The Blue Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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One evening, when the couriers arrived (for the King sent most carefully for news —and they always brought the very best kinds), it was announced that the sister of the Princess Miranda was going to be married to a great prince, and that nothing could be more splendid than all the preparations for the wedding.
' Ah!' cried the young Princess, ' how unlucky I am to miss the sight of so many pretty things ! Here am I prisoned under the earth, with no company but sheep and shadows, while my sister is to be adorned like a queen and surrounded by all who love and admire her, and everyone but myself can go to wish her joy !'
' Why do you complain, Princess ? ' said the King of the Sheep. ' Did I say that you were not to go to the wedding ? Set out as soon as you please; only promise me that you will come back, for I love you too much to be able to live without you.'
Miranda was very grateful to him, and promised faithfully that nothing in the world should keep her from coming back. The King caused an escort suitable to her rank to be got ready for her, and she dressed herself splendidly, not forgetting anything that could make her more beautiful. Her chariot was of mother-of-pearl, drawn by six dun-coloured griffins just brought from the other side of the world, and she was attended by a number of guards in splendid uniforms, who were all at least eight feet high and had come from far and near to ride in the Princess's train.
Miranda reached her father's palace just as the wedding cere­mony began, and everyone, as soon as she came in, was struck with surprise at her beauty and the splendour of her jewels. She he&rd
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