The GREEN Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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through it, stags and fawns peeping through the branches, while on the topmost boughs sat birds of brilliant plumage and so life-like one almost expected to hear them sing. The shuttle flew from side to side and the carpet seemed almost to grow of itself.
As the shuttle had run away the girl sat down to sew. She took her needle and sang,
** Needle, needle, stitch away; Make my chamber bright and gay,"
and the needle promptly slipped from her fingers and flew about the room like lightning. You would have thought invisible spirits were at work, for in next to no time the table and benches were covered with green cloth, the chairs with velvet, and elegant silk curtains hung before the windows. The needle had barely put in its last stitch when the girl, glancing at the window, spied the white-plumed hat of the king's son, who was being led back by the spindle with the golden thread.
He dismounted and walked over the carpet into the house, and when he entered the room there stood the girl blushing like any rose. "You are the poorest and yet the richest," said he. "Come with me—you shall be mv bride."
She said, nothing but she held out her hand. Then he kissed her and led her out, lifted her on his horse, and took her to his royal palace, where the wedding was cele­brated with great rejoicings.
The spindle, the shuttle, and the needle were carefully placed in the treasury and were alwavs held in the very highest honor.*
* Grimm.
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