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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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plished before the end of the year. Thou shalt have a little daughter."
And so it happened as the frog had prophesied. The queen had a little child, who was so beautiful that the king could hardly contain himself for joy, and determined to give a great entertainment in honour of the event. He not only invited his relations, friends, and acquaintance, but also the wise women, who could endow his daughter with fairy gifts. There were thirteen of these wise women; but only twelve were invited, and twelve golden plates were placed for them.
The feast was conducted with great pomp, and towards the end of it the wise women declared their readiness to endow the king's little daughter with their wonderful gifts. The first gave her virtue, the second beauty, the third riches, and so to the eleventh, with all that can be wished for in the world.
Before the twelfth could speak, in walked the thirteenth. She was in a terrible rage at not having been invited; and, without saluting or noticing anyone, cried with a loud voice, "In her fifteenth year the king's daughter shall prick her finger with a spindle, and fall down dead;" and, without another word, she turned round, and left the hall.
Everyone felt alarmed at this prophecy; but the twelfth, who had not yet spoken, stepped forward. She could not alter the wicked decree, but she could soften and alleviate it. So she said, "The king's daughter shall not die, but a deep sleep shall fall upon her, in which she shall remain for a hundred years."
The little child, who was endowed with such wonderful gifts, grew up to be the delight of her parents. But, as she approached her fifteenth year, the king became very unhappy, and issued a decree that all the spindles in his kingdom should be burnt.
In every other respect, the prophecies of the good fairies were fulfilled; for the young princess was so beautiful, so amiable, and so clever, that those who saw her could not help loving her; but this only made her parents more anxious, especially when they were absent from the castle.
However, as the king felt certain that his commands about spindles had been obeyed, her parents would sometimes, but not often, leave her in the castle with the servants.
One day, when she had been left in this way, the young princess