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THE GOLD CHILDREN.
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She saw he was in earnest, yet she moved unwillingly towards a stone that lay near the dc or, touched it with her finger, and imme­diately the gold child stood before his brother in his own form. They were both overjoyed to meet again, and kissed and embraced each other. Then they rode together out of the wood, and there they parted,—the one to hasten back to his bride, the other home to his parents.
"Ah," said his father," we kneiv that yourbrotherhadbeenreleased from his trouble, for the golden lily is again erect and in full-bloom."
And after this they lived in happiness and contentment for the rest of their days.
A fox came once to a meadow, where a herd of fine fat geese were enjoying themselves. " Ah," he said, laughing, in I am just in time. They are so close together that I can come and fetch them one after another easily."
The geese, when they saw him, began to cackle with fear, sprung up, and, with much complaining and murmuring, begged for their lives.
The fox, however, would not listen, and said, " There is no hope of mercy—you must die."
At last one of them took heart, and said : " It would be very hard for us poor geese to lose our young, fresh lives so suddenly as this ; but if you will grant us only one favour, afterwards we will place ourselves in a row, so that you may choose the fattest and best."
" And what is this favour?" asked the fox.
"Why, that we may have one hour to pray in before we die."
"Well, that is only fair," replied the fox; "it is a harmless request. Pray away, then, and I will wait for you."
Immediately they placed themselves in a row, and began to pray after their own fashion, which, however, was a most deafening and alarming cackle. In fact they were praying for their lives, and so efficaciously that they were heard at the farm, and long before the hour had ended, the master and his servants appeared