A wonder book for girls and boys, with illustr. by F.S. Church

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G. Routledge and Sons, 1885 - 213 pages

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Page 48 - Ah! So you have made a discovery, since yesterday?" observed the stranger. "Let us see, then. Which of these two things do you think is really worth the most — the gift of the Golden Touch, or one cup of clear cold water?" "O blessed water!" exclaimed Midas. "I will never moisten my parched throat again!" "The Golden Touch," continued the stranger, "or a crust of bread?" "A piece of bread," answered Midas, "is worth all the gold on earth!
Page 91 - Hercules, or than anything that remains to be beheld, by travellers in all time to come. It was a giant ! But such an intolerably big giant ! A giant as tall as a mountain ; so vast a giant, that the clouds rested about his midst like a girdle, and hung like a hoary beard from his chin, and flitted before his huge eyes, so that he could neither see Hercules nor the golden cup in which he was voyaging.
Page 87 - But Hercules, the instant he set eyes on this strange figure, was convinced that it could be no other than the Old One, who was to direct him on his way. Yes, it was the selfsame Old Man of the Sea whom the hospitable maidens had talked to him about Thanking his stars for the lucky accident of finding the old fellow asleep, Hercules stole on tiptoe toward* him, and caught him by the arm and leg.
Page 58 - There needed no fathers and mothers to take care of the children ; because there was no danger, nor trouble of any kind, and no clothes to be mended, and there was always plenty to eat and drink. Whenever a child wanted his dinner, he found it growing on a tree ; and, if he looked at the tree in the morning, he could see the expanding blossom of that night's supper ; or, at eventide, he saw the tender bud of to-morrow's breakfast. It was a very pleasant life indeed. No...
Page 81 - ... desire to obtain them for themselves, or to present them to some fair maiden whom they love. Do you, then, love this king, your cousin, so very much?" "Perhaps not," replied the stranger, sighing. "He has often been severe and cruel to me. But it is my destiny to obey him.
Page 45 - Such a costly breakfast before me, and nothing that can be eaten!" Hoping that, by dint of great dispatch, he might avoid what he now felt to be a considerable inconvenience, King Midas next snatched a hot potato, and attempted to cram it into his mouth, and swallow it in a hurry. But the Golden Touch was too nimble for him. He found his mouth full, not of mealy potato, but of solid metal, which so burnt his tongue that he roared aloud, and, jumping up from the table, began to dance and stamp about...
Page 96 - ... how long it was before, to his unspeakable joy, he beheld the huge shape of the giant, like a cloud, on the far-off edge of the sea. At his nearer approach, Atlas held up his hand, in which Hercules could perceive three magnificent golden apples, as big as pumpkins, all hanging from one branch. "I am glad to see you again," shouted Hercules, when the giant was within hearing.
Page 42 - At all events, this is a breakfast h't to set before a king ; and, whether he had it or not, King Midas could not have had a better. Little Marygold had not yet made her appearance. Her father ordered her to be called, and, seating himself at table, awaited the child's coming, in order to begin his own breakfast. To do Midas justice, he really loved his daughter, and loved her so much the more this morning, on account of the good fortune which had befallen him.
Page 71 - Pray, who are you, beautiful creature ? " inquired Pandora. " I am to be called Hope ! " answered the sunshiny figure. " And because I am such a cheery little body, I was packed into the box, to make amends to the human race for that swarm of ugly Troubles which was destined to be let loose among them. Never fear ! we shall do pretty well in spite of them all.
Page 105 - Heaven had smiled so beneficently. They were a very selfish and hard-hearted people, and had no pity for the poor, nor sympathy with the homeless. They would only have laughed, had anybody told them that human beings owe a debt of love to one another, because there is no other method of paying the debt of love and care which all of us owe to Providence.

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