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 SNOW QUEEN                       293
the cold empty splendour at the Snow* Queen's like a heavy dream. The grandmother was sitting in-God's bright sun≠shine, and read aloud out of the Bible, ' Except ye become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of God.'
And Kay and Gerda looked into each other's eyes, and all at once they understood the old hymnó
Roses bloom and roses decay,
But we the Christ-child shall see one day.
There they both sat, grown up, and yet childrenóchildren in heartóand it was summer, warm, delightful summer.
There was once a little boy who had caught cold ; he had gone out and got wet feet ; no one could imagine how it had happened, for it was quite dry weather. Now his mother undressed him, put him to bed, and had the tea-urn brought in to make him a good cup of elder tea, for