The Complete Fairy Tales & Other Stories
By Hans Christian Andersen - online book

Oxford Complete Illustrated Edition all his stories written between 1835 and 1872.

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124                               THE DAISY
and yet it was only a Monday. All the children were at school; and while they sat on their benches learning, it sat on its little green stalk, and learned also from the warm sun, and from all around, how good God is. And the daisy was very glad that everything it silently felt was sung so loudly and charmingly by the lark. And the daisy looked up with a kind of respect to the happy bird who could sing and fly ; but it was not at all sorrowful because \t could not fly and sing also.
' I can see and hear,' it thought: ' the sun shines on me, and the wind kisses me. Oh, how richly have I been gifted ! '
Within the palings stood many stiff aristocratic flowers— the less scent they had the more they flaunted. The peonies blew themselves out to be greater than the roses, but size will not do it; the tulips had the most splendid colours, and they knew that, and held themselves bolt upright, that they might be seen more plainly. They did not notice the little daisy outside there, but the daisy looked at them the more, and thought, ' How rich and beautiful they are ! Yes, the pretty bird will certainly fly down to them and visit them. I am glad that I stand so near them, for at any rate I can enjoy the sight of their splendour ! ' And just as she thought that—' keevit! '— down came flying the lark, but not down to the peonies and tulips—no, down into the grass to the lowly daisy, which started so with joy that it did not know what to think.
The little bird danced round about it, and sang,
1 Oh, how soft the grass is ! and see what a lovely little flower, with gold in its heart and silver on its dress ! '
For the yellow point in the daisy looked like gold, and the little leaves around it shone silvery white.
How happy was the little daisy—no one can conceive how happy ! The bird kissed it with his beak, sang to it, and then flew up again into the blue air. A quarter of an hour passed, at least, before the daisy could recover itself. Half ashamed, and yet inwardly rejoiced, it looked at the other flowers in the garden ; for they had seen the honour and happiness it had gained, and must understand what a joy it was. But the tulips stood up twice as stiff as