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

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THE ADVENTURES OF COVAN            269
The sun was by now low in the heavens, and the cows left off feeding, and turned their faces home again, followed by Ardan son of Gorla. At the door of their stable the maiden stood awaiting them, and saying nought to their herd, she sat down and began to milk. But it was not milk that flowed into her pail; instead it was filled with a thin stream of water, and as she rose up from the last cow the old man appeared outside.
'Faithless one, you have betrayed your trust!' he said to Ardan son of Gorla. 'Not even for one day could you
keep true! Well, you shall have your reward at once that others may take warning from you.'' And waving his wand he touched with it the chest of the youth, who became a pillar of stone.
Now Gorla of the Flocks and his wife were full of grief that they had lost a son as well as a daughter, for no tidings had come to them of Ardan their eldest born. At length, when two years and two days had passed since the maiden had ;ed her kids to feed on the mountain and had been seen no more, Ruais, second son of Gorla, rose up one morning, and said:
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