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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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THE GOLD OF FAIRNILEE.              261
carried you many a time in weary arms when you were a babe ? "
" Can't people come back again ? " asked Randal.
" Some say ' Yes,' and some say ' No.' There was Tarn Hislop, that vanished away the day before all the lads and your own father went forth to that weary war at Flodden, and the English, for once, by guile, won the day. Well, Tarn Hislop, when the news came that all must arm and mount and ride, he could nowhere be found. It w7as as if the wind had carried him away. High and low they sought him, but there was his clothes and his jack,* and his sword and his spear, but no Tarn Hislop. Well, no man heard more of him for seven whole years, not till last year, and then he came back: sore tired he looked, ay, and older than when he was lost. And I met him by the well, and I was frightened; and ' Tarn,' I said, ' where have ye been this weary time ? ' 'I have been with them that I will not speak the name of,' says he. ' Ye mean the good folk,' said I. ' Ye have said it,' says he. Then I went up to the house, with my heart in my mouth, and I met Simon Grieve. ' Simon,' I says, ' here 's Tarn Hislop come home from the good folk.' ' I '11 soon send him back to them,' says he. And he takes a great rungf and lays it about Tarn's shoulders, calling him coward * Jack, a kind of breastplate, f Rung, a staff.
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