PRINCE RICARDO. 213
an Italian knight, Astolfo, who, in old times, visited the moon, and there found and brought back the common sense of his friend, Orlando, as you may read in the poem of Ariosto.
"Now," reasoned King Prigio, " if there is a Flying Horse at all, he is in the stables of the King of Delhi. I must look into this."
Taking the magic spy-glass, the king surveyed the world from China to Peru, and, sure enough, there was the famous Flying Horse in the king's stable at Delhi. Hastily the king thrust his feet into the Shoes of Swiftness—so hastily, indeed, that, as the poet says, he " madly crammed a left-hand foot into a right-hand shoe." But this, many people think, is a sign of good luck ; so he put the shoes on the proper feet, and in a few minutes was in the presence of the Great Mogul.
The monarch received him with some surprise, but with stately kindness, and listened to Prigio while he explained what he wanted.
" I am only too happy to assist so adventurous a prince," remarked the Great Mogul. " This is like old times! Every horse in my stable is at your service, but, as you say, only the Flying Horse is of any use to you in this expedition."
He clapped his hands, the Grand Vizier appeared, and the king gave orders to have the Flying Horse saddled at once. He then presented King Prigio with a large diamond, and