led by W.W. Denslow
G.W. Dillingham Co.
The Baldwin Library
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ONG, long ago, in the time that is only
known in song and story, when the great
and good King Arthur ruled in merry Eng-
land, there lived a plowman and his wife, who were
unhappy only because no children had come to bring
joy to their hearts, and make the humble cottage
ring with their play and laughter.
So off to King Arthur's Court went the plowman
to find the great magician Merlin, and ask his help.
Merlin was a very wise wizard, who had lived
for ages, and had gathered so much knowledge that he
could work all kinds of wonders by merely waving
his wand or saying a few mystic words.
In coming to Merlin the plowman said, "Most
mighty and wonderful wizard, help my poor wife and
me in this our grief. We have no children to bless
us as we grow old. Give us, we pray you, a son,
be he no bigger than my thumb."
"Presto! role=so=see=mo=semi=so!" shouted Merlin,
as he leaned over the magic fire, which brightened
at the words, and spread a red glow about the room,
"Go plowman, your wish has been granted."
When the plowman reached home, he was hardly
surprised to hear he had a son, but he was startled
to see the size of the infant that was shown him by
the fairy God=mother. The baby was no bigger than
"His name," she said, "shall be Thomas
Thumb. He shall be the adopted child of
our good fairy queen. He shall be tended
and protected by all the good little
people of the wood, and no harm
shall ever come to him."
So it was that Thomas, called .
Tom Thumb for short, grew up
under the care of the fairies, and/
was a great joy to his parents, who loved him dearly.
Although he was small, he was by far the brightest
boy in all that happy land.
As years went by he grew a little larger,
although he was a very tiny chap, and the name
of Tom Thumb suited him well.
It would take days to tell of the doings of Tom,
and of all the adventures into which his small size
He was as full of fun and mischief as though
he were a full grown boy, but when he
got into trouble, he was helped out by his
ready wit and the watchful=
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Neither heat nor co would hurt I'M
Fire could not burn nor ter drown
him, for he was dressed in m "c clothes
made by the elves of the wil d.
They were woven of thistle down, spi
web, and the delicate bloom from the
mullen leaves, and dyed with the colors
from bright wild flowers of the wood.
Once Tom was stirred into a pudding,
which was" stolen from the window ledge
-,by a tramp tinker, and carried far away
to a shady nook in the forest, where he
sat down to eat his ill=gotten meal. As
the tinker was about to plunge his knife
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Tom -houted tp t ief/ stop
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WN "To hear the pudding talk, quite scared the
guilty tinker out of his wits, so he threw it far
from him, and made off as fast as his legs could
The pudding falling over a hedge, into a corn
field, was soon gobbled up by some greedy crows,
leaving Tom uncovered. He was then grabbed by
one of the birds in his great claws, who flew far
away over the deep blue sea with him.
Tom liked this chance to see the
world, for a while, but getting tired at
The little fellow was placed upon a golden dish,
and taken with joyous procession to the good king
Great was the wonder of all the brave knights
and gay ladies, on hearing the cook's tale of the
finding of Tom.
When the King asked the little fellow where he
lived, and how he came to be inside of the fish, Tom
told his story with so much wit, that the knights
and ladies screamed with laughter, and the jolly King
made him Court Jes=
ter on the spot.
He gave Tom the 06Y
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high order of the Cap and Bells, making him a knight,
and giving him the title of Sir Thomas Thumb.
Long lived Tom Thumb at the Court of the great
and good king Arthur.
He not only made fun at all the jousts, tourna-
ments and feasts of the gay Court, but was a wise and
trusted Counsellor as well, for it was given him to
know all that the fairies knew, which was more than
even Merlin, the wise, could ever hope to learn.
Tom had his own little house in the garden of
... the Castle, made of onyx, jasper, alabaster
and amber. It was trimmed with coral,
and studded with pearls and precious
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stones, which were brought him by the brave knights
of the Round Table from far and foreign lands.
For a carriage, Tom had a golden chariot, drawn
by a team of six white mice; and instead of a saddle
horse, he flew abroad upon the back of the golden
During these happy days, Tom did not forget his
father and mother, and for his
sake the King gave them a farm=
house near the Castle. He made
the plowman his head farmer,
giving him the care of all his
Tom's parents lived to a
good old age on King Arthur's
For many years Sir Thomas lived and flourished
at the Court of Arthur, and it was only at the
taking away of the great king, that he sought the
shelter of the green wood, and joined his good friends
Now, by day, he lives in state, away in the
depths of the forest, as king of all elves, gnomes
All night, under the
mellow moonlight, Tom i
Thumb and his
merry band of
good fairies, go
all the houses
of the land to
dreams and /' b
from all harm.
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