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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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DONKEY SKIN
There was once upon a time a king w;ko was so much beloved by his subjects that he thougkfrlijmself the hap­piest monarch in the whole world, and he had everything his heart could desire. His palace was filled with the rarest of curiosities., and his gardens with the sweetest flowrers, while in the marble stall's of his stables stood a row of milk-wrhite Arabs with big fcfrown eyes.
Strangers who had heard of the marvels which the king had collected, and made long journeys to see them, were, however, surprised to find the most splendid stall of all occupied by a donkey, with particularly large and drooping ears. It was a very fine donkey ; but still, as far as they could tell, nothing so very remarkable as to account for the care with which it was lodged; and they went away wondering, for they could not know that every night, when it was asleep, bushels of gold pieces tumbled out of its ears, which were picked up each morning by the attendants.
After many years of prosperity a sudden blow fell upon the king in the death of his wife, whom he loved dearly. But before she died, the queen, who had always thought first of his happiness, gathered all her strength, and said to him:
' Promise me one thing: you must marry again, I know, for the good of your people, as wrell as of yourself. But do not set about it in a hurry. Wait until you have found a woman more beautiful and better formed than myself.'
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