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The servant said it was in the room of the stranger for her, woman. The king caused search and she was not " as door," said the king, to I be found. He till a year old. I was out with him in the garden ; every day, and the king was as proud as the world of the child. He would be watching him everywhere we went, till the child grew so wise that he would loose the chain and get off. But one day that he loosed it I failed to find him and I ran into the house and searched the house, but ; there and was no getting him find the child, that went searching for The king me.

They When they failed altogether to find him, there remained no more favour with the king towards me, and every one disliked me, and the time. I grew weak, for When summer I did not get a morsel to eat half came, I said I would try and go Celtic Fairy Tales 92 home to my own country. I went away one me I fine morning, came home. God helped I went swimming, and went into the garden, for I knew there was a place and till I in the hide myself, for fear my wife should I saw her out walking, and the garden where I could In the morning see me.

I and as he was looking about him everywhere, he saw " " I see said he called out, my shaggy papa. Oh child, me and " oh, to see the pushed out my! I went to the parlour-window, and the When and he playing. A matter with him. When When " if dirty, saw I the shaggy papa, came back I in to The servants was see what to my own before him he arms. I I jumped up I with the rod, but he did not. Another came mistress heard of and said in, it was there I she said she'd drown herself. I you will ever get the Here she head. There was no one but an old hag, tall and one in it.

Oh," said she, I and it child from me, and I said I would cure him if I got a good reward. I When said I I should looked on was howling with pain. I said that I would not him in pain long. The wretch had only one eye in lie leave his forehead. Oh, him eyes " She brought me into a room, so that arm was swelled up to the shoulder. I turned 1 it will close and tried to catch me, The hag was out and away, having closed the door. I the across through his eye as to bellow, began I took the bar with me, and I " asked me, " Why is he bellowing?

I came to converse with them, the twelve with me, the king and queen began " asked, " these I and I " are you crying? I am crying. They are I told him all I gently reared. The king said to me, I it who have earned will give you the last child, as it is you court to come every year, and my him best but you must the child with you, and I will share with you my posses- also did their mother, ; sions. I Champion asks you and for the sword ask for you come back ; of to it " told the king the Slender Red ; it to me.

Say you to him, brother was for the death the story. And now when you go home, and will my to the child. McAndrew was a lucky man, the neighbours all for himself, when he looked on his seven as said ; but big sons weeds and with scarcely any more sense, growing up he felt sore enough, for of all the stupid omadhauns the like seven McAndrew When brothers were the stupidest. All went well for a time, and the day of the Fair of Killalla was as fine a day as ever shone in Ireland, when Their fields the whole seven got ready to be off, bright and early, in the morning.

Each one of them drove before him three a finer herd, in when they were all together, fine cows, and was never seen the country far or near. Now, was there a smart farmer, named O'Toole, whose were nearing on the McAndrews', and he had many a time set his heart on the fine cattle belonging to his easyfields going neighbours so when he saw them passing with their twenty- one cows he went out and hailed them.

Oh, indade, Mr. O'Toole, were under the Evil Eye. Hould yer we do? Celtic Fairy Tales ioo They had never been saw the in when they about the cows, and only a fair before, and all fine sights they forgot had each a shilling to spend. Every one knew the McAndrews, and soon a crowd gathered round them, praising their fine looks and telling remembered them what that they a fine father they had the seven entirely, and treated right farthing left so money, that the of staggered home a little to give them so omadhauns and left lost their much heads wasn't until there a Then they twenty-one shillings.

It was a sorry day for old McAndrew when his seven sons came home without a penny of the price of their twenty-one cows, and he vowed he'd never give them fine any more. So one day passed with another, and the seven young Me Andrews were as happy as could be until the fine old father fell The sick eldest son like a lord. To came in for all the father had, so he see him strut and swagger grum growdy laugh.

As soon as he got through his eye caught suddenly sight of a hung it gilded over to look like gold, that outside the door for a sign. Con had never heeded before, little keg, all and he asked the landlord what it was. The Me Andrew Family Now the landlord, like he might as well get he answered quickly " It's You all many another, had mind that he could out of a McAndrew, and stupid omadhaun, don't you know what that is? The most wonderful egg. It's very careful ye have to be like? Con, and before one could say, whist," away rolled the keg down the hill, while all seven ran after it but before any one could catch it, But the brothers took no heed " ; to it into rolled instant out " Con, and a clump of there's all cried the foal," b u seven gave chase; was no use trying Con he was five if himself devil said that ; old could not and with As in quietly I mind ever the catch him," the seven gave up the chase and home.

One day Shamus was sitting by his fireand to make a good place warming himself, fire he threw on a big heap of turf so that by-and-by it got roaring hot, and instead The Me Andrew Family of feeling chilly as he had before, Just then spare-rib on a spit. That was the only pasture land It ; finest of the left to was not long before McAndrew fields, and the that first one and Shamus. O'Toole and Giblin now had their avaricious eyes set on the house and garden, and they were on the watch for a chance to He was of when clutch them, threw the chance in the luck, way or something worse, of O'Toole.

O'Toole," salt, " We answered Pat. T can't get up. You see if life are of all here together in the us can we each tell our one of us gets up he don't know what pair of feet to take with him. McAndrews over he could get all jumped he commenced to pulled a good belabour the poor the heads, feet, shoulders, and any place in a stroke, until with up, and road screeches of pain they every one finding his own feet, and away they ran.

So O'Toole McAndrews, and and beg. In the first place, his wife and children died, and shortly after their death the him. The of getting another When left. At last he said to in a fit of that he would himself, passion, engage the first man that came his way, whoever he should be. The door, and asked him whither was he going, or what was he seeking? He answered that he was a ploughman, and that he wanted an engagement.

Next morning the Farmer went out with the Ploughman, and showed him the fields which he had to plough. Before they returned, the Ploughman went to the wood, and having cut three stakes, came back with them, and placed one of them at the head of each one of the done that he said " to the Farmer, After he had fields. The Farmer rose early next morning, and saw the to Ploughman going field, it he pulled the stake the rest. When Celtic Fairy Tales io8 he reached the stake he pulled first it out of the ground and put it to his nose as he did on the foregoing days.

But no sooner had he done that than he threw the stake from him, and stretched away for the houses with all his might. He then began ploughing, kept at it all day at a terrible and before the sun went down that night there was rate, he had not not a palm-breadth of the three fields which ploughed, sowed, and harrowed.

When the Farmer saw he was exceedingly well pleased, for he had his work finished as soon as his neighbours. But on a certain day when the that reaping was over, the Farmer said to him that he thought the corn was dry enough for putting in. The Ploughman tried a sheaf or two, and answered that But shortly " If " it We is," will after that day he said that said the Farmer, " not until I He the Ploughman. He continued putting sheaf withe until he had taken almost all the put the corn in after sheaf in the the The Farmer of sheaves that were on the what he meant much corn and here as I "?

Thou have The Farmer asked promise me with me in one didst could carry I Liddesdale as of him wages as burden-withe, now," said the Ploughman, as he was it shutting the withe. Well, he was getting old and sickly, and the doctors found out that the finest medicine in apples the world of a orchard just under his window. One harvest, just as they were beginning to turn ripe, the king was awakened one night by the flapping of wings outside in the orchard and when he looked out, what did ; he see but a bird among the branches of his tree.

Its were so bright that they made a light all round the minute it saw the king in his night-cap night-shirt it picked off an apple, and flew away. Well, there was great cooramuch made about the youngest boy next day, and he watched night after night for a week, but not a mite of a bird or bird's feather was to be seen, and then the king told him to go home and sleep. Every one admired the beauty of the gold feather beyond anything, but the king was bewitched.

The gardener's eldest son self, and away he went to look noon he sat down under a tree had great for the bird. Musha, sir," says he, you spare a " bit of that meat to a poor body that's hungry? The arrow scraped from his side up over his back, as he was made of hammered iron, and stuck in a tree couple of perches " come will give a bit One into a village. The lighted house with no respect your At nightfall street young you'll you'll see a with young men and other side you'll see a only from the fire in the front room, but a man and his wife, and their child.

Foul play," says the fox brother, and if it a fool's advice, and get lodging there. The boy found things as the fox said, but begonies he chose the dancing and drinking, and there we'll leave him. He was and just as ill-natured and foolish as his brother, same thing happened to him. Well, when a week was over, away went the youngest of all, and as sure as the the hearth-money, he sat under the same tree, and pulled out his bread and meat, and the same fox came up and saluted him.

H " Fairy Tales Celtic ii4 " I'll help you," says he, just at nightfall you'll come So find you're biddable. He got welcome in the quiet house to supper and bed, and was on his of the journey next morning before the sun was the height was It just as the fox said, but the trees.

He " " " you " Good-morrow, fox," says one. Good-morrow, sir," says the other. Have you any notion how find the golden bird? Sit down on my tail, and we'll soon my poor the road short. In the afternoon, they stopped in a wood near the King of Spain's thought. Now," says the fox, " I'll go before you to make the minds of the guards easy, and you'll have nothing to do but palace, " The Greek go from lighted Princess another lighted hall till you find the If you have a head on you, you'll hall to golden bird in the last. I can't help you, nor no one the door, and If no one you haven't a head So he went over else.

In a quarter of an hour the boy followed, and in the first he passed he saw a score of armed guards standing In the next he saw a dozen, upright, but all dead asleep.

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The ; wing touched the golden wires, he let such a squawk out of him as was enough to break all the panes of glass in the windows, and at the instant the shoulder of the bird's same minute the three men, and the half-dozen, and the dozen, and the score men, woke up and clattered their swords and spears, and surrounded the poor boy, and jibed, and cursed, and swore at home, till he didn't know whether it's his foot or head he was standing on. They called the him what happened, and he put on king, and told grim face.

Get on my tail again, and when we The Greek come to Princess the King of Moroco's palace, we'll see what we can do. Well, the nightfall came on them in a and says the the let wood near the palace, " I'll go and make fox, things easy for you at and when are stables, you leading out the filly, don't her touch the door, nor doorposts, nor anything but the ground, and that with her hoofs on you once you are ; and if in the stable, you'll you haven't a head be worse off than before. There were two rows of armed men reaching from the gate the stable, to and every man was in the depth of deep sleep, and through them went the boy till he got into the stable.

There was the filly, handsome a beast as ever stretched as leg, and was one stable-boy with a currycomb in his hand, and another with a bridle, and another with a sieve of oats, there and another with an armful of hay, and cut out of stone. The place except himself. Out came a squeal from the filly's throat when she felt the strange article, that might be heard from Tombrick to 1 1 Bunclody, and stable-boys to the Fairy Tales Celtic 8 men and the all as ready were the armed run and surround the omadhan of a boy, and King of Moroco was soon there along with the with a face on him as black as the sole of your foot.

Here, get on and we'll be making the road shorter. Now," says the fox, when they were done, " I'll go before you to make things easy. Follow me in a quarter cold meat in the " of an hour. Don't let Princess Golden Locks touch the The Greek Princess jambs of the doors with her hands, or hair, or clothes, and if you're asked any favour, mind how Once you answer.

King of He stood before her for ever so long Greek, in another. She asked him what he wanted, and he stammered, and blushed, and that ever began his story six times, before she understood "And would you MorSco " "? If I can't get you for my wifej " any " I my days on the earth Well," says she, " let will me be short. But the king ordered them to hold their hands, till he'd be insensed of what it was all about, and when he heard the his life.

If you're middle of summer. Well, the poor fellow scrambled out gathered some way, and sat down on a sod, and he'd have cried him, and He began at it in ever so many worse than the other, and in the heel of the evening, when he was sitting with his head between his hands, who should be standing before him but only for the shame of places, and one was the fox. Take my supper and day.

He was wakened up next morning with voices shouting, and bugles blowing, and drums beating, and such a hullibulloo he never heard in his life before. He ran out to see what was the matter, and there, where the heap of clay was the evening before, were soldiers, and servants, and and lords, ladies, dancing like mad that for joy was it gone. There was great crying when she was parting from her father. Well, they both were walking on through the wood, and he telling her how much he loved her out walked the fox ; from behind a brake, and in a short time he and she were sitting on the brush, and holding one another fast for fear The of slipping off, and away they went like thought.

Get on your steed, and here is a good purse of guineas for of such fillies, if I the road. On they went, and next morning they were in the wood and before ; The Greek Princess near the King of Spain's palace, and there was the fox before them. But the could not with the nice beast without part boy petting it and rubbing it and while no one was expecting such a ; he was up on its back, and through the guards, and a hundred perches away, and he wasn't long till he came to thing, where he They princess and the fox. He would not do it for him he shivered at the very thought, The head and but the eldest brother was ready enough.

Celtic Fairy Tales The young Prince of Greece was married to the king's and the prince's to the gardener's son. Have you ever heard the way he gets rid of his fleas? He hunts about and he Dog, hunts about then he takes river river his in and turns his tail he finds a lock of wool till : mouth, and down hegoes to the to the stream, and goes in back- And as the water comes up to his haunches the come forward, and the more he dips into the the more they come forward, till at last he has got wards. Russet Dog afraid " Here's music with Now Never a?

Was he said the was : dinner. I wish I knew which is himself, fly away the old gentleman. Now stroke " Oh I have He! The sly fox pounced on the cock, ate him up in a trice, and then soon caught and disposed of the eighteen sons, all to flying in terror about the barn.

For a long time a Tod-hunter had been very anxious catch our friend the fox, and had stopped all the earths The Russet Dog in One evening he cold weather. Stockings followed the shoes, coat and trousers shared At the same fate, but still the man sat over the hole. But Master Rory did not always have it his own way. One day he met a cock, and they began talking. I Do said the fox. And the cock shut one eye it," and crowed as loud as ever he could, but he shut the eye that was next the fox, and the fox gripped him by the neck and ran away with him.

But the wife to whom belonged saw him and cried the cock cock " out, "Let go the he's mine. But his it tail. One day the wolf and the fox were out together, lost and Now those days the wolf was the biggest beast of the two, and he had a long tail like a greyhound and great teeth. Keep it steady.

I may be some time coming back. One day a fine cock shortly after this Master and fat hen, off Rory chanced which he wished to see to dine, but at He did both jumped up into a tree. Master Rory had not finished with his friend the So he went round to see him when his stump got better. So the Russet Dog and were the wild dog, the fox and the and they went round about going together the sea-shore, and they found the keg of butter, and they buried it.

He arrayed himself in excellent attire, and he went away, and where should he go but to the butter keg and ; when he came home the wolf asked him what the child's name was and he said it was HEAD OFF. On the morrow he said that a man had sent to ask him ; to a baptism, and he reached the keg and he took out about The wolf asked when he came home what the child's name was. Celtic Fairy Tales " wert surely coming here to watch Well, thou though was I this, not," quoth the fox. The other one swore that he had not come near it. Off they went, and when they got home he hung the wolf by his hind legs, with his head dangling below him, and he had a dab mouth, as " of the butter and he if it Thou red was out under the wolf's it put of the wolf's belly that thief!

It was oats that they set that year, and they reaped it and they began to divide it. Then the fox had fine oaten bread all the year, and the other one had fodder. On the next year they set a crop that they set, and they grew well. Thus the wolf had the potato tops, and But the wolf used toes.

Thou hadst have to grey mare," quoth the the wolf, and he begun of these name fox. Oh " " long since I heard my name.

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Better to catch geese than to read books. But the Russet Dog found tell match at last, as I shall you. One day met him a the fox was once going over a loch, and there bonnach, and the fox asked him where The little bonnach told him he was going little he was going. Oh no, will I " not eat thee," said the fox.

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It no good mouth. When I pleasure that a hard morsel is Then he went and he caught hold of a duck that was in it, to a loch, and he ate that. He went up sides on the Oh, king just now. The woman was not long a widow when she married a second time, and had two These two daughters hated their halfsister, thought she was not so wise as another, and nicknamed her Smallhead.

When the elder of the two sisters daughters. Smallhead was kind to her mother, and the mother was fonder of her eldest daughter than of the other two, who were ashamed of At last the their mother. How should killed my we know " Oh, wicked girls! Since fine morning they left home unknown to their half-sister When Smallhead discovered and travelled on many miles. They had to go home with her that day, but scolded they her bitterly. The two settled then to kill Smallhead, so one day they took twenty needles and scattered them outside in a pile " of straw.

Smallhead sat down, and was crying bitterly when a short grey cat walked in and spoke to her. Stop there now," said the cat, cat to "and " and here," said the cat, dry your tears. I am your mother; your me and destroyed my body, but don't harm do them good, do the best you can for them, save obey my words and it will be better for you in sisters killed the end.

The needles were on the table before them. Oh, but they were vexed and angry when saw the they twenty needles, and they said some one was helping their sister One started night away! When she saw that the sisters were gone she followed, traced them from place place, inquired here to evening some person and there day of an old hag, a terrible enchantress, and three daughters for in, : after day, told her that they that the the old hag had were in till one the house who had one son house was a bad place more power of witchcraft to be than any one and was very wicked.

Smallhead hurried away to save her sisters, and facing house knocked at the door, and asked lodgings for God's sake. Celtic I wonder you are anything if came the way The two this sisters evening heard this the in who ladies young know were and but it, to old the to "? Smallhead was that Fairy Tales enough angry said they not nothing, After their relationship.

When Smallhead knew that the hag's daughters were asleep she rose, took the ribbons off their necks, and put them her sister's necks and on her own. The boy rose up, and taking a long knife, went to the right-hand room and cut the throats of the three girls without ribbons. He went to bed then for himself, and when Smallhead found that the old hag was asleep she roused But the old fearing his mother, her sisters, told what had happened, made them dress Smallhead and the King's Sons quickly and follow her.

The came soon three travelled briskly and called at that time to a bridge, Whoever had Bridge of Blood. You three daughters. The old hag could not cross the bridge, so she began to and she put every curse on Smallhead that she could remember. The sisters travelled on till they came curse, to a King's needed "Go castle. They heard that two servants were in the castle.

Be faithful to the and do back by the road you came. Smallhead took lodgings in the house of a blacksmith near by. I the in am King's thought Smallhead, "and do careful,'' in a My strange place. Who castle. Every one liked fortune yet. I battle. I cannot cross the bridge, for Even if I hag who has great long distance from cannot go there my- lives a I have could cross the bridge I killed men would not in go, Smallhead and the King's Sons for many is King's son that hag has destroyed or en- the chanted.

Light, " I " to to marry my elder sister of "? Next morning early, Smallhead set out on her journey. Calling at the first shop she bought a stone weight I will and went on her way, never stopping or resting she reached the hag's house at nightfall. She of salt, till climbed to making the looked gable, down, saw and the hurrying him.

Whenever "I am as hungry as a hawk "! The old hag waited and waited am till at last the stirabout. I from the Give the milk here as well. Throw this stirabout to the pig outside and go for water to the well in the field. But sooner than Sword of Light of He it. Smallhead had the sword, and away she ran over hills, dales, and valleys towards the Bridge of Blood.

The boy shouted and screamed with all his might. Out ran the hag. The in the castle will He was King's second son came home. The said the his second son This book used give brighter light than ever the does yet. The Sword of Light and the Black Book were in our family till my grandfather's time, then they were stolen by that cursed old hag. Taking a bag she scraped the chimney, gathered about a stone of The night was dark and rainy.

Smallhead settled When in she reached the hag's house, she climbed up the gable to the chimney and found that the son was makingstirabout for his mother. She dropped the soot down by Fairy Tales Celtic degrees till at last the whole stone of soot was in the pot then she scraped around the top of the chimney till a lump of soot fell on the boy's hand. Smallhead is watching you did the you. Smallhead was far away when the boy recovered, and Smallhead and the King's Sons began to scream and shout She came to his mother.

When of the the old woman saw Smallhead on the other side and dancing with delight, she bridge facing screamed "You your two her : took the Sword of Light and the Black Book, and Oh, then, bad luck to you. I will put my curse on you wherever you go. You have all my children killed, and I a poor, feeble, old woman.

If I am not you had lived an to-day. Your fortune began with Come, now, and take care of me in my old age. Smallhead Next and was received with great joy. The never thinking that he could be anything but a pig. He put his nose under the pot and threw it on Smallhead's food he'll have and she barefoot. That moment the pig was a splendid young man.

Smallhead was amazed. I'll said she, save you, if With She put she struck him, and he was a pig again. With made two the help of the magic book Smallhead doves of herself and the King's son, and they took through the air and flew on without stopping. The pig. Smallhead and the King's Sons " Look behind," some hours later " said Smallhead the to King's son see what is coming. But ditch and be picking yourself as doves do and maybe pass without seeing she'll The hawk saw wonderful, flew on fly down on the in rainy weather, us.

Smallhead and the King's son flew, the hawk was gaining Seeing this Smallhead and the King's son on them. Crowds gathered at once around the two brooms. The old hag flying over in the form of a hawk saw this and thinking that it must be Smallhead and the King's son were in it, came down, turned into a woman, and said to herself " I'll : have those two brooms. The man was vexed. With to that the people were as angry as angry could be, and were ready to kill the hag. They were going to take the head off the hag when she made a hawk of herself and flew away, vowing never to do another stroke of work for her sister.

She might do her own work or let it alone. When rose and hawk disappeared the two heather brooms turned into doves. The people felt sure when the they saw the doves that the brooms were a blessing from heaven, and On it was the his father's castle, it in hag that drove them away. She had the magic and didn't forms. The King's son was in love with her that minute, and Smallhead and the King's Sons did not wish to part with would not go with her, but she him.

If you living thing kiss you, you'll forget " the king will give a any one or kiss me let any for ever. All were overjoyed King's had they thought him dead, had not seen him for seven I will not let The ; He years. At that moment an old grey hound came in, and with one all that the spring was on his shoulder licking his face : King's son had gone through in seven years was forgotten in one moment.

Smallhead went toward a forge near the smith had a wife far younger than himself, castle. The and a step- daughter. They were no beauties. In the rear of the " I will was a well and a tree growing over it. With that she cast the woman above and cried out The looked down tops and shone on the well. When she was not coming with and ran the water, off to find and the Celtic Fairy Tales wash after his day's work in the The mother had nothing but a mother. When neither mother nor daughter the smith himself went to see saw the pail in the ditch, and, saw looking down, he water.

You must come now and keep the house till I find them. He them, and they came home. The mother and daughter washed explained their own folly to fine linen for the castle. Smallhead saw them ironing one day, and said " Sit down : I She caught the day done. In the evening the daughter took the linen to the housekeeper at the castle. Smallhead could do anything everybody was fond of her. The King's son never knew that he had seen her before, her beauty ; ; and she lived in the castle a year ; what the Queen told son the her she did. The King had made a match was to be a in with feast honour of the young couple, the marriage, week of his people his There was a great daughter of the King of Ulster.

The King knew that Smallhead could do many things, Queen nor himself had asked her to do a for neither the thing that she did not do in a twinkle. I can When if the time a small ball of thread in her hand she tied one end of ; the thread to the window, threw the ball out and over a wall near the castle ; then she passed out the window, walked on the thread and kept time to music from players that no man could She came see. There were cries, there was lamentation, and, in place of a marriage, a funeral.

The King's son was angry and grieved and wanted some way. Another year passed the King got the daughter of the of Connacht for his There was a great feast son. King : before the wedding day, and as the Connacht people are full of enchantment and witchcraft, the King of Munster called Smallhead and said " " Now show I the best trick of any. She stood before the company, threw two grains of wheat on the floor, and spoke some magic words. There was a hen and a cock there before her of beautiful plumage she ; threw a grain of wheat between them ; the hen sprang to eat Smallhead and the King's Sons the wheat, the cock gave her a blow of his back, looked at him, and said " Bad luck to you, you wouldn bill, the hen drew do the like of that : t when I was serving the old hag and you her pig, and I made a man of you and gave you back your own form.

The King's son looked at her and thought, " There must be something in this. The cock pecked the hen again. The cock grain. The cock pecked the hen a fourth time. The country people were rather shy of meeting him in any lonesome place, for though, poor creature, he was as harm; less and as inoffensive as a new-born infant, yet his defor- he scarcely appeared to be a human and some ill-minded persons had set strange creature, stories about him afloat.

He was said to have a great mity was so great that but certain it was that he knowledge of herbs and charms had a mighty skilful hand in plaiting straw and rushes into ; The Legend of Knockgrafton hats and baskets, which was the way he made his liveli- hood. Lusmore, for that was the nickname put upon him by reason of his always wearing a sprig of the fairy cap, or lusmore the foxglove , in his little straw hat, would ever penny for his plaited work than any one else, and perhaps that was the reason why some one, out of Be envy, had circulated the strange stories about him.

Presently there rose a wild strain of unearthly melody upon the ear of little Lusmore he listened, and he thought It that he had never heard such ravishing music before. Lusmore listened attentively, scarcely drawing his breath when lest there he might lose the slightest note. He now plainly Celtic perceived though at first was within the moat and had charmed him so. Glorious to behold was the sight that burst upon him as he came down through the moat, twirling round and round, with the lightness of a straw, to the sweetest music that The greatest honour was then kept time to his motion.

Presently Lusmore saw a great consultation going forward among the fairies, and, notwithstanding all their civility, he felt very much frightened, until one stepping out from the rest came up " to him and said, Lusmore Lusmore Doubt not, nor deplore, For the hump which you bore On your back is no more Look down on the floor, And view it, Lusmore "! When these words were said, poor little Lusmore felt himself so light, and so happy, that he thought he could have bounded at one jump over the moon, like the cow in the history of the cat and the fiddle and he saw, with ; inexpressible pleasure, his hump tumble down upon the He then tried to lift up his ground from his shoulders.

Towards Cappagh he went, stepping out as springing a every step as at up Not dancing-master. Of course hump got his was not long before the story of Lusmore's and a great wonder was made of it. One morning, him Lusmore was sitting contented enough, up came an old woman to him, and asked as at his cabin door, he could direct her to Cappagh.

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I " have come," said the woman, " out of Decie's country, The Legend of Knockgrafton in the who, I 1 6 1 county of Waterford looking after one Lusmore, have heard tell, had his hump taken off by the son of a gossip of mine who has got a hump on him that will be his death and maybe if he could use the same charm as Lusmore, the hump may be fairies for there is a ; ; And now taken off of coming so I my him. The woman thanked him very much, and then went away quite happy and easy in her own mind.

When she came back to her gossip's house, in the county of Waterford, she told her everything that Lusmore had said, and they put the little hump-backed man, who was a peevish and cunning creature from his all the way birth, across the country. The tune we felt glad in This castle you're had in, That your life we may sadden Here's two humps for Jack Madden ; ; And twenty "! Out of their castle they then kicked him ; and, in the came morning, when Jack Madden's mother and her gossip to look after their little man, they found him half dead, lying at the foot of the moat, with the other back.

Well to be sure, how hump upon his they did look at each other!

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The Legend of Knockgrafton unlucky Jack Madden with them, as downcast in their hearts and their looks as ever two gossips were and what through ; hump, and the long journey, he died leaving they say his heavy curse to any one who the weight of his other soon after, would go to listen to fairy tunes again. Anon E. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Amelia Carruthers. Elizabeth W. Fairy Gold. Ernest Rhys.

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