Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Half Title
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations
 The three robes of wonder
 The valiant tailor
 Carnation, white, and black
 Heart of hare
 Prince Hatt under the Earth
 Blue beard
 The boliauns
 The goose-girl
 Little chicken cluck
 Back Matter
 Back Cover

Title: Fairy tales far and near
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Title: Fairy tales far and near
Physical Description: 192, 16 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Quiller-Couch, Arthur Thomas, 1863-1944
Millar, H. R ( Illustrator )
Cassell & Company ( Publisher )
Belle Sauvage Works ( Printer )
Publisher: Cassell and Company, Limited
Place of Publication: London ;
Paris ;
Manufacturer: La Belle Sauvage
Publication Date: 1895
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1895   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales -- 1895   ( rbgenr )
Folk tales -- 1895   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' catalogues -- 1895   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1895
Genre: Children's stories
Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
Folk tales   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' catalogues   ( rbgenr )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
France -- Paris
Australia -- Melbourne
Statement of Responsibility: re-told by Q ; with original illustrations by H.R. Millar.
General Note: Publisher's catalogue follows text.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Front Matter
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    Half Title
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    Title Page
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    Table of Contents
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    List of Illustrations
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    The three robes of wonder
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    The valiant tailor
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    Carnation, white, and black
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    Heart of hare
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    Blue beard
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    The boliauns
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    The goose-girl
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" There was no lack of wares" .. 1'rotis.
"He hurled the javelin with so true an aim as to wound
it severely" 13
" His brothers ran off, dragging the three princesses with
them" ...18
"The King of the Eagles spread his broad wings" 22
" The princess had flung herself upon his neck 2
"The young man drew from them three marvellous robes" 32
' So the giant had to carry stem, branches, and tailor
into the bargain" .. 45
"A bloody battle began". 51
" Again there stood before him a lady of extreme beauty ". 64
" There now stood a most gorgeous palace". 69
" Her complexion was of carnation and brilliant white" 71
" The old witch crept up to the knight" 76
"The knight spurred his horse" .81
" She did nothing all day long but caress and care for her
children" 97
" Drawing close to the bed, she let the light shine down
on him .. 104
"Prince Hatt vanished in the air" 107
"'Good-evening, dear mother,' said she 112
"He puffed and swelled himself till he was terrible to see 117
"It swung to and fro in the wind like a great cucumber" 120
" She flung herself at her husband's feet" 138
'They ran their swords through his body" 141
"And dipped a little piggin into the pitcher 149
"The princess bent over the running water" 160
" Then a puff came and blew away his hat" 16
,' The poor girl looked up at Falada's head" 169
"She began to sob and lament" 171
" IIr-hrumph !'" 178
" So the teeny-tiny woman put the teeny-tiny bone in her
teeny-tiny pocket". 18



IN the garden of a certain king there grew
a wonderful apple-tree, which year by year
bore three glorious golden apples. But as yet
neither the king nor his three sons had ever
tasted one of these apples: for every year, as
soon as they were ripe, a dragon came and
devoured them.
How comes it that we can never taste
the golden fruit ?" the three princes asked,
one day. The king then told them, how that
a monster came every year on three following
nights and carried the apples off.
If that is the case," said the princes, we
will keep watch under the apple-tree and
prevent him."
Do so by all means, my sons."
So that evening the eldest prince hid


himself in the garden and waited for the dragon.
As soon as midnight sounded from the palace
clock, a terrible bellowing was heard. It fright-
ened the heart out of the prince, and he took
to his heels, half-dead with terror.
Next day the second prince kept watch.
But he, like his brother, lost heart and ran
The third evening the youngest prince
seated himself at the foot of the apple-tree
and waited for midnight to strike. Not at
all upset by the bellowing and hissing that
followed, he jumped on his feet, took a good
look at the monster, and hurled his javelin with
so true an aim as to wound it severely. The
monster lay sprawling for a moment, and then
took to flight, uttering the most frightful howls.
Satisfied with his success, the prince with-
drew to his own room and went tranquilly to
"Well," said his brothers, next morning,
" did you wound the monster ?"


"To be sure I did; a little more and I
should have killed him. Come and see."
He led the way to the garden, and his

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"IHe hurled his javelin with so true an aim as to wound it severely."

brothers followed, laughing, for they did
not believe him. But when they came to
the apple-tree they found it true enough.
The ground was dyed crimson, and a long
trail of blood showed which way the wounded


beast had taken. Let us follow these tracks,"
said the youth; "and we shall find out the
dragon's den."
They followed his advice, and came to a
deep, black well, on the edge of which the
tracks stopped short.
"We must search this well," said the eldest
prince. Tie a rope round my waist, and let
me down. As long as I call out 'Cold!' let
the rope out; but when I say 'Hot!' you
must draw me up at once."
This was agreed upon, and the eldest
brother began to descend into the hole. But
he had scarcely gone half-way down when he
began to cry "Hot! hot! So they drew him
up again.
"Now it's my turn," said the second
brother. So they let him down. But be had
hardly gone deeper than his brother before
he was seized with terror and pulled up to
the surface.
"Let me go down," said the youngest;


" and when I call out Cold cold !' you can
pull me up."
He went down, down, down, till at last he
reached the bottom of the well. But there, to
his surprise, he found himself in wonderful
country, full of woods and meadows and
streams, with a bright light shining over
all. After walking up and down for some
time he came to a magnificent palace, the
doors of which stood open. He entered it,
and passing through many rooms, each more
splendid than the last, at length he came to
one in which sat three maidens as lovely as
"Young sir, what make you hither ? they
I am come to seek the monster who lives
"It is he who keeps us in prison here.
Have you no fear at all ?"
"Nothing frightens me," answered the


Then listen. The monster takes his
sleep in the room beyond this. Go and find
him. If his eyes are closed, then he is wide
awake, and it is all up with you: but if his
eyes are open, you may know he is asleep.
Deal him a stroke with your javelin, and you
will wound him mortally. But take care that
you do not strike a second blow; for in that
case he will come to life again and you will
be lost."
The prince ran at once to the inner room,
and found the monster stretched out there
asleep, with his eyes wide open and staring.
With a single blow of his javelin lie dealt the
beast a mortal wound.
Oh! oh! cried the dying monster,
" for pity's sake give me a second blow and
put me out of my pain."
SWhere one is enough, two is too many,"
answered the prince, and almost immediately
the monster expired. The prince ran off to
tell the good news to the captive princesses.


"I have two princes-my brothers-with
me," he said, "and you shall be our brides.
Here are three rings for tokens."
He led the maidens to the opening of the
well, and tying the eldest to his rope, he called
up "Cold! cold!" The princes pulled at
the rope, and drew up the princess. Then
our hero made fast the second sister, and she,
too, was drawn up.
Now, beloved," said he to the youngest,
"it is your turn. 'T is you shall be my
Blithe will I be, then," said the maiden,
"for I love you dearly. But I am thinking-
if your brothers should leave you here, under-
ground, what would become of you ? Take
these three nuts; in each you will find a robe.
On the first are embroidered the heavens and
their stars; on the second, the earth with its
flowers; on the third, the sea with its fishes..
Keep them; for they may turn out of great
service to you."


As soon as the two princes set eyes on their
brother's bride they began to quarrel for her.

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left him there and ran off, dragging the three
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"His brothers ran off, dragging the three princesses with them."

All the while the prince at the bottom of the
well was shouting up "'Cold! cold! cold!"
but his brothers, paying no heed to his cries,
left him there and ran off, dragging the three
princesses with them.


At last the prince perceived that his
brothers had treacherously abandoned him,
and that there was nobody to help him out
of the pit. He wandered about the country
below, seeking help, and at length came on
an old gardener digging in a flower-bed.
Good-day, good fellow," said the prince.
Good-day, my lord," replied the gardener.
I have lost my way in this country of
yours. Can you tell me any means of getting
up to earth again ?"
Certainly. You have only to pass through
the plantation yonder. In a meadow beyond
it you will find two rams-one white as
snow, the other black as pitch. You must
shut your eyes, and run after them. If you
catch the white ram, he will lead you back to
the earth's surface; but if you are unlucky
enough to catch the black one, you will sink
into another country, much further from the
sun than this."
The prince thanked the gardener, and,


passing through the plantation, found the two
rams. He shut his eyes, and gave chase; but
unluckily it was the black one that he seized.
In an instant he felt himself sinking, sinking.
When he opened his eyes he was standing
in a green valley, beside a fountain that
trickled gently past his feet. A maiden was
standing close by and weeping.
"Who are you, fair maiden?" asked the
"Alas! noble stranger, have pity on my
fate! This land is ravaged by a terrible
dragon that lives on human flesh and blood.
The fountain here is the only one in all the
country; and the monster only permits the
folk to draw water on the condition that they
sacrifice to him every day a maiden of the
land. Woe is me! To-day my turn has come,
and I am here awaiting the seven-headed
beast who will surely devour me."
"And who is your father ?"
"I am the king's daughter, and his only


child. My father in despair has shut himself
in his palace, and no doubt already believes
me dead."
Be of good cheer, princess. I have a
stout heart: perhaps I may be able to deliver
you from this dragon."
He had scarcely spoke when he heard
horrible hissing behind the rocks, and the
monster came forth, lifting its seven heads
to devour the maiden. It stopped short for
a moment as it caught sight of our hero, and
the prince seized this moment to let fly a
javelin straight at its heart. A torrent of
flame burst from the seven nmaws of the beast,
and it yelled horribly. But that was the end
of it. The next instant it rolled over on its
side and lay dead.
The prince pulled out his dagger, cut out
the dragon's seven tongues, and wrapped them
up, to bear witness to his exploit. Then a
drowsiness seized him and, stretching him-
self at the foot of a tree, he fell fast asleep.


He was awakened by a fresh hissing and,
looking up, saw a serpent opening its jaws to
swallow a nest of young eaglets perched on
the topmost branch of the tree. He sprang

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"The King of the Eagles spread his broad wings."
up, cast his javelin and, killing the serpent as
he had killed the dragon, lay down again to
Soon after the King of the Eagles came
flying back to his nest. Catching sight of
a man stretched in sleep, so close to his eyrie,


lie was swooping down on the prince to tear
him in pieces with his beak and talons, when
the eaglets began to cry-
"Father! father! let him alone, and do
not hurt him! "
Why not, my dears ?"
A serpent was going to eat us when this
young man killed it with his javelin."
Thereupon the King of the Eagles spread
his broad wings over the prince and shielded
him, till he awoke, from the burning rays of
the sun. "Young man," said he, when the
prince's eyes opened, "you have saved the
life of my little ones. How can I show my
"I do not deserve much gratitude. Any-
one in my place would have killed the
"Tut-tut; you are a hero, I tell you!
Speak. How shall I repay you? "
"Well, since you insist, you might carry
me up to the surface of the earth."


"Alas! I wish I could: but it is so long a
journey that I should die of hunger and thirst
before I got there."
"Could we not take provisions for the
way ?"
"Yes, but I should want forty sheep and
forty bottles of water. Where can you get
them ? Nobody but the king of the country
can furnish you with all these."
"As it happens, I have just delivered his
daughter from a monstrous dragon that was
going to devour her. I am sure he won't
refuse me anything we need for the journey.
Shall I seek him?"
Yes, go: I will wait here for you."
The prince walked off to the king's capital
and asked his way to the palace. The whole
town was full of rejoicing. The news had spread
like lightning that a young hero had killed the
dragon and delivered the princess. Heralds
were sent into every street to proclaim that
the king desired handsomely to reward his

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daughter's deliverer. Already certain knights
had arrived who falsely pretended to have slain
the dragon: and besides these there was a band
of charcoal-burners who had happened to be
working in the forest near the fountain, and,
finding the dead monster, had cut off his seven
heads and brought these with them to prove
their story.
We are the slayers of the dragon," they
declared. Look at these seven heads if you
doubt us!"
No," shouted the knights, "we fought
the beast and left him dead beside the foun-
tain. The reward should be ours."
One story is as false as the other," said
the princess. "My deliverer is a champion
handsome and young. He comes from a foreign
At this moment the true deliverer of the
princess entered the palace-court.
"Your Majesty," said he, "it is I who
slew the dragon to which you have been


paying this horrible tribute. For proof of
what I say behold the beast's seven tongues."
But already the princess had flung herself
upon his neck.
"Yes, father: this is he who slew the
dragon. The men are impostors, every one."
The king had the false lords and the
charcoal-burners driven forth from the palace,
and, falling on the young prince's neck, em-
braced him affectionately.
Choose," he said. "Which will you have?
my treasures? or the half of my kingdom?
Or will you marry my daughter and reign
after me?"
Your Majesty," replied our hero, "I, too,
am of royal birth: but my kingdom is far
away. I thank you for your offers: but give
me only forty sheep and forty bottles of water;
that is all I ask."
If that 's all, you shall have it with
pleasure," said the king: and gave orders
that the prince should be supplied with all


that he asked. The prince returned to the
eagle, and stowed the sheep and the water-
bottles on the bird's back.
"Now we're ready to start," said the King
of the Birds. When I cry out Crick !' you
must give me some mutton to eat; and when
I cry 'Crack!' it's water I shall want. If
you don't keep me supplied, I shall drop back
to this country at once. Do you understand ?"
Very well, then: climb up, sit astride my
neck, and off we go !"
The eagle flew up, up, up. Crick! said
he, and the prince gave him food; Crack! "
and the prince handed him drink. Up, up, up
they went, and at last all the provisions were
spent. They were close to the great opening
that would let them through to the earth's
"Crick! crick! Crick! CmK!"
said the eagle.
The prince took his dagger, cut a piece


of flesh off his own leg, and passed it to the
This is man's flesh," thought the eagle to
himself: and he kept it under his tongue. At
last he set down the prince on the surface of
the earth. Here you are at last," he said;
"and now you had better run home."
But the prince could not move, his leg
pained him so.
Run, I tell you!" said the eagle again.
And now the prince had to confess that when
there was no food left he had cut a piece of
flesh from his own leg and given it to his guide.
" I knew it, and therefore I have kept it under
my tongue. Here it is." And, so saying, the
eagle fitted the piece in its place, and the leg
was well in a moment. Then he took leave of
his friend and flew off.
What shall I do now ?" the young man
asked himself. After considering for some
time, he set off towards the capital. Arrived
at the town, he sought the king's tailor: but


first disguised himself so that the tailor should
not recognize him.
I am a working tailor, and I should like
employment with you," said the prince.
"As it happens, my apprentice is dead.
You can take his place at once," the tailor
replied. The young man set to work, and
applied himself so steadily to his trade that
the tailor was soon delighted with his bargain.
Meanwhile at the palace the prince's two
brothers were still disputing for the hand of
the beautiful princess of the enchanted palace.
At last the king decided that she must marry
the elder.
"I consent," said the maiden, "but on
three conditions."
"What are they ?"
"That you make me a present of three
robes. The first robe must represent the sky
with all its stars; the second, the earth with
all its trees and flowers; the third, the sea
with all the fishes that inhabit it."


For a moment the king was dumbfounded:
but he promised to fulfil the princess's demand.
He summoned his royal tailor and gave the
order for the three robes. The unhappy tailor
was frightened out of his wits, and asked
himself how he could ever accomplish such a
task. He thought of it all day and dreamed
of it all night. Time passed on, and the
robes were not even begun. The tailor saw
that it was impossible.
His apprentice, seeing his dejected look,
at length asked him the cause of his trouble.
"Alas! the king has ordered me make three
robes upon which he has set his heart. But
with all my art I cannot do what he demands.
Beyond a doubt his Majesty desires my dis-
grace." And he told his apprentice what was
required of him.
Is that all ?" cried the sham tailor, laugh-
ing. Why that is child's play! "
"Have you lost your wits, young
man ? "


"Not a bit of it. You ha
make these three robes."
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marvellous robes."

mean to say that I can turn

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say that you,
a mere ap-
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Pretend to
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man than
I? I, your
king's tailor
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out these three

robes for you."
But when? In twenty years, I suppose,
at the shortest?"


"No; to-night. To-morrow morning they
shall be ready."
But where will you find the stuff ?"
"I want neither stuff, nor thread, nor
needles. I only ask for a bottle of wine and a
plateful of nuts. Shut me up in my room,
and come to me to-morrow morning."
"This apprentice of mine wants taking
down," said the king's tailor. Still he gave
the prince what he asked and locked him up
in his room. The young man spent the
night in sipping his wine and cracking his
nuts, without troubling himself about the
three robes. As soon as the sky grew light
the tailor knocked at the door.
Are the robes ready ?" he asked, laugh-
Not yet. Come again when the sun has
As soon as his master was gone the
young man cracked the three nuts which the
princess had given to him and drew from


them three marvellous robes representing
the sky, the earth, and the sea.
Well, can I come in ?" cried the tailor.
Yes; come in. They are quite ready."
The master stood still and rubbed his eyes,
dazzled by the resplendent robes which his
apprentice held up. The good man asked
himself, Am I dreaming ? Or is this work-
man of mine one of those genii of which I
have heard tell ?" He fingered the robes, and,
being convinced at length that they were real,
departed full of joy to present them to the
"Who was clever enough to make these
lovely robes ?" she asked.
I will own," said the tailor, who was an
honest fellow, "that I could never have per-
formed such a task. But luckily my apprentice
succeeded alone, and in a single night."
"I should be happy to see this clever
workman. Go, seek him and bring him to


In a few minutes the apprentice was
brought before the princess. So 't was thou,"
he cried, my beloved."
"Yes, 't was I: for I would marry no one
but thee alone," answered the princess.
"I will seek my father and tell him all,
and we will be married."
The prince sought his father and told the
story of his brothers' treachery. The old king
flew into a terrible passion when he heard, and
had a mind to put his two sons to death. But
the youngest interceded and begged that lie
would banish them only, which he did.
Next day our prince was married with the
princess of the enchanted castle amid great
festivity: and lived happily to a great age
and had many children.



ONE summer's morning Master Snip the tailor,
who was a very little man, sat on his table by
the window in the best of spirits and sewed for
dear life. A market-woman came down the
street, crying Good jam to sell! Good jam
to sell! The sound tickled the tailor's ears:
he popped his shaky little head out of the win-
dow and called, "Up here, my good woman!
Up here, if you want a good customer The
woman climbed up the three flights of stairs
with her heavy basket to Master Snip's room,
and he made her unpack every one of her pots
for him. He pried into all, weighed them in
his hand, put his nose to them, and said at
last, This jam seems good. Weigh me out
four ounces, my good woman; and even if it's
a quarter of a pound I won't stick at it." The


woman, who had looked for a good purchaser,
weighed out what he wanted, but went away
quite angry and grumbling. Now heaven
shall bless this jam to my use," cried
Master Snip, and give me strength and sus-
tenance:" so he fetched a loaf from the
cupboard, cut off a round and spread some
jam over it. That won't taste amiss," he
said ; but I will finish this waistcoat before I
take a bite." He laid the bread beside him,
sewed on, and in the joy of his heart made the
stitches bigger and bigger.
Meanwhile the smell of the jam rose up to
the ceiling, where many clusters of flies were
sitting, and enticed them down in swarms.
" Eh ? Who invited you ?" said Master Snip,
and drove them off. But the flies didn't under-
stand plain English, and came back again in
',i._.., -ir swarms. At last the little man lost all
patience, reached out for a duster and, crying
" Wait a bit, my hearties!" flapped at them
without mercy. When he left off and counted


the slain, no fewer than seven lay dead before
him, with their legs in the air. Ha! am I
such a desperate fellow as all this ?" said he,
and could not help admiring his own bravery.
" The whole town shall hear of it." And in
great haste he cut out a belt, hemmed it, and
embroidered on it in big letters-


"What did I say, the town? The whole
world shall hear of it! he went on: and his
heart beat for joy like a lamb wagging its
He girded on his belt, cocked his hat, and
took up his walking-stick, for he thought the
workshop too small for a man of such valour.
But before setting forth into the wide world,
he looked round about the house to see if there
was anything he could take with him. He
found only an old cheese, but that was better
than nothing, so he took it off the shelf: and
just outside the door he discovered a bird that


had entangled itself in the gooseberry bushes,
so he packed her too into his wallet with the
Then off he set boldly, and being light and
nimble he felt no fatigue. He followed the
road till he perceived in the distance a steep
hill, and on the top of it a tower that reached
right up into the clouds. "Thunder and
lightning, what's that ?" cried the little man,
and went boldly towards it. But what made
him open his eyes and mouth, when he came
near, was to see that the tower had legs, and
was indeed a giant sitting on the hill and
picking his teeth with a kitchen poker. Good-
day, comrade," said Snip; there you sit and
view the world at your ease, like a gentleman.
I 've a mind to go and try my luck in that same
world. What do you say to going with me ?"
The giant looked down, turned up his nose,
and, said he, very contemptuously, Fly's
Leg !" "Oh, indeed?" answered Snip, and,
unbuttoning his coat, he showed the giant his


belt. There, if you want to know what sort
of fellow I am, read for yourself !"
"Seven at one blow! Good gracious!"
exclaimed the giant, and began to be more
respectful at once. "Very well," he said,
"we'll try what you can do." So he took up
a stone in his hand and squeezed it till some
drops of water ran out. Do that," said he,
"if you have a mind to be thought a strong
man." Is that all ? cried the tailor; that's
child's play to me: so he dived his hand into
his wallet, pulled out the cheese, and squeezed
it till the whey ran out. That's a better
squeeze than you, eh ?"
The giant, not seeing it was only a cheese,
didn't know what to say for himself. At last
he picked up a stone and flung it so high that
the eye could hardly follow it. "Now then,
my manikin, do that, if you can." H'm,
you throw pretty well," said Snip, "but, after
all, your stone fell to the ground: now I'll
throw one that shan't come down at all." He


dived his hand into his wallet again, and,
grasping the bird in his hand, flung her up into
the air. Whiz! Whirr-r-r Up and up
she went, and flew clean out of sight. "How
does that throw please you, comrade?" You
can certainly throw," said the giant; "but let's
see how you can work."
He then led the little man into a wood,
where a fine oak-tree lay felled. Come, help
me to carry this tree out of the wood." "Oh,
very well," said Snip; "do you take hold of
the trunk, and I will carry all the top and the
branches, which are decidedly the heavier
part." So the giant hoisted the trunk on his
shoulder. "Further forward, further for-
ward!" called the little man; "you'll get a
better poise if you move it further forward."
The giant obeyed, and at last had the whole
tree balanced on his shoulder. Then Snip,
instead of carrying anything, jumped up and
perched himself at ease among the branches.
So the giant, who couldn't see what was going


on behind him, had to carry stem, branches,
and tailor into the bargain. All the way Snip,
behind, was whistling a tune as merrily as you

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The giant, after he had borne it a good way,
paused and groaned Hi, there! I shall have to
let it fall: upon which the little man skipped
down and seized the tree as if he were carrying


it, saying, Fancy a big lout like you not
being able to carry a tree like this !"
On they went together till they came to a
tall cherry-tree. The giant took hold of the
top stem and bent it down to pluck the ripest
fruit. Here, catch hold," said he; but the
little man was much too weak to hold the tree
down, and up he went with it, dangling in the
air like a scarecrow. Hulloa!" said the giant,
as he tumbled back to earth again; "what
now? Can't you hold that twig? To be
sure I could," said the other; "but don't you
see that sportsman taking aim at the bush
where you are standing. I took a jump over
the tree to be out of his way, and you had
better do the same, if you can." The giant
tried to follow, but the tree was much too high
to jump over, and he only stuck fast in the
branches, for the tailor to laugh at him.
" Well, you're a fine fellow, I must admit," said
the giant: "so come home and spend a night
with me and a friend of mine in the mountains,


and you shall have a hot supper and a good
The tailor had no business upon his hands,
so he consented: and the giant gave him a
good supper and a bed to sleep upon. But
the tailor found the bed too big, and crept off
to a corner of the room instead. When mid-
night came, the giant stepped softly in with his
iron walking-stick and gave the bed such a
blow that he broke it in two. "It's all up
now with that grasshopper; I shall have no
more of his tricks," he said to himself.
In the morning the giant and his companion
went off to the wood and quite'forgot Snip,
till all on a sudden they met him trudging
along as merry as a grig: and so frightened
were they at the sight that they both ran away
as fast as they could.
Then on went the little tailor, following his
thin little nose, till he came to the courtyard of
a royal palace, and, feeling tired, he stretched
himself on the grass and fell asleep. Whilst he


lay there the people came and gathered round
him, and stared and read the writing on his
belt. Seven at a blow Oh dear what can
this hero of a hundred fights want in our
peaceful land ? And they ran off and told the
king, and said that here was a hero who in
time of war would be worth his weight in gold,
and that his services ought to be secured at any
price-such an opportunity must not be missed.
So the king sent one of his courtiers down to
wait until the little man awoke and then ask
him politely to step up to the palace. The
very thing said Master Snip when he heard
the invitation; "I shall be pleased to enter
his Majesty's service and kill his Majesty's
enemies for him, seven at a blow. Seven AT A
BLOW! Lead on!"
But when he reached the palace he b1r., -l
so outrageously of his mighty deeds that the
king resolved to put him to the proof. In
a distant part of my kingdom," said he, in a
thick wood, there live two giants, who are the


terror of all the country round, for they rob,
burn, and murder without end. Nobody can
go near them without endangering his life:
but if you will meet and overcome these giants
for me you shall marry my only daughter, and
have half of my kingdom into the bargain.
You may take a hundred soldiers, too, to help
you." That'll suit me very well," answered
Snip; "one isn't offered a beautiful princess
and half a kingdom every day of the week.
Done with you!-but as for your hundred
horsemen, I believe I shall do just as well
without 'em."
Off he set, however, with the hundred
horsemen at his back, and came to the wood.
" Wait here, my friends," said he, I'11 just
manage these giants myself:" and into the
wood he went, casting his sharp little eyes
here, there, and everywhere around him. After
a while he spied the pair lying under a tree
and snoring away till the very boughs whistled
with the breeze. "The game's mine for a


crown! said the little man, as he filled his
wallet with stones and climbed up the tree
under which they lay.
As soon as he was safely up, he threw one
stone after another at the nearest giant, till at
last he woke up in a rage and shook his com-
panion, crying out, "What did you hit me
for ?" Nonsense, you are dreaming," said
the other; I didn't hit you." They both lay
down to sleep again, and the little man threw
a stone at the second giant that hit him on the
tip of his nose. Up he sprung, crying,
"What is the meaning of this? You struck
me." "I did not! Yes, you did!" They
wrangled on for a while till, as both were
tired, they made up the matter and fell asleep
again. But then the tailor began his game
once more, and flung the largest stone he had
in his wallet with all his force, and hit the
first giant in the eye. "This is too bad,"
cried he, roaring as if he were mad: I won't
stand it!" So he struck the other a mighty


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blow. He, of course, was not pleased with
this, and returned him a box on the ear, and a
bloody battle began; up flew the trees by the
roots, the rocks and stones flew banging to and
fro, and in the end both the giants lay dead
on the spot. It's a mercy," said the tailor,
"that they let my tree stand, or I must have
made a fine jump."
Then down he ran, and took his sword and
gave each of them two or three fine thrusts in
the breast, and set off to look for the horse-
men. I There lie the giants," said he; "I
have killed them: but it was no small job, for
they even tore up trees in their struggle."
"Weren't you wounded?" asked they.
" Wounded! They could not touch a hair
of my head!" But the horsemen would not
believe him until they rode into the wood and
found the giants weltering in their blood, and
the trees lying around torn up by the roots.
But when Master Snip demanded his re-
ward the king was not satisfied. Before


you obtain my daughter and half my king-
dom," said he, "you must catch the unicorn
that roams about in my wood and does so
much mischief." That is a trifle," answered
Snip; "I fear one unicorn still less than two
giants. 'Seven at a blow!'-that is my motto."
So he took a rope and an axe, went out into the
wood, and again told the horsemen to remain
outside. This time he had not long to search,
for the unicorn soon came by and, catching
sight of the tailor, dashed straight at him to
spit him on his horn without more ado.
"Softly, softly, my friend," said Snip; "it
can't be done as quickly as that:" and, stand-
ing still until the beast was quite close, he
suddenly popped behind a tree. The unicorn
ran against the tree with all its force, and stuck
its horn so fast in the trunk that no efforts
could get it loose. "Now I've caught my
bird," said the little man, and, stepping from
behind the tree, he put his rope round the
unicorn's neck, then struck the horn out of


the tree with his axe, and led. the beast off to
the king.
Still the king was not satisfied and made a
third demand. The tailor was to catch a wild
boar for him that made great havoc in the
wood; and he might have the huntsmen to
help. That, too, is a trifle," said Snip, "for
a man whose motto is Seven at a blow!' "
He again left the huntsmen outside the wood,
and went in himself on tip-toe. As soon as
the boar caught sight of him it gave chase,
with foaming mouth and gleaming tusks, and
tried to knock him over: but the sprightly
little man ran into a chapel that stood near,
jumped on to a window-ledge and out of the
window again as quick as thought. The boar
was close at his heels and followed him into
the chapel; but Master Snip darted round
outside and slammed the door upon him and
turned the key. So the raging beast was
caught in a trap, being much too cumbersome
and awkward to jump out of window. Then


the tailor called the huntsmen to look, and
went off to the king to claim his reward.
This time his Majesty did not dare to
refuse, but called his daughter and said, My
dear, I have chosen this warrior to be your
husband. Will you marry him ? The prin-
cess was not greatly taken with the little man's
appearance, and answered, "Willingly, on one
condition." Name it," said Snip, and let
it be a hard one: for Seven at a blow is my
motto." Below, in the stable is a bear, with
which you must pass the night. If you are
still alive when I get up to-morrow morning,
I will marry you."
Well, of course, she thought that in this
way she would easily get rid of him, for the
bear had never yet let anyone who had come
within reach of his claws go away alive.
" Very well," said the tailor, and smacked
the inscription on his belt; "I am willing:
who's afraid?"
So, when evening came, Master Snip was


led out and shut up in the court with the bear,
who rose at once to give him a friendly
welcome with his paw. "Softly, softly my
friend; I know a way to please you!" said
Snip. Then, at his ease, as if he were quite at
home, he pulled some fine walnuts out of his
pocket, cracked them, and munched the ker-
nels. The bear, seeing this, took a great
fancy to have some nuts too; so the tailor
felt in his pocket and gave him a handful, not
of walnuts, but of nice round pebbles. The
bear snapped them up, but could not crack
one of them, do what he would. "Tut-tut,
I must be very clumsy to-day," muttered
the beast,, and then said aloud to the tailor,
"Friend, I wish you would crack these nuts
for me." Why, what a lout you must be to
have such big jaws and not be able to crack
a little nut! Well, I suppose I must help
you." So he took the stones and slily changed
them for nuts, put them in his mouth, and
crack they went. I must try for myself,


however," said the bear; now I see how
you manage, I am sure I can do it myself."
So the tailor gave him the pebbles again, and
the bear lay down and worked away as hard as
he could, and bit and bit with all his might, till
he broke all his teeth and lay down quite tired.
But the tailor began to think that this
would not last long; so he pulled out a fiddle
from under his jacket and played him a tune.
As soon as the bear heard it, he could not
help jumping up and beginning to dance;
and when he had jigged away for a while
the thing pleased him so much that he said,
"Hark ye, friend, is the fiddle hard to play
upon?" "No, not at all," said the other;
"look ye, I lay my left hand here-then I
take the bow with my right hand, thus-and
then I scrape it over the strings there-and
away it goes merrily-hop, sa, sa! fa, la, la!
vivalla lera!'" "Will you teach me," begged
the bear, "so that I may have music when-
ever I want to dance ? With all my heart,


if you have a talent that way: but let me look
at your claws; they are terribly long, and I
must first clip your nails a little."
Then Bruin lifted his paws one after
another, and the tailor screwed them down
tight and said, Now wait till I come with
scissors." So he left the bear to growl, as loud
and as long as he liked, and laid himself down on
a heap of straw in the corner and slept like a top.
When the princess heard the bear growling
so fiercely through the night, she felt sure he
must have made an end of the tailor. So in
the morning she arose, careless and happy,
and went down to the stable with her father
and peeped in: and there they saw the tailor
eating his breakfast merrily and Master Bruin
looking very much as if he had had a bad
night's rest. So the king, when he saw all
this, burst out laughing and could no longer
help keeping his word. And the princess had
to keep hers too.
And thus a little man became a great one.



ONE winter's day the eldest son of a power-
ful king was walking out alone, with bow
and arrows in his hand. The country round
was covered with snow, and on the white
plain ahead of him he saw a raven stalking.
He ran forward and shot an arrow at the
bird, which fell dead, staining the snow with
its blood. "What beautiful colours!" thought
Prince Otto (for that was his name), as he
observed the white snow, the black of the
bird's plumage and its red blood. Turning
his steps homeward, he went to his own
room, shut himself up, and thought about
these three colours until he fell into a deep
melancholy. The king, his father, and the
courtiers could not guess the reason of his
strange conduct, and Prince Otto hardly liked


to confess that what he desired was a bride
whose cheeks should be of carnation and
dazzling white and her hair as black as a
raven's wing. He had never seen such a
maiden; but the image had grown suddenly
in his heart, and he was passionately in love
with it.
He sat at his window, one day, dreaming
of this fanciful love, when he heard a voice
outside which said, Go, prince, to the King-
dom of Marvels, to the biggest forest in the
kingdom, and to the very centre of the biggest
forest: there you will find a tree laden with
apples ruddier and larger than ever you saw.
Pluck three and bring them away with you,
and you shall have the bride you desire. But
beware that you do not open these apples until
you are safe at home."
The prince ran to the window and looked
out, but nobody was to be seen. Yet he felt
so certain the voice had really spoken that he
determined to follow its instructions without


delay. The Kingdom of Marvels, as he knew,
lay far away, across seven times seven coun-
tries, and a cock's crow beyond that; but
nothing could hinder his purpose. He set
out that very night, a little before dawn,
crossed the sea and the seven times seven
countries, reached the Kingdom of Marvels,
found the big forest, and then searched it
thoroughly until he came upon the tree.
He plucked the three apples, and in the
first transport of joy could not resist open-
ing one with his knife.
No sooner was the apple parted in two than
there stepped out of it a lady of marvellous
beauty. Prince Otto, smitten with admiration,
fell on his knees before her. But the lady
frowned on him and said: "Why have you
taken me from my home ? And before the
prince could answer, she had vanished into the
Prince Otto was greatly distressed, but
comforted himself with the thought that he


had still two apples left. "I will not open
them," he said to himself, "until I reach
home." Burning with impatience, he travelled

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back as fast as he could across the seven times
seven countries and at last came to the sea-
shore, where he took ship for his own land.
But on board ship the prince's impatience


again proved stronger than his prudence. The
time dragged slowly, he felt exceedingly dull,
and it suddenly struck him that by covering
the vessel's deck with an awning, and fastening
this awning securely all along the bulwarks,
he might open another apple without fear of
losing its contents. The awning was made
and fastened: the prince took a fruit-knife
and opened the second apple. Again there
stood before him a lady of extreme beauty;
but while Prince Otto stretched out his arms
to her she frowned as her sister had done,
and saying "Why have you taken me from
my home?" vanished through the awning,
which seemed to open and close again behind
These two lessons taught the prince wis-
dom. He waited until he reached his own
home before he opened the third apple, and
then there stepped forth and stood before him
a maiden even more lovely than her sisters,
and far more gentle of face. Her complexion


was of mingled carnation and dazzling white,
and her long tresses shone like the raven's wing.
Instead of vanishing, she held out her hands
to Prince Otto, who took them joyfully, and
kissed her and had the wedding bells rung on
the spot.
There was only one person in the land who
did not love the new bride, and that was the
Queen Mother; but she made up for it by
hating the Princess Carnation (as she was
called) like poison. The truth is, she wanted
to marry the prince to a niece of her own,
called the Princess Nettle, who was then stay-
ing on a visit at the palace. So one evening,
a few months after the wedding, this wicked
woman invited Prince Otto and his wife to
supper, and while entertaining them handed
a cup to each. But no sooner had their lips
touched the drink than they both fell down on
the floor. Now the drink in the princess's
cup was deadly poison, and the Queen Mother
ordered her body to be lifted and cast over the


walls into the palace moat: which was done.
But the drink in Prince Otto's cup was a magic
draught that flung him into a trance for a little
while and robbed him of his memory: so that
when he woke up and his mother led forward
the Princess Nettle, saying This is your
bride," he only smiled and answered Much
obliged to you," and kissed Nettle on the lips,
with never a thought of poor Carnation, who
lay in the moat below.
But though the prince could not remember,
and though he was contented enough with
Nettle's behaviour, he was not happy. With-
out knowing what he was longing for, he
would' sit for hours together at his window,
looking out in the deepest dejection, which did
not grow less when he told himself that it was
quite without cause.
One day, as he sat thus, he looked down
and saw in the moat below a fish swimming
there whose shining scales were of three
colours-carnation, white, and black. He


began to watch it, idly at first, but after a
while with such interest that he could hardly
drag himself away from the window. Day
after day he looked out and watched the fish,
which was always plain to see. But one day
he looked and the fish was there no longer.
The fact was, the Queen Mother had given
orders that it should be taken in a net, cooked,
and its bones thrown away. Prince Otto
knew nothing of this: but his melancholy
grew deeper and deeper now that the fish
was gone.
A few weeks after, however, he saw a little
tree growing beneath his window, on the edge
of the moat. The tree was of a kind he had
never seen before, nor could he find that any-
one had planted it there. And by-and-by it
grew amazingly and put forth leaves; and
these leaves were of three colours-carnation,
white, and black. As he watched it, the prince
forgot his dejection and called his wife and
his mother to look. But the old mother was


furious in her heart, and that very night she
gave orders that the tree was to be cut down,

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taken across the moat, and there burnt. She
watched all this being done, and when the tree
was a heap of ashes she went off to bed in
high spirits.
high spirits.


Prince Otto rose early next morning and
went to the window to take a look at his tree.
But no sooner had he peeped out than he gave
a shout of amazement and pleasure, and began
to rub his eyes. At the sound of his voice
Nettle and her aunt came running from their
rooms and looked out too. The tree had gone,
to be sure. But across the moat, in the place
where its ashes had been sprinkled, there now
stood a most gorgeous palace, all built of
marble in three colours-carnation, white, and
black; and on the top of its tower a flag of
these same three colours waved out merrily in
the sun.
The Queen Mother, when she saw this,
could not repress a bad word; but before it
was out of her mouth Prince Otto was out of
the room. "Stop! stop!" she cried: but he
tore down-stairs and across the drawbridge and
towards the enchanted building. As he ap-
proached, the doors opened of their own accord
and closed behind him. He ran from room to

Her complexion was of carration and brilliant white" (p. '74).


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to room. All were empty, and each was more
magnificent than the last. He passed through
twenty, and was beginning to think that nobody
lived in this charming palace; but when he
came to the threshold of the twenty-first he
stood still, and his heart began to beat quicker
and quicker. For at the end of the room,
on a pile of rich cushions, there sat a lady, who
rose to welcome him. Her complexion was of
carnation and brilliant white, and her hair as
dark and glossy as a raven's plumes. At the
sight of her Prince Otto's enchantment was
snapped, and he knew her.
Carnation!" he cried.
And they fell into each other's arms and
wept and laughed; and I have heard say they
were happy ever after. But nobody has told
me, nor could I ever find out, what became of
Princess Nettle and the Queen Mother.



ONCE upon a time there stood, on an island
in the Vistula, a great square castle surrounded
by a strong rampart. At each corner was a
tower, and from these many a flag waved in
the wind. A bridge connected the island with
the river-bank: and on bridge and tower and
rampart a hundred sentinels kept guard and
called to one another with hoarse voices.
In this castle lived a knight, a brave and
famous fighter. Whenever he returned from
victory, great .w,''.\ tis laden with booty
rumbled over the bridge into the castle: the
trumpets along the battlements blew Fanfara !
fanfara! and all the people who dwelt along
the river-bank shook in their shoes.
There were deep dungeons beneath the
castle, and in them many prisoners were shut


up. Every day these prisoners were led out to
work, some to keep the ramparts in repair,

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"The old witch crept up to the knight."

others to dig in the castle garden. Among
them was an old woman who was a sorceress.
She had sworn to be revenged on the knight
She had sworn to be revenged on the knight


for his ill treatment of her, and waited year
after year for her opportunity.
One day, as she was working in the garden,
the knight came walking along and sat him-
self down on a bench. He was tired, for he
had just returned from a toilsome campaign.
So presently his eyes closed, and in a little
while he fell fast asleep.
The old witch, who had been watching him,
went to a bed of poppies, and, gathering some
poppy-seed in her hand, crept up to the knight.
She scattered the poppy-seed over his eyes to
make him sleep the sounder, and then she took
an aspen branch and struck him on the breast
over his heart. At once his breast opened, so
that you could look in and see his heart as
it lay there and beat. Then the old witch
laughed an evil laugh, stretched out her bony
arm, and with her hooked fingers drew out the
knight's heart so quietly that he never even
stirred. Next she took a hare's heart, which
she kept hidden under her cloak, put it into the


breast, and closed up the opening. Creeping
away on tip-toe, she hid herself behind a clump
of bushes to see the effect of her wicked work.
The knight was not long in finding out the
change the hare's heart was making in him.
He began to shiver in his sleep and turn un-
easily from side to side: for he, who had never
known fear, was beginning to dream horribly.
He woke with a shudder and sat up. His fore-
head was damp with sweat, and he felt as if
his armour were crushing him. Over the wall
came the voices of his hounds barking in their
kennels. Once he had delighted in the sound,
and dearly he had loved their deep baying as
he followed them through the forest after the
wild boar. But now he quaked from head to
heel, and fled out of the garden for his life.
As he ran up the stairs to his room, the clang
of his armour, the jingle of his silver spurs,
the clatter of his sword, possessed him with
such terror that he tore them off and, flinging
them from him, sank upon his bed.


Fear followed him even in his sleep. Night
after night the challenge of his sentries upon
the ramparts, the barking of his watch-dogs
in the court, kept him shuddering as he lay
on his bed, and he buried his face, like a
frightened child, in the pillow. Night after
night he wept to think he was such a coward,
and paused in the midst of his tears to shudder
and shake at the wind that sang around the
castle-roof or the sound of the river as it
lapped the foundation walls far below.
At length a body of his enemies took heart
and came to besiege him in his castle. The
knight's soldiers eyed their master, and waited
for him to give the word and lead them forth.
They could not understand why he delayed.
But he-whose heart had used to swell at the
sound-when he heard the clash of arms, the
shouts of men, and the tramp of horses' hoofs,
fled up and up to the topmost chamber of his
castle. From there he looked down upon the
enemy's force. And when he remembered his


deeds in times past, his campaigns and combats
and victories, he fell on his knees and clasped
his hands together, and cried out aloud-
0 God! give me back my courage: give
me the old strength and vigour of heart.
Already my men have taken the field, and I
who used to lead them now peer out upon the
enemy, like a girl, through the highest loop-
hole. Give my old self back to me, and send
me forth a man again."
As he prayed he seemed to awake from a
dream. He ran down to his chamber, buckled
on his armour, leapt upon his horse, and rode
out at the castle gate. His soldiers shouted as
he came, and sounded the trumpets. The
knight spurred his horse and dashed forward
with fury. But in his secret heart he was
afraid; and when his men pressed after him
and gallantly engaged the enemy his fear
grew and grew, and he turned and-fled.
Even when he was back in his fortress, safe
behind the thick walls, the fear did not leave

" The knight spurred his horse" (p. 80).


him. He tottered down from his horse, ran to
an inner chamber, and there, quite unmanned,
sat down and waited for a shameful death.
But, as it happened, he was safe, for his
men had turned the foe and chased them off
the field. The guards cheered as they returned
victorious, and the trumpets sounded along the
battlements. But when they came to look for
their chief they found him hiding, half-dead,
in a deep cellar.
The unhappy knight did not live long after
this. During the winter he tried to warm his
limbs by the big fireside of his castle. But
they shivered and shook all the time. When
spring came he would open his window to the
sunshine and fresh air; and one day a swal-
low that had built its nest under the eaves of
the roof came swooping by and brushed the
knight's face with its wing. As if struck by
lightning, the poor man fell down upon the
ground, and in a short while died.
All his men mourned for their master: for


they knew that nothing but enchantment could
have changed so good a knight. And about a
year after, when some sorceresses were under-
going the ordeal for keeping off the rain, one
of them confessed that she had stolen the
knight's heart and put a hare's heart in its
place. Then they understood why a man who
had once been so bold had become so fearful:
and, dragging the witch to his grave, they
burned her there alive.



ONCE upon a time there lived a king who
had three daughters, all beautiful as the day,
and so amiable that their like was not to be
found far or near. But the youngest princess
excelled her sisters, not only in beauty, but
in gentleness and goodness of heart. Every-
body loved her, and the king, her father,
was more fondly attached to her than to
either of his other daughters.
It happened, one autumn, that there was
a fair in a town not far from the royal palace,
and the king resolved on going- to it with his
attendants. Before setting out, he summoned
his daughters and asked them what they
would like for fairings; for it was his custom
always to bring them home some.present.


Said the eldest princess, I should like a
necklace of rubies, and slippers of satin, and
a canary in a silver cage."
And the second said, "I should like a
necklace of emeralds, and some new strings
for my harp, and a little white kitten, so
small that it can curl up and sleep in my
But when it came to the turn of the
youngest she said she wished for nothing.
The king was surprised at this, and asked
her whether she would not like some ornament
or other; but she answered that she had
plenty of gold and jewels. When he con-
tinued, however, to urge her, she said, "There
is one thing I would gladly have, if only I
dared to ask."
"What may that be?" her father asked.
"Tell me; and if it be in my power, you
shall have it."
It is this," said the princess; I have
heard talk of THE THREE SINGING LEAVES, and


them I wish to have before all things in the
The king laughed. That is no great
request," said he; "but since you desire
these leaves, and no greater gift, you shall
have them." So he kissed his daughter, and
rode away.
When he reached the town where the fair
was held, he found a vast multitude of people,
and many foreign merchants uncording their
bales and displaying their wares in the
streets and market-places. There was no
lack of wares; and he very soon made pur-
chases for his two elder daughters. But
although he went from booth to booth, and
inquired of the traders, both from the east
and the west, he could learn nothing of the
three singing leaves; but all shook their heads
and shrugged their shoulders. At length the
king was tired out. Evening was drawing
on, and though much disappointed, for he
would gladly have gratified' his best-loved


daughter, he ordered his horse to be saddled,
summoned his attendants, and rode home-
wards in very low spirits.
But a very few miles beyond the town, as
he rode along deep in thought, he suddenly
lifted his head and reined up his horse. By
this time it was twilight, and the hedges were
dim on either hand; but over the hedgerow
to his right sounds were floating, as of harps
and lutes and dulcimers, so exquisitely sweet
that it seemed to him he had never heard the
like in his whole life. As he listened, the
music grew sweeter and sweeter. He rose
in his stirrups and tried to peer over the
hedge; but it was too dark to see whence
the sounds proceeded. Without hesitating
longer, he rode on to the nearest gate and
entered a spacious green meadow; and here
the concert became louder and clearer the
further he went, till at last he came to a hazel-
bush, on the top of which three golden leaves
were swaying to and fro in the breeze, and as


they swayed they sang in the most delicious
The king was now not a little glad; for
he knew, of course, that these must be the
leaves of which his daughter had spoken. He
was just about to pluck them, when, as he
stretched out his hand, they drew back from
his grasp, and at the same instant a voice cried
out of the hazel-bush-
As soon as the king could find his speech,
he asked, Who are you? And will you sell
me your leaves for gold or good words ? "
The voice answered (and this time it
seemed to come from the roots of the bush),
neither with bad nor good will you buy my
leaves, but with one promise only."
What is that ?" asked the king, eagerly.
"It is," replied the voice, that you will
give me the first living thing you meet when
you return home to your palace."


The king thought this a singular demand;
but he remembered the promise he had made
to his youngest daughter, and gave his word.
The leaves now no longer shrank back from
his touch, and he easily gathered them, and
went on his way again, full of joy.

We must now run ahead of him and look
into the royal palace, where the three prin-
cesses had been sitting the whole livelong
day, sewing silk on their knees and talking
of the presents their father was to bring home
from the fair. As the sun sank, the youngest
laid down her needle and said, "Let us go
down the hill and along the road and meet
our father on his way."
But "No," said her two sisters; "the road
is dusty, and will spoil our gold-embroidered
So they sat and sewed on for a little while
longer: and then the youngest set down her
needle again and said, It would be pleasant


to run down the hill and along the road and
meet him."
But "No," said her sisters again; why
should we? The dew is falling and will spoil
our silk-embroidered stockings."
A little while yet the youngest stitched on,
and then she laid her needle by the third time.
"Stay you here and sew," said she, "and
I will go alone and meet my father."
So she tied on her cloak, and ran down the
hill and along the road: and very soon she
heard the tramp of horses and the noise of
men and the clashing of arms. But above all
these sounds she heard another, and this was
the sweetest song ever listened to by mortal
ears. And, hearing this, she ran faster: for
now she knew it was her father coming and
that he was bringing with him the three sing-
ing leaves. And, coming upon the cavalcade
around a corner of the road, she ran to him
and sprang up to throw her arms about him
and kiss him.


But the king trembled as he stooped in his
saddle towards her: for he remembered his
oath, and now saw that he had promised away
his own child. For a long time he could not
speak, and the princess begged him in vain
to tell her the cause of his sorrow: but at
length he related all that had befallen him on
his journey, and how he had promised the
first living creature he should meet on his re-
turn. And with this he burst into tears, and
the princess, too, wept bitterly, and all the
courtiers wept with them. Never was there
such lamentation.
But there was no help for it, since the king
had given his oath. And the end was that he
returned to the meadow and left his daughter
by the hazel-bush, and rode away broken-
A long time the princess stood weeping
by the green hazel-bush, following her father
with her eyes; for the moon had risen by this
time, and the country for miles around was


clear to see. But when the king and his
cavalcade had passed out of sight, and while
she was still listening to the tramp of their
horses, suddenly the bush against which she
was leaning, opened its green arms gently
and enclosed her, and sank softly with her,
down, down, and under the ground.
Then the princess looked about her, and
was amazed to find herself in a spacious hall,
the roof of which stood on glittering pillars
and was ornamented with gold and silver and
precious stones. Each of these precious stones
was a tiny lamp, and together they gave the
most exquisite soft light, by which she was
able to see all about her. There was not a
living soul in the hall; but a beautiful bed
stood all ready in the corner, with sheets and
coverlet whiter than driven snow: and on this
the princess flung herself when she grew
weary of exploring. The light of the lamps
died out, and presently she fell into a delicious


She had not rested long, when the door
opened and a man entered, who walked
straight to the bed, welcomed her with many
loving words, and said that he was the master
of the place and that his name was Prince
"For the present, dearest," he went on,
" you cannot see me; for I live under a spell
which a wicked Troll-wife has cast upon me,
and must not be seen by any living being.
Therefore I can come to you only by night.
But if you will be faithful to me, her spell
will be broken in time."
He then lay down on the bed and slept
by the side of the princess; but rose before
day dawned, and left his young bride. Nor
until the night had fallen again did he revisit
A long time passed thus. The princess sat
in her beautiful chamber, and everything she
wished for she had. If she felt melancholy,
she had only to listen to the three singing

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leaves and she grew cheerful again. And by-
and-by she gave up feeling melancholy, for
three of the loveliest children were born to her:
first two little sons and then a little daughter.
And now she was perfectly happy, and did
nothing all day long but caress and care for
her children and watch them at their play,
and long for her beloved Prince Hatt.
But one evening it happened that the
prince returned home later than usual.
Dearest of my heart," said the princess,
" where have you been so long? For my
heart has been troubled about you."
"I come," he answered, "from your
father's court, and I have news for you. The
king is about to marry again, and if it will
give you pleasure you shall go to the wedding
and take the children with you."
The princess was delighted, and thanked
her husband over and over. But he added -
One thing, however, you must promise
me-that you will never tell my secret. But


if your stepmother takes you by the hand and
wants to lead you into a room to talk with you
alone, you must refuse. For otherwise evil
will come upon us both."
"No, indeed," said the princess, I will
never tell our secret."
So next morning she prepared her richest
clothes and ornaments for the wedding. When
all was ready there came forth a gilt coach, in
which she seated herself with her children,
and was whisked over hill and dale, and in
the twinkling of an eye drew up before her
father's palace. The wedding guests were
already assembled, and the wedding beer was
being drunk amid much mirth and revelry.
You can fancy the joy of all at the princess's
unexpected arrival. The king rose from his
throne and embraced her with delight, and so
did his bride and both the princesses. All
crowded around her and bade her heartily
When the first greetings were over, the king


and queen began to ask the princess many
questions, but above all the queen was anxious
to know about Prince Hatt, who he was and
how he behaved to her. The princess an-
swered very sparingly, so that it was easy to
see she spoke on the subject with reluctance:
but the queen's curiosity only rose the higher.
At length her continued questions vexed the
king. "Wife," he said, "what is all this to
us ? It is enough that my daughter is con-
tented and happy." This silenced her for a
while: but presently she went up slily and
took the princess by the hand and whispered-
Come with me, and we can talk alone in
my own chamber."
The princess remembered Prince Hatt's
warning and answered, "What we have to say
can be said now as well as any time, and here
as well as anywhere."
So the stepmother was baffled. But being
a crafty woman, she waited and watched an
opportunity to take the princess off her guard.

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