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

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THE SILENT PRINCESS                 331
him, and wrapping himself in the shroud, he stretched himself at full length in the grave. After some time Baldschi arrived in his turn, and found the lady groaning and lamenting. She told him that her father had been a wizard, and that in case, as was very likely, he should wish to leave his grave and come to work her evil, Baldschi was to take a stone and be ready to crush in his head, if he showed signs of moving.
' Baldschi, enchanted at being able to do his lady a service, picked up a stone, and seated himself by the side of the grave wherein lay Jagdschi.
' Meanwhile the hour arrived in which Firedschi was accustomed to pay his respects, and, as in the case of the other two, he discovered the lady overcome with grief. To him she said that a wizard who was an enemy of her father's had thrown the dead man out of his grave, and had taken his place. " But," she added, " if you can bring the wizard into my presence, all his power will go from him ; if not, then I am lost."
' " Ah, lady, what is there that I would not do for you !" cried Firedschi; and running down to the grave, he seized the astonished Jagdschi by the waist, and flinging the body over his shoulder, he hastened with him into the house. At the first moment Baldschi was so surprised at this turn of affairs, for wdrich the lady had not pre­pared him, that he sat still and did nothing. But by-and-by he sprang up and hurled the stone after the two flying figures, hoping that it might kill them both. For­tunately it touched neither, and soon all three were in the presence of the lady. Then Jagdschi, thinking that he had delivered her from the power of the wizard, slid off the back of Firedschi, and threw the shroud from him.'
' Tell me, my prince,' said the nightingale, when he had finished his story, ' which of the three men deserved to win the lady? I myself should choose Firedschi.'
' No, no,' answered the prince, who understood the wrink the bird had given him ; ' it was Baldschi who
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