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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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BLACK BEAUTY.
PART I.
CHAPTER I.
MY EARLY HOME.
The first place that I can well remember was a large, pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master's house, which stood by the roadside; at the top of the meadow was a grove of fir-trees, and at the bottom a running brook, overhung by a steep bank.
While I was young I lived upon my mother's milk, as I could not eat grass. In the daytime I ran by her side, and at night I lay down close by her. When it was hot we used to stand" by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold we had a warm shed near the grove.
As soon as I was old enough to eat grass, my mother used to go out to work in the daytime, and come back in the evening.
There were six young colts in the meadow besides me; they were older than I was; some were nearly as large as grown-up horses. I used to run with them, and had great fun: we used to gallop all together round and round the
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