Fairy Tales from Folk Lore

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Moffat, Yard, 1908 - Fairy tales - 288 pages
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Page 102 - ... house. He did not drink from this lake, but from a stream of water which issued from a hill at a little distance from the lake. Next day when he awoke, he went down to the side of the water and said to Sun, "Oh ! Sun, Father, I have been sent from my home and my heart is heavy. I am weary, Father, give me rest. Give me a home where my heart will once more be filled with the joyous song of the lark and not with the sad song of the dove.
Page 60 - She is my only child!" cried the King, trembling and turning deathly pale. "She is my dearest on earth. She is to be my heir. Yet if her death can save my country, let her be offered up to the Stoorworm. It becomes her well that the last of the oldest race in all the land should die for the welfare of the people.
Page 58 - Then they all laughed, and said, " Why did you not try ? " "I wanted to save my strength," said Assipattle, "until I fight the Stoorworm." Then all roared with laughter. And his father said, " You'll fight the Stoorworm when I make spoons from the horns of the moon ! " Now there arose great murmuring and lamentation over all the land about the death of so many young damsels. Folk said, if this goes on, there will not be a woman to bring forth men left in the land. So the Thing was called, and the...
Page 64 - Thou needest not ride alone," says the goodman ; " I'll take thee behind me, and we'll both ride on Teetgong;13 and I'll be bound there will none go before us while we ride on him." Now Teetgong was the fastest horse in all the land. Then quoth the goodwife, "Why wouldst thou care to take an old wife like me behind thee before all the folk ? " " What havers ! " said the goodman. " Does thou think there is any one in the world I would like better to sit behind me than my ain goodwife?
Page 120 - Moquis, he leapt up and began to advance, taking strides a half mile in length. When the Giant saw Lolomi, he threw a large spear that struck his foe's breastplate, but glanced harmlessly off. He threw another, which bounded back from Lolomi's breastplate and struck the giant upon the knee. He gave a howl of pain that shook the earth, and was about to step upon Lolomi; but the courageous youth, remembering what the toad had said, looked steadily at him, advancing slowly. The Giant walked slowly backwards,...
Page 111 - Who are you, and where are you going?" it said. "I am searching for the land of the Great Serpent, that I may gain wisdom and — a wife,
Page 79 - If you will give me your youngest daughter, I will make you rich." So the peasant went in and asked his daughter if she would be the wife of the White Bear; and the daughter said "No.
Page 103 - Daw-wa appeared at once, and said: "Do as I bid thee, my son, and thou shalt be rewarded. Set out upon thy journey, ever keeping thy face turned to[102] wards me. Take with thee these four plume-sticks and this bag of magic meal that I have brought. Ere long thou wilt come to a great lake. At its border thou wilt find some roots and herbs, which thou must eat; they will stay thy hunger for many days. Tie the four plume-sticks together and place them upon the water. Get aboard the raft that will appear,...
Page 111 - I may gain wisdom and — a wife," replied the lad. "You are already in the land of the Great Serpent," replied the reptile. "I am the Great Serpent, and I will give you the knowledge you crave." It is recorded that the snake told White Corn all about the heavenly bodies, the winds, the nations of the earth, and all things that in those days made men wise. "Now you are prepared to commune with the Great Chief...
Page 53 - I shall take her back with me." The farmer and his wife were delighted when they learned that their daughter was to be a maid of the beautiful Princess Gemdelovely. The mother got her few dresses and packed them into a bundle as quickly as possible. The goodman made her a pair of rivlins, or rough cow-hide sandals, and gave them to the girl. She was much pleased, for rivlins were very fashionable in those days.

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