Grandfather's Stories

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American Book Company, 1889 - Children - 137 pages

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Page 36 - Asleep or awake, however, his mind was probably in the state of a child's, to whom a beautiful new plaything has been promised in the morning. At any rate, day had hardly peeped over the hills, when King Midas was broad awake, and, stretching his arms out of bed, began to touch the objects that were within reach. He was anxious to prove whether the Golden Touch had really come, according to the stranger's promise. So he laid his finger on a chair by the bedside, and on various other things, but...
Page 37 - ... did these roses seem to be. But Midas knew a way to make them far more precious, according to his way of thinking, than roses had ever been before. So he took great pains in going from bush to bush, and exercised his magic touch most indefatigably ; until every individual flower and bud, and even the worms at the heart of some of them, were changed to gold.
Page 83 - ONCE on a time old JOHNNY BULL Flew in a raging fury, And swore that JONATHAN should have No trials, sir, by jury ; That no elections should be held Across the briny waters : " And now," said he, "I'll tax the tea Of all his sons and daughters.
Page 42 - Your own heart, I perceive, has not been entirely changed from flesh to gold. Were it so, your case would indeed be desperate. But you appear to be still capable of...
Page 83 - John sent the tea from o'er the sea with heavy duties rated, But whether hyson or bohea I never heard it stated. Then Jonathan to pout began, — he laid a strong embargo, — "I'll drink no tea, by Jove !" so he threw overboard the cargo. Then Johnny sent a regiment, big words and looks to bandy, Whose martial band, when near the land, played "Yankee doodle Dandy." Yankee doodle, keep it up, Yankee doodle dandy, I'll poison with a tax your cup; you — "Yankee doodle dandy.
Page 36 - Looking more closely, what was his astonishment and delight, when he found that this linen fabric had been transmuted to what seemed a woven texture of the purest and brightest gold! The Golden Touch had come to him with the first sunbeam! Midas started up, in a kind of joyful frenzy, and ran about the room, grasping at everything that happened to be in his way. He seized one of the bedposts, and it became immediately a fluted golden pillar. He pulled aside a...
Page 44 - For Marygold did not know that she had been a little golden statue, nor could she remember anything that had happened since the moment when she ran with outstretched arms to comfort poor King Midas.
Page 11 - ... glasses ; so that he was only tantalized with the sight of what it was impossible for him to taste. The Stork thrust in her long bill, and helped herself very plentifully; then turning to Reynard, who was eagerly licking the outside of a jar where some sauce had been spilled : I am very glad...
Page 84 - A long war then they had, in which John was at last defeated, And "Yankee Doodle" was the march to which his troops retreated. 'Cute Jonathan, to see them fly, could not restrain his laughter, "That tune," said he, "suits to a T, I'll sing it ever after.
Page 35 - What could induce me?" asked Midas. "I ask nothing else, to render me perfectly happy." "Be it as you wish, then," replied the stranger, waving his hand in token of farewell. "Tomorrow, at sunrise, you will find yourself gifted with the Golden Touch.

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