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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE THREE MUSICIANS.                       359
side. Then they threw his beard to the old man across the river, but they kept his wand, so that the wicked dwarf could never again enter their kingdom. So the happy couple returned to their castle and lived there in peace and plenty forever after. But the other two musi-
cians waited in vain for the return of their companion; and when he never came they said, "Ah, he's gone to play the flute," till the saying passed into a proverb and was always said of any one who set out to perform a task from which he never returned.*
* Grimm.
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