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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THE DAISY
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down towards the flower, and the bird's heart broke with want and yearning. Then the flower could not fold its leaves, as it had done on the previous evening, and sleep; it drooped, sorrowful and sick, towards the earth.
Not till the next morning did the boys come ; and when they found the bird dead they wept—wept many tears— and dug him a neat grave, which they adorned with leaves of flowers. The bird's corpse was put into a pretty red box, for he was to be royally buried—the poor bird ! While he was alive and sang they forgot him, and let him sit in his cage and suffer want; but now that he was dead he had grandeur and many tears.
But the patch of turf with the daisy on it was thrown out into the high road : no one thought of the flower that had felt the most for the little bird, and would have been so glad to console him.
THE HARDY TIN SOLDIER
There were once five and twenty tin soldiers ; they were all brothers, for they had all been born of one old tin spoon. They shouldered their muskets, and looked straight before them : their uniform was red and blue, and very splendid. The first thing they had heard in the world, when the lid was taken off their box, had been the words ' Tin soldiers ' ! These words were uttered by a little boy, clapping his hands : the soldiers had been given to him, for it was his birthday ; and now he put them upon the table. Each soldier was exactly like the rest only one of them was a little different, he had but one leg, for he had been cast last of all, and there had not been enough tin to finish him ; but he stood as firmly upon his one leg as the others on their two ; and it was just this soldier who became remarkable.
On the table on which they had been placed stood many other playthings, but the toy that attracted most attention was a neat castle of cardboard. Through the little windows one could see straight into the hall. Before the castle some little trees were placed round a little looking-glass,