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THE GOOD-TEMPERED TAILOR.          389
with the tears rolling down his cheeks, for this time his life was at stake.
As he walked along full of grief, the foal to which he had granted liberty came springing towards him. It had now grown to a beau tiful bay horse.
" I am here just in time," he said, as he saw the tailor, " to re­quite your kindness to me. I know already what you want, and I shall soon be able to help you. Jump up." he continued; "my back could carry two such as you now."
The tailor, on hearing this, took heart, sprung with one leap on the horse, which started off at full speed, and did not stop till he reached the gate of the castle. Then he galloped round the court as quick as lightning three times. The third time, he plunged violently; and as he did so, a terrible crack appeared in the ground under his feet, and in the same moment a quantity of earth was shot into the air and over the castle, and after it rose a stream of water as high as the man and the horse. The water was as clear \s crystal, and the sun's rays sparkled on it in various colours.
When the king saw it, he stood still in wondering amazement, and then embraced the tailor in the presence of all his people.
But this happiness did not last long; the shoemaker made a fourth trial in hopes of getting rid of the man he had injured. Now the king had several daughters, each very beautiful, but no son ; so the wicked shoemaker came to the king, and said to him : "My lord king, there is no end to the tailor's haughty boasting ; he is declaring now that he can bring a little son to the king through the air."
Upon this the king sent for the tailor, and said to hiui: " If within nine days a little son is brought to me through your means, then you shall have my eldest daughter to wife."
" That is really a tempting reward," thought the tailor, " but it is out of the power of any man to accomplish. The cherries hang too high for me; if I attempt to climb for them, the branch will break under me, and I shall have a fall." He went home, seated himself cross-legged on his work-table, and reflected on what would be the best way to act. " It is no use," he said, at last; " I will go away; they will not let me live here in peace." He got down from the table once more, tied up his bundle, and passed out through the town as he supposed for the last time*