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

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274 THE BATTLE OF THE BIRDS
king's son found a splinter of grey stone, and threw it behind him, and in a twinkling twenty miles of solid rock lay between them and the giant.
' My daughter's tricks are the hardest things that ever met me,' said the giant,' but if I had my lever and my crowbar, I would not be long in making my way through this rock also,' but as he had not got them, he had to go home and fetch them. Then it took him but a short time to hew his way through the rock.
' I will leave the tools here,' he murmured aloud when he had finished.
' If thou leavest them, we will steal them,' said a hoodie who was perched on a stone above him, and the giant answered:
' Steal them if thou wilt; there is no time to go back.'
' My father's breath is burning my back,' cried the girl; ' look in the mare's ear, king's son, or we are lost,' and he looked, and found a tiny bladder full of water, which he threw behind him, and it became a great loch. And the giant, who was striding on so fast, could not stop himself, and he walked right into the middle and was drowned.
The blue-grey mare galloped on like the wind, and the next day the king's son came in sight of his father's house.
' Get down and go in,' said the bride, ' and tell them that thou hast married me. But take heed that neither man nor beast kiss thee, for then thou wilt cease to remember me at all.'
' I will do thy bidding,' answered he, and left her at the gate. All who met him bade him welcome, and he charged his father and mother not to kiss him, but as he greeted them his old greyhound leapt on his neck, and kissed him on the mouth. And after that he did not remember the giant's daughter.
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