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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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128             THE MAGICIAN'S HORSE
horse, and managed to pull himself up into the saddle, and the horse mounted into the air with him. Then they all shouted and cried : ' The warrior who has fought for us is a god! He must be a god.'
And throughout all the kingdom nothing else wras spoken about, and all the people said : ' Who can the hero be who has fought for us in so many battles? He cannot be a man, he must be a god.'
And the king said : 'If only I could see him once more, and if it turned out that after all he was a man and not a god, I would reward him with half my king­dom.'
Now when the prince reached his home — the gar­dener's hut where he lived with his wife — he was weary, and he lay down on his bed and slept. And his wife noticed the handkerchief bound round his wounded leg, and she wondered what it could be. Then she looked at it more closely and saw in the corner that it was em­broidered with her father's name and the royal crown. So she ran straight to the palace and told her father. And he and his two sons-in-law followed her back to her house, and there the gardener lay asleep on his bed. And the scarf that he always wore bound round his head had slipped off, and his golden hair gleamed on the pillow. And they all recognised that this was the hero who had fought and won so many battles for them.
Then there was great rejoicing throughout the land, and the king rewarded his son-in-law with half of his kingdom, and he and his wife reigned happily over it.
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