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A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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0                       THE MAGIC MIRROR
of polished iron, saying: 'Take Sipao, then, O Gopani. Kufa, and may thy wishes come true. Go back now to thine own country; Sipao will show you the way.'
Gopani-Kiifa was greatly rejoiced, and, taking farewell of the king, said to the Mirror:
'Sipao, Sipao, I wish to be back upon the Earth again!'
Instantly he found himself standing upon the upper earth; but, not knowing the spot, he said again to the Mirror:
'Sipao, Sipao, I want the path to my own kraal!'
And behold! right before him lay the path!
When he arrived home he found his wife and daughter mourning for him, for they thought that he had been eaten by lions; but he comforted them, saying that while following a wounded antelope he had missed his way and had wandered for a long time before he had found the path again.
That night he asked Zengi-mizi, in whom sat the spirit of his father, what he had better ask Sipao for next?
'Biz-z-z,' said the wasp, 'would you not like to be as great a chief as Insato?'
And Gopani-Kufa smiled, and took the Mirror and said to it:
'Sipao, Sipao, I want a town as great as that of Insato, the King of Pita; and I wish to be chief over it!'
Then all along the banks of the Zambesi river, which flowed near by, sprang up streets of stone buildings, and their roofs shone with gold and burnished iron like those in Pita; and in the streets men and women were walking, and young boys were driving out the sheep and cattle to pasture; and from the river came shouts and laughter from the young men and maidens who had launched their canoes and were fishing. And when the people
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