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Title: Eyebright
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Title: Eyebright a tale from fairy land
Physical Description: 38, <1> p., <2> leaves of plates : ill. ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Keene, Charles, 1823-1891 ( Illustrator )
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Jacob, C. J ( Publisher, Printer )
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Place of Publication: Basingstoke, England
Publication Date: 1862
Copyright Date: 1862
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A great many years ago, in the days of Fairies and
Giants, there lived an aged Woodman. He was so old
as to be nearly bent double: the boys could have played
at leap-frog with him, as he walked along. Not that
they did so, I do not mean you to imagine such a thing;
for I am happy to say that the boys belonging to the
Village where the old Woodman dwelt, were, on the
whole, kind and good, and had been taught by their
Mothers to revere and respect old age. But, even
had they been inclined to behave rudely, they would
have found that the old man was not without a
protector, who, if necessary, would have shed every
drop of her blood in endeavouring to shield him. And
this was the little girl who walked by his side-who
kept his tiny dwelling clean and neat, and who loved


him with all the warmth of her young heart-the little
Eyebright, and yet she was not his own child,
but his daughter by adoption only. No one in the
Village exactly knew how Old Tristam had obtained
possession of Eyebright. The story ran, that he had
found her outside his cottage door one summer morning,
about twelve years before the time we speak of, and
that she was supposed to have been deserted by her
parents and cast adrift on the world. But there were
two or three cunning ones in the village, who, whenever
this story was mentioned, would look at one another,
and nod their heads, in a peculiar manner, as much as
to say, Ah! we know better than that!" But no one
could ever discover what they did know, and at last
people began to think that they were only boasters,
who in reality knew no better than the rest of the
It was of little use questioning Old Tristam. All
he would say was, that on opening his cottage door
one bright summer morning, something white just out-
side caught his eye, and this proved to be a little child,
fast asleep, apparently about a year old. His sister, who
was then alive, took charge of the little stranger, and
from the time she could walk alone, Old Tristam was
seldom seen without her.


And now, I am sure, you must wish to know how she
came to be called Eyebright. It was at first a great
puzzle to know what name to give her. She was such
a lovely baby, so different from any that Old Tristam and
his sister had ever seen, that the common names they
were familiar with, such as Joan, Anna, or Alix, seemed
quite unsuitable to the tiny creature, who was so pretty
and fairy like, with bright golden hair, rosy cheeks, and
deep blue eyes of such wondrous beauty, that when for
the first time they met Old Tristam's glance, he fairly
started back in amazement. "Sister," said the old man,
"I must go out into the fields, and bethink me of a name
for this little creature." Out into the meadows he went,
but no name could he think of which seemed applicable.
At last, as he was returning in despair, a little tuft
of white blossoms attracted his attention. He stooped
to pluck them, and, as he did so, exclaimed, After this
lovely flower will I christen her-Eyebright shall be her
name This flower, so pure and delicate, is a fitting em-
blem of the little babe who has been given to me in this
unexpected manner." .And so they called her Eye-
bright; and, as time passed on, and she grew up, every
one acknowledged that the name was well chosen; for
did not every eye brighten as she passed, and were not
her own as clear as the unclouded sky ?

Little reader, have you ever seen the plant called
Eyebright ? It is a humble little flower, growing near
to the ground. Look for it next summer, and exa-
mine it closely; you cannot fail to notice its extreme
loveliness. It was supposed in ancient times to be a
remedy for blindness, and hence the name it bears.
Eyebright was the smallest creature imaginable. Her
tiny white hands, with their rosy-tipped fingers, seemed
only fit to lie in idleness on her lap, yet, wonderful to
relate, those hands did more work than many a larger
pair in the village! Whose cottage was so neat as Old
Tristam's ? Whose dinner so tastefully cooked? Whose
garden so trim and gay ? Eyebright was responsible for
all. Truly might the good people of the village stare,
and exclaim, She must be a fairy child !"
In the evenings, Eyebright would sometimes read to
the old Woodman, for, although ignorant himself, he
had had her taught to read and write. Sometimes she
would work whilst he dozed in his arm chair, and it
happened one night, whilst they were thus employed,
that a knock was heard at the door. Eyebright rose
immediately, and opened it.
It was raining fast, and very dark. There was
nothing to be seen, but suddenly something white rushed

past her, and turning round, what was her astonishment
to behold a large white Bear drying his coat before the
fire The little girl, although dreadfully frightened, ran
to protect the old man. To her astonishment, he did
not seem the least alarmed. "Old Tristam," said the
Bear, in tones gruff and harsh, "Tell Eyebright to
come to me." The poor little girl, trembling with
fear, hid her head on the old man's shoulder, but he
raised her, saying, Go, my child, without fear, do as
you are bid!" She instantly approached the Bear, try-
ing to look bolder than she felt. "Bring a cloth, little
girl, and wipe my coat," said the animal. Eyebright
obeyed, and when she had wiped his coat quite dry,
he patted her gently, and said, "You have done well,
Tristam, you have taught her obedience."
Eyebright marvelled greatly at these words, but did
not open her lips. Her fear, however, of the Bear had
departed. Then the animal arose, and catching sight
of a little unfinished frock on the table, exclaimed,
"To whom does this work belong ?" Old Tristam re-
plied, "Eyebright is making that frock for a poor little
girl in the village." The Bear seemed greatly pleased,
and said, "Thank you, Tristam, you have taught her
charity." The rain had now ceased, and the Bear was


anxious to depart, but the old Woodman begged him
to partake of some refreshment before leaving the cot-
tage. At a sign from him, Eyebright disappeared, and
returned in a few moments with a tray, nicely served
with tempting viands. Again the Bear looked pleased,
and exclaimed, "Your task has been well performed,
Tristam; she is handy, quick, and neat." He then gently
patted Eyebright with his shaggy paw, saying, "Yet
another year must I leave you with your excellent pro-
tector: be faithful to him, love and revere him, and,
above all, keep silence on what has occurred this night."
The young girl raised her eyes to the Bear's face, and
exclaimed, "Your words shall not be forgotten." The
Bear then took his departure. Help me to bed,
my child," said Old Tristam; to-morrow, somewhat
of this mystery shall be explained." So little Eye-
bright asked no questions, but helped the old man to
his room, gave him his supper, and when she had
seen him comfortably in bed, stole quietly down stairs
again, to finish the frock, the making of which had
been interrupted by their extraordinary visitor.
The next morning Eyebright rose early, and after all
her household affairs were satisfactorily arranged, she
prepared a nice breakfast for her old Father (for so

she always called Tristam), and then waited patiently,
hoping he would perform his promise, and satisfy her
curiosity. Old Tristam did not keep her long in sus-
"Come hither, my child, and listen to what I am
about to relate. You are now old enough to know some-
what of your history, for in a year's time, when you
shall have attained the age of fourteen, a great change
will commence in your life. You have been told that
you were found outside the cottage door one summer
morning. It is true you are my child by adoption only,
but you came to me in a much more extraordinary
manner than people imagine. One evening, just before
going to bed, I was sitting with my old sister in this
very room, when a rapping was heard at the door.
' Come in,' I called out, thinking it was one of the
neighbours. The door slowly opened, and to my amaze-
ment and horror, a large white Bear walked in. My
sister screamed aloud, and I started to my feet for the
purpose of seizing the gun, which was close at hand,
but my movements were arrested by the words Be-
ware Tristam,' which came from the Bear's mouth. I
remained powerless, from fear and astonishment. The
animal continued, I mean you no harm; cast away
all fear, and listen to my story.'

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"Upon this I took courage, re-assured my frightened
sister, and ventured to approach the huge animal. I
then perceived that he held something in his paws.
'Tristam,' said my strange visitor, I must be brief,
for my time is short; in reality, I am no Bear, but a
wealthy prince, condemned to wear this disguise by a
cruel sorcerer, into whose power I have fallen. By the aid
of a good Fairy, Ijhave been enabled to visit you this
evening, in order to leave my child in your charge. Good
Tristam, I have heard of you, and I know that in your
care she will be safe. Be faithful to your trust, and
you shall not be unrewarded. In a few years time, she
may, if courageous and true, succeed in releasing her
father. Bring her up as you would a child of your
own. Farewell!' So saying, he placed a little bun-
dle in my arms, heaved a great sigh, and trotted out
into the forest. I need scarcely say, my Eyebright,
that you were that little bundle, you who have ever
since been the joy and delight of my life. Your father
visited us last night in the form of that white Bear, at
whom you were so much startled."
And was that my Father ?" exclaimed Eyebright,
the tears flowing down her cheeks. Oh! why did I
not know it ? but ab !" she continued, throwing herself

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on the old man's breast, "how can I associate the
name of Father with any one but you, who have ever
been to me all that a kind and anxious parent could be?"
The old man kissed her fondly, and replied: Amply
have you repaid me for my care, but now we must talk
of that real Father, who lingers still under the spell of the
wicked sorcerer Amog, from whose toils my brave
Eyebright alone can deliver him." "Neither my cou-
rage nor my strength shall fail," said the little girl,
"but how is it to be accomplished ?" That I cannot
tell," said the old Woodman, "a year must elapse
before anything can be done; during that time we may
possibly have some further information."
And have I a Mother ?" demanded Eyebright, anxi-
ously. The old man shook his head. "No, she died
when you were born." But how did my Father be-
come entangled in the wicked Amog's toils ?" she con-
tinued. It was during the absence of the good Fairy
Sunbeam. Amog is alone mightier than she, and he
took advantage of her absence, to work ill to those she
loved. Prince Armine became his victim. He changed
him into the form of a white Bear, and intended to
take possession of his child. This calamity, however,
the Fairy Sunbeam was able to avert; and it was


her influence which induced your Father to leave you
in my charge."
"But," asked Eyebright, "how is it possible for a
little creature like myself to contend against the mighty
wicked Amog ?" "Every fourteen years," replied Old
Tristam, "the great sorcerer is in danger of losing his
power; there is a way in which he can be conquered,
but the great work can only be accomplished by one who
is pure, true, and strong enough to resist the tempta-
tions and snares of the evil magician. In bringing you up,
my Eyebright, I have had this end ever before my eyes,
and in you I see the deliverer of your Father; and not
only of him, but of all those other unfortunate beings
who have been bewitched even longer than he has.
The task may be long and difficult, but I feel sure you
will triumph. The good Fairy Sunbeam and her sisters
will assist you."
And if I should fail," murmured Eyebright, "what
will then happen ?" Old Tristam replied in a solemn
voice, "Your Father will die a white Bear, the sorcerer's
power will be increased, fourfold, and you, you Eye-
bright," he continued, almost fiercely, "will have
lived in vain, and my white hairs will be brought with
sorrow to the grave." "Nay," said the young girl, with



a look of determination, "that shall not happen; the
sorcerer shall not triumph this time. If nothing else
has hitherto proved strong enough to vanquish him, he
shall find a daughter's love sufficient for the task."
The year passed quickly by, and the time for Eye-
bright's trial had arrived. She had not mis-employed
the past months. The thought of what she had to go
through had been ever before her, and she had tried to
strengthen herself for the task in every way. Eye-
bright was regarded by the villagers almost with
awe, as they watched her daily life. Ever ready to help
those in distress, never flinching from the slightest duty,
she was a pattern to the eldest as well as to the youngest.
Old Tristam's love for her increased fourfold. As
the time fdr their separation approached, he became
sadder and sadder. He concealed his sorrow, however,
from Eyebright, for he was fearful lest her courage
should fail her at the last.
The night before her birthday, Eyebright was
awakened by a dazzling light in her room. She jumped
up hastily, fearing the cottage was on fire; the next mo-
ment, however, she perceived that the light was not caused
by fire, but by the presence of the Fairy Sunbeam, who
stood at the foot of her little bed. Eyebright was com-



pelled to shade her eyes at first, the brilliancy was so
great. The Fairy was one blaze of light, her dress ap-
pearing to be composed of sunbeams woven together,
with here and there patches of diamonds. Her hair
was of the richest gold color.
Whilst Eyebright, mute with wonder, gazed at her,
her two sisters, Moonbeam and Starlight, glided into
the room. They also were very beautiful, although
quite thrown into the shade by the Fairy Sunbeam.
"We are come for you, Eyebright," said the latter,
"dress quickly, and let us be gone from hence." Your
wishes shall be obeyed, great Fairy," said the young
girl, but you will let me bid farewell to my Father
ere we depart?" "Yes," answered the Fairy, "but
you must not awake him; Tristam is old, and should be
spared the pang of a parting scene." Eyebright and
the Fairy Sunbeam entered the old man's room. The
Fairy waved her wand three times over his bed, so that
he should not awake, and Eyebright, with many tears,
kissed him fondly. "Fear not, my child," said the
Fairy, kindly, "he shall be well taken care of, and no
harm shall befall him."
They then rejoined the two other Fairies, and, in
another moment, Eyebright found herself, she knew

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not how, transported into Fairyland. The Fairies led her
through a most beautiful garden, leading to Sunbeam's
Palace. Perpetual sunshine reigned therein, and the
young girl was quite bewildered by the beauty of the
flowers, and the dazzling garments of the Fairies and
Sprites, the tiny occupants of this lovely place. All
seemed prepared to give her a kind reception. The
bright crimson bells of the Fuschia waved merrily in
the air as she passed by, and the word "Welcome"
seemed breathed by the roses, as she stooped to inhale
their fragrance. Soon she came to a group of her
namesake flowers, growing in great luxuriance. It was
a much finer sort than she had ever seen before,
owing to the large amount of sunshine which it re-
ceived. As Eyebright passed by, the Fairy Star-
light, who accompanied her, drew her attention to the
flowers, and she saw that they had formed themselves
into these words:
Little sprites dwell in all the flowers of this gar-
den!" said Starlight. "Those you have just passed,
(your namesakes), are inhabited by good little creatures,
who are allowed to visit poor suffering mortals, in order
to alleviate their woes. They are never weary of doing

good, and are the especial favorites of the Fairy Sun-
beam. Two of them will attend to Old Tristam, during
your absence." "Ah! good little sprites, how I thank
you," cried Eyebright, "bear with you my fondest
love to my old Father, and try to lessen his sorrow
at my departure."
They then entered the Palace, which was richly inlaid
with gold. The chimneys were piles of rubies. The
Fairies conducted Eyebright to a beautiful apartment,
where she was to rest for the night.
The next morning, Sunbeam informed her that she
was to set out on her travels that day. "The sorcerer
Amog is already aware that you are here," she con-
tinued, "and if there be further delay, our plans will
be frustrated." "And how am I to conquer him ?"
asked Eyebright. "There is but one way," answered
the Fairy. The sorcerer's power lies in his hands.
You know that he is a giant, as well as a magician, and,
consequently, his fingers are enormous. He has only ten
enemies of whom he is in any fear, and their movements
are always represented on his nails, to each of which a
little door is attached. I am the chief of those ten ene-
mies. As long as he possesses his hands, he has the power
of knowing where I move, and, to a certain degree, what


I am doing. With the loss of his hands, all power, as a
sorcerer, would vanish. But he has little fear of ever
being conquered, being well aware that the sword
which alone can work him evil lies at the bottom of the
ocean, protected by unknown and fearful difficulties,
which can only be mastered by a young girl, pure, true,
and strong enough to undertake the fearful task, for the
sake of those she loves. It is this sword, Eyebright, that
you must discover, and though a thousand difficulties
may arise, and threaten to deter you, you must resolve
to triumph over them all. King Thule, of the Coral Isles,
is a kinsman of mine; to his dominions you must find
your way, and he will help you to discover the magical
sword. This letter will be your passport,"
The young girl kissed the hem of the Fairy's garment,
and promised obedience. Her three friends each pre-
sented her with a gift. Sunbeam's was a crystal flask,
containing essence of sunshine, two drops of which she
was to take whenever she felt fatigued: Moonbeam
gave her a pair of spectacles, which were to be used in
case of any difficulty! and Starlight presented her with
a little box, which was only to be opened in case of the
greatest disaster or distress.
The three sisters then kissed her, and accompanied


her to the gate leading from the palace, where they bade
her farewell. Here was a golden car, in the form of a
Nautilus, drawn by four Dolphins. Eyebright stepped
into it, and soon felt the cold waters of the sea closing
over her, yet, wonderful to relate, she was not in the least
wet, neither did she feel any fear. Down, down, still
lower and lower, went the car and the Dolphins. At
last they stopped, and Eyebright jumped out.
The Dolphins waited to see her safely landed, and then
disappeared, leaving the little girl alone at the bottom
of the sea. And oh! what a wonderful scene it was that
met her eyes! Everything was perfectly still and quiet.
Here and there were beautiful crystal cells, and mother
o'pearl caves. Shells and stones of every color lay
scattered on all sides, as well as lovely seaweeds of the
brightest hues, pink, green, dazzling scarlet, orange,
azure, and rose. Sometimes she walked in what ap-
peared to be beautiful green meadows; at other parts,
nothing but high rocks were to be seen, and, on these,
she observed different varieties of sponge, some spread
out into broad fans, others branching like trees, some
in the form of rain spouts, and others again, divided
into fingers like the human hand. The sight of the
latter kind hastened her steps, and caused a shudder to

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pass through her frame, as it brought to her mind the re-
collection of those gigantic hands on whose destruction
she was bent. But it would take too long to describe
all the wonders that Eyebright saw: we must hasten
with her to King Thule's court.
After wandering on for a long time, she came to some
high red and white coral rocks. "This must be the
court," thought she. Soon a golden gate appeared
in sight, guarded by a hideous gnome. Tiny mortal,
what is thy business at King Thule's court ?" cried out
the grim porter. Eyebright replied she had been sent
by the Fairy Sunbeam, and that she desired to be taken
into the King's presence. Upon this, the ugly gnome
opened the gate, and allowed the little girl to enter.
Two other gnomes ran on, in front, to announce her
arrival to the King. He was reclining on a coral bank,
and his four young daughters (mermaids all) were
singing him to sleep, fanning him with their tails at the
same time.
It was not a favorable moment for disturbing the
monarch: the gnomes were aware of this, and told Eye-
bright she must wait until his slumbers were over. But
the Fairies had warned her that delays were dangerous,
and she therefore implored the gnomes to awaken


the King, as her business was of importance. But the
ugly monsters only grinned, shaking their heads, and
then burst out into hoarse gruff laughter, as they asked
Eyebright where she had left her tail, and told her she
was only fit to ride on the back of a Nautilus The
young girl ran away from the rude creatures, and de-
termined, if they would not help her, to awaken the sea
King herself. The mermaids were too much engaged
with their singing and fanning to notice her; accord-
ingly, she climbed up unseen behind the King's coral
couch, and began to sing in a loud tone. Her voice
soon drowned those of the mermaids, and had such
a peculiar sound in it, that the sea King, aroused by
the unaccustomed tones, started up, and angrily en-
quired who was bold enough to disturb his slumbers ?
Eyebright summoned up her courage, and fell on
her knees before him. Who has dared to admit this
mortal ?" roared the King. The cowardly gnomes has-
tened away, at the furious tones of his voice, and the
mermaids, alarmed, hid behind the coral rocks. Great
King," said poor Eyebright, trembling with fear, the
Fairy Sunbeam has sent me to you. Behold my pass-
port !" and she held out the Fairy's missive. All anger
quickly passed from King Thule's countenance, as he


read the letter. "You are welcome, fair maiden," he
exclaimed, gallantly assisting her to rise with one of
his fishy paws. "I will give you all the information I
can, with regard to the magic sword, but, in order to
obtain it, I must consult with one or two of my oldest
councillors. In the meanwhile, you can rest on this
couch, and my daughters shall bring you some refresh-
ment." So saying, he conducted Eyebright to a bank,
blooming with all kinds of beautiful flowers; in reality,
they were the sea anemones, which are the blossoms of
the ocean. It was nice and soft, and the tired maiden
gladly sank down upon it.
Then the King called to his daughters, and one by
one they crept out from their hiding place, and stood
with their arms enlaced, gazing at Eyebright. Their
Father told them to bring her some refreshment, and
soon she was partaking of the most delicious nectar,
served in beautiful shells of all colors of the rain-
bow. Eyebright thanked them, and wondered greatly
at their long hair, and fishy tails. They, in their turn,
were lost in admiration at her tiny hands and feet. At
length, the old King returned from his consultation, look-
ing very grave. "Little mortal," he exclaimed, "I
have discovered where the enchanted sword lies, but it


cannot be obtained without great peril and fatigue."
"Of that I am aware," answered the young girl, rising
from her flowery couch, "and am prepared to face
both; therefore, good King, let me depart quickly,
for delay is dangerous."
King Thule replied, The sword is concealed far, far
away from these coral isles, in a cave, the entrance of
which is guarded by some of the most fearful monsters
of the deep. The way to it is long and dangerous,
and Amog will have a thousand snares prepared for
your destruction. Your journey here has already
been depicted on the nail of his thumb, and, in like
manner, will he become aware of all your movements.
However, I will make you a present, which will help to
defeat his projects. "Come hither, my daughter," he con-
tinued, calling his eldest born to him. "Lift up your tail;
for the sake of this beautiful child of earth, you must
consent to have one of the scales pulled out."
The poor little mermaid uttered a sharp cry of pain,
as her father, without further ceremony, plucked out a
shining scale, but she begged Eyebright not to distress
herself, as she did not mind bearing a little pain for her
sake. "This scale," said the King, letting his daugh-
ter's tail fall with a heavy flop, "will always afford you


light in the darkest places. Be careful of it, as it will
prove of great use." Eyebright thanked the kind old
monarch with all her heart, kissed the four mermaids,
and then prepared to quit the Coral Isles.
The same gnomes who had admitted her, opened the
gates for her departure; but now, their behaviour was
very different. They did not dare to teaze or mock one
whom their King had treated with so much respect.
Eyebright had not proceeded far on her way before she
came to two roads: one was bright and pleasant, the
other looked dark and dreary. She was puzzled which
to take.
Whilst she was hesitating, the one path became even
brighter and brighter; she could see caves of crystal
shining in the distance, coral banks, and arches com-
posed of precious stones. The other road seemed to be-
come darker, and more dreary, and she fancied she could
see dusky forms flitting about in the dim light. Which
way to take she knew not, when, suddenly, she remem-
bered the pair of spectacles, given her by Moonbeam,
to be used in any difficulty. And now, through thp
spectacles, she observed what had before escaped her
notice, namely, the words Come hither," written in
shining light, at the entrance of the bright road. Still


she hesitated, and looked long and earnestly down the
other path, where she perceived the words "Beware,
Eyebright!" This warning decided her on rejecting the
tempting bright path, and she entered the dark one.
As she did so, a voice whispered in her ear, You
are right," and she felt her choice was a wise one. It
was so, for the bright path was but a snare prepared for
her by the wicked Amog, and would have led her to
destruction. As she walked along, all kinds of crea-
tures rustled against her, and every now and then some-
thing cold and slimy met her hand. She took out the
scale, and behold! light shone upon the path. Then she
could see that hideous animals were on all sides of her.
Sometimes she came upon yawning caverns, and
frightful precipices, so that without the light she must
inevitably have been destroyed, and even with it, the
perils were very great. Still she held on her way bravely,
trusting to escape. Sometimes she felt something catch
hold of her, and try to drag her backwards, but exerting
all her strength, she struggled onwards, and the thought
that if she failed, her poor Father would languish for
ever as a white Bear, renewed her courage, and gave
her fresh powers of endurance. But Eyebright had be-
gun to feel dreadfully fatigued, when to her great joy she

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suddenly emerged from the dark and noisome path into
a beautiful crystal hall, where all was light and bright-
ness. Here Eyebright felt she might rest for a short
time, and taking out the little flask given to her by the
Fairy Sunbeam, she swallowed two drops. In a mo-
ment, all her fatigue was gone: she felt invigorated
with new strength and life, and at once hastened
to pursue her journey.
After passing safely through many dangers, only
avoided by her invincible courage and strong determi-
nation not to be led away by any temptations of the
wicked sorcerer, she at last reached the entrance to
the grotto, where the enchanted sword lay. And, oh!
what a terrible sight appeared in view! The entrance
was guarded by numbers of fearful looking monsters. It
almost took away poor Eyebright's breath even to look
at them, which she did unperceived from behind a rock.
There was an enormous sea serpent lying just in front,
yards and yards in length; the mere flap of his tail
would have killed any mortal. On his right, was a hideous
shark, at least sixty feet long. An immense whale
occupied the left side. Behind, were innumerable other
monsters; but the three I have described were the most
terrible. Poor Eyebright! how could she overcome


such powerful enemies ? The shark's large glistening
teeth seemed impatient for their prey, and his cold
green cruel eyes gleamed with a hungry expression,
which made the poor little girl shudder.
Whilst considering how she could face this new
danger, she happened to cast her eyes to the ground,
and there beheld a poor little fish entangled in some
seaweed, from which he was in vain endeavouring to
free himself. Although full of her own sorrows, Eye-
bright was still ready to feel for others; even a poor
little fish was not beneath her sympathy. Stooping
down, she disentangled him, exclaiming at the same
time, Now little fish, you are free: would that I could
be delivered from my troubles as easily."
To her surprise, a tiny voice replied, "Sweet maiden,
I am grateful to you for having saved me from destruc-
tion, and would fain be of some service in return."
".*Ah! little fish," said Eyebright, smiling mourn-
fully, "you are too small to help me, my enemies are
gigantic, and would destroy you almost at a glance."
"Be not so distrustful of my powers," answered the
fish, let me know your difficulty, perhaps I can aid you."
" Well then," she replied, "I am trying to get possession
of the enchanted sword which lies in yonder grotto,

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and know not how to gain admittance. Ah! I was
right, you cannot help me," she continued, as the fish
kept silence. "I do not know that," said the latter,
"you could not have asked my aid in a more difficult
matter, but still I do not despair. Can you sew, and
cook, and sing ?" Yes," answered Eyebright, I can
do all three." "Then," said the fish, "I think I can
promise you a safe and even joyful welcome from the
terrible monsters at the gate." "Oh you clever little
fish," cried the young girl, "tell me your plan."
"You must know, then," answered the fish, "that
these monsters are the most helpless creatures in
existence, and, at the same time, the most exacting.
They can do nothing for themselves, and I am aware
that they are now in want of a servant. They have
had several before, all mermaids, but one could not
cook well, the other did not sew nicely, and a third
was as hoarse as a raven. So that in time they all fell
victims to the shark's anger." "Do you mean that he
devoured them?" interrupted Eyebright. "Well! it
was something of the kind," admitted her little friend;
but he added gallantly, ".you could not fail to please.
Fear not, sweet tiny mortal, even the shark's fierce nature
must melt at so much loveliness." Eyebright smiled


and blushed, as the little fish poured out these compli-
ments; then, thanking him warmly, she begged he would
at once conduct her to the entrance of the grotto. Sum-
moning up all her courage, she stepped from behind the
rock, and followed her guide to the gate. Rearing him-
self gracefully on the tip of his tail, the little fish ad-
dressed himself to the sea serpent, saying he wished to
speak to him on a matter of importance. Insignifi-
cant atom," hissed the serpent, "how darest thou ven-
ture here, and what is that figure behind thee ?" Ha,
ha!" snapped the shark, "I am hungry, and she has a
dainty look." The whale was about to utter some
equally unpleasant remark, when the little fish ex-
claimed, in a loud tone of indignation, "Ungrateful
monsters, are you not in want of a servant ? I have
brought you one, and is this the way you receive me ?"
"Can she cook, can she sew, can she sing ?" cried
out the three monsters in chorus. The fish replied in
the affirmative. "Come hither, maiden !" called out the
serpent, uncoiling himself. Eyebright obeyed the sum-
mons, almost paralysed with fear and horror. The fish,
with a friendly wink of his eye, hastened away as fast as he
could. The three monsters then commanded Eyebright
to prepare their dinners in the best French fashion.


They told her she would find all the materials in the
kitchen, and, calling to a gigantic cuttle fish, desired
him to show her the way.
This new creature was almost as terrible to behold as
the others. He had immense ugly staring eyes, a body
twelve feet across, and ten legs, like water snakes, each
six and thirty feet long. These he was continually
waving above his head, and poor Eyebright fancied
every moment that she must be caught by one of them.
At last, they reached the kitchen, where, with a fiendish
grin, the cuttle fish left her. And now the difficulty was
how to perform her task, for she had never before cooked
French dishes. Thinking was of little use, and in
despair she sat down almost hopeless, when, suddenly,
the remembrance of the Fairy Starlight's gift recurred
to her mind. This surely must be the time to open it
Accordingly she did so, and oh! wonder of wonders!
who is this trim little man who hops out so merrily,
and makes her a low bow, lifting his paper cap from
his head at the same time? It is no other than a
French cook! Speedily he sets about his work, no
word he utters, but soon a beautiful dinner is prepared,
more fit for a King than for the ugly monsters for
whom it is intended!


But he barely completed his task in time. Already,
Eyebright could hear the angry hissing of the terrible
serpent; already was the voracious shark grinding his
teeth. Instinctively, she knew they were impatient for
their dinner, and thanking the little cook with all her
heart, she hastened away to satisfy her grim masters,
appetites. They certainly were rather impatient at
having been kept waiting, but every shadow of dis-
pleasure vanished from their countenances as they de-
voured their food. Never had they tasted anything so
good before. They were delighted with this proof of
their new attendant's talent, and in consequence were
very gracious to her. When it was evening, they desired
Eyebright to sing them to sleep, and she sang so beauti-
fully that soon they all slumbered. Not so their poor
little servant. Her fear of the monsters was too great
to allow her to close her eyes. Every now and then she
fancied she could see the staring eyes of the dreadful
cuttle fish glimmering in the darkness, and she shud-
dered with terror. It seemed hopeless to think of ob-
taining the enchanted sword, whilst it was surrounded
by these hideous creatures. However, she determined
to do her utmost to release her poor Father, even
should she be destroyed in the attempt.

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The next morning her masters informed her they
were in want of new garments which must be made be-
fore the evening, as they had to attend the wedding of
a beautiful mermaid the following day. Eyebright asked
for the materials. To her dismay they pointed to heaps
of different colored seaweeds, out of which the dresses
were to be manufactured. Eyebright tried to sew the
seaweeds together, but it was no use; she could make
nothing of them. She again thought of her little box, and
wondered whether the Fairy meant to help her more than
once. Her mind was soon relieved, for on examination
she saw the words every time" shining upon it: she
opened it, and a hundred little elves jumped out, and
were soon busily employed weaving seaweed dresses.
They made a most gorgeous affair for the sea serpent;
it was hundreds of yards in length, and chiefly com
posed of green and bright red seaweed.
It was fortunate that the cuttle fish was not invited
to the wedding, for how difficult it would have been to
have fitted his ten legs properly But Eyebright would
have been only too thankful if he had gone. Her,heart
sank when she found that he was to be left at home to
guard the treasures contained in the grotto. However,
she resolved to summon up all her courage and wit, as


she knew that this opportunity of obtaining possession
of the sword must not be lost.
The monsters were much pleased with their dresses.
Eyebright had to attire them, and was so rejoiced
when the serpent was safely in his! She thought he
never would come to an end, as yards after yards of
cold slimy coil slipped through her fingers. But at
length he was buttoned up to the throat, and the shark
and whale then claimed her services. The former, al-
though such a hideous old creature, was yet a great dandy,
and he kept poor Eyebright a long time arranging his
dress; every moment she expected to feel his teeth in her
arm or body, and in truth, the shark thought secretly he
had never seen a more dainty morsel, and was longing to
scrunch her up. But just then she was too useful, and
he knew that the whale and sea serpent would never
consent to lose such a clever attendant. Having told
Eyebright to have a nice supper prepared for them, and
each having mounted a huge sea horse, they at last de-
parted to grace the mermaid's wedding feast.
And now the old proverb, "When the cat's away the
mice will play" was illustrated. No sooner were the
three grim guardians of the gate out of sight, than all
the inferior monsters hastened away on their own


pleasures, leaving the terrific cuttle fish sole monarch
of the place. To Eyebright's intense horror, the mon-
ster appeared to have taken a great fancy to her.
Fantastically waving his legs, he approached, and
with a grin meant to be captivating, but which
only made him more frightful than ever, he beg-
ged Eyebright to honor him with her company for a
walk. I will show you, fair maiden, all the wonders
of the grotto, if you will deign to take me as a guide."
The young girl accepted his offtr: the cuttle fish
fetched a huge bunch of golden keys, and proceeded to
show her the way. He first unlocked the gate of a large
cavern, which he informed Eyebright contained the
richest treasures of the ocean. On looking down she
could see precious stones, starry gems, and various
other treasures dazzling to behold. Many other caverns
did he show her, some filled with the most beautiful
pearls, others gleaming with gold and silver. Suddenly,
he stopped at the entrance of a very large cave, and
bade her look down.
Eyebright obeyed, but sickened with horror at the
sight. "What," exclaimed the cuttle fish, grinning
hideously, "are you not pleased to see your own
fellow creatures? In this cave we deposit all the dead


bodies which come to the bottom of the sea. When
any large ship is wrecked, we get numbers. Most of
them are devoured by the shark; but those he does not
fancy are thrown into this cave." "Oh! good fish,"
said Eyebright, shuddering, take me away from this
horrible place. Have you not any prettier treasures to
show me ?" The cuttle fish hesitated for a moment or
two, but he could not resist Eyebright's pleading eyes,
and at last admitted that there was one other treasure
more precious even than those he had shown her, but
it was kept locked up, and the old shark always took
charge of the key
"He may have left it behind him," suggested Eye-
bright; "it would surely be too heavy to carry to a
wedding ?" "You are very clever, lovely maiden,"
said her guide, "but it is more than my life is worth to
touch anything belonging to the shark. Were he to
discover it, I should immediately become an inmate of
that cavern at which you were so much horrified."
Eyebright thought it would be the right place for
him, but she kept her thoughts to herself, and con-
tinued her entreaties that he would try and obtain the
key. "Why are you so anxious about it ?" sud-
denly enquired the cuttle fish, staring into her face.


The young girl trembled, lest she should have aroused
his suspicions. "Did you not tell me what a wonderful
treasure was contained therein," she answered; "of
course, if you will not take a little trouble to please me,
I must be content not to see it, but I really thought,
Mr. cuttle fish, that you were too good-natured to dis-
appoint me. I cook you such nice dinners, and
sing you so sweetly to sleep, and yet you will not grant
me this trifling request." The cuttle fish was quite
overcome by this pathetic appeal, and falling on one
of his numerous knees, exclaimed, Oh most lovely
of mortals! my heart is entirely yours, and I can re-
fuse you nothing. But if I consent to show you the
enchanted sword ( for that is the treasure I alluded to,)
you must promise to marry me, and never desire to see
the earth again."
"Marry you ?" shrieked out poor Eyebright, Oh !
no, no, a thousand times no !" "And why not, Ma-
dam?" roared her infuriated suitor, rising from his
lowly posture; "I say you shall marry me, or," he added
slowly, it will be the worse for you." Eyebright felt
that her only chance was to appease his anger: accord-
ingly, she said, Oh be not angry, noble cuttle fish, I
implore you! I was only taken by surprise at your de-


sire of marrying such a poor little creature, not fit to
be your wife. I was afraid that, with your ten legs,
you would deem a mortal with only two beneath your
notice." This speech somewhat mollified the mon-
ster's anger. It is no doubt a condescension," he re-
plied loftily, "two legs are but a poor allowance, but
your golden hair and blue eyes, in a measure, supply the
deficiency, and your cooking and singing are not bad."
"Then you will forgive me, and show me the enchanted
sword ?" timidly asked the young girl.
The cuttle fish at last consented to search for the
key. As Eyebright had imagined, the old shark had
left it behind. And now how her heart beat as the cave
was unlocked, and the wonderful sword lay glittering
in her sight! Her object now was to distract the crea-
ture's attention. What is that !" she cried, starting back
and pointing to a dark corner of the cavern. Fear
not, lovely maiden," said her ugly guide, am I not here
to protect you ?" "Oh! but I am so frightened, there
is something moving in that corner, do look and see ?"
she continued, gazing appealingly into the fish's face.
Off went the latter to ascertain the cause of his
lady love's fear, and, without a moment's delay, Eye-
bright seized the precious sword, and was darting out of


the cave, when the cuttle fish suddenly turned round,
and perceived what was taking place. With a yell of
fury, he rushed towards the door, and before she could
escape, he contrived to throw two of his legs
round her body, exclaiming, "Perfidious mortal! for
this treachery you shall die!" Eyebright screamed
aloud, but struggled hard to free herself: grasping
the sword tightly with both hands, she struck
with so much force at the detestable creature's legs,
that with a howl of pain he loosened his grasp. In the
twinkling of an eye, Eyebright darted out of the cave,
locking the door on the outside. Who can describe the
rage of the baffled cuttle fish, at finding himself thus
entrapped? With repeated yells of pain and fury, he
threw himself against the door, bellowing and scream-
ing with all his might. But it was of no avail, there
was no one near to render him any assistance; and the
noise he made only served to increase the speed with
which Eyebright was hastening away with her precious
On, on she ran, never stopping for one single mo-
ment; footsore and weary, she still ran on, until she
arrived at the spot where the Dolphins had left her.
Here she sank down, overcome with fatigue. One drop


of sunshine, however, soon restored her strength. There
were no Dolphins now to take her back to earth, and
in despair she sat down, not knowing what to do. Alas!
her troubles were not yet ended. To her intense horror
and amazement, she saw two immense hands approach
her. Soon she felt the sword was being slowly but
surely drawn from her grasp. Eyebright tightened
her hold with both hands, regardless of the cuts and
wounds she was receiving. At the same time, she heard
a voice exclaim in her ear, Hold fast, or all will be
lost!" She cried aloud, "Wicked sorcerer, I know
these hands are yours, but never will I give up the
sword!" A mocking laugh was all the response;
the gigantic hands redoubled their grasp, and a dread-
ful struggle ensued. At last, just as she felt her
strength failing, and her hands incapable of retaining
their hold, a cry of baffled rage resounded through
the deep, the gigantic hands fell powerless, and a
voice exclaimed, Brave Eyebright, you have con-
quered; the sorcerer Amog's power is for ever
gone !" As Eyebright fell exhausted to the ground,
the Fairy Sunbeam suddenly appeared in her car, drawn
by Dolphins. Placing Eyebright therein, she con-
veyed her to the palace of Sunshine.


And now, very little remains to be told. Any one
learned in Fairy lore can imagine how, when the
sorcerer's spell was broken, the Prince was quickly
transformed from a white bear to his original form,
and how warmly he embraced his brave little daughter
who had delivered him. You can all fancy his re-
turn to his dominions, and how Eyebright was wor-
shipped and extolled, and how eventually she married
a good Prince, and reigned in a kingdom of her own.
You can also imagine the joy of all those poor wretched
creatures who were at length emancipated from Amog's
toils. All this is easy to picture to yourselves, but can
you imagine the happiness of old Tristam when at
length he again clasped his beloved Eyebright to his
heart? Ah! no one can fathom the depth of his joy
who has not loved any one as he loved his little adopted
daughter! And was he compelled to be separated from
her, because she was now a Princess ?' I think I hear
my little readers exclaim, No, indeed! Had that been
the case, there would have been but little happiness for
our loving Eyebright.
She took old Tristam with her to her father's palace,
and, until the day of his death, no one was allowed to
attend to him but herself. He was ever treated with


the greatest affection and esteem by the Prince, who
felt that his present happiness was entirely owing to
the careful training the good old man had bestowed
on the little girl. I must now tell you that Eye-
bright's real name was Sirenia. She had been so
named before her Father became Amog's victim. He
had, however, omitted to tell old Tristam this fact.
But the simple pretty name the old Woodman had be-
stowed upon her was acknowledged by every one to
suit her best, and so she was ever called

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In the foregoing pages, my dear little readers, I have
endeavoured to show you (under the guise of a Fairy
Tale) how, with a pure true spirit, and a strong deter-
mination not to be led away by the snares and temp-
tations of this world, all difficulties, however great they
may appear, will by degrees melt away, like the snow
under the genial influence of the warm Sun. Love
and revere your parents; be grateful to those who show
you kindness; and ever lend a helping hand to others
in distress or trouble. By these means alone can you
ensure for yourselves any true and lasting happiness.



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