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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE GRATEFUL PRINCE                 87
The dawn had scarcely reddened the sky when the prince jumped out of bed, and, with the pan of coals in one hand and the milk pail in the other, went straight to the cow's stall, and began to do exactly as the maiden had told him the evening before.
The black cow watched him with surprise for some time, and then said: ' What are you doing, sonny? '
' Oh, nothing,' answered he; ' I am only heating a pair of tongs in case you may not feel inclined to give as much milk as I want.'
The cow sighed deeply, and looked at the milkman with fear, but he took no notice, and milked briskly into the pail, till the cow ran dry.
Just at that moment the old man entered the stable, and sat down to milk the cow himself, but not a drop of milk could he get. ' Have you really managed it all yourself, or did somebody help you ? '
' I have nobody to help me,' answered the prince, ' but
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