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A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE BROWN BEAR OF NORWAY
There was once a king in Ireland, and ho had three daughters, and very nice princesses they were. And one day, when they and their father were walking on the lawn, the king began to joke with them, and to ask them whom they would like to be married to. ' I'll have the king of Ulster for a husband,' says one ; ' and I'll have the king of Munster,' says another; ' and,' says the youngest, ' I'll have no husband but the Brown Bear of Norway.' For a nurse of hers used to be telling her of an enchanted prince that she called by that name, and she fell in love with him, and his name was the first name on her tongue, for the very night before she was dreaming of him. Well, one laughed, and another laughed, and they joked with the princess all the rest of the evening. But that very night she woke up out of her sleep in a great hall that was lighted up with a thousand lamps ; the richest carpets were on the floor, and the walls were covered with cloth of gold and silver, and the place was full of grand company, and the very beautiful prince she saw in her dreams was there, and it wasn't a moment till he was on one knee before her, and telling her how much he loved her, and asking her wouldn't she be his queen. Well, she hadn't the heart to refuse him, and married they were the same evening. ' Now, my darling,' says he, when they were left by themselves, ' you must know that I am under enchant­ment. A sorceress, that had a beautiful daughter, wished me for her son-in-law ; but the mother got
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