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 MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER           601
herself ; but, on second thoughts, it appeared more prob­able that it must be the daughter of the Princess and of the Marsh King ; and that also explained her being placed in the cup of the water-lily.
' But she cannot possibly be left lying there,' thought the Stork ; ' and in my nest there are so many already. But stay, I have a thought. The wife of the Viking has
no children, and how often has she not wished for a little one ! People always say, " The stork has brought a little one;" and I will do so in earnest this time. I shall fly with the child to the Viking's wife. What rejoicing there will be there ! '
And the Stork lifted the little girl, flew to the wooden house, picked a hole with his beak in the bladder-covered window, laid the child on the bosom of the Viking's wife, and then hurried up to the Stork-mamma, and told her
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