The GREEN Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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the middle of the night following the assembly of fairies Queen Balanice woke up with a shriek, and when her maids of honor ran to see what was the matter, they found she had had a frightful dream.
"I thought," said she, "that my little daughter had changed into a bouquet of roses, and that as I held it in my hand a bird swooped down suddenly and snatched it from me and carried it away. Let some one run and see that all is well with the princess," she added.
So they ran; but what was their dismay when they found that the cradle was empty; and though they sought high and low, not a trace of Rosanella could they discover. The queen was inconsolable, and so, indeed, was the king, only being a man he did not say quite so much about his feelings. He presently proposed to Balanice that they should spend a few days at one of their palaces in the country; and to this she willingly agreed, since her grief made the gayety of the capital distasteful to her. One foyely summer evening, as they sat together on, a shady
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