My Own Fairy Book - online children's book

Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

Home Main Menu Order Support About Search

Share page  

Previous Contents Next

260              THE GOLD OF FAIRNILEE.
she went to the well to draw water, and as she was coming back she heard a loud scream in her house. Then her heart leaped, and fast she ran and flew to the cradle; and there she saw an awful sight—not her own bairn, but a withered imp, with hands like a mole's, and a face like a frog's, and a mouth from ear to ear, and two great staring eyes."
"What was it?" asked Jeanie, in a trem­bling voice.
"A fairy's bairn that had not thriven," said nurse; "and when their bairns do not thrive, they just steal honest folks' children and carry them away to their own country."
" And where 's that ? " said Randal,
" It's under the ground," said nurse, " and there they have gold and silver and diamonds; and there's the Queen of them all, that's as beautiful as the day. She has yellow hair down to her feet, and she has blue eyes, like the sky on a fine day, and her voice like all the mavises singing in the spring. And she is aye dressed in green, and all her court in green ; and she rides a white horse with golden bells on the bridle."
" I would like to go there and see her," said Randal.
" Oh, never say that, my bairn ; you never know who may hear you ! And if you go there, how will you come back again ? and what will your mother do, and Jean here, and me that's
Previous Contents Next