itr
married a very wicked queen, whJlb did not love the poor children at all. -The\ knri itle- I. .in
the very first day after the wedding. In the palace there were great festivities, and the children played at receiving <, Il, nI'1
but itistead of having, as usual, all the cakes and apples that were left. she gave them some sand in a tea-cup, and told them
to, pretend it was cake. The week. after. she sent little Eliza into the country to a peasant and his wife, and then she told .'.
king qo many uniTrue thinE about th.e voting prince, th t he ,:-iI, lii ,velf n,, m'uie trouble respecting them.
t,,i Ou ]ll- 1 :1 IlJ .tnli ,-t \. Ji ,i')I Ii1ri ':.1Di 11f U-e l Flt like er,.at birds l i, Iat\ ni il e itt *u.
t,liJl n,,t nr'.,:- th." .n u',l]y t she '0 C -l edl 1I I % i,_ ..-l, ie. intol eh% n ul :. ,n beau I ild ans ]'llenr, li a in, .
theO y fluw itr.,'ugh thi,.- windofl s of I lie ,'al. ,. ,,\tr the ra-,rk. il tlth fpors t be.ilynd It a ,- t e.IrlY nu<.rnint- hlen thedi i lictl
the pea;.Ls. i m e. SteiCC their sister E-liia la 1 .l.el. in hitr ..,mi. Thuey lu, -ered over the roof, twi-ted their long neck, art,
flalpled Ihcir %,in 5. I.,ut no ne hIard Hlimn r LT.aw ihi rn tLil\ % erI at last obliged to in t an! y h11ci up in the clutid-: Iiln
I ,,t i h.: il ti the- flew till 1lct\ talite to a thick dark tiod thich stretched far awav to the seash. IL. Puo r little Eli.,
Vwas alone in lher r.'nim pilyir,,"g i th a t,. *n feat, ifor she had nI- Uthier piad things. and t-he pirtred .1 hole ilhroutih the Ic.af, andI
24 THE WHITE S IANS.
looked through it at the sun, and it was as if she i~a her broiher'.i c.ear ecs. -and Iwh :en tIe % rni uin pslirnle o-n her .heeks
s.he thought of all the kisses ithe hadi g,\..-'n her. I.)In
leae.s- of the ro L-.buslh and uld n hii.er ti thle r., ses \\ ho m in ie nurc beautiful th.i n \Au B:Iut the ro.:,es would shake
their heads and say, "Eliza is." And when the old woman sat at the cottage-door on Sunday, and read her Ihmn-book,
the wind would flutter the leaves, and say to the book, "Who can be more pious than you?" and then the h\imnl-book
would answer, "Eliza." And the roses and the hymn-book told the real truth. At fifteen she returned home; but when the
queen saw how beautiful she was, she became full of spite and hatred towards her. Willingly would she have turned her intl
a swan, like her brothers, but she did not dare to do so yet, because the king wished to see his daughter. Early one morning
the queen went into the bath-room: it was built of marble, and had soft cushions, trimmed with most beautiful tapestry. She
took three toads with her, and kissed them, and said to one, When Eliza comes to the bath, seat yourself upon her head,
that she may become as stupid as you are. Then she said to another, "Place yourself on her forehead, that she may become
as ugly as you are, and that her father may not know her." "Rest on her heart," she whispered to the third, "then she will
have evil inclinations, and suffer in consequence." So she put the toads into the clear water, and they turned green immedi-
ately. She next called Eliza, and helped her to undress and get into the bath. As Eliza dipped her head under the water, one
of the toads sat on her hair, a second on her forehead, and a
third on her breast, but she did not seem to notice them,-and
when she rose out of the water, there were three red poppies
floating upon it. Had not the creatures been venomous or been
kissed by the witch, they would have been changed into red roses.
At all events, they became flowers, because they had rested on
Eliza's head and on her heart. She was too good and too
innocent for witch craft to have any power over her. When the
wicked queen saw this, she rubbed her face with walnut-juice,
so that she was quite brown; then she tangled her beautiful
S hair and smeared it with disgusting ointment, till it was quite
impossible to recognize the beautiful Eliza.
~.. ~ When her father saw her he was much shocked, and declared
she was not his daughter. No one but the watch-dng and the
Swallows knew her; and they w,.r. inl]\ i.:r 3anni".1.lt nd could
THE W11ITE S IVANS. 25
say n,,thing. Then poor 41 N
Eliza wept, and thought
of her eleven brothers,
who were all away. Sor-
n fully she stole away
from the palace, and
walked, the whole day,
over fields and moors, till
she came to the great
She knew not in what --
direction to go; but she
was so unhappy, and longed so for her brothers, who had been, like
herself, driven out into the world, that she was determined to seek
them. She had been but a short time in the wood when night
came on, and she quite lost the path; so she laid herself down on
the soft moss, offered up her evening prayer, and leaned her head
against the stump of a tree. All nature was still, and the soft,
mild air fanned her forehead. The light of hundreds of glow-
worms shone amidst the grass and the moss, like green fire; and
if she touched a twig with her hand, ever so lightly, the brilliant
insects fell down around her, like shooting-stars.
All night long she dreamt of her brothers. She and they
were children again, playing together. She saw them writing
with their diamond pencils on golden slates, while she looked at
the beautiful picture-book which had cost half a kingdom. They
were not writing lines and letters, as they used to do, but
desct tii -i.n. ,f' tih nol.,k l.ds thle had I i, flrlmed, an] ofl
all the% had dJi-co ecicd ani scn. IIIn tIC ll tu-LI .b..k. to,o.
Everything was living.
The birds sang, and the
people came out of the
book and spoke to
Eliza and herbrothers;
but as the leaves turned
over, they darted back
again to their places,
that all might be in
so iWhen she awoke, the
S.. sun was high in the
heavens; yet she could not see him, for the lofty trees spread their
branches thickly over her head; but his beams were glancing
through the leaves here and there, like a golden mist. There was
a sweet fragrance from the fresh green verdure, and the birds
almost perched upon her shoulders. She heard water rippling
from a number of springs, all flowing into a lake with golden
sands. Bushes grew thickly round the lake, and at one spot an
opening had been made .by a deer, through which Eliza went
down to the water. The lake was so clear that, had not the
wind rustled the branches of the trees and the bushes, so that
they moved, they would have appeared as if painted in the depths
of the lake; for every leaf was reflected in the water, whether it
stood in the shade or the sunshine. As soon as Eliza saw her
own face, she was quite terrified at finding it so brown and
ugly; but when she wetted her little hand, and rubbed her eyes
and forel-head, the white skin gleamed forth once more; and, after
slc had] undressed, and dipped herself in the fresh water, a more
TIMEI WHITE SWVANS.
beautiful king's daughter could not be found in the wide
world. As soon as she had dressed herself again, and
-1' bLraided her long hair, she went to the bubbling nsprinr,. nd
drank some water out of the hollow of her hand. Then
she wandered fat into the forest, not knowing hither -hle went.
She thought of her brothers, and felt sure that God would nut
S fursjke her. It is ti., who makes the wild apples grow iln hli
S wood, to satisif the hungry, and He now led lhe' t(-- unie of tlihee
trees. which was so loaded with truit that the L',oighs bent bcn.eath
the ,weight Here she held her noonday repast, pl-aced props undi r
the boughs, and then went into the dlu.:'miest depth, .oi the:
forest. It was so still tlh t she c,.,old hear tlih found of her
own tfol'tsteps, as v. ell as the rustling of ezery withered leaf
which she crushed under her feet. Not a bird was, to be seen,
not a sunbeam could penetrate through the large. dark bolughs of
S the trees. ih'ir loft, trunks stood so clse together, that, when
' she looked befrlte her, it seemed as if shee wer enclo-ied within
trellis-woik. Such solitude she- had ne\er known bef,:re The night
was \ery dark. Not a single glo;lkworni glittered in the moss.
Sorrowfully lshe laid herself drown to sleep_: and. after a while it
seemed to hixr a, 11i i th branches of the tees panted L.'er her
head, and that thll mnid e\e.s of angels looked doiin in upr.n I lr'm
heaven \\ hen lshe awoke in the nImrning she kne. not whether
; she had dreamt this .,r if it had -icall\ been so Then sihe
S continued her wandering; but she had not gone many steps
I:lorwar,J. w hen she met I n old wuian with berries in li-r basket, and
S -he ga' e her a few, to ear. Then Eliza asked her if she liad not
seen eie\en rrin ,es, ridini-g thriui ih the tolrest
"NO .' ircpllied the old woman; b* ut I saw
THIE WHITE SIW4VANS. 27
: vestcrdav eleven swian-., itlI I gold cr,.,wns on Itheir heaIll.. immin; on P ,.' *.
the riner clo-i:' l,\." Tlih n lhe le.d Eliza a little- ii;t.lnce iarth i. ti a '-.-
sloping bank. and at the I;f:,ot iIf it %wound a little ilir. The trees on its '
banks stretcicd heir loni l:- \ I brai nch ,is i th w Itr lol. .rds ear I otiieIr, '.
and wherl e the o gr% th fre% entiii tihemn I'i1 i ml-et.iig ni'ur.ill,. th1 e ri,-t.; hiid Ito n
tlmeL'1el %s away from the ground, so that the branches might mingle their foliage
as tiliL hung over the water. Eliza bade-the old woman farewell, and'walkedjby ie*he
Sflo-.inig river till she reached the shore of the open sea. And there, before the v.:tunL'
maiden's eyes, lay the glorious ocean, but not a sail appealed on its surface, not even, a
boat could be seen. How was slie to go farther? She noticed how the countless pebbles ion
[lite s.ea~li re had 'been smoothed and rounded by the action of the water. Glass, iron, stones.
necr)thing that lay there mingled together, had taken its shape from the same' power, ndii,'h
as smooth, or even smoother than her own delicate hand. "The water rolls on % idjdl
weariness," she said, "till all that is hard becomes smooth; so will I be unwearied i,
task. Thanks .for your lessons, bright rolling waves: my heart tells me you will lead me T.-
my dear brothers." On the foam-covered seaweeds lay eleven white swan feathers, wh, hi ..Ii
gatheriLd up and placed together Drops of water lay upon them: whether thev were dertdrqI y
or tear4 ni.i one t oiill ;.a\ I.jnrcl\ a; it wI .i n [i Tlh se.illi. ic i:. did noi:t oLbscnr\ it, oi l he
exer-nimo ing --, a shlow',ed nmi:ore -lhn.in:. in a f,'-w ,-ui rl than ith. n miost aiyint, lake .c-uld prim.dutic .
duiing -a whlil,h \ear II a hla.k, lhea\\ iliud aru
dark and angry too; an, thil-n the rind bl" \,, and tlhe war,- titned ti %thite uhm a..is
Stlhe\ ui,, il \.\ liin tlihi ind .i-Lptl. and the clIoud- .l. e'd M.I the red ,.tinlidiht. then
lihe <.a l.u.k..d like a Io Ce-hIL.I. But hi.,tl'.-,er qitily it ,' lhitc ila-.v ,umrTate r.->ted,
there as i still a mi tii.ii n tllh, shore, a.s it; %a -v,.; r.is, a.nd tll i. IIk l tr. a- ,it .il .
a slerepin:_ -,hil W\ ii ili.he un .as at.iut t: seit. Eh .1 s'.i e.leC eti whtI '. a %, ul
withl gi-lde-n i,.,i\n, un thili r l ihad,, fliin.; tIov.atidl thi landJ ..ne behind the
shore. and hid hlcirsll Lchiind the Lbisheli The .ins i I alilitL.d quiti: 7lu.j, -
in her. and apedl ed tlhC r igrat ~lhie wvinitm .\ son as the- Ji .,Ji.! -
.., ,.,,-F -
26 TH E INITE SIIIVNS
-CoFw ~iisb rrrsL~;
disappeared under the water, the feathers 'pf the swans fell off,. aind' geveni beautiful
plinces.. Eli'za brother,., stoou near I'er.. She uttered a lotirl c.ry; for. although
the, were tcry much ,changed. she. sh k. kneTw.- them immediately `y '' s ing into
thOlr arms, and called tlem ea'l,,Ly e. Tl,.n how. hpy .e, princes wcr
at meeting 'thci little" si -er. again, .r thcv re .-'nisl hi r. atltri c had gr
sia-ll and beautidil: Thiy laughed, a.nd tlhey Welit, and \'ry ,,cTq' under'tord l how
wicl1edly tfl:ir niotber had acted to. them. all W' \\e :brtherii aid (Ji. eldest fly
about. a'-- : ild swa ,ns so long as th- .sun is in r: he" -y'-; .but 1 as ,l:,,Ti .as. it sinks
behind the hills, we reotmer our .human sliap.. Thi.:renqre mu,t we alita'--b.te near
a resctig-place for juur" I' et Lct.-i'r suns ,et; If)r if l ~ -. lould ,Iy Il ing iiatds tlie
cloud., at rlth: fime' we rec.\ er our n;.(urel form as %%C~ t we should sink 'deep iDto
tilie sa. \\c.'.d)o 0n t dwell li:-re. bitf' -ih a- kind jtu.t 4i, flai3 that lie- c unond the
ocean, which ie lhac to -r,.s, for -a -Ing di-tincen; there i-; no isI. nd in 'U passage
tiupn whi(Eh wc would pa'as ilth night nothing Lbu a Inttle rock ririn 'out of to t
ea. upon l w which wr caan s,.ri-cely sianid wihli -,fict-e e<-n cl el-I -io de together.
If thl sea is rugh. th e tlic tian tasl, i r veus t we -rliank t..od e'enn Iir rhis .ioik tk
te lma t p1-ass-d wlihole nigh'ts lupo-n it, or we sh-ould ncier hate rcaihled our '-eloted
fI rta'rnd, I'o our -flight across jhIe sea occupiles two ,ol the l.ziest dav' in the
year. 1\e Ila' JeLrniissiir n to ( ihit 'uir hiollie oni' Inl e eCt\ \ .i anid to rilmain
CIecn cIl ias, during which we t.i acnros the forest to look onrice more .t the pa a'e
l tt" cle ou, fatllh r dI.ills, and. wherc. '-. we-re born ani at the lchunh Ili -I e I .,ur mother
lis b ried Here it seeml as 'if the \cry ire.--i andl Iul.slhu e erer relate .d to us..
.;o THE WHITE SWANS.
The wildly' Iltu.s ical-.p o\ e tlihyptit as we have seeii"them .: "-Yes, take me with you," said Eliza. Then theysf e
in. ulr clildhild Fhe cliaireaf rf;n' ti- sipg the old sonis. to I (ie whole. night in weaving ,i net with the pliant wlUow au.e:
hnbich r" have d.i -.c d a,' childl'rn. This iLs' ur f'iath4tanch- I tt)shIes. It wa s \%r large and strong. Eliza laid here ll' down.
t, which '. :ae ir.rwn Li, ToMing ties: and here w h we ie 'F~n the net, and w-hen thie 'sun rose., .d -er btpthies against
found tl iu o0111 dieal q i l itti : sistl. Fr ,, dal.is lI''nger eIceanie hild swans, thliy tok -up the net' 1ith their
lit ..rA IClljIr lii I .1nic l Ilithen niinit %'e fi\ .iaw i\a bcak.. arnd fitew up tu the cIloiud with their dear
to .1 I .. ittlul l.ir.1 a lIi ih i ,it ou. hoie; ind '.4staer, whol still slept. Thee sunlb ams fell in hI er
how cin \ > take iiIu l i'us %\- ha %e farc-, therefore one '.i' the s an, scored 'over
Lit li s "iil, n', at. -. heIr hei-ad. o that his broad in s might
h1-11M C' \ i I i. ak thi, .p"ll '". l ''s1 1 shade her. They % ere far froin the land
their iot'r .\nil i n 'i;. halik .~ l w.hen .tika i~ e. She tli-i Luglt she
aiiil it near1 tihe wh.le uigit, i nk Inmust st! be dreaming. it seemed so
sluin lierui, fr a1 f, hi Ii'S. Eli"a .... stFrani.e to her to feel h(t isd6lf being
was" ai\:-knedni thII rustling llof c arrived so high in the :lair t er the
thie ,.ins' i,g as tihey shared -sea. B her ,ide lay a branch full
al, t He blirotliers et again of-J beautiful ripe berries, and a
chan, di to swan,. and tlic ftLew in )bundle of sweet roots; the youngest
circ:le-- ilder and a idter, till the% of h ier ib.thers had gathered them
ier'e a ia .\1iav biut oe of thOi ,' the for hei, and placed them b) her side.
iungii _st s% an. r ir'.ineid .,hitd. arid laid She smiled Ihel, thanks to him; she
hi;. lit-ad in hIt sl;ti lap. Mlhil he knew it "as tlilt s.m ln1 who had hovered
.5truked lii; m ing. and the, remainrled together i er her to shade I er with hiiis inugs. They
the \hlIc d.' 'l ard-i t.ciini ht st iam: were now s,, high, that a large ship beneath them
back. andil as the sun. n\aict ih\ nri they' re.numed their I,,uked like a white se-agull skimnming the wa .s. A
natural I f ns. '' To-ril w said one'. .- hall fl great cltd limiting lblhiidii then appeared like a % ast
awa%, not t., icturn a.ain till a hl.' \ctr ihas ias-c. 1-h we nlltain. .lnd Ulon it Eluta sawl heir uown shladow\v and those-
,I nn n t 11 a0 e \ iiti-Lre. Ha.i,. %',i tura.e t, gu w ith us.- MX of the cle .n si ais, l.,oking gigantic in si'e. Altogether it
aim Ii sI Prig nubghto ., i ,u through the %% :ood ; and cill formed a m,!e beatt'ifu1l picture than Sle had e\er seen;
noit all t1m niii e bte1% ronl ",,i h tiuh tu lyIlviI .uit u.,er th -.' ea l t a, the sun rose higher, and the clouds %ere left behind;
32 THE 11W ITE SII4ANS.
the sh.ad m\ picture vittniii.h d a.t.is, i nwanl thie ilU e day thI Vy iew tlri'uglh ti.- .air like .1 ringed ,arron,. \ct ntore slowly
than Iuti.il. for thie. hiadJ thi_- .itistci it eai' ri Thie Ir..tthi.i r ,ei n led t in I be st.rnm -indi L~ .t. iit watched the sinking
sun itlli e'.t aln\lIt t li- l little ilk i tlie ct c in aJ nI t .s) t in i: it. It ili atei.-d to h.r .is if tihe s .n were
m aking _..tit iTlrt- itih l ti. cr tir .\l ;! ne t .is the c;i-- ..i i tht- ii nt ilti 'in iL m.re' ii ki\ \ lien the sun
set thi\ aw.liuhl hli ni.n ti m ,ni:- 1'.11 l thlie c nl L r ncl lrl .' :ne t:L .1 i )i i\ l I ini h :r inri l,-t h art.
but -till n11 .iill>.lll il C ti.I rio k Ir ik 'uII l; i .ane ne:.ti r. til e ust.s I f d tr hi .f i ,. .1iinii r n 4 11 1 ] le Iricin a
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the ~ an J.irltei .l i.nRII ... sir ilith tlat lia'.'i I hc.iad tremti' led(l; lhie ti-lieo .! tL' 'ic< w.re- !ir lling. Ilut t!L.\ a itrll i.'.are l oii\r ard.
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rock it lii n.; .. il\ like T- -tar tin l ;a l.t i ii i ed like tile .it -pa.rk in .ia J.ii .' .t l.urnt i -.pel lhlin -Ii.: -.i h r l.i.others
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whilit fal .li.l t tii t .'1ik r ieri criic i l.m ii hike 1 lli...nnmi- v-v...-1. in ii. l i -m]iii ti i tir. .i tie -till %n "
higher. r i.t -.in' bel. : i th n, it i thle .ir. a i.'.:' ,I m tit s l i lh t i l.nitig ilis,,.- i c: i..nl ,1
the ,irl inirii .. In lin,, rc-nile' r i: c-'.tt!i .i .it.i l il a tiTi. i.n.. n ili 'i, -, ... oluii ---
risingi.' ni ; .'l \. ,,..i ._*liie i'c .lii ,lii ', it ]1, lm .111 : ,ti.c- w d .1ii n l t]ic, l I i .t.iii ir'
as .i1; a i ilill. lie .l e .,-kiil it" [i. l ti .r id Ii iii\ l 111 'i e
hasten; ri I Il *'-ai llS. ilk ti.lI IIL.umdl. IJI \ hat i l n I.II I.c \err'!c. ic. Li.autI'i Ll
ever.c r i.h i.i,- i hld ] ii.iai .ii p .a i tilt "- i t. : M oIL .i n. t. i i iL H i '. tl m .'nrtil *.1in
enter FI" .a n i.s still ..io. ing .11 tlnc- -'t.ne iLn Il i ..L' ntlnll n I r't.restA, anI al
m eled .iT n, .til ct -hi. nll t l I >-i]ttll. ri' ei- i ll tilic itr .l1d. nill ii. Iitghl
tow cr .and Pi inritel i tlii hi c indoi -.. F.liza ie r:n fancitcil -'I.e C-'uld le.ir .
the i ItL" I" t ile i't,,' n. buit it H:a- till. nitllU- Ui tile Ili rtilutirilg Sea cliliil "
she heard. As they drew nearer ii, the t churches, the\ als changeded into
a fleet of ships, which seemed to Lie a.uling Lbeneathl her, but ;ci slhe
THE IVHITE SWANS. J3
looked again, she found it was only a sea mist gliding over the ocean.
So there continued to pass before her eyes a constant change of scene. .. a
till at last she saw the real land to which they were bound, with its blue ..
mountains, its cedar forests, and its cities and palaces. Long before
the sun went down she sat on a rock in- front of a large cave, on the
floor of which the overgrown yet delicate green creeping plant looked
like an embroidered carpet. "Now we shall expect to hear what-you
dream of to night," said the youngest brother, as he showed his sister
"Heaven grant that I may dream how to save you," she replied. s
And this thought took such hold upon her mind that she prayed earnestly
to God for help, and even in her sleep she continued to pray. Then
it appeared to her as if she were flying high in the air, towards the
cloudy palace of the "Fata Morgana," and a fairy came out to meet
her, radiant and beautiful in appearance, and yet very much like the
old woman who had given her berries in the wood, and who had told
Iher Of tile sWaans with goldn crro%%ns on their heads. ,. Yout
biother can be rLlca ed," said she. -if ) .,u ihave only courage a:nd
perse eranre. True., after i softerl than %our c)~wn delicate bands,. and vet it pl, lishes stones into shapes; it feels no pain
as Yuo finger's a%,:,uld fel, it has no soId, and cannot suffer such agony and torment as 'ou will ha e to endure. Do you
see the stinging.ne title which I hold in my hand? Quantities of the same srt gr_ round the ra\e in wnich you sleep, but
none ill be of ain\ u.e to you unlssi they grow upon tie grave- in a rhurchyard. I'hese yuu must gather even while they
burn li-ter' in oir hand-s Break then, to pieces with your hands and feet, and they %will become flax. from which you
must spin :and ea c cieeCni coats with long sleeves; if the;e are then thi.own o:,%er the eleven swans the spell will be broken.
But ietmember, thl t fijm the moment you commence iour task until it is fnished, e\en sholiuld it occupy years of your life, you
'i;ust not speak. The first word you utter will pierce through the hearts. of your brothers like a deadly dagger. Their lives
hang upon your tongue. Remember all I ha\e told you." And as she finished speaking she touched her hand light3 with the
nettle, and a pain, as of burning fire, awoke Eliza
It %as broad dayhlght, and close by where she had been sleeping lay a nettle like the one she had seen in her dream.
34lYL THE IPI'JI SI.I'JNS,
She fell on- her knees .and offered her thanks. to *G(od. Then.'
she went forth from the cave to begin her work with her delicate
hands, She groped in amongst the ugly nettles, which burnt
great blisters on her hands and arms, but she determined to bear
it gladly if she could only release her dear brothers. So s he
bruised the nettles with her bare feet and spun the flax. -At
sunset her brothers returned and were very much frightened
when they found her dumb. They believed it to-be some riew
sorcery -of their wicked step-mother. But when they saw her
hands they understood wlat she was dding on their behalf, and
the youngest brother wept, and where his. tears fell the pain
ceased, and the burning blisters vanished. She kept to her
work all night, for she could not- rest till she had released
her dear brothers: During the whole of the following day,
while her brothers were absent, she sat in solitude, but never
before had-the time flown so quickly. One coat was already
finished and she had begun the second, when she heard the
huntsman's -horn, and was struck with fear. The sound came
nearer and nearer, she heard the dogs barking, and fled with terror.
into the 'cave. She hastily bound together the nettles she had
gathered into a bundle and sat upon them. Immediately a great
dog came bounding towards her but of the ravine, and then another
and another; they-
barked loudly r.in
back,', and then came
again. In a very f-nr
minutes all the hunm-,
men stood before tlhi
cave, and the hand-
S.somest bf them- was" the kirig of 'the :country. He advanced'-
towards her, for he had never seen a moree beautiful
"How did you come here,' nmy sweet- childd" he asked.
But Eliza shook her hqad. She dared hot speak, at -the cost
of her brothers' lives. And she hid her hands under her
apron, so that the king might not. see how she must be'
'-Come- with me," he said; "here you.cannot remain.
If you are as good.as you are beautiful, I will dress you in
silk and velvet, -I will place a golden crown on yopr 'head, andt
you shall.dwell, and rule, and make vour. home in my richest
castle. And then he lifted her an his horse. She wept and
wrung her hands, but the king said, "I'wish only your happi-
ness. A time will come when you will thank me for this." .'And'
then he galloped away over the mountains, holding her before
him on his horse, and the hunters followed behind them.
As the sun went down, they approached a fair, royal .city
with churches and 'cupolas. On arriving at .the castle, the
king led her into marble halls, .where large, fountains played,
and where the walls and the ceilings were covered with
rich paintings. .But she had no eyes. for all these glorious'
sights, she could only
nniurn Ceil \i C1I.
liar inh r-hc alloted
w ea\e 1)ear.l in lier
hair, aiid dralw .,.ALt
TIHE 11ITE S IIANS. 35
~ei cs over her blistered fingers. As she
.'t,.:d before them in all her rich dress,
lic. ikoked so dazzlingly beautiful that the
court bowed low in her presence. Then
the king declared his intention of making
her his bride, but the archbishop shook his
head, and whispered that the fair young
maiden was only a witch who had blinded
the king's eyes and bewitched his heart.
But the king would not listen to this; he
ordered the music to sound, the daintiest
dsJll., to be served, and the loveliest
maidens to dance. Afterwards he led
her through fragant gardens and lofty
halls, but not a smile appeared
on her lips or sparkled in her eyes. She
looked the very picture of grief. Then the
king opened the door of a little chamber
in which she was to sleep; it was adorned
with rich green tapestry, and resembled
the cave in which he had found her.
On the floor lay the bundle of flax which
she had spun from the nettles, and under the ceiling hung the
coat she had made. These things had been brought away
from the cave as curiosities by one of the huntsmen.
"Here you can dream yourself back again in the old
home in the cave," said the king; "here is the work .with
which you employed yourself. It will amuse you now in the
nid.t I.f all this splendour to think of that time."
When FI.lz saw all these things
which lay so near her heart, a smile
played around her mouth, and the crimson
blood rushed to her cheeks. She thought
of her brothers, and their release made
her so joyful that she kissed the king's
hand. Then he pressed her to his heart.
Very soon the joyous church bells
announced the marriage feast, and that the
beautiful dumb girl out of the wood was
to be made the queen of the country.
Then the archbishop whispered kicked
A 5 words in the king's ear, but they did not
0 sink into his heart. The marriage was
1 still to take place, and the archbishop
4 himself had to place the crown on the
Sbride's head; in his wicked spite, he
pressed the narrow circlet so tightly on
S' her forehead that it caused her pain. But
"-' a heavier weight encircled her heart- sorrow
r for her brothers. She felt not bodily pain.
S Her mouth was closed; a single word
would cost her brothers their lives. But she loved the kind.
handsome king, who did everything to make her happy, more
and more each day; she loved him with her whole heart, and
her eyes beamed with the love she dared not speak. Oh!
if she had only been able to confide in him and tell him of her
grief. But dumb she must remain till her task was finished.
Therefore at night she crept away to her little chamber. 1Ihicl
THE I H;ITA S WANS. .77
had been decked out to look like the caie, and quickl.8.5, t ,-i' crat after another. But when
s.he leg-an the seventh h-lie found she had no flax. She- knet'i'tiat.te nuetles she wanted Ito use gre,
in the churchyard, and that 'he must pluck thenr'Therell .Hogi should sl. get out thei ? ..Oh
what is tlie pain in my fingers to the to'terinlwhich'iny hve4 enitus ', said iihe, ", iiut t venture,.
I shall not be denied help tri-i ,Iheai\ h Tlen with j.fy'iibling' heart. as i" -lhe wereC abou tJ
perform a w!.,'k-ld d.ed, she creplFim'o, .Jc gijtrden in. trh 4 i d iotonlihght,-anid pag',ed NUti,.tgh t li
n triu' walks and the deLi td -t trees. till- she reached T hint ruchwy ard. Then she saw or, ;ne ofr
the broad tonmlitones a gr .rf Itiulk'. 'Lli h'd tny-nsr lLsesb-y tJmni, and they fixed thet.i k.ed
glance-S upoI.n her, hut 'pt, 1115 ted rr~e ig' tte' asnd carried .them hu i. th
. he t1uJ e castle. Unc. Vl t i~en lie., and that was tie aiEBish op -ie was h*' hilL
i 'ei l.uid was a'. lrp. w e'-.Qinight his opinion was e, ide r t. "r'All tais n ,t ith,.
the queen. S ie .as t lad beithied the 1 le Se 'etl'. told ."
Sthe king "hat he 1J i a-t t he feaicd, and as. r'Ni h.-l 'rrtame frrom. Ihs tongue: theI
carved Iines u. ti.r .A their ihe-ad -, i i .tl .-. d s n. t li a. i,
Pirt the a' chli v Lii-l t mLtj in another ,wa ; hlie bent ced that tlhe'-' 'wv e'id a-gamst her -an, :
. weie shaking tlir ii i.k-.IneLs. Tw\.. large tear s'ro.g.d..j ee4. ,nd
* lie went home illi K. ne t d at ni' 'reti 'iode sleep, 1 ca e^ reat
* sleep to his eves. or ,a, -Ci.a Let up every Atrf ilt- and disaip ea in .o 'oi] n hanil er. -. i l
From d.iv l u IL1\ li- LTrw irJL'a; c' i d.ikei. and Eliz. ..b' it and did nut understand tie reasc.n, but
it alarmed her and made her hi.art itrcml le or lici brothers Hutl hot tear glittered like pearls on
the legal C \eet and di.mondIs .-hlile- .all w !o s\a her were wishing they could be queens. In the' meantime she had almost
finished her task; onl\ one co:t of uiail wa.- wanting. but she had no flx left, and not a single nettle. Once more only,
and fior the last tine. inmu:-t slje v rptur I t). the churclhyard and piui-k a i few liandfuls. She tihoilught with terror of the
solitary valk. and o1" tlh horrible lho ltsf, l, utW...h ,ill.l ,. i. as well as her trust in Pro id.-nEc. Eliza went, and the
king andi tii ar.li-ilop folli.vwed ltr. Thev saw lier vanish through the wicket-gate int, thle hurchyard, and "len tli'y
rame nearer thet saw tht ghouls sitting on the tombstone, as Eliza had seen thImn, and the king turned away his lead,
for lie tliu.ight she was itli theim-She losee head -had rested on his breast that \eil evening Fihe people must
condemn her," said lie: and hle was \ery quickly condemned by cery. one to -uffer death by fire. Awai from the gorgeous
38 2THE WHITE S IANS.
regal halls was she led to a dark, dreary cell, where the wind whistled through
she iron bars. Instead of the \elhet and silk dresses, they gave her the coats of
mail which she had woven to cover her, and the bundle of nettles for a pillow;
but nothing they could give her would have pleased her more. She continued
her task with joy, and prayed for help, while the street-boys sang jeering songs
about her, and not a soul comforted her with a kind word. Towards evening,
she heard at the grating the flutter of a swan's wing; it was her youngest
S. brother-he had found his sister, and she sobbed for joy, although she knew
that very likely this would be the last night she would have to live. But still
''. the could hope, for her task was almost finished, and her brothers were come.
The ..the -rchbishop arrived, to be with her during her last hours, as he had
Promised the king. But sh.- sh'ok her head, and' belged him, by looks and
Gestures, not to stay;. fur in this night she knew she' mtint finish her task,
li\,ther ~ ise all her pain and te.is, .utl-Ceps j ss rnilhs wviould have been sulfred
ith vapi. The archbishop wiif t. .'iit~ bitter worrds against her; but poor
Eliza knew that she was iVit.wt, ;itih' li; -_ntlv conrtnued her work.
The little i ice ran about the floot; they dra gc d the neitles to her feet, to
S "" h'lp ai- welir 1 they could-; and tl e tlhruh at outside the grating' of the
t" window, arid sang to her the whole night long, as sweetly as possible, to keep
up her spirits.
; i/ It was still twilight, and at least an hour before' sunrise, when the eleven.
brothers stood at the castle gate, and demanded to be brought before the king,
'They were told it could not be; it was'yet alri',it night, and as the king slept,
they dared: Int disturb him. They thlrea.tened. they entrcatel. Then the guard appeared, and even the king himself, inquiring
what all the noise meant. At this moment the sun r'ose. The Ileien brothers were seen no more, but eleven ild swans flew away
oier the castle. And now all the people came streaming forth from the gates ol the city to see tlie witch burnt. An old horse
drew the cart on which, she sat They had dressed her in a garment of cr'arse sackcloth. Her lonely hair hung loose on
her shoulders, her cheek's were deadly pale. her lips mo\ed silently, while her ingtLers still worked at the green tlax. Even on the
way to death she would not gi\e up ecr task. The ten coats of mail lay at ler feet. she was working hard at the elevt-nth,
THIA Il'HITE SIA 4NS.
wlili." lith i i. Lb je'Li d hI i n si, i .' Sie the tch. how .he nutri'' ''he lias no h iiin-book in
hrr h.ind. Slie ,it; tierr: with her ugl ,>or, ery. Let us tear it in a thli..iis.id iit.i e .."
. 1J ttJ 0 i, thev ,l: rV -ed toward- hli'. and i would hate dei.tr..ved tlie coat' il mail, I Iut at the
. '.miu ninam imm nt ili\en tildl ;.aLns flcw u o\,rr l ncr and alilhted on tlie c(.'rt. 1 hin th- I flapped their
large wings, and the crowd drew on one side in alarm.
It is a sign from heaven that she is innocent," whispered many of them; but they ventured
not to say it aloud.
As the executioner seized her by the hand to lift her out of the cart, she hastily threw
the eleven coats of mail over the swans, and they immediately became eleven handsome princes;
f 1b7' ut the youngest had a swan's wing instead of an arm; for she had not been able to finish the
last sleeve of the coat.
"Now I may speak," she exclaimed. "I am innocent."
Then the people, who saw what happened, bowed to her, as before a saint; but she sank
lifeless in her brother's arms, overcome with suspense, anguish, and pain.
"Yes, she is innocent," said the eldest brother; and then he related all that had taken place;
and while he spoke there rose in the air a fragrance as from millions of roses. Every piece of
faggot in the pile had taken root, and threw out branches, and appeared a thick hedge, large
and high, covered with roses; while above all bloomed a white and shining flower, that glittered
like a star. This flower the king plucked, and placed in Eliza's bosom, when she atoke fitni
her swoon, with peace and happiness in her heart. And all the church bells rang of themselves,
and the birds came in great troops. And a marriage procession returned to the castle such as
no king had ever before seen.
a THE PEA-BLOSSOM.
HERE were once five peas in one shell, they were green, the shell was green, and
so they believed that the whole world inust be green also, which was a very natural
conclusion. The shell grew, and the peas grew, they acommodated themselves to
their position, and sat all in a row. The sun shone without and warmed the shell,
and the rain made it clear and transparent; it was mild and agreeable in broad
daylight, and dark at night, as it generally is; and the peas as they sat there grew
bigger and bigger, and more thoughtful as they mused, for they felt that there
must be something for them to do.
"Are we to sit here for ever?" asked one; "shall we not become hard by sitting so long ?
It seems to me there must be something outside, and I feel sure of it."
And as weeks passed by, the peas became yellow, and the shell became yellow.
S "All the world is turning yellow, I suppose," said they,-and perhaps they were right.
Suddenly they felt a pull at the shell; it was torn off, and held in human hands, then slipped into the
pocket of a jacket in company with other full pods.
"Now we shall soon be opened," said one,-just what they all wanted.
"I .liihl_ like to know which of us will travel farthest," said the smallest of the five; "we shall soon see now.
What is to happen will happen," said the largest pea.
Crack!" went the shell as it burst, and the five peas rolled out into the bright sunshine. There they lay in a child's ha.nd.
..\ little \ ,i.,.1, l ,lln.i h,. ilr ilil n.1 1.1 a d .'i.id th,..;, %vie fine re.is foi li i,..looli,'cl. And iinmedi.itel he put une- in andt shl, t it out.
THE PEA-BLOSSOAM. 4
"Now I am 1 uii out into the wide _:rld," said he; c-tI li' i you an; and he Ia. gone in a alome ..'"
"I," said it second, intendd to fl straight t. l- th, sun. that is a1 .hell t it lets itself Ie sec~LD a d it. will.. -. ;
and away lie went.. .-
"\We iiil go to sleep wherever we rind louisei.lve,", said the Itw next,- "we s hall SOf1 r rolling,. qnard1 -id they
did certainly\ fall l 'n tie flun.,r, '1nd lulled abc.t ut Iek crie tlcv g,-'t into t ,ea, p ih, ,, t ; ut tOty were L1ut ii'r a ti'Pti '*\e
sliall go Iart her thl n tlie others said th.e' ..
\\hat i i- ,i hai'ppn ,ill I tpen '. -t-linhud the la, t as h e. w.s sioiit4ut .f lthe .pea-shooters; and as he spCA~i ei flew
4 -CtOfllC~pPa-SllU[ tT ;n 'In(] lie s
up a.aiinst an old buaid unJder ,ifn .and fell into .1 lilttde .rc\iC hich was almost filled up with moss (t smIt
earth Thlie mioss c'lsed it "' .i.id tliere he lay. a rlti. indl l.- I1uit 1n unnoticed v God. .
S\\hati is to hal1,en. I t' liiself. w
\\ithlin tile little *.ar v ti' M'i :-I)' went IOLut t... clean sto es, clhI:i wio illnto ms. n .pir cers, and perform
.u>,h-like hi.rd w lk, r i-,t. 1 iA-.iU ts .t sile- rlpa.inedt %a'\vs pour, and at b mne in thie -irret lay lhec
only da Iiughtr nort uit'. \tfry delicate and Fwteak:' For a -iole year"she lad kept heJr bed, and it seemed
as it slic (. uld nriitiler ll i' "e' .
"She is going to her. l stiser ici i %onan; I had t tih two- children, and it was not1wjn easy thin to support
both .I them; lbut thlc g od .'en in ni work, at.~ ok diel to Hilnself ind pio idd for her. Now I
would gladly keep ti Swas ft1, men. lbute n i Lie sarated. and mi sik 'irl 'tll tery soon
go to lier sister atlo\ m' sic g still r:n Ft s, 4'' js 4 and patiently she lay all the day long, hiile
her inmlthlici was .i a\ .ni Tm..' at her work. A- l '
p .ring came. and rnir -e l ) the sun slr. br itlV tlih u. thA;iule windnt, and thlliet his
-h sun .' -slifr -ri il tll," '-'t,.'D
rays o:etr the floor of mi.' Jut as the niotlherMas ng lT cr, oi ,i*'the sic,:k girl fixed her gaze
(.n tlie .lowest pane n ow. .' I _thu sie claicd t d, 1- ,lat can i t little green tling be that
peelps in at the nt ndoi rIt is movin in the w 'init "' .. r I s
The mother step pe aind* .cnd ha!l opened it _iI shI le sai, '.thicere is actually a little.
% is ln n al opcittd I It to !, .3
pea that lhas taken r,:.:t to d ii s iltr tr its green leaves. How cL.'uhid 't~ gut into this crack
\\ell now, here is a little gardcin I tr iou ti-i amuse ,ourself with So it lbed ol the sick pirl was
drawn nearer lt the window that she mih lt .ee the budding plant;' aif t.le i:'mother went out to -
hlr work. -
SM rluthier, I belite I i-,h ll g'.t well," said the sick child in tlie eenint "the sun has shone in liec
44 THE PEA-BLOSSOM
io iLnghtly antid- arm]. to-day, and tile little pea is tihri nsiI, si well ; I .hall get oni bI.tCt.I. t'i. .n1. 1
Sgo ouqjnto j.he warm sunshine again."
S-','Gl cod giant it!" said the mother; but she did not be:liete it would be so. But she preppdl up
Stti a little stick the gieen plant which had givr.-n hec child iuchi pleasant hopes of li\e. so that it
ini' ght not be broken by the winds she tied the piece ofI string to the w ndow-sill and to tile upipler
y' a^^^P ^part of the f(laie,1 so that the pea-tendiils might twine round it wh r.it sQ..uIp .\nl it
d-lid shoot up: indeed, it imigiht almost be seen to grow from. day tI da\. -1
w. J-Now really here is a flower coming," said the old wom.in one niinin, an now
S tC'last shIh begin to encourage the hope that her little4sick dautIIhter might call" Fq''I.,ter
'Ihe renier ered th.:t ior soJme titie i-the child had spoken.m n re cliceefiull and diuri.ngte .
I. last few d%'ns had raised' he *'l Tin bed in the tbiprhi /t:, look with.sparkhng evye
-at Ier little'garden w'it" f"crtaiiwed.fl t-.a tnrige peajilant. A week af'r, the
1inalid sat up for the first time a whole hour. feeling quite happy b) the open
Window in their warm sunshine, while outside grew, the little plant. and iin it a
,, .,'i pink ,jea-blossom in full bloom. The little maiden lent down and ginthl4 -kissed
the dehlcyte leaves. This day was to her like a' estival.
-' Our heavenly Father Himself has plan44 (lirt p.t a. and, mnae, it glow and
flourish. rt bring joy to you and hope to me. m"y'ble;.e, child." 'said tihe hapiy
1mothliir, and h.e singled at tlie flower, as ij it had Ihul cn i.n angel iroin Uod.
But what became of tie ollie r peas? \ hv the one who flew uiit into the wide world,
-1 and said. '" Cat-'h e if you can." fell into a gutter in the roof of a house and ended his
tra' els in the crop oi a pigeon. The two lazy ones were carded quite a, Iai. fui they were alo
eaten liy pigeon;, so the)' were at least If some use; but the.fourIth, Iwho w.i'ati d to Ieach tlie suin,
I fell into a sink. and lay there in the dirty water for da\s and weeks, till lie had swelled to a great size
'I -"' *I am getting beautiful fat." said the pea, "I expect I shall burst' at lat; no peIa could di.
more than that. I think. I aml the most remarkable of all the five which were in the shell." And the sink cunfin med the opinion.
But the youngg maiden stood at the open garret window, with sparkling e.eq and the rosy hue trf.health on hlier cheek,..
shel folded her thin hands ouer the pea-blossom, and thanked nGd for what He had done.
I," said the sink, -' shall stand up fIr ,,i i pea."
THE LITTLE INLATCH-SELLER.
was te ril.'ly cold and nearly dark on the -lrii:rn; of the old year, and thel snu'\ \wia
Falling l;t In the cold and the darkness, a poor little girl, with large li -.d iandl
1 I naked feet, roamed through the streets. It is true she l.Id :r .1 pair ol slippI.s
When she left home, but they were not of much use. FhLt wrcl. ve\r large so
u H large, indeed, that they had belonged to her mother- aid ti,. po. i little c.iLnure
had lost them in running across the street to .i. li .i cai _'- lll Inte eI..i e itoling
a l'. along at a terrible rate. One of the .lippl is s,:. .tild n...t fnd. .a aa .,t.) zed
upon the other and ran away with it, in. rili: t ii- iuld use it .- a cr.idle, %hien
S he had children of his own. So the little girl went :,n witi her hlitl nikedl feet.
which were quite red and blue with the cold. In an old alpr_,n sh'e ca iiied a number .of
matches, and had a bundle of them in her hands. No one had lb.tu1l anythingg rft
her the whole day, nor had any one given her even a pel]ni;\, slh i'ng win i rl; Id and
hunger, she crept along; poor little child! she looked the picture .t misr.-i The smno %
flakes fell on her long, fair hair, which hung in curls on her 4hioillder', but .1'. regard.led
Lights were shining from every window, and there was a savour cini.ll .i" r)a.i-t ioi.,ie.
for it was New Year's Eve-yes, she remembered that. In a crier, Ieteen ti hiuse
one of which projected beyond the other, she sank d:,t n a.nd huddle.! herself tg.*thecr. She
had drawn her little feet under her, but she could not k1i:-p off the cild, and slie dared
Snot go home, for she had sold no matches,' and could not take home even a penny of
Money. Her father would certainly beat her; besides, it was almost as cold at home as
there, for they had only the roof to cover them, through which the wind howled, .dtlrlh,.i
the largest holes had been stopped up with straw and ra.1L. Her little hands were alni,:;t
frozen with the cold. Ah! perhaps a burning match might be some good, if she could draw it from the bundle and stliko it
against the wall, just to warm her fingers. She drew one out scratch!" how it sputtered as it burnt! It g. e a warm, Li ig lI
light, like a little candle, as she held her hand over it. It w;is really a wonderful light. It seemed to the little ilIl a- if
she were sitting by a large iron stove, with polished brass feet and a l. ,.i. ornament. How the fire 1,uruned. and ci.-nnd ;,.
THE LITTLE MIATCH-SELLER.
beautifully alam that the child stretched out her
feet as if to warm them, %hlien, lo! the flame
of the match
went out, the stnie
vanished, and she had
only tile remainsoftlie
half-burni match in her hand.
She rubbed another match r n in
ilie wall. It burst into a flame, and A .
where its light fell upon the wall it became as
transparent as a iil, and she could see into the room The
table was covered with a snowy white table-cloth, on which stood
splendid dinner-service, and a steaming roast goose, stuffed with
apples and dried plums. And what was still more wonderful, the
goose jumped down from the dish and waddled across the floor,
with a knife and fork in its breast, to the little girl. Then the
match went out, and theie remained nothing Lut the thick, damp,
cold wall before her
She lighted another match, and thicn she found herself sitting
under a beautiilul Christmas-tree. It was lairer and more beauti-
fully decorated than the one she had seen through the glass
door at the rich merch.int's. Tlihusainds of tapers were burning
upon the green branches, and coloured pictures, like those shel
had seen in tlie lih..w-w windows, looked down upon it all. The little
one street bhed out hei hand tic% yards them. and the i.atch went out.
The ChJitmi as lights rose hiiglier and higher, till they looked
to her like the stais in the sk.. iTen shL saw a star fall
lca\ing behind a bri llt streak of Fire. "'-*Some one is dingg"
thought the little girl, for her old granidmin their, the only one
h had Cter loied her. an.ld iho was nowt
dead, had told her that when a star falls, a
sould was going
up to God.
l S-he again rubbed
an.-h. e~.. maatcth on the wall, and
l he light shone round her; in
h. the brigAhtness stood her old grand-
i mother, clear and shiniing, yet mild
S and lo\ ing in her appearance. "- Grand
mother," cried the little one, ,.oh take me oith
you; I know you will go aiway when the match burns out ; you will
,anish like the warm stoie, the roast goose, and the large glorious
Christmias-tree." And she nade haste to olght the whole bundle of
matches, lfr she wished to keep her grandmother there. And the
matches glowed with a light that was brighter than the noon-
da., and hcE grandmother had never appeared so large or so
beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms. and they both
flew upwards in brightness and joy far aboie the earth, where there
%as neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God.
In the dawn of the morning there lay the poor little one,
with pale cheeks and smiling mouth, leaning against tile wall;
she had been frozen to death on the last evening of ile Old
Year; and the New Yv-ar's sun rose and shone upon a little
corpse! The child still sat, in the stiffness of death, holding
the matches in her hand, one bundle of mhich was burnt.
-"She tried to warm herself," said some. No one imagined
what beautiful things she- had seen, nor into what glory she
had entered with her grandmother, on New Year's Day.