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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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KING KOJATA.
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no sooner recognized his master than it neighed loudly with joy, and springing toward him it stood as if rooted to the ground, while Prince Milan and Hyacinthia jumped on its back. Then it sped onward like an arrow from a bow.
In the mean time the magician was waiting impatiently for the prince. Enraged by the delay, he sent his servants to fetch him, for the appointed time was past.
The servants came to the door, and finding it locked they knocked; but the frozen breath on the window re­plied in Prince Milan's voice: "I am coming directly." With this answer they returned to the magician. But when the prince still did not appear, after a time he sent his servants a second time to bring him. The frozen breath always gave the same answer, but the prince never came. At last the magician lost all patience and com­manded the door to be burst open. But when his servants did so they found the room empty, and the frozen breath laughed aloud. Out of his mind with rage, the magician ordered the prince to be pursued.
Then a wild chase began. "I hear horses1, hoofs behind ns," said Hyacinthia to the prince. Milan sprang from the saddle, put his ear to the" ground, and listened. "Yes," he answered, "they are pursuing us and are quite close." "Then no time must be lost," said Hyacinthia, and she immediately turned herself into a river, Prince Milan into an iron bridge, and the charger into a black­bird. Behind the bridge the road branched off into three ways.
The magician's servants hurried after the fresh tracks, but when they came to the bridge they stood, not know­ing which road to take, as the footprints stopped sud­denly and there were three paths for them to choose from. In fear and trembling they returned to tell the magician what had happened. He flew into a dreadful rage when he saw them and screamed out: "Oh, you fools! the river and bridge were they! Go back and bring them to me at once, or it will be the worse for you."
Then the pursuit began afresh. "I hear horses' hoofs," sighed Hyacinthia. The prince dismounted and put his ear to the ground. "They are hurrying after us and are already quite near." In a moment the Princess Hyacinthia bad changed herself* the prince, and his charger into a
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