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violent desire to see the beautiful maiden, and ascertain whether it The king's daughter then asked :were all true that the young men had related. He therefore rode
“Does the troll sleep with my dear young prince, out to hunt with his hawks and hounds, and penetrated far into the
In the high chainber ?” forest, to the place where the king's daughter sat knitting her glove.
“Yes, she does so, iny lady," said the dog. The prince approached her, courteously greeted her, and said: The queen continued: “I will come again on Thursday night, “Why sit ye here, fair damsel, and knit so diligently ?”
and afterwards never more." She then began to weep bitterly, and The maiden answered :
returned to the river, where she was changed into a duck, which “I am knitting a glove :
played about on the water. But when the men perceived all this, I expect to wed the king's son of Denmark.”
it appeared to them as very wonderful, so that they went privately
to their lord, and related to him what they had heard and seen. On hearing this the king's son was wonder-struck, and he asked At this intelligence the king sank into deep reflection, and comthe young maiden whether she would accompany him to his home. manded the watchmen to send him notice when the form appeared The princess laughed at his proposal, and at the instant a ring of red the third time. gold fell from her mouth, and when she rose to go, red roses sprung On the third Thursday night, when all had retired to rest, the up in her footsteps.
king's daughter again rose from the water, and went to the palace. Now the prince's heart inclined towards her, so that he confessed On entering the kitchen, as before, she spoke to her dog, and said :who he was, and asked the young maiden whether she would be
“ Little Nappe, my dog, his bride. The princess said she would, and, at the same time gave
Hast thou some food to give me to-night?” him to understand that her birth and lineage were not inferior to his own. They then proceeded together to the royal palace, and “No, indeed I have not, my lady," answered the dog. the king's daughter became the wife of the prince. Every one
The king's daughter again asked :wished her joy, but to the king's son she was dearer than anything else in the world
“Does the troll sleep with my dear young prince, At this news the wicked step-mother was more envious than
In the high chamber?” before, and thought of nothing so much as how she should effect her “Yes, she does so, my lady," answered the dog. step-daughter's destruction, and make her own daughter queen in
The queen then sighed deeply and said: “I shall now never her stead.
come again," and then began to weep bitterly, and was going out Just at that time it happened that there was a great war, so that the king's son was obliged to go forth with the army, though the
to return to the river. But the king had been standing behind the this opportunity, the step-mother proceeded to the king's palace, little finger, so that there came forth three drops of blood. young queen was about to be brought to bed. Availing herself of door, listening to the conversation ; and when the figure was about
to depart, he took his silver-bladed knife and wounded her left and conducted herself most affably towards every one. But when the young queen was taken ill, the step-mother treacherously placed
The sorcery was now ended; the queen awoke as froni a dream, her own daughter in the place of the queen, and transformed the and said : Ha! ha! wert thou standing there ?" She then, full of latter into a little duck that swam in the river opposite the king's joy, fell on her husband's neck, who bore her up to her chamber. palace.
The young queen now related to her consort all that had passed, Some time after this the war came to an end, and the young went to the step-mother, who was sitting by her daughter's bed.
and they were overjoyed at seeing each other again. The king then king returned home, full of longing to see his fair bride again. On The false queen was holding the babe on her arm, feigning to be entering the sleeping chamber and finding his ugly step-sister in bed, he was sorely aflicted, and inquired what had so altered his very weak after her illness. consort's appearance. The treacherous step-mother, who was in
The king on entering greeted the old troll-wife, and asked: “If stantly ready with an answer, said, “That comes of her illness, and tell me what would be a fitting reward for her ?”
any one should destroy my sick queen, and throw her into the river, will soon pass away.”
The wicked step-mother, not ting that her treachery was The king inquired further : “Formerly gold rings fell from her discovered, instantly answered : “ That person would well deserve mouth every time my queen laughed, now toads and frogs spring to be placed in a cask set with spikes, and rolled down a mountain.” forth ; formerly red roses grew in her footsteps, but now only thistles and thorns. What can be the cause of all this?"
Then the king, full of wrath, rose up and said: “Thou hast now But the wicked queen was prepared with this
pronounced thy own doom, and it shall be with thee as thou thyself answer :
hast said." she is, so will she continue, and not otherwise, until the king shall take the blood of a little duck, that swims about in the river."
So the troll-wife was placed in a cask set round with spikes, and The king asked: "How can I get the blood of the little duck ?”
rolled down the mountain; and her daughter, the false queen, The stepmother answered : " It must be taken between the
suffered the same punishment.
But the king kissed his lawful queen, and lived with her in peace increase and the wane of the moon.” The king now ordered the little duck to be caught, but the bird
and happiness. escaped from all the snares, in whatever manner laid. On a Thursday night, while all were wrapt in sleep, the watchman
TO A GLOW-WORM. observed a white form, in every respect resembling the queen, which rose up from the river, and went into the kitchen. The queen
LITTLE being of a day, had possessed a little dog called Nappe, to which she was much
Glowing in thy cell alone, attached. On entering the kitchen she said:
Shedding light, with mystic ray,
On thy path, and on my own.
Dost thou whisper to my heart ? “No, indeed I have not, my lady," answered the dog.
“Though I grovel in the sod, The king's daughter then said :
Still I mock man's boasted art,
With the workmanship of God !"
See the fire-fly in his flight,
Scorning the terrene career ;
He, the eccentric meteor bright, deeply, went down to the river, and was changed into a little duck,
Thou, the planet of thy sphere. as before. On the following Thursday night the same occurrence took place.
Why within thy cavern damp When the people were gone to rest, the watchmen observed a white
Thus with trembling dost thou cower ? form rise from the river and proceed to the kitchen. They were all
Fear'st thou I would quench thy lampgreatly surprised at this sight, and went secretly to listen to what
Lustre of thy lonely bower ? she said and did. When she came into the kitchen, she said :
No! regain thy couch of clay,
Sparkle brightly as before ;
Man should dread to take away "No, indeed I have not, my lady,” answered the dog.
Gifts he never can restore,
66 Just as
“Here we can cut a nice piece of turf for the Lark," said one of Listen to my story!
the boys; and he began to cut deep all round the Daisy, leaving her
in the centre. In the country, close by the road-side, there stands a summerhouse -- you must certainly have seen it. In front is a little garden
“Pull out the flower," said the other boy; and the little Daisy full of towers, enclosed by white palings; and on a bank out-ide trembled all over for fear; for she knew that if she were torn out the palings, amidst the freshest green grass, there grew a little she would die, and she wished so much to live, as she was to be put Daisy. The sun shone as brightly and warmly upon the Daisy as into the cage with the imprisoned Lark. upon the large showy flowers within the garden, and therefore it
“No, leave it alone!” said the first boy, "it looks so pretty grew hourly, so that one morning it stood fully open, with its deli- and so she was let alone, and was put into the Lark's cage. cate white gleaming leaves, which, like rays, surrounded the little
But the poor bird loudly lamented the loss of his freedom, and yellow sun in their centre.
bent his wings against the iron bars of his cage ; and the little flower It never occurred to the little flower that no one noticed her, could not speak-could not say a single word of comfort to him, hidden as she was among the grass ; she was quite contented : she much as she wished to do so. Thus passed the whole morning, turned towards the warm sun, looked at it, and listened to the Lark
“There is no water here!" sang the captive Lark; "they have all who was singing in the air.
gone out and forgotten me; not a drop of water to drink! my The Daisy was as happy as if it were a jubilee day, and yet it throat is dry and parched! there is fire and ice within me, and the was only Monday. The children were at school ; and whilst they air is so heavy! Alas! I must die; I must leave the warm sun sat upon their forms, and learned their lessons, the little flower upon shine, the fresh green trees, and all the beautiful things which God her green stalk learned from the warm sun and everything around has created !". And then he thrust his beak into the cool grass, in her, how good God is.
order to refresh himself a little-and his eye fell vpon the Daisy, Meanwhile the little Lark expressed clearly and beautifully in and the bird bowed to her, and said, “ Thou, too, wilt wither here, song all that she felt in silence. And the flower looked up with thou poor little flower! They have given me thee, and the piece of reverence to the happy bird who could fly and sing ; yet it did not green around thee, instead of the whole world which I possessed distress her that she could not do the same. “I can see and listen," before! Every little blade of grass is to me a green tree, thy every thought she ; “the sun shines on me, and the wind kisses me. Oh! white petal a fragrant flower! Alas! thou only remindest me of how richly am I blessed.”
what I have lost." There stood within the palings several grand, stiff-looking could not move a single petal ; yet the fragrance which came from
“ Oh! that I could comfort him !” thought the Daisy, but she flowers: the less fragrance they had the more airs they gave her delicate blossom was stronger than is usual with this flower ; the themselves. The Peonies puffed themselves out, in order to make bird noticed it, and although, panting with thirst, he tore the green themselves larger than the Roses. The Tulips had the gayest colours of all; they were fully aware of it, and held themselves as
blade in very anguish, he did not touch the flower. straight as a candle, that they might be the better seen. They took
It was evening, and yet no one came to bring the poor bird a drop no notice at all of the little flower outside the palings : but she of water; he stretched out his slender wings, and shook them conlooked all the more upon them, thinking, “ How rich and beautiful vulsively; his song was a mournful wail; his little head bent they are! Yes, that noble bird will surely fly down and visit them. towards the flower, and the bird's heart broke from thirst and How happy am I, who live so near them, and can see their beauty!"
desire. Just at this moment, “ Quirrevit !" the Lark flew down, but he
The flower could not now, as on the preceding evening, fold came not to the Peonies or the Tulips : no, he flew down to the
together her leaves and sleep: sad and sick she drooped to the
poor little Daisy in the grass, who was almost frightened from pure joy, ground, and knew not what to think, she was so surprised.
The boys did not come till the next morning ; and when they saw The litt le bird hopped about, and sang, “Oh, how soft is this the bird was dead, they wept bitterly. They dug a pretty grave, grass! and what a sweet little flower blooms here, with its golden which they adorned with floral-petals; the bird's body was put into heart and silver garment!” for the yellow centre of the Daisy a pretty red box; royally was the poor bird buried! Whilst he yet looked just like gold, and the little petals around gleamed silver lived and sang they forgot him-left him suffering in his cage-and wbite.
now he was highly honoured and bitterly bewailed. How liappy the little Daisy was! no one can imagine how happy.
But the piece of turf with the daisy in it was thrown out into the The bird kissed her with his beak, sang to her, and then flew up street : no one thought of her who had felt most for the little bird, again into the blue sky. It was a full quarter of an hour ere the and who had so much wished to comfort him! flower recovered herself. Half ashamed, and yet completely happy, she looked at the flowers in the garden; they must certainly be
THE DUSTMAN. aware of the honour and happiness that had been conferred upon her, they must know how delighted she was.
WEDNESDAY. But the Tulips held themselves twice as stiff as before, and their
Oh, how the rain poured down! Edward could hear it even in faces grew quite red with anger. As to the thick-headed Peonies, his sleep, and when the Dustman opened the window the water it was, indeed, well that they could not speak, or the little Daisy came in upon the ledge; there was quite a lake in front of the would have heard something not very pleasant. The poor little house, and on it a splendid ship. flower could see well that they were in an ill-humour, and she was
“Will you sail with me, little Edward ?” said the Dustman; “ if much grieved at it.
you will, you shall visit foreign lands to night, and be here again by Soon after a girl came into the garden with a knife, sharp and the morning.” bright; she went up to the Tulips and cut off one after another, And now Edward, dressed in his Sunday clothes, was in the ship; "Ugh! that is horrible," sighed the Daisy ; “it is now all over the weather immediately cleared up, and they floated down the with them.” The girl then went away with the Tulips. How gład street, cruised round the church, and were soon sailing upon the was the Daisy that she grew in the grass outside the palings, and wide sea. They quickly lost sight of land, and could see only a was a despised little flower! She felt really thankful; and when number of storks, which had come from Edward's country, and were the sun set, she folded her leaves, went to sleep, and dreamed all going to a warmer one. The storks came flying one after another, night of the sun and the beautiful bird.
and were already very far from land. One of them, however, was so The next morning when our little flower, fresh and cheerful, weary, that his wings could scarcely bear him up any longer; again spread out all her white petals in the bright sunshine and clear he was last in the flock, and soon lagged far behind the others; he blue sky, she heard the voice of the bird ; but he sung so mournfully. sank lower and lower, with his wings outspread, still endeavouring Alas! the poor Lark had good reason for sorrow; he had been to move them, but in vain ; his wings touched the ship's cordage, he caught, and put into a cage close by the open window. He sang of slid down the sail, and, bounce! there he stood on the deck. the joys of a free and unrestrained flight; he sang of the young So the cabin-boy put him into the coop, where the hens, ducks, green corn in the fields, and the pleasure of being borne up by his and turkeys were kept; the poor stork stood amongst them quite wings in the open air. The poor bird was certainly very unhappy confounded. -he sat a pensive pensioner in his narrow cage !
“ Only look, what a silly fellow!" said all the Hens. And the The little Daisy would so willingly have helped him, but how Turkeycock made himself as big as he could, and asked him who could she ? Ah! ihat she knew not: she quite forgot how beautiful he was; and the ducks waddled backwards and nudged each other, was all around her, how warmly the sun shone, how pretty and crying “Quack, quack.”. white were her. petals. Alas! she could only think of the impri- The Stork then told them about his warm Africa, and about the soned bird—whom it was not in her power to help.
pyramids, and about the ostrich, who races through the desert like Suddenly two little boys came out of the garden; one of them a wild horse; but the Ducks did not understand him, and again had a knife in his hand, as large and as sharp as that with which the nudged each other, saying, “Do not we all agree in thinking him girl had cut the Tulips. They went up straight to the little Daisy, very stupid.” who aanld not imorinn what they wanted
“Yes, indeed he is stupid !" said the Turkeycock, and began to be is separated from his natural companions—and where he cannot gobble.
possibly receive that refreshment which the air must afford to him So the Stork was silent, and thought about his Africa. “You when at liberty to fly to such a height. But this is not all, for many have really very pretty slender legs!” said the Turkeycock ; " what a poor bird is caught and taken away from its family, after it has did they cost you per yard ?".
been at the trouble of building a nest-has, perhaps, laid its eggs, or “Quack, quack, quack!" all the Ducks began to titter; but the even hatched its young ones, which are by this means exposed to Stork pretended not to hear the question.
certain destruction. It is likely that these very Redbreasts have “You might just as well have laughed with them,” said the young ones, for this is the season of the year for their hatching; and I Turkeycock to him, "for it was a capital joke! But perhaps it was rather think they have, from the circumstance of their always not high enough for you? Ah! ah! he has very grand ideas; let coming together.". "If that is the case” said Miss Harriet, " it us go on amusing Ourselves.” And then he gobhled, the hens would be a pity indeed to confine them. But why, mamma, if it is cackled, and the ducks quacked; they made a terrible uproar with wrong to catch birds, did you at one time keep Canary-birds ? their nossense.
“The case is very different in respect to Canary-birds, my dear,” But Edward went to the hen coop, opened the door, and called said Mrs. Benson ; " by keeping them in a cage I did them a kindthe Stork, who immediately jumped on deck; he had now rested ness. I considered them as little foreigners who claimed my himself sufficiently, and bowed his head to Edward, as if to thank hospitality: This kind of bird came originally from a warm him. He then spread his wings and flew away–whilst the hens climate ; they are in their nature very susceptible of cold, and would cackled, the ducks guacked, and the turkeycock turned as red as fire. perish in the open air in our winters; neither does the food which
“To-morrow we will have you all made into soup!" said Edward; they feed on grow plentifully in this country; and as here they are whereupon he awoke, and found himself in his own little bed. A always bred in cages, they do not know how to procure the materials strange journey had the Dustman taken him that night.
for their nest abroad. And there is another particular which would greatly distress them were they to be turned loose, which is, the
persecution they would be exposed to from other birds. I THE HEATH-BELL OF SCOTLAND.
remember once to have seen a poor hen Canary-bird, which Come, little flower, the Scotsman's toast,
had been turned loose because it could not sing; and surely And pretty Highland lassie's boast,
no creature could be more miserable. It was starving for Worn in the cap of warrior wight
want of victuals, famishing with thirst, shivering with cold, and When he goes onward to the fight,
looked terrified to the greatest degree ; while a parcel of sparrows And bares his shining battle-blade
and chaffinches pursued it from place to place, twittering and For native land and cottage maid
chirping with every mark of insult. I could not help fancying the Worn in the bosom of the lass
little creature to be like a foreigner just landed from some distant Of many a hill or mountain pass,
country, followed by a rude rabble of boys, who were ridiculing him Who joy, as token they are true,
because his dress and language were strange to them." To sport the bit of faithful blue,
“And wbat became of the poor little creature, mamma ?" said Transplanted from its bed of heath,
Miss Harriet. “I was going to tell you, my dear,” replied Mrs.
Benson. “I ordered the servant to bring me a cage, with seed and
water in their usual places; this I caused to be hung on a tree, next For in thy meek and modest dress
to that in which the little sufferer in vain endeavoured to hide Thou'lt add unto her loveliness,
herself among the leaves from her cruel pursuers. No sooter did And seem to one who owns her rule,
the servant retire than the poor little wretch flew to it. I immediately Like her, so simply beautiful.
bad the cage brought into the parlour, where I experienced great Come, little flower, on hill or dell
pleasure in observing what happiness the poor creature enjoyed in Grows not a bud I love so well
her deliverance. I kept it some years; but not choosing to confine As thee, old Scotia's sweet Blue-bell.
her in a little cage, I had a large one bought, and procured a companion for her of her own species. I supplied them with materials
for building; and from them proceeded a little colony, which grew THE ROBINS.
so numerous, that you know I gave them to Mr. Bruce to put into his aviary, where you have seen them enjoying themselves. So now I hope I have fully accounted for having kept Canary-birds in a cage.” “You have indeed, mamma," said Harriet.
“ I have also,” said Mrs. Benson, “occasionally kept larks. In severe winters, vast numbers of them come to this country from a colder climate, and many perish. Quantities of them are killed and sold for the spit; and the bird-catchers usually have a great many to sell ; and many an idle boy has some to dispose of. I frequently buy them, as you know Harriet; but as soon as the fine weather returns I constantly set them at liberty. But come, my dear, prepare for your morning walk, and afterwards let me see you in my dressing-room."
"I wonder," said Frederick, " whether our Redbreasts have got a nest! I will watch to-morrow which way they fly; for I should like to see the little ones."
“And what will you do, should you find them out?” said his mamma; not take the nest I hope?'' Why,” replied Frederick, "I should like to bring it home, mamma, and put it in a tree near the house ; and then I would scatter crumbs for the old ones to feed them with."
“ Your design is a kind one," said Mrs. Benson, “but would greatly
distress your little favourites. Many birds, through fear, forsake CHAPTER III.
their nests when they are removed; therefore I desire you to let WHE cock bird, having finished his breakfast, flew out at the them alone, if you should chance to find them.” Miss Harriet then
window followed by his mate ; and as soon as they were out remarked that she thought it very cruel to take birds' nests." Ah! A
of sight, Mrs. Benson continued her discourse. “And would my dear," said Mrs. Benson, “those who commit such barbarous you really confine these sweet creatures in a cage, Frederick, merely actions are quite insensible to the distress they occasion. It is very to have the pleasure of feeding them ? Should you like to be always true, that we ought not to indulge so great a degree of pity and tenshut up in a little room, and think it sufficient if you were supplied derness for animals as for those who are more properly our fellow with victuals and drink? Is there no enjoyment in running about, creatures—I mean men, women, and children: but, as every living jumping, and going from place to place ? Do not you like to keep creature can feel, we should have a constant regard to those feelings, company with little boys and girls ? And is there no pleasure in and strive to give happiness rather than inflict misery. But go, my breathing the fresh air ? Though these little animals are inferior to dears, and take your walk.” Mrs. Benson then left them to attend you, there is no doubt but they are capable of enjoyments similar to her usual morning employments; and the young lady and gentlethese; and it must be a dreadful life for a poor bird to be shut up in man, attended by their maid, passed an agreeable half-hour in the a cage, where he cannot so much as wake use of his wings—where gar_len.
In the meantime the hen Redbreast returned to the nest, while
LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD. her mate took his fight in search of food for his family. When the
In the pleasant and secluded village of Rushmere there once lived a little mother approached the nest she was surprised at not hearing as girl, who was so amiable and obliging that she was a great favourite with usual the chirping of her young ones ; and what was her astonish- all who knew her. Her mother loved her dearly, and as for her grandment at seeing them all crowded together, trembling with apprehension !. “What is the matter, my nestlings," said she, “ that I mother, she fairly doated upon her. The little girl was known all through find you in this terror ?"
the country by the name of Little Red Riding-Hood on account of a pretty "Oh, my dear," cried Robin, who first ventured to raise up his little scarlet hood she used to wear, which her mother —who was very proud head, “is it you ?" Pecksy then revived, and entreated her mother of her daughter-had inade for her to go out in. to come into the nest, which she did without delay, and the little One day her mother, who had been baking a batch of bread, made also tremblers crept under her wings, endeavouring to conceal them- some nice tea-cakes ; when they were done she said to her daughter, “ My selves in this happy retrcat.
dear child, your grandmother is not very well, I hear. I think, perhaps, “What has terrified you in this manner ?" said she. “Oh! I do she would relish some of these cakes. I will send her some, together with not know," replied Dicky,“ but we have seen such a monster as I
a pot of nice fresh butter. So get me a basket, and put on your hood, and never beheld before." “A monster, my dear! pray describe it." “: I cannot,” said Dicky; " it was too frightful to be described." take them to her, and bring me word how she does; it is a nice afternoon, "Frightful, indeed,” cried Robin ; " but I had a full view of it, and and if you lose no time you can be back before dark.” will give the best description I can.".
Now, Little Red Riding-Hood was a very dutiful and obedient child, so "We were all sitting peaceably in the nest, and very happy she did as her mother bade her. And taking the basket of cakes and butter together; Dicky and I were trying to sing, when suddenly we heard on her arm she set off for her grandmother's cottage, which was in a a noise against the wall, and presently a great round red face neighbouring village. appeared before the nest, with a pair of enormous staring eyes, a “You will go straight to your grandmother's and back," said her very large beak, and below that a wide mouth with two rows of mother," and do not loiter on the way, or stop to talk with strange people, bones that looked as if they could grind us all to pieces in an instant. if you should meet any." About the top of this round face, and down the sides, hung some
Little Red Riding Hood promised to mind what her mother said to her, thing black, but not like feathers
. When the two staring eyes had and went quickly on her way until she arrived at a wood through which she looked at us for some time, the whole thing disappeared.”. I cannot had to pass before she could arrive at her grandmother's. When she had at all conceive from your description, Robin, what this thing could got to the thickest part of the wood, where the trees were tall and large, be," said the mother, “ but perhaps it may come again.”
"Oh! I hope not,” cried Flapsy, “I shall die with fear if it does." | with a host of boughs covered with green leaves making it rather dark, she “Why so, my love ?" said her mother; “has it done you any harm ?” was startled by a rough voice saying “ Well, my little maid, and where are "I cannot say it has,” replied Flapsy. “Well then, you do very you going?”. Little Red Riding-Hood looked about her but could see no wrong, my dear, in giving way to such apprehensions.' You must person anywhere-nothing but the head of a wolf peeping from behind a strive to get the better of this fearful disposition ; when you go large tree. He would have sprung at her, and devoured her, but he abroad in the world you will see many strange objects; and if you was afraid of some woodmen at work close by, who, he well knew, would are terrified at every appearance which you cannot account for, not let him escape if he hurt their favourite little girl. you will live a most unhappy life. Endeavour to be good, and then “Where are you going, my pretty maid ?" said the wolf, in a coaxing you need not fear anything. But here comes your father, perhaps voice. Little Red Riding Hood, remembering her mother's caution, hesitated he can explain the appearance which has so alarmed you to-day.” As soon as the father had given the worm to Robin, he was pre- haps, be angry with her; so she stammered out, being terribly frightened,
to answer him, but she thought that, if she did not, the wolf would, perparing to depart for another, but, to his surprise, all the rest of the nestlings begged him to stay, declaring they had rather go with “I am going to my grandmother's, sir, to take her this pot of butter and out their meal, on condition he would but remain at home and take
some tea-cakes mother has made." care of them. Stay at home and take care of you !" said he,
“Poor old soul,” said the wolf, “I dare say your grandmother will be " why is that more necessary now than usual?” The mother then delighted to see you Pray where does she live ?" related the strange occurrence that had occasioned the request. “In the valley, by the mill – the fir: t cottage you come to over the bridge." * Nonsense!" said he, “a monster! great eyes ! large mouth ! long “Oh, I am going that way," replied the wolf, “I can walk faster on my beak! I don't understand such stuff. Besides, as it did them no four legs than you can on your two : I shall be sure to get there first, so I harm, why are they to be in such terror now it is gone ?" “Don't will call at your grandmother's and just tell her you are coming, and what be angry, dear father,” said Pecksy, "for it was very frightful, a nice present you will bring her; so good-bye for the present, my little indeed." “Well,” said he, “I will fiy all round the orchard, and maid, and don't be long." perhaps I may meet this monster.” “Oh! it will eat you up! it will
With these words he started off, and poor little Red Riding-Hood, who eat you up!" said Flapsy. “Never fear,” said he, and sheir fears were now redoubled for their father's safety; however, in his sleeve to think what a clever trick he should play upon poor The mother then again attempted to calm them, but all in vain; trembled from head to foot, was heartily glad to get rid of him.
The wolf set off as fast as his four legs would carry him, laughing to their great joy, he soon returned. “Well," said he, “I have seen this monster :* the little ones then clung to their mother, fearing the Little Red, Riding-Hood. He soon arrived at the grandmother's cottage, dreadful creature was just at hand. “What, afraid again !" cried and knocked at the door. he; “a parcel of stout hearts I have in my nest, truly! Why, when The grandmother, who was ill in bed, cried out, you fly about in the world, you will in all probability see hundreds " Who's there ?" of such monsters (as you call them), unless you chance to confine “Only me, dear grandmother,” said the wolf, in a thin voice, “I have yourselves to a retired life ; nay, even in woods and groves you will brought a pot of nice butter and some tea-cakes, which mother has sent you." be liable to meet some of them, and those of the most mischievous kind.” “I begin to comprehend,” said the mother, " that these
“If you are my Little Red Riding Hood, pull the string of the latch and dear nestlings have seen the face of a man.” “ Even so,” replied
come in,” said the grandmother. her mate; "it is a man, no other than our friend the gardener, who
So the wolf pulled the string of the latch, and let himself in. He shut has so alarmed them." A man!” cried Dicky; "was that fright the door behind him, and without any more ado, be sprang upon the poor ful thing a maup" “ Nothing more, I assure you," answered his old grandmother, tore her to pieces, and ate her up in a minute, for he was father, and a good man too, I have reason to believe; for he is ravenously bungry, not having had a good feast for several days. very careful not to frighten your mother and me when we are He then put on the grandmother's night-gown and night-cap, got into picking up worms, and has frequently thrown crumbs to us when the bed, and drew the curtains, so as to make it dark, that Little Red Ridinghe was eating his breakfast."
Hood might not discover the trick ho intended to play upon her. And he “ And does he live in this garden ?” said Flapsy. “He works lay quietly in the bed, awaiting the little girl's arrival. here very often," replied her father, “but is frequently absent." “0, then,” cried she, “pray take us abroad when he is away, for pretty things to admire on the road—birds, flowers, and insects, that, although
He had to wait longer than he expected, for the little girl saw so many indeed I cannot bear to see him." “ You are a little simpleton,” she did not stop to loiter, she did not make quite so much haste as she said the father ; "and if you do not endeavour to get more resolution, I will leave you in the nest by yourself
, when I am teaching your ought to have done. Suddenly she bethought herself that she had to go to brothers and sister to fly and peck; and what will you do then ? -for her grandmother's and be back again to her mother before dark; and to make you must not expect we shall go from them to bring you food.” up for lost time she set off running as fast as she could, and arrived at her Flapsy, fearful that her father would be quite angry, promised to grandmother's cottage quite out of breath. follow his directions in every respect; and ihe rest, animated by his She tapped at the door very gently, and a gruff voice cried out, “ Who is discourse, began to recover their spirits.
away he flew.
Little Red Riding-Hood was a little bit surprised; she said to herself
TIE FAITHFUL ANIMALS. "surely that is not dear grandmother's voice; but perhaps she has got a bad cold, and that has made her hoarse," so she answered aloud,
There was once a man who had not a great deal of money, but,
taking the little he had, he wandered into the wide world. Soon he "It is your little grand-daughter, brought you some nice tea-cakes, and a
came to a village where a crowd of boys were running about shoutpot of fresh butter."
ing and laughing, and he asked them what was the matter. "Oh," Then the wolf cried out in his thinnest voice, “ Pull the bobbin, my dear, replied they, “ we have got a mouse, which we are going to teach and let yourself in."
how to dance. Only see what capital sport it is—how it skips abont." As soon as she had stepped into the cottage, the wolf, who had hid his The man, however, pitied the poor mouse, and said, “ Let it go, my head under the bed-clothes, said, “ I am so glad you have come, my dear, 1 boys, and I will give you something.' So he gave them some am very ill indeed, and I am sure I shall relish your tea-cakes. But I can- halfpence, and they let the poor animal loose, which ran as fast not get up, so take off your clothes and come to bed and warm me, for I am
as it could into the first hole it could spy. so cold. I'll have the cakes with my tea, by and by.”
Then the man went on his way, and came to another village where So the obedient little girl did as she was requested, and took off her make them laugh, without letting the poor thing have any rest. To
some boys had a monkey, which they forced to dance and tumble, to clothes and stepped into the bed. The crafty wolf did not turn his head, these boys also the man gave money, that they might release the but Little Red Riding-Hood was startled at the strange figure she saw upon monkey. And by and by, coming to a third village, he saw boys turning down the bed-clothes, so she said,
making a bear in chains stand upright and dance, and when it “Dear me, grandmother, how long your arms have grown since you have growled they seemed all the better pleased. This animal's liberty been ill."
the man also purchased, and the bear, very glad to find himself on “ The better to hug you with, my child,” replied the wolf.
his four feet again, tramped away. “ But grandmother, dear, how very long your ears are.”
The man, however, had given away all his money, and he found “ The better to hear what you say, my child,” replied the wolf.
he had not a single farthing even left in his pocket. So he said to “Your eyes, too, how very large they are,” said the little girl.
himself, “The king has plenty in his treasury, which he
does not want. I cannot die of hunger. I must take some of this “The better to see you with, my dear,” answered the wolf.
money, and then when I become rich I can replace it." With these And, grandmother, what large teeth you have got," said the little girl, thoughts he managed to get into the treasure chamber, and took a who was getting rather alarmed.
little from the heaps, but as he was slipping out he was seized by “They'll do capitally to eat you up with,” said the wolf ; and, without the king's guards. They said he was a thief, and took him before any further parley, the wicked creature turned upon Little Red Riding the justice, who sentenced him, as he had committed a crime, to be Hood, and ate her up in a trice.
put in a chest on the water. The lid of the chest was full of holes to admit fresh air, and, besides, a jug of water and a loaf of bread
were put in with him. THE BLIND BOY.
While he was floating about in great distress of mind, he heard DEAR MARY, said the poor blind boy,
something gnawing and scratching at the lock of his chest, and all That little bird sings very long;
at once it gave way, and up flew the lid. Then he saw the mouse,
and the monkey, and the bear standing by, and found it was they Say, can you see him in his joy,
who had opened the chest, because he had helped them. But they And is he pretty as his song?
did not know how to proceed next, so they held a consultation Yes, Edward, yes, replied the maid;
together. In the meanwhile a white stone rolled by into the water, I see the bird on yonder tree;
in shape like a round egg. “ That has come in the very nick of tiine,"
said the bear, " for it is a wonderful stone, which, whoever owns The poor boy sighed, and gently said,
it can wish himself in whatever place he desires.". Sister, I wish that I could see.
The man, therefore, picked up the stone, and as he held it in The flowers you say are very fair,
his hand, he wished himself in a castle with a garden and stables. And bright green leaves are on the trees :
Scarcely bad he done so, when he found himself in a castle with And pretty birds are singing there
a garden and stables just to his mind, add everything was
beautiful and nice that he could not admire it enough. How beautiful for one who sees.
After a time some merchants came by that way, and, as they Yet I the fragrant flower can smell
passed, one called to the others, “ See what a noble castle stands And I can feel the green leaf's shade,
here, where lately, when we were here before, was nothing but dreary And I can hear the notes that swell
sand." Their curiosity was therefore aroused, and they entered the From these dear birds that God has made.
castle, and inquired of the man how he had managed to build the
place so quickly. No, sister, God to me is kind,
" I did not do it,” said he, “but my wonderful stone." Though sight, alas ! he has not given;
“What kind of a stone can it be " inquired the merchant; and, But, tell me, are there any blind
going in, the man fetched it and showed it to them. The sight of it Among the children up in Heaven ?
pleased them so much that they inquired if it were not for sale, and
offered him all their beautiful goods in exchange. The goods tock No, dearest Edward; there all see:
the man's fancy, and, his heart being fickle, and hankering after But why ask me a thing so odd?
new things, he suffered himself to be persuaded, and thought the Oh, Mary! He's so kind to me,
beautiful things were worth more than his stone, so he gave it away I thought I'd like to look at God.
to them in exchange. But scarcely had he given it out of his hands,
when all his fortune vanished, and he found himself again in his Ere long disease his hand had laid
floatirg chest on the water with nothing but his jug of water and On that dear boy so meek and mild,
loaf of bread. Ilis widowed mother wept and prayed
The faithful beasts—the mouse, monkey, and bear, as soon as they That God would spare her sightless child.
saw his misfortune, came again to help him, but they could not
manage to unfasten the lock, because it was much stronger than the He felt her warm tears on his face,
former one. Thereupon the bear said, “We must procure that And said-Oh, nerer weep for me:
wonderful stone again, or our work is useless.” Now the merchants I'm going to a bright, bright place,
had stopped at the castle, and lived there still, so the three faithful Where, Mary says, I God shall sec:
animals went away together, and when they arrived in the neigh
bourhood, the bear said the mouse must peep through the key tole And you'll come there--dear Mary, too;
and see what was going on, for as she was small no one would notice But mother, when you come up there,
her. The mouse consented, and went, but soon returned, saying, Tell Edward, mother, that 'tis you;
“ It is all of no use, I have peeped in, but the stone hangs on a red You know I never saw you here
ribbon below the mirror, and above and below it sit two great cats,
with fiery eyes, to watch it.” He spake no more, but sweetly smiled
Then the others said, “Never mind, go back again, and wait till Until the final blow was given;
the master goes to bed and falls asleep, then do you slip in through When God took up that poor blind child,
the hole, and creep on to the bed, and twitch his nose and bite off And opened first his eyes in heaven.
one of his whiskers.” So the mouse crept in and did as she was told,