THE LIGHT PRINCESS.
his queen, to quarrel with, he clashed his gold sovereigns into his money-box, clapped his crown on his head, and rushed into the parlour.
"What is all this about?" exclaimed he. " What are you crying for, queen ? "
"I can't eat it," said the queen, looking ruefully at the honey-pot.
" No wonder!" retorted the king. " You've just eaten your breakfast—two turkey eggs, and three anchovies."
"Oh, that's not it!" sobbed her Majesty. " It's my child, my child ! "
"Well, what's the matter with your child? She's neither up the chimney nor down the draw-well. Just hear her laughing."
Yet the king could not help a sigh, which he tried to turn into a cough, saying,—
"It is a good thing to be light-hearted, I am sure, whether she be ours or not."