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

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LITTLE LASSE
pretended to be a boat and father's big stick an oar. But when Little Lasse wanted to row there were no oars to be found in the boat. The oars were locked up in the boat-house, and Little Lasse had not noticed that the boat was empty. It is not so easy as one thinks to row to Asia without oars.
What could Little Lasse do now ? The boat was already some distance out on the sea, and the wind, which blew from land, was driving it still further out. Lasse was frightened and began to cry. But there was no one on the shore to hear him. Only a big crow perched alone in the birch tree ; and the gardener's black cat sat under the birch tree, waiting to catch the crow. Neither of them troubled themselves in the least about Little Lasse, who was drifting out to sea.
Ah ! how sorry Little Lasse was now that he had been disobedient and got into the boat, when father and mother had so often forbidden him to do so ! Now it was too late, he could not get back to land. Perhaps he would be lost out on the great sea. What should he do?
When he had shouted until he was tired and no one heard him, he put his two little hands together and said, ' Good God, do not be angry with Little Lasse.' And then he went to sleep. For although it was daylight, old Nukku Matti was sitting on the shores of the ' Land of Nod,' and wTas fishing for little children with his long fishing rod. He heard the low words which Little Lasse said to God, and he immediately drew the boat to himself and laid Little Lasse to sleep on a bed of rose leaves.
Then Nukku Matti said to one of the Dreams, ' Play with Little Lasse, so that he does no.t feel lone­some.'
It was a little dream-boy, so little, so little, that he was less than Lasse himself ; he had blue eyes and fair hair, a red cap with a silver band, and white coat with
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