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THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS.          . r43
The man told him to step in, and just as they reached the opposite shore, he placed the rudder oar in the king's hand, and sprang out of the boat And so the king became a ferryman as a punishment for his sins.
I wonder if he still goes on ferrying people over the river ! It is very likely, for no one has ever been persuaded to touch the oar since he took it.
A lady-bird and a fly once lived and kept house together, and they brewed their beer in an egg-shell. One day the lady-bird fell in and was burnt. Then the fly set up such a loud scream that the little door of the room asked, "What are you screaming for, fly?"
" Because lady-bird has burnt herself."
Then began the door to creak. " Why are you creaking ?" asked a little broom in the corner,
"Shall 1 not creak?"
" Lady-bird is burnt And little fly weeps.'
Then began the broom to sweep with all *its might; and pre­sently passed the door a stream, and said, " Why are you sweeping so, broom ?"
" Shall I not sweep ?" replied the broom—
M Lady-bird is burnt, Little fly weeps, Little door jars, And little broom sweeps."
Then said the stream, "So I will run," and it began to run rapidly. "Why are you running so?" asked the fire. " Shall I not run ?" it replied—
" When lady-bird is burnt, And little fly weeps, Little door jars, And little broom sweeps, "While little stream run*.w