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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE GOLDEN MERMAID.                      335
with them or move from the spot, for ever since she had left the sea she had so attached herself to her prince that she asked nothing else than to live or die with him.
For many weeks the poor mermaid sat and watched over the dead body of her lover, weeping salt tears over his loss, when suddenly one day their old friend the wolf appeared and said: "Cover the prince's body with all the leaves and flowers you can find in the wood." The maiden did as he told her, and then the wolf breathed over the flowery grave, and lo and behold! the prince lay there sleeping as peacefully as a child. "Now you may wake
him if you like," said the wolf, and the mermaid bent over him and gently kissed the wounds his brothers had made on his forehead, and the prince awoke, and you may imagine how delighted he was to find his beautiful mer­maid beside him, though he felt a little depressed when he thought of the loss of the golden bird and the golden horse. After a time the wolf, who had likewise fallen on the prince's neck, advised them to continue their journey, and once more the prince and his lovely bride mounted on the faithful beast's back.
The king's joy was great when he embraced his youngest son, for he had long since despaired of his return. He received the wolf and the beautiful golden mermaid most cordially too, and the prince was made to tell his adven-
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