Flower Fables

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George W. Briggs & Company, 1855 - Conduct of life - 182 pages
Six stories and three poems relate the adventures of the fairy folk and their friends, the flowers.

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Page 36 - How can I go? I am so big I should sink that pretty ship with one finger, and I have no wings." The elves laughed and touched her with their soft hands, saying,— " You cannot hurt us now. Look in the water and see what we have done." 6. Eva looked and saw a tiny child standing under a tall blue violet. It was herself, but so small she seemed an elf in a white pinafore and a little pink sunbonnet. She clapped her hands and skipped for joy, and laughed at the sweet picture; but suddenly she grew...
Page 12 - ... a tiny mushroom for a parasol, she flew away; Daisy soon followed, and Violet was left alone. Then she spread the table afresh, and to it came fearlessly the busy ant and bee, gay butterfly and bird; even the poor blind mole and humble worm were not forgotten; and with gentle words she gave to all, while each learned something of their kind little teacher; and the love that made her own heart bright shone alike on all. The ant and bee learned generosity, the butterfly and bird contentment, the...
Page 1 - Grass buds, and caterpillars' shrouds, Boughs on which the wild bees settle, Tints that spot the violet's petal, Why nature loves the number five, And why the star-form she repeats, Lover of all things alive, Wonderer at all he meets, Wonderer chiefly at himself, — Who can tell him what he is, Or how meet in human elf Coming and past eternities?
Page 118 - But alas ! we were not worthy of so fair a home, and were sent forth into the cold world. Look at our robes, they are like the withered leaves ; our wings are dim, our crowns are gone, and we lead sad, lonely lives in this dark forest. Let us stay with you ; your gay music sounds like Fairy songs, and you have such a friendly way with you, and speak so gently to us. It is good to be near one so lovely and so kind, and you can tell us how we may again become fair and innocent. Say we may stay with...
Page 64 - Just then a tiny dew-drop that hung o'er the dell On the breast of the bud like a soft star fell; But impatiently she flung it away from her leaf, And it fell on her mother like a tear of grief, While she folded to her breast, with wilful pride, A glittering fire-fly that hung by her side. "Heed," said the mother rose, "daughter mine, Why shouldst thou seek for beauty not thine? The Father hath made thee what thou now art; And what he most loveth is a sweet, pure heart. Then why dost thou take with...
Page 121 - Bud, they gathered round her, and led her through the flower-wreathed arches to a group of the most beautiful Fairies, who were gathered about a stately lily, in whose fragrant cup sat one whose purple robe and glittering crown told she was their Queen. Bud knelt before her, and, while tears streamed down her little face, she told her errand, and pleaded earnestly that the exiled Fairies might be forgiven, and not be left to pine far from their friends and kindred. And as she prayed, many wept with...
Page 122 - They shall not be left sorrowing and alone, nor shall you go back without a kindly word to cheer and comfort them. We will pardon their fault, and when they can bring hither a perfect Fairy crown, robe, and wand, they shall be again received as children of their loving Queen. The task is hard, for none but the best and purest can form the Fairy garments; yet with patience they may yet restore their robes to their former brightness. Farewell, good little maiden; come with them, for but for you they...
Page 67 - ONCE upon a time, two little Fairies went out into the world, to seek their fortune. Thistledown was as gay and gallant a little Elf as ever spread a wing. His purple mantle, and doublet of green, were embroidered with the brightest threads, and the plume in his cap came always from the wing of the gayest butterfly. But he was not loved in Fairy-Land, for, like the flower whose name and...
Page 120 - Wing bore her swiftly along, and she looked down on the green mountains, and the peasant's cottages, that stood among overshadowing trees ; and the earth looked bright, with its broad, blue rivers winding through soft meadows, the singing birds, and flowers, who kept their bright eyes ever on the sky. And she sang gayly as they floated in the clear air, while her friend kept time with his waving wings, and ever as they went along all grew fairer ; and thus they came to Fairy-Land. As Bud passed through...
Page 116 - ... in, to see Dame BrownBreast's little child. And the tiny maiden talked to them, and sang so merrily, that they could have listened for ever. Soon she was the joy of the whole forest, dancing from tree to tree, making every nest her home, and none were ever so welcome as little Bud; and so they lived right merrily in the green old forest. The father now had much to do to supply his family with food, and choice morsels did he bring little Bud.

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