Grandfather's Stories

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American Book Company, 1889 - Children - 137 pages

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Page 39 - King Midas looked at them with delight, but thought to himself, " I can make you far more precious "; so he took great pains, in going from bush to bush, to touch every rose, until each flower and bud, and even the worms at the heart of some of them, were changed to gold.
Page 42 - On hearing her father's outcry, pretty Marygold started from her chair, and, running to him, threw her arms affectionately about his knees. The king bent down and kissed her tenderly. He felt that his little daughter's love was worth a thousand times more than the Golden Touch.
Page 37 - The Golden Touch!" exclaimed he; "are you quite sure, my friend Midas, that this will satisfy you ?" " How could it fail ?" said Midas. "And will you never be sorry that you possess it?" "Why should I?" asked Midas. "I wish for nothing else to make me perfectly happy.
Page 38 - But suddenly the first sunbeam came through the window and then on the king's bed, and, as he held the bed-spread in his hand, behold the linen cloth had become cloth of gold! The " Golden Touch " had come to him with the first sunbeam.
Page 44 - You will easily believe that Midas lost no time in snatching up a big earthen pitcher—earthen no longer after he had touched it, and hurrying to the river-side. On reaching the stream, he plunged in headlong, without so much as waiting to pull off his shoes.
Page 44 - You are wiser than you were, King Midas," said the stranger, looking seriously at him; "your own heart, I see, has not been entirely changed to gold. Tell me, do you sincerely wish to get rid of the Golden Touch ?" " It is hateful to me!
Page 72 - said, with surprise, to one of his officers: " The very children here draw in a love of liberty with the air they breathe. You may go, my brave boys; and be assured, if my troops trouble you again, they shall be punished.
Page 46 - As he dipped the pitcher in the water, he was glad to see it change from gold into the same good, honest earthen vessel which it had been before. The curse of the Golden Touch had been really removed from him.
Page 37 - Raising his head, he looked the stranger in the face. " Well, Midas," said the visitor, " I see that you have decided. Tell me your wish." "I am tired of collecting my gold so slowly; I wish everything that I touch may be changed to gold." The stranger's smile grew so very broad that it seemed to fill the room like sunlight.

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