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 ELDER TREE MOTHER              301
her clear blue eyes from between the petals of the flower, and then she whispered, * How beautiful it is here in spring, summer, autumn, and winter!' and hundreds of pictures glided through his thoughts.
Thus many years went by, and now he was an old man, and sat with his old wife under the blossoming elder tree : they were holding each other by the hand, just as the great-grandmother and great-grandfather had done before ; and, like these, they spoke of old times and of the golden