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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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vhite pigeon. Thereupon all the people began to stare and to run after him, so that he presently reached the palace with the pigeon upon his head and all the inhabit­ants of the city at his heels, and before he knew where he was they made him emir, to his great astonishmet.
As there is nothing more agreeable than to command, and nothing to which people get accustomed more quickly, the young emir soon felt quite at his ease in his new posi­tion; but this did not prevent him from making every kind of mistake, and so misgoverning the kingdom that at last the whole city rose in revolt and deprived him at once of his authority and his life—a punishment which he richly deserved, for in the days of his prosperity he dis­owned the fowler and his wife and allowed them to die in poverty.
"I have told you this story, my dear Sylvain and Jocosa," added the fairy, "to prove to you that this little cottage and all that belongs to it is a gift more likely to bring you happiness and contentment than many things that would at first seem grander and more desirable. If you will faithfully promise me to till your fields and feed your flocks, and will keep your word better than you did before, I will see that you never lack anything that is really for your good."
Sylvain and Jocosa gave their faithful promise, and as they kept it they always enjoyed peace and prosperity. The fairy had asked ail their friends and neighbors to their wedding, which took place at once with great fes­tivities and rejoicings, and they lived to a good old age, always loving one another with all their hearts.*
* By the Comte de Caylu*.
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