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 BELL-DEEP                         639
sometimes short ones, sometimes long ones, according to
its whim ; it tells of old times, of the dark hard times, thus :
' In the church of St. Alban, the monk mounted up into
the tower where the bell hung. He was young and hand-
some, but thoughtful exceedingly. He looked through the loophole out upon the Odense River, when the bed of the water was yet broad and the monks' meadow was still a lake : he looked out over it, and over the rampart, and over the nuns' hill opposite, where the convent lay, and the light gleamed forth from the nun's cell; he had known the