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to read this introduction justice to a and indeed may never take the trouble . At the time of his death he knew more than sixty languages and dialects. one word of Latin or Greek. Curtin's his manifold activities. least of name without some mention of all this final product of his pen. but as a matter of recopi able man — —simple remark- ^no book ought to go forth bearing Mr. but offered at the admission examination he more of each language than was fluently every language of required. Curtin states that he did not know. recently brought to light among study his papers. Dr. Our young at all readers will find their chief delight in the stories." As a further instance of his ex: traordinary facility in language. — interest in the noted author no less than in the pleasing tales making up his last contribution to literature.INTRODUCTION A dual interest attaches to this posthumous work of Jere- miah Curtin. Charles : W. Dr. under whom studied at Harvard says "Seven months and a half before he entered Harvard. Eliot continues beria he studied the Buriat language with a Buriat i "In Si- who knew . Eliot. and spoke Europe and several of the languages of Asia. Jeremiah Curtin's gift of tongues — ^his ability to many came diverse peoples in the intimacy of their to own speech — he him naturally.

Schools were few and rudimentary. An- drew Mac Curtin a poet and historian of the period of i7oo. for centuries ago. principal achievements. the term being limited to three months in the winter and three in the summer.j tran-t and reputed "one of the best Gaelic scholars having scribed from the ancient manuscript the history of the wars of Thomond. who spoke that language. At sixty he learnt a Curtin always wished to learn the history. tin where Jeremiah Cur-| Milwaukee was then two years old and a conglomerate of immigrants from half the nations of Euin 1838. he accomplished the feat in a few weeks. and religious beliefs and usages of the people ing.. and linguistic when Ireland was her own. the Mac Curtins were hereditary historians of Thomond. Hugh Ogl Mac Curtin was a noted patriot poet in the isth Century. Having acquired a language.INTRODUCTION Russian. Curtin came honestly by genius. and hard as it was to acquire a strange language without the aid of books. myths. folk-lore." was the author of an important Gaelic dictionary in 1732. With such surroundings it is easy to understand how the boy's natural bent for study was turned in the direction | of races and languages. was born. Hence his great learntales. rope. Soon after coming to America the Curtins settled just out- side the present city of Milwaukee." and another Hugh Mac Curtin. did new language as quickly as he when a Harvard student. By making friends with the immigrants the ii ." and his numerous publications on myths and folk his literary Mr. Wis. described by Hyde as a "learned poet and lexicographer.

After the death of his father he entered Carroll College at Waukeshaw. Nearly half a century was given by systematic travel tinents. Mongol and Maya of Central America. among the people and This task he actually accom- He did not stop with Aryan languages. It was a purpose magnificently came the life simple. Turkish. sistence and hard study his success was kindly. French and Norse. plished. No linguistic opportunity ever escaped him. Japanese. and on down to the heart of the Hindu peninsula. Chinese. Leaving college in his twenty-fifth year with a trained mind. Aryan —nothing than sweep of languages. going from there to Harvard.INTRODUCTION boy learned a good deal of German. this painstaking man to and the study of the languages of three con- In 1864 he was appointed Secretary of the American Leiii . Mr. where he was graduated in 1863. a rugged constitution and the world before him. — other words devote to in to his to a comparative study of the entire Indo-European race from the headlands of Ireland across the Balkans to the Caucasus. Hungarian. sympathetic nature so ily marked through He read- won the confidence of the simplest folk. Arabic. Aside from perlargely due to his life. and furthermore to study these languages the tribes in their ovra homes. and laid the foundation of his later Indian studies by cultivating the acquaintance of the vagrant Potowatomi and Winnebago. but such as probably never less man field before or since. Curtin's life work was already chosen and to a its plan well matured. but the studied in the scope of his investigations.

The extraordinary iv facility with Introduction to "The Mongols. who was by birth a native of Wisconsin. making a circuit of the world. made a study of Indian till He was same in active service 1891 . then President of the United paid this tribute to States. In 1900 he spent a year or more in Siberia. travel- ing and studying meanwhile. Theodore Roosevelt. and studying indefatigably. especially "Quo Vadis. "The death of Jeremiah Curtin robbed America of one of her two or three foremost scholars." but scholars and have long since recognized the peculiar value of his original work. it The Chief of the Bureau refused to regard as a final severance of relations and asked him to consider himself an honorary member The —which he did. China. and remote the tribes whose speech he did not understand. writing.INTRODUCTION gation to Russia. he wrote an important history of the Mongols. Mr. Curtin. at one time was in the diplomatic service of the Government chief 1 . but his work was in literature. In 1883 he became connected with the Bureau of Ethnology and languages. which office he held for several years. In addition to his books on folk-lore. then feeling that he could not carry out his literary plans and work for the Bureau at the time. and Japan. Curtin died in 1906. : him ^ Mr. in the nineties His popular reputation was assured of the works of critics by his brilliant translations Sienkiewicz. he tendered his resignation. He was equally at home in all lands and climes. life final years of his were spent in traveling.'' .

back of the story. He did this. and great even for a grown and but the explanation of its it (if explanation there be) the nature of heroes (if that can be discovered) are dear to V . Celtic and other folk tales." The present collection of "Fairy Tales of Eastern Europe" in the course of his travels. The man. his restless activity and desire to see strange nations and out of the way people. his gift of style in his own language. in order to find.INTRODUCTION which he learned any language. Writing on the sub- of folk-lore. In addition he did remarkable work in connection with Indian. delight in a beautiful and wonderful story is the very highest mental pleasure for a child. the common link in mythol- ogy uniting the people with other ject races. he says: "Many of these tales are of re- markable beauty. all combined to render his work of translations of the Polish His extraordinary novels of Sienkiewicz would in themselves have been enough to establish a first-class reputation for any man. as he himself averred. his industry. or mingling as one of them in their tivals. They are of deep interest both to young delicate appreciation and old. rude wayside cabin. and nowhere do they enjoy more than among the educated people in America and England. In this way the author has preserved the quaint flavor of the original stories. in direct converse was gathered by him personally the people in their daily lives They were obtained by word of mouth —^when stopping perhaps with in some fes-. peculiar value. and his great gift of imagination which enabled him to appreciate the epic sweep of vital historical events.

for to most readers seems unproven. but it appears to have produced small it effect. and in this respect form an interesting parat< lei to the stories of most striking "The Thousand and One Nights." The example of this in "The Magic Lamp. the Hungarian or Magyar. itself.INTRODUCTION the mind of a mature person of culture. by word of mouth from the Hungarian One wonders if such similarities can be explained' by the waves of conquest such as that of the Mongols undef Genghis Khan. almost the only. occupation." which our friend Aladdin. birth. th^ Bohemian or Chekh. Much has been writ- ten touching the heroes of folk tales. and the Serbian. least modified tales of "The great majority even of the Europe have mainly merchants. incomparable grotesque- and marvelous adventures. The table of contents The stories deal largely with ad- venturous deeds. value found in folk tales as yet the story ness. but incidents do. or substituted heroes —so —sons of The kings. and founded mainly on the views of each writer. in the thirteenth century. This is the reason why is the chief. yet the author presents it at once suggests it just as he got peasants. with its simple beauty. as well as the characters in Aryan mythology. soldiers. — ^the Russian or Slavic. shows the general groups." "Fairy Tales of Eastern Europe" are drawn from four sources. that in most cases the name of the present hero gives no clue to the incidents are original hero of the tale. poor men. or whether they dat<? vi . tsars. often an indication of what kind of person the original hero must have been.

INTRODUCTION back centuries further to some It is just common cradle of the race! such secrets as this that Mr. and the thanks of readers into whose hands fall these old world stories of potent charm. Walker McSpadden vu . Curtin spent his lifetime in trying to discover. and although such a herculean task reward comes with the must necessarily be left incomplete. J. the doing.

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... 24 29 45 Ivan Tsarevich and Bailoi Polyanyin 49 HUNGARIAN The Apples of Youth The World-Beautiful Sharkan Roja The Golden Fish.. SERBIAN The Stork and the Heron 257 .. ..CONTENTS page RUSSIAN The Twelve Months The Cat and the Fox . 61 79 91 I20 141 151 The Water of Endless Youth The Magic Lamp 175 195 BbHEMIAN The Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Know All The Laughing Apples and the Weeping Quinces Long.. and Swift Glance . .. I .. 213 227 243 . 9 15 Dawn. Tree. Broad..Working and the Golden Bird MiKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QuEEN Fate The Waters of Life and Death .. and Midnight The World's Reward The Town of Nothing The Ambitious Old Woman ... . .... Twilight.. . the Wonder.

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ILLUSTRATIONS 'Stretched himself and went thirty miles at a step" Frontispiece FACIKC FASE "At the edge of the lake he found the earthen filled it vessel and io6 with water" "On "At the seventy-seventh island of that sea stands.. to the 232 .... 182 moment a tremendous dragon ground in front of her" flew up and dropped .. on golden duck that legs. .. the castle of wondrous fair Ilona" .. .

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around in idleness. Holena pretended said to pne to want violets. bring grass and take care of She was willing to work. wash. and beat her. r sat Holena the cow. violetsJl "Go to the woods and get me some belt want to put them in my and enjoy their perfume. in the middle of winter. but hated Marushka. other was a step-daughter. for she was prettier and smarter than Holena. the step-daughter. day. weave.— FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE THE TWELVE MONTHS A WOMAN had two daughters. spin." . They tor- tured her with hunger. but she bore reproaches with At last the step-mother and her daughter thought only of how 'to get rid of poor Marushka. she didn't know why her mother patience. hated her. She loved Holena. her own daughter. but she endured it all and grew more beautiful each day. the one was her own. and she Marushka. while'Marushka had to cook.

three somewhat. "Kind men. sister. and asked. what has come to your mind? I have never heard of violets blossoming in winter. They were sitting in silence and looking calmly on the fire. They were the Twelve Months. she drew near. ^he there was no trace of a path." threatened Holena. toad! If you do not go this min- "How ute to the woods and get me violets I will kill you. Marushka stood in astonishment. and prayed to God to take her out weeping bitterly. in his hand. December sat in the first place. sat twelve men.— 2 ." . three in years of manhood. pushed her out of and closed the door. The step-mother the house. but after a summoning courage. seized Marushka. of the world. around the fire on twelve stones. ^he girl went to the Deep snow was on the ground Long she wandered. She went toward it and ascending a hill she came to a fire.' younger. forest. she three old men with long white beards. saw a bright light." answered Marushkary do you dare to question when I command? Worthless creature. I will time. off in At the distance. FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "But. his hair and beard were white as snow he held a scepter . you let me warm myself at the fire? am shivering with cold. last. was hungry and cold. and three beautiful youths.

he "I asked. violets in winter. "Quick. the highest place /and that instant the fire waved the scepter burned more powerappeared The snow thawed. there were so many that they were like a blue carpet. sadly. fire. sit in the first place. thanked Twelve Months. flowers —Spring had come. "but have sent me. Marushka gathered a great bouquet. /December rose from month.— THE TWELVE MONTHS December nodded his head. /^hy are you here?" am looking for violets. 3 When the maid was warm.l the Holena and her mother were astonished when they saw Marushka coming with a large bunch of violets in They opened the door. beneath the trees." answered Marushka. to the youngest there any place where I can find violets ?" his seat. pluck them!" said March. the thickets violets were blooming. her hand." J on In the March took above the fully. she whole house was filled with the perfume. good shepherds./ entered and the ." 'T know that. and said. began to open biids branches and grass grew green. Marushka." sister answered Marushka. and hurried home. my mother and get is me for violetsj if I do not them they will kill Tell me. went "Brother March. everything is "But there are no covered with snow.

violets. She could not look around befor^ if the grass sprinkled was it dotted with them as some one had with blood-drops. fruit. in the grass. /The next day they sent Marushka for strawberries." Holena took the Marushka. as if some one had put them there on purpose. -. praying God to take her out of the world. like stars. Marushka's eyes the flowers became berries and the were ripe.— 4 — FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE rVVhere did you find them?" asked Holena. and said. Learning what she wanted. put them in her belt and en- joyed their perfume. and took them to . berries 'Marushka gathered many her sister. many-colored flowers bloomed in the —Summer had come. gave him the scepter. Before Little white blossoms gleamed. "On a hill f there are many of them under the trees. she didn't offer even one of them to '^ . Long she wandered around in the cold. the birds began to sing." June sat in the highest place and waved the scepter fire. the earth was covered with forest grass. the trees with leaves. . then she came to the Twelve Months and again met with a kind reception. ) sit in the first place. above the that instant the flames leaped high/the snow melted. \ "Brother June. December left his place and going to the month sitting just opposite.

When she told them what she had been sent scepter to his brother September. At last she found the Twelve Months sitting in front of their fire as formerly. sat in the first place and waved the scepter over the leaves were falling The fire burned brighter and the snow vanished. angrily." "Why didn't you bring more?" asked Holena. She shook it again. and carried home the two apples." . but Nature had a solemn face the trees. a fresh from wind drove them hither and thither over flowers. one blushing apple fell. many there yet. Marushka saw no fruit. "No doubt you ate them on the road. /The next day Holena wanted apples/ and she sent Marushka for them. She obeyed. . Holena ^wondered at their beauty and so did her mother. but she saw an apple tree loaded with red "Shake the tree quickly. for." said September. the dry and yellow grass. "Where did you get them?" there are "On a hill. She shook it. December gave the who fire. fell. another "Now hurry home. j 5 Helena ate some of them and gave her mother some." said September. The unfortunate girl waded through deep snow and wandered around in the cold praying God to take her out of the world.THE TWELVE MONTHS but did not offer even one to Marushka.

and at last she came to the Twelve Months. "May lightning strike you!" screamed Holena. the same to me. old man? What business is it of ycjurs. —one appk fell. I'll go into the forest myself. are you here?" asked De- "Why ask.— 6 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "I did not. to her mother. and she wanted to beat her The poor girl began to cry." She put on her cloak. went out. deep. The snow was foot anywhere. I let shook shake it it again —another They wouldn't me again. it seemed to her wonderfully sweet. the heavens forest. shake off every apple whether they permit it's all me to or not. and turned to go into the scepter. December frowned and raised his That moment the fire died down. there was no trace of a human leave ^ She wandered long. tied a shawl over her head and." sister. I shook the tree once fell. Holena ate an apple. and said "Give me my I'll cloak. to the fire and began to warm "What do you want. why cember. where I am going?" answered Holena. severely. She finished. If that good-for-nothing girl goes she will be sure to eat the apples. . Without asking Holena walked straight her hands. they told me to go home.

waiting at home." said the mother. looked through another. and a cutting. and fed thought the cow. still The spinning was they were not at home. Marushka got supper they stopping so ready. are long?" Marushka. and ran to the gate . stiff. Time passed. and she sat down to then night came.THE TWELVE MONTHS grew dark. but no human beanywhere. go myself and look for her. snow fell 7 in great flakes. She closed the door. the earth ing was visible The heavens were gleaming with glittering with snow. but neither Holena nor her mother came. made "Our Father" for her the sign of the cross. and stumbled The mother. has happened to them?" said the kind-hearted stars. She put on her cloak. and no Holena came. forest. She cursed Marushka. "Where finished. repeated . Holena could not see felt that her limbs were growing on. as if some one were all-chilling shaking feathers out of a tick. the win- dow. but hours passed by. wind whistled through the one step before her she . but spin. one after "Most likely she found the apples so good that she I'll can't stop eating them. threw a shawl over her head and went in search of her daughter. "Lord be merciful She looked out. to us! What girl.

step-mother and and then lay down to sleep.8 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE sister. waited for them at dinner . but in vain — ^they came not again house of living man. . The to the next day she looked for them at breakfast.

he came to a forester's said : "Let the wretch perish !" The cabin. he wished to eat he went into the forest and caught birds and mice. "I am "Tell me. ing to herself. he put him in a bag. There he pulled the cat out and throwing him away. and Kotofei Ivanovitch is my name. and how you are honored by name. I have been sent here to be Mayor of the place. The peasant was tired of him. cat wandered about there till As crawled into was no one living in the cabin he the garret and lay there at his ease. who you are. If went back to the around garret. and said. good youth. think- "How many years have I lived in this and I have never seen such a beast !" She bowed down before him and said. from the Siberian forests. strolling in the forest a She looked at him and wondered. cat so mis- chievous that there was no living with him.— THE CAT AND THE FOX ONCE there was a peasant who had a bag up firmly and carried opened it. forest." The cat raised the hair on his back." 9 . tied the it to the forest. and after eating his fill Once when he was fox met him. by what chance you come here.

" "I had not heard of I get a look at it. Lisevata Ivanovna.— 10 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "Oh. "I have looked everywhere for you. but come and dine with me." The cat went home with the fox and she entertained him with every kind of game. the fox was running through the forest she met a The wolf spoke loving words to her. "Kotofei Ivanovitch." said the fox. Lisevata Ivanovna ?" "Haven't you heard that Kotofei Ivanovitch f rbm the Siberian forests has come to us as Mayor? I am the Mayor's wife. and said. are you married or single?" cat. "I had not heard of your arrival." me?" The cat consented said the fox. but could not find you. Kotofei Ivanovitch. As wolf. I was a maiden. The next day the fox went out to get provisions that she and her husband might have something to live on but the cat stayed at home. At last she asked. Be my guest." answered the "And I am a maiden. "Will you marry and they had a wedding with feast- ing and gladness." "Whom have you married. "none of your soft words to me. but now I am married. Where have you been all this time?" "Stop!" said the fox. "I am single. How can him?" .

put deep thought. the wolf going to bring a sheep. "Oh. The fox went farther and met a bear. ." The bear went for the ox. If you don't please him at first sight^iie'll eat you. along tugging an ox." The wolf hurried off to get the sheep." "Could I have alSok^t him?" asked the bear. will come to grief. you don't please at first sight he will eat you. Lisevata Ivanovna ?" "The Mayor who has been sent to us from the Siberian forests. you'll come to grief. If he sees you. Put the ox down near our house. who spoke ing words to her. then hide so that Kotofei Ivanovitch will not see you. His name is Kotofei Ivanovitch. is But bring an ox as a present. You must be careful. If he sees you.THE CAT AND THE FOX "Oh. The wolf brought the sheep. my Kotofei IvanoHtch is very fierce." "Who is your husband. and behpld aJbeV^as coming said the "Good morning. lov- "Stop! bow-legged Mishka." said she. it down andstoedrin He looked. sheep Put the down near our you place and hide lest he sees you. See that you get a sheep ready and make him a present. brother Mihail Ivanovitch" wolf. n If my Kotofei him Ivanovitch is terribly fierce. "I was a maiden. but now I am married.

terrified. Help me in my trouble." along. ras- from wherever he came. climb this pine tree. "See here. Mihail Ivanovitch. I am waiting to have a look at him." oflf When "I'll the hare started at full speed the bear and the wolf began to think about hiding themselves. you crooked-legged The hare." I "No." am afraid. All at once. you are "No. I'll not go. brother. braver than I am. Levon Ivanovitch. have come their respects and have brought an ox and a sheep.v dry leaves. ran up. you go. Hide me somewhere. go quickly and tell her that Mihail Ivanovitch to pay and his brother.12 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "Good morning. and then climbed to the top of the pine ." "Go. "Come here. brother Levon." said the bear." "Well." The bear hid the wolf in bushes. I "But what can wolf. a hare ran The bear cal!" shouted. do? Where shall I go?" asked the "I can't climb a tree. Levon. and call them. crooked do you know where Lisevata Ivanovna lives ?" "I know." answered the bear. covered him with tree. legs. "Have you seen Lisevata Ivanovna and her husband?" "No. Mihail Ivanovitch.

"They are coming. cat heard the rustling and. began The to move the leaves to get an opening for his eyes. small!" flesh with teeth and claws. "He's a . ran and. The bear small. his hair stood straight on his back. crying. at Lisevata Ivanov- and delivered the message. He sprang onto the carcass and began to tear the "Small. Kotofei Ivanovitch is a little fellow. Meanwhile the hare had knocked na's door directly. praying" God to give him swift legs. The cat.THE CAT AND THE FOX Once safe he looked around to see if Lisevata 13 Ivanovna and her husband were coming." When the cat saw the carcass of the ox. ran into the forest. wanting to see Kotofei Ivanovitch." said she. brother. not thought. frightened half up the tree where the bear was. little fellow. The wolf jumped up to death. . but what a it's stomach he has four bears couldn't eat that ox. too. sprang onto the leaves and fastened his claws and teeth onto the wolf's nose. and enough for him. "We'll be there As the cat and the fox walked out from among the trees. the bear saw them and called to the wolf. If we are not careful he'll eat us. thinking it was a mouse. But don't be afraid." The wolf.

!" Resigning himself to the will of God he dropped It to the nearly shook the liver out of his body. . you'll who my Kotofei Ivanovitch the faster. "This terrible Kotofei Ivanovitch . Wait !" is my Kotofei with you! awhile. but ofif he sprang up and ran for dear life. —"Oh. My death is coming ground. all But they ran all From that time.14 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The bear thought. in mortal terror of the Lisevata Ivanovna and her prob- husband had provisions for the whole winter and ably they are still living in affluence. has seen me there is no time to slip down. The fox screamed Ivanovitch will find out settle after them. of the beasts of the forest were cat.

IS . and when visit the king came to plore them. the trees and the flowers. Nothing to be done garden to ! He They granted their prayer. re- fused the more they insisted. They were unspeakably delighted that the white world was free to them. our father. so that neither the boisterous winds might blow on them. us walk in the green garden. nor the bright sun burn them with its rays.DAWN. it was unknown whither. beheld the bright sun. carefully than his The king guarded them more own eyes. TWILIGHT. a stormy whirlwind seized them and bore them high up and far away. let us look upon the white world. Once. but all at once. AND MIDNIGHT IN a certain kingdom lived a king who had three beautiful daughters. admired every little blade of grass. amused themselves. They ran through the garden. He built an underground palace in which he placed them." The king tried to dissuade them but the more he . they straightway began to imlet him : "Gosudar. like birds in a cage. The princesses went into tfie walk". by some chance the princesses read in some book that there was a wondrous white world.

but that discovered nothing. the second at mid- night and the third at dawn. and "Hail. and asked his boyars if any of them would undertake all to find his daughters. who would and find his The king's messengers journeyed traveled. The king wept bitter tears.— i6 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE in terror. "It is evident I have no friends or defenders. the eldest at twilight. With what they went. was silent . The king sent his most trusty servants in every direction. . and said. Midnight and As city. to the king." proclamation to be that Then he ordered a made to the whole kingdom. The king summoned a asked once. We have . On this account they were Dawn. strong. Gosudar ! be well for many years. with council they came back. The nurses and governesses were promising a great reward to him daughters. In a certain village there lived a poor widow. He . in who had all They were born one night. three sons. bowed down before him. mighty heroes. a second time —no answer a third time not half a word. hoping to some one might be found among common men do the deed. soon as they heard of the king's proclamation they took their mother's blessing and set out for the capital They came said. named Twilight.

at the edge of the forest. a hut.— DAWN." "Honor to byname?" you. and clothing from his storehouses. AND MIDNIGHT Permit us to go and find 17 come. Twilight and MidGosudar. three their The young men went way. but "What can you not erty I give you for the road?" "We need nothing for ourselves. "let us stop here for a us rest after the road. but do you stay here and get something ready to eat. the eldest." They said their prayers and lay down to sleep. but no one was there." said Twilight. let in. How do men call you "We night. woman. Dawn. They went time. till they came to a broad desert steppe." . lodged her in the and gave orders that meat and drink should be furnished her from his own table. no answer. "Well. not for the sake of feasting. but to do a good deed. two and three months. They knocked. The Twi- next morning the youngest brother. own They traveled one." sent for the old The king palace. to "Midni^t and I will go out hunting. good youths. we pray Care for her in her pov- and old age." are three brothers —Dawn. to desert our mother. TWILIGHT. Beyond the steppe there was a forest. brothers. your daughters. said light.

not thinking long. dressed. ate the roasted sheep and went into the forest. an ell tall himAll at once there self." said he. for their dinner. and roasted everything was ready he lay it. am small. His brothers came home and' "What has happened?" "Oh. sheep. brothers. his beard seven ells long. asked. groaning." answered Twilight. He beat him till he was almost dead." The "I little old man was terribly enraged.— i8 — Near the hut was a pen full of FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE Twilight consented. "I heated the stove and my . He seized a club and began beating Twilight with it. rU take a spoonful of soup and a bit of bread and blind you. He looked angrily at Twilight and screamed. Twilight took the best sheep. down on a bench was a thumping and thundering. and killed. Twilight bound up his head with a cloth and lay down on the bench. then he threw him under the bench. "I can't see you. so. but I am strong." said he. the door opened and a little old man came in. "How did you dare to play the master in kill my house? How did you dare to my sheep?" "Grow up first. to When rest.

the heat wouldn't let me. for dinner. dressed and roasted then lay down on the bench. himself old man en- an ell in height. nor stew." me." The next day Dawn went to hunt with Twilight. and flying at Midnight. killed. then he ate and went into the forest. it. He made a fire. He down the pail. and left Midnight at home to cook the dinner. picked out the fattest sheep. the sheep his till he was barely alive. he beat and pounded him. stove. I 19 could neither roast nor stew. it He selected the best sheep. TWILIGHT. then lay down on Suddenly there was a thumping and thundering little and the put old man walked into the yard with a bundle of hay on his head and a pail of water in his hand. the heat stifled is "What has happened?" "When I kindled a fire in the I could neither roast eat.— DAWN. When his brothers came home they asked. killed. Midnight bound up head and lay groaning under the bench. AND MIDNIGHT head began to ache from the great fire. Suddenly there little was a thumping and thundering and a tered. and . scattered the hay over the yard. his beard seven ells long. and the Dawn stayed at home. dressed and roasted bench. "How dare you play the master in my house and kill my sheep ?" screamed he. so there nothing to The third day the eldest brothers went to hunt.

it "I have caught 'heat' and fastened to a post. to dragged him to the yard. When they came Dawn said. his beard seven long. When he reached the underworld he freed himself from the rope and went whither his eyes looked. mighty death. went Soon he found that one was He flew into a rage. tugged he kept saying." Dawn post. took him to an oak which he fastened his beard with a great iron wedge. seized the little old man by the beard and pulled and dragged him over the floor. Dawn made a long rope. hero. The brothers followed till they came to a deep opening. They did so. and commanded his brothers to let him down to the under world. Along the path he had gone there were drops of blood. Dawn sprang up." They went to the yard and found that the little old man had run away. then he went into the hut and waited for his brothers. began beg and pray." The ells old man himself an to ell in height. do not give "Have mercy on me. don't jump in. me to Let my soul repent. . hurled himself at Dawn and struck him heavily on the head. rushed to the hut.— 20 — — FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE to count his sheep. As he missing. "Before sounding the ford. from the inner bark of trees. but half his beard was there on the post. After traveling for a long time Dawn saw out before .

Dawn by the hand and hid him in another A three-headed serpent came. gave him to eat and to drink. that stole me from my father will fly in here directly. hit the damp earth. got the odor." thought he. The princess was frightened." That moment a terrible wind rose up. "How will. was sent us to find it of your own free or against your will?" "The king you and your sisters. "The serpent She took room. have you come here. Straightway she seated him at a table. "Your strength Dawn strength. TWILIGHT.— — 21 palace. "I can overcome anything. out." said Dawn. "You have been flying through Russia. emptied" the flask and felt in himself mighty "Now." said she. AND MIDNIGHT him a copper When he came to the palace a young princess met him with kindly greeting. and asked. Who is visiting you ?" there's "Who could come to this place?" asked the princess. and brought a flask of the Water of will Strength. DAWN." where you . "Drink of increase." said she." this water. is and cried "There a Russian odor here.

Dawn the silver They did as she had done. He came and straightway he drew open his sword and cut off the serpent's heads. The princess brought him different kinds of food and drink. killed the six-headed serpent. and there he found go home with an egg. Dawn There left the princess and journeyed till he saw a silver palace. When the brothers came to their own country. . Whether it was long or short he made his way to a golden palace. In that palace was the second princess. The Then princess called to Dawn. She went to the broad court and waved her . they folded kingdom and copper kingdom into eggs and put and set out for the opening. and killed the twelve-headed serpent. the sisters unrolled the three eggs on a broad. and into the wine she poured a few drops of the Water of fill. The serpent ate and drank his then fell asleep. the eldest princess. Sleep. bright kerchief the golden kingdom folded into she put the egg into her pocket and went with for her sisters. them into their pockets. The princess rejoiced and made ready to the hero.22 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The serpent asked for meat and drink. open space. they burned up the body and scattered the ashes over the field. scattered his Dawn ashes and went farther. Twilight and Midnight drew up their brother and the princesses.

DAWN. and behold the three kingdoms appeared silver 23 —the copper. Dawn Dawn married to his three daughters. TWILIGHT. the Midnight and and the golden. AND MIDNIGHT. . Straightway he had Twilight. so delighted that his joy could not be The king was told. and he made heir of his Kingdom.

and out of the himself into a spiral. let another and they went together 24 in search of . man." After a long discussion the snake agreed to settle the dispute.— — THE WORLD'S REWARD ONCE upon wood on a time when a peasant was carrying the wood from a forest he got tired and throwing stone to called. ! "Know. hole a great snake crawled. "Of course. wound up his head. the ground he sat cry." replied the snake. That minute he heard a and save and some one "Oh. and lamenting saved your he reproached the snake with ingratitude. for help? Haven't I asked he. and said. die. take pity on me ! Roll off the stone my life. "but I am only doing what I promised. good man. and I will pay you as the world pays best !" The peasant raised rolled the stone away. down on a rest. Free me. you must The peasant was "Didn't you life?" call terribly frightened. I am paying you as the world pays best." that I am Yaza Get ready.

This is the world's reward. he refused to sell When me. his sides had fallen flies which he had not strength "How are you. My master am old was fond of me. man. His head was hangand he was covered to drive away. to look for another judge." answered the snake. He wore the skins of the wolves and foxes which I caught." it And the peasant told the whole story. seeing that he had lost his case. "My you must die." replied the dog. 25 After a while they came to where an old dog was tied to a fence. ing down. while. in. we have a dispute. THE WORLD'S REWARD a judge. I guarded his house ftom thieves. when and weak and can here and tied neither run nor bark. "Be so kind as to be our judge.. then said to the The dog thought a friend." The peasant. faithful guardian of a house?" asked the peasant. turning to the snake. noble beast?" asked the peasant. he. . he has led to the fence to stay till me me out some man kills begged me for my skin. for this is just how the world pays When I was young I was my master's favorite. "How are you. "Wasn't so and so?" asked "It was. "As you see. offered a carriage and horses I But now. The snake consented and fields till they went through forests and across they came with to an old half -starved horse. best.

listened to the story. "Oh. My master But when straw to field to wouldn't have sold me for led a whole village. running along. I grew old he starved me." "What more do you want." replied the horse. man?" asked the snake. by my swiftness. saying: the world's reward.26 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE to "As you see. was led out of the stable every one admired me. And now he has me is out to this barren be killed by the wolves. Master Fox. The peasant told him the story and begged him decide for them." "When When I was young. The peasant begged the snake to let him try a third last judge. then . "This is then decided in favor of the snake. they curried me twice each day and me the best of oats and hay. The horse listened patiently to the man's complaint. wait and be our judge!" called peasant. flies In summer they covered me with a bite net that might not me. Two like men gave cared for me. "I had every comfort. didn't even give me eat. My stable was a parlor. "We have a question to decide." the The fox. and He consented and they went on till at the edge of a forest they sa\y a fox. I saved his life and helped him to fame. More than once." said he. I I carried my master to war. a cunning fellow. This how the world pays best.

"We must begin Do you. he winked at the man. judged lightly. and the snake in the hole. will give 27 aside." fox. if "I will give you the geese too. sit down on and you. "If you me all of your hens I will help you out of your trouble. crawl into the hole where you were lying. We will go there. When hole was covered. and whispered. : I have I will come for my breakfast. the fox said: at the beginning." "What The "This first are hens !" said the man. peasant thanked the fox for salvation from death." as delighted as if he The peasant went home been born a second time. the the "But do not forget that The fox answered earned the hens." When was back they had done as he told them. and the snake couldn't get out." The peasant didn't wait to be told twice. had He told his wife what had . man. quickly. pretending to be is : an impartial judge. and said: "Roll the stone over. life said: an important case one of judged. The who In justice the case can only be decided on the spot where everything took place." they came to the place. snake. and death. and need be all I have in the world. When the stone.THE WORLD'S REWARD winked to the peasant. To-morrow before daylight.

is Dying. old is man? There is a fox in the yard!" "Oh. He has come for "Just as cried the if I were crazy enough to give him my hens !" "The Lord be praised that you are alive. The woman was glad that her husband was saved. and that the next morning he would come for them." how . from the window killed the fox. The next morning." The peasant obeyed his wife. praised the wisdom of the fox.28 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE had promised him all happened. that !" the fox that saved me. early. she went to the window and seeing a fox in the yard she called to her husband: "Do you the hens hear. You will get good money for his pelt. He took the gun and firing woman. and added that he the hens. the fox said in a mournful voice: "This the world pays best. but she was very sorry to lose her hens. but take the gun and kill the fox.

though he had plenty of good he understood nothing. as a laborer. he sat down on a bench under the window. and with what my own mother?" begged a blessing of his He sat not long. how many scythes did he dull ? He brought thirty rubles' . scratched his stormy head. What ' the father days. he rose. rich merchant and he had a grown-up When the merchant died the son remained with his mother and began to manage his father's business." " The mother consented. how many 29 axes did he break. left Of all his wealth there only one old house. nothing to eat. the fine fellow When saw that he had nothing to live on. mother. "With what nourish shall I nourish myself. and behold the son hired with fifty rubles for a rich peasant for the whole summer. and thought. "I will go and hire with a rich peasant. but he had luck in nothing. had gained in three years the son lost in three He was traded ever3^hing away.— — THE TOWN OF NOTHING THERE was a very son. will He began to work. He was born luck- less to be sure. and said.

— The peasant was hardly able sat FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE to keep till him mid-summer. "How shall I keep the life in my own head. my child?" asked his mother. In a certain village he enfor lost gaged to herd a drove o£ cows. bitterly. I will go and hire as a herdsman.atched his stormy head. for a hundred rubles He did not stay till mid-summer he . put them in a bag. the summer. and asked." His mother dried cakes for him. he went to another kingdom. on a bench under thought the window. The good youth went home. "and how in my mother's ?" "Why art thou weeping. scratched his stormy head. and said." he. and cried He cried a long time. "I will go wherever my head will take me. and wept bitterly. He went home." His mother consented. "Whence dost thou bear thyself?" . sci. more than ten of the cows and then people drove him away. He took the bag» Whether" it and went whithersoever his eyes looked. "Why should I not weep when I have no luck in anything? Give me thy blessing. was near or distant.— 30 loss to his master. then he asked a blessing of his mother. The Tsar of that land saw him. sat on the bench under the window. and blessed him to go in all four directions.

" "Hire with be to carry me to work in it my distillery . wilt be fed "Go. The merchant's son was Tsar for one hundred and the distillery. know that no one will arrest and no pay will be asked. Straightway the Tsar's dolni's forehead. thee. all the same what kind. and he hired with the a year. but in no place was he to be kept longer than twenty- four hours.— THE TOWN OF NOTHING "I 31 I am looking for work. drink and lodging would be given him. head so that wherever he went no tribute or tax could be demanded. officers put a stamp on Bez- and the Tsar dismissed him." said he. but calling him Bezdolni (Luckless) he gave command to put a stamp on his fore. Wherever he came no on^ ." glad. fifty rubles Half a all year was not spent and he had burned up almost of The Tsar summoned him it to his presence." my The Tsar took pity on the poor fellow. "I cannot stay more than half time. "Wher- ever I hire. did happen that the distillery was burned?" The merchant's son told how he had spent his father's and how he had no luck in anything. the work wood and put under the cauldrons. "wherever thou wilt. and asked. am will glad to do anything. he did not punish him for his offense. and food. "How property." and that thou Bezdolni went his way." said he.

"and thou wilt reach the blue sea thou wilt see a large house. is and said. sister?" cried the youngest of the thirty-three maidens. in that forest stood a cabin and in the cabin an old woman was living. entered the laid chamber. asked a question. "Walk along . the old woman gave him food and drink. sisters. and that way. this Go in and do way. As soon as it began to grow dark thirty-three beautiful maidens. all dressed in garments." said she. hid himself under the wood. "It seems that the odor of Russia here. full like came all in. but the next morning he Whether he wandered long or short over the white world it happened to him to go into a dark forest. and on the was a Bezdolni took a knife. first equal in beauty. drink and lodging for one night." . and did had been written He reached the blue sea and saw a great house. she looked at the bread. he was given food. The eldest sister went to the table. as if it The merchant's son what he had been told down." sayest that. cut off a bit of the bread and ate then he climbed on the stove. He went to the cabin . "We have traveled over Russia "Why and have caught the Russian odor. table In that chamber a table piece of white bread. and waited for night to come. and then proper directions.— 32 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE was driven away. first He was it. the path." started along the path to do. all equal in stature.

my heart's friend. no time for us to sit here. Early the next morning the maiden rose up and looked for something to dress in she rushed here and there but . and arrange our own house. left turned to doves. only the youngest sister remained. "Now. supped. woman of ripe years be my man be my fated one. THE TOWN OF NOTHING sat down at the table. . lay on the bed and slept soundly then the good youth crept . and then went to different chambers. kissed aunt . if a youthful young The merchant's son came down from him and said. Time for us to make ready for the road.— The maidens — 33." She gave him a bag for self his back." gave her the clothes. . down from the stove and stole her clothes. talked. In the first chamber She undressed. a a man of ripe years be my uncle. took him by the hand. If an old man be my if grandfather if an old woman be if my grandmother. Cellar was full of copper coins. in no place were her clothes. The other sisters dressed. the Bezdolni was happy. the stove and She dressed. her Then she called in a loud "Whoever has taken my clothes voice. She opened the door. he seized a handful of coins and thrust them into the bag. flew out over the blue sea and alone. took another for her- and led him to a cellar. fear not. give answer.

and soon told. didst thou "They would have served sort of "What She led cellar money is that? We shall find better." the bag. they came same kingdom where the merchant's son had worked in the distillery." said the maiden "we . Bezdolni." The merchant's son took counsel with his wife. that?" asked she. a is story to that is not soon done. emptied the coins out. . Bezdolni rejoiced more than before. They took gold and pearls. and hurried to put silver into the bag." The him to another cellar and opened the door. that is thou.— 34 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE fair The maiden burst into laughter. caught hold of throw the coins back?" asked Bezus. "Why dolni. and she said. "Ah. If it See what a beauty thou hast found! in please thee. live* my kingdom. but a deed said. we will find something and opened the door. "This is best. better. was full of silver. The Tsar knew him. will She led him to a third cellar the cellar was full of gold and pearls. and closed the cellar. and went their road and Whether it was near or distant." "Pour it "What sort of money is out. and thou hast a wife. Again the maiden laughed. high or low." way. fill our bags.

" said the witch. grandmother . it the same to us where we live. If please thee we will stay here. v little They furnished a "Listen to me. and said. to the merchant's son. the Tsar and say that Bezdolni promises in this in that "Go to way and way to go to the Town of Nothing and bring back No One Knows What. why art thou weeping? Has . He went to an old witch. "How is it. that thou art boasting to stran- gers and say not a word to me? To-morrow thou wilt take the road. see- "Mj. but he lives and his wife is a beauty twice as well as I ." house and lived in harmony. Soon a voevoda.— "Do is all — 35 It flee THE TOWN OF NOTHING not hasten to honor. go to the Town of Nothing and bring back If thou doest not this service No One Knows What. a friend of the Tsar. thou shalt lose thy wife. heart's friend. do not from honor. bitterly. and the Tsar sent for the merchant's son. beyond admiration." "This affair can be remedied. grew envious. tell me how to put an end He is called luckless. Bezdolni." The voevoda went to the Tsar. His wife." Bezdolni went home and cried ing him. the Tsar favors him more than boyars and men of his counsel . asked.

"hitherto nothing Russian has been sight." There is no help there ball. he came to a cabin standing on a hen's foot on a dog's "Cabin. On a bench sat a gray-haired old woman.36 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE thee. is no arguing. rivers it over open fields it and mossy swamps." The cabin turned. ball rolled straight toward the Town of Nothing. and told him / how and where The It rolled to go. thou old fiend ! wilt thou go to eating a man . "turn thy back to the woods. not let thee off alive. hast come in time. Knowest thou I'll I want to eat? I'll kill thee and eat thee up. He has ordered me go Town . with thy front to me. I am hungry. cabin !" leg. of Nothing and bring back No One Knows What. such a service !" cried Bezdolni. low or high. heard with hearing or seen with present of itself." "What. not seated thee in thy place. "that to think of it is much to the rnore to accomplish it. thou. or difficult has he put upon thee hard. She brought a towel and a gave them to her husband. and after walked Bezdolni. Whether was near or far. said he. to service?" "Oh. and now the Rusthat Well. or some one put offense on around has the Tsar sent a cup thee. he opened the door and entered. along and lakes. ! "Fu fu !" sian odor is said she. good youth.

living soul in that town. stood on ceremony he sat . and called her dog. with what can I entertain thee ?" all woman put all kinds of food on the table. Bezdolni washed himself. at the bedside "Where art thou going. took out the towel his wife had given him. kinds of wine and mead." said she. After he will lead thee to that town. 37 and black. down at the table and food disWhen he lay down to sleep the old woman sat and questioned him. traveling a whole year he came to the Town of Nothing. everywhere emp- He made his way into the castle and hid behind . to thy let me steam and wash myself. and began "Whence hast thou that towel !" cried the old !" woman^ "My niece embroidered that towel "Thy niece is my wife." The old "Oh. There wasn't a tiness." to wipe his face. dear son-in-law. then eat me good health." The dog started off and Bezdolni followed. good youth? Art going of thy own will or against thy will?" "What sort of will! The Tsar has commanded me to go to the Town of Nothing and bring back No One Knows What. First of heat the bath. "Here.— on the THE TOWN OF NOTHING road? A man on the road is bony all. "is a dog for thee. Bezdolni neither hesitated nor appeared." The next morning the old woman roused Bezdolni.

food and drink to a traveler. club. "Only say dear Club. wines and meads. much fill. Bezdolni crept out from behind the stove and "Ei No one ! Give me to eat !" No one gave him food. "feed me!" In one moment every kind of food and drink was The old man ate and drank his fill." "Ei No one. away. "Stop !" cried the man to the merchant's son. table all That moment a kinds of food. Come with me !" "Ei No one No one did not refuse.— 38 the stove. he travonce a man was in front of "Give him. All at homeward journey. Ei No one!" cried he. leaning on a club." table appeared commanded and on the Bezdolni. a nail in / ength." "Give me No is one in exchange for my "What thy club good for?" to it. ! ! Bezdolni turned for his eled and traveled. as the soul de- The stranger ate and drank his then said. overtake and beat that . — In the evening an old ell FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE man came. Give me to drink!" "Ei No one No one gave drink. 'Ei. as sired. then went there. called. give us a dinner. his beard an long.

"God save "Give thee.' That moment the Club overtakes and is. struck him on the head. beat him to death and bring back my No one. "Ei." said he. if thou touchest a sec- ond string ships string will sail. killed him and came back. But soon he said.— THE TOWN OF NOTHING man kills 39 to death. dear Club. man to the merchant's son. "Ei." said the stranger. then said. "let us trade. bring my No one. good youth. if thou touchest the third men will fire cannon from the ships. with a he traveled and traveled." The Club went like a wheel. "Stop !" cried the dulcimer in his hand." "Very well." "But what thy dulcimer good for ?" If thou touchest "My dulcimer is not a common one." . He back traded and went his way." the man. "Give food and drink to a traveler. me thy No is one in exchange for my dulcimer. Bezdolni took the Club and traveled on. one string the blue sea will come . overtake and beat that man to death. from end to end it turned^ overtook the man. overtake that man. went off a short distance. came toward him. All at once a man." He gave him food and drink in abundance. no matter how strong he Bezdolni exchanged No one for the Club. dear Club." Bezdolni had faith in his Club.

the blue sea was there. know how to save the city. took counsel of the old witch." No one. then went on crutches to the and said." moment off the that done the At the Tsar's word they cut of the voevoda. greatly alarmed. and the ships will disappear. that. there was nothing to be heard but "Ei. he touched a second string. is "Your majesty. and said to the Tsar. I orders to collect an Bezdolni came now. ships were sailing near the town. give us this. neither sea nor ships were there. the voevoda. Give command to cut the right foot and the left hand from is thy friend. wherever they went to. overtook the man and beat him to death. "Your majesty. The Tsar gave a great feast. he touched a third string and from ing began. gave army to drive back the enemy. Bezdolni boasting that he can go to .— 40 — FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The Club turned like a wheel. He palace. all the ships cannonad- The Tsar. Bezdolni closed his dulcimer— hand and foot ^that moment. When Bezdolni was near his own town he thought he would play a trick: He opened the dulcimer and touched one string. give us ever' The voevoda hated the merchant's son more than and tried in every way to undermine him.

thee. one one copper and one tin. and said. get for him the tale-telling He Tom has commanded Cat. iron. and said." bitterly. and Luckless lay down to sleep. seated thee in the wrong place.— — — 41 THE TOWN OF NOTHING from there the tale-teUing the thrice ninth land to the thirtieth kingdom and bring Tom kills Cat that sits on a pillar seventy-two feet high. In the morning she roused Bezdolni." The Tsar called Bezdolni. it is hard. prepared three iron cakes. and a multitude of people. "Go to the thrice ninth land. not only do it." to the down to sleep and his wife went blacksmith's shop and forged three iron caps." lie me to "Well. three iron cakes. three iron claws. gave him a glass of green wine. to the and get me the tale-telling Tom Cat. and When thou art within three tale-telling Tom Cat he will send powerful versts of the sleep to over- . pray to the Savior. The merchant's son went home and wept whereupon his wife asked. this service thirtieth kingdom If thou doest not thou shalt lose thy wife. "Here are three caps for three rods. and three rods. or put difficult service on thee?" "He to has given such a service that but to think of it. "Why offense? art thou weeping? Has some one a given thee Has the Tsar passed thee by with the cup.

broke the second. but the mer- chant's son did not listen. that bends and doesn't break. and was about to break the third. draw foot after foot. for if thou sleepest the cat will kill thee. when he could not stop Bezdolni with he entreated him. when the good hero caught him with claws. I will do for thee all that thou "Wilt thou go to the Tsar's palace with me?" "Wherever thou pleasest I will go.— 42 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE thee. In one way and another he held out and reached the pillar. arm after arm. The Cat could not endure the blows and stories. near or distant. The Cat invited him as . "Leave wishest. BezWhen three versts dolni came to the thirtieth kingdom. ." Bezdolni loosened his hold. throw out thy a cylin- arms. sleep not. broke one iron cap. He cut him with the iron rod the rod broke he cut him with the copper rod the . The tale-telling Tom Cat sprang on iron caps. and began to belabor him with the rods. The Cat began /to tell tales about deacons and priests. rod broke." Whether it was long or short. sometimes roll like der." good man. but winds over his back. come Be on thy guard. and rolled like a cylinder. pulled him to the earth. away sleep began to overpower him he put on the three . then he took the tin rod. . off. threw out to his head.

was enough." begged the The merchant's son gave him an iron cake he ate it. then he threw . show me a great terror. that his throat." Bezdolni made ready and started for home. and went and went till they came to the Tsar's palace.— — 43 THE TOWN OF NOTHING him. seated him at a table and placed bread before The merchant's son ate three or four pieces . a guest. "Now. They are the things for a hungry stomach. They went and went." The Cat put out his savage claws. When the Tsar saw the Cat he said. aimed them at the Tsar. The Cat "What kind of hero as much bread as I ?" "I art thou if thou canst not eat am not used to thy bread. he gnawed till he broke his teeth. . . was going to tear his white breast in two and take out his living heart. the cake on the table. the Cat followed him. ." He took out an iron cake and acted as if he were about to eat it." said Bezdolni. He gave him a second he gnawed that he gave him the third. tale-telling Cat. "Let Cat. "I have in my pack Russian cakes for the road. more would not enter grumbled and found fault. and said. "Thy Russian cakes are very hard. me see what Russian cakes are like.

" cried he. bore him to the court and buried him alive in the damp earth. This is the story . and they lived long told. No be one served them.44 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The Tsar was terrified. I'll do everything for thee. the Cat obeyed them. y "Wilt thou have the voevoda buried alive?" "I will. Bezdolni and his wife lived in the palace. and happily. with the Tsar. no more can ." That moment they took the wicked voevoda. and began to entreat Bezdolni "Take away the Cat. to take away the tale-telling Cat.

he found. into the forest to cut fire- One day the man went He sought out a large tree and raised his ax That instant the tree spoke with a human voice. wife. off in the forest I found a tree whatever you ask abundance. and so many cows.— — THE AMBITIOUS OLD WOMAN IN a poor wood." old that For a few weeks the life old couple rejoiced in their new became irksome for the woman and 45 she said to her husband. "Do give." When the old man up reached home. Go home you have everything in abun- dance." not cut me. rich ?" asked the old will man. grain stored to last for years. what you want that I will "Will you make "I will. saying. little cabin an old man lived with his old wife. "Where did all this come from?" asked the woman. horses and sheep that you couldn't count them in three days. then f or> it gives. to strike. . me . in place full of his cabin. "You see. old man. a large house as well furnished as a cup.

"Where have you been?" "Give us quarters at once." . he can arrange to have us flogged.46 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "Though we live richly. "Go your way with When the old man reached home soldiers were waitcried they. pushing and striking The old woman saw that an elder was not always But to a sure of honor. if is there in it all if people don't show us honor? If the village elder wishes he can send us to work. too. old man!" ordered they. he takes it into his head. what sense or. so she said: "What profit is there in be- ing an elder's wife? The soldiers beat you." well." The man went to the tree and raised the tree. and good ones him. "Make me a noble. "What do you want ?" asked "Make me village elder. Stir ing for him. Go your way with God. his ax as if to strike at the roots." "Very God. noble nothing can be said. tree Go to the and ask to be village elder." "Yery well. around. What he commands is done. Go to the tree and ask to be a noble. "What do you want?" asked the tree." The old man took his ax and went to the tree as if it to cut down." said the tree.

if to strike. he can put you under arrest. Go to the tree and ask to be a General. then the woman grew tired of be- ing a General's wife. "What good is there in all this ?" said the old woman." The old man went to the tree and asked." "Very well." When the old man reached home deputies were al- . "What do you want ?" asked the tree. "If the General wants to." it for me to be a lady? If you were a would be another thing." "Very well." He went and raised the ax.: THE AMBITIOUS OLD WOMAN The old 47 woman lived a while as a lady. "A great affair indeed to be a General!" said she. When he raised his ax as the tree asked "What do you want?" "Make me a Colonel. us. the tree and ask to be Go to made Tsar. "Make me Tsar and my wife Tsaritsa. every one would envy and she drove him off again to the tree. Go your way with God. "If the Tsar wishes he can send you to Siberia. As soon as he reached home he was raised to the rank of General." He went home and was appointed Colonel. Some time passed. then she grew dissatisfied and said is it to her husband: "What good Colonel. Go your way with God.

which. You have fill his The old man and woman did not reign long. Go to the tree and ask it to make us gods. shook its leaves and said "Be you a male bear." The old man went to the tree." dead.: 48 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE They is ready there. "A great affair indeed to be a Tsar !" said she. then people will hide us away in the damp earth. To be a sovereign seemed too small a matter to the woman. . as soon as it heard his senseless request. and your wife a female bear !" That minute the old man and woman became bears and ran oif into the deep woods. saluted him with profound been chosen to respect and said: "Our Tsar place. "If God wishes He can send death to us.

fighting with Baba Yaga. put on his armor of war. prayed to God. He killed not so many with 49 the sword as he trampled with his steed. Tsarevich. took his sword. he art frightened at nothing. in a certain land. and rode out to meet the foe. his lance of long measure." "Oh. Golden Leg. went . thou brave warrior!" said the oldest sister. rest. what am I to do? All o£ the neighboring kings have risen against me. lives he never gets off his horse. sisters and asked. and died and Ivan Tsarevich took When neighboring kings heard of this they collected a countless army and went against him with war. Ivan Tsarevich knew not what to do he went to his . He destroyed the hostile army. there lived a son." without but thou Ivan Tsarevich saddled his good steed. "My dear sisters. he thirty years. Tsar who had three daughters and one old Ivan The Tsar grew the crown. Kladyenets.IVAN TSAREVICH AND BAILOI POLYANYIN IN a certain kingdom. is "Why dost thou fear ? Look at Bailoi Polyanyin . and his silken whip.

he without rest. Ivan Tsarevich knew not what to do he went to . home. foe. dled his good steed. his heroic steed. measure. in the other. and went to meet the flock of geese. sad- Ivan Tsarevich went to the white-walled armor. sisters. my sisters. to fight one day and sleep three days and nights without waking? Look at Bailoi Polyanyin. then he went home and down and slept six days and six nights without waking. and girded on his magic sword. Not a bright falcon flies on a army. woke up and went out to look at the open lected more men than before. put on his battle In one hand he took his lance of long. but thou art frightened at nothing. a silken whip." "What sort of a warrior art thou. and asked. what am I to do? the I destroyed one army.50 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE rest. thirty years. "Oh. He lay slew a great warrior force . he fights with Baba Yaga." stable. He prayed to God. and slept three days and nights On the fourth day he field. city walls now another stands under and threatens me worse than the first one did. . lay down to without waking. Golden lives Leg. swans and gray ducks as Ivan Tsarevich bore down on the enemy's He killed not so many himself as his steed trampled. he never gets off his steed. their The kings had colarmy was under the his walls of the city.

He hastened to the white-walled stables. That was not a bright falcon geese." now the third one stands under the walls me worse than the first and the second ! "Oh. "Dear mighty what am I to do? have destroyed two forces. lay down to sleep. then returned to his He killed castle. 51 the seventh day he rose and went out to look on The kings had collected a greater force city. to and rode out flock of meet the foe." he This was bitter for the Tsarevich to hear. and threatens did. his silken whip. flying on a so swans and gray ducks. girded on his magic sword. what a brave warrior Thou hast fought one day and slept six days and nights without waking. in the other. prayed to God. Golden Leg. Look lives at Bailoi Polyanyin. went to his I sisters. he . Ivan Tsarevich sisters. than before and had surrounded the It was a fear- some sight. thirty years he never gets without rest. but Ivan Tsarevich comthe hosts of the enemy. wars with Baba Yaga.TSAREVICH AND POLYANYIN On the open field. a mighty warrior force. saddled his good steed. and slept nine days and nine nights with- . ing down on Not many did he slay himself as his good steed trampled. put on his battle armor. and asked. off his steed. took in one hand his lance of long measure.

passing birds. "My ministers and officers. have ye not heard of Bailoi Polyanyin?" . but I will summon my servants and ask. Straightway birds flew to him from every . there flew together seen and unseen of cloud. grandfather!" ! "Hail. Ivan Tsarevich went to him and said. them they covered the heavens with a dark old The a man cried with a sounding voice and whistled hero's whistle. "My faithful servants." Then he took leave of his sisters. "Hai'l. dost thou know where faithful he is?" "I not myself. in that forest was a cabin. I ask ye to give am going to look for Bailoi Polyanyin. side. have ye not seen. govern and in truth. I have decided to visit I strange lands. Whether it was long or short he came to a dark forest. settle all questions judgment. mounted his steed and rode forth on his way and path. — — the tenth day he rose up." The to play man went to the door of the cabin and began on a silver flute. Russian Tsarevich Whither is God bearing thee?" "I am seeking Bailoi Polyanyin know old . and said.— 52 out waking. called his FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE On ministers and officers. and in the cabin lived an old man.

Ivan." answered the beasts. "Count up. "My faithful servants. It rolled on and he rode after Whether it was long or !" short he came to a cabin. them. it this ball." ." answered they. maybe ye are not all here. grandfather "Hail." The ." Ivan Tsarevich mounted his good steed and dropped the ball to the ground. in the cabin sat an old man as gray as a said Ivan.— TSAREVICH AND POLYANYIN "With seeing we have not not heard. "Well. "Hail. Russian Tsarevich. with hearing we have not heard of him. tell thee something." said the old man. let it go before thee. but I old will call my trusty servants and ask and blew his silver all sides. have ye heard of Bailoi Polyanyin?" "With sight we have not seen him. "thou must go to seen. then cried with a mighty voice. whither art thou holding thy way?" "I am is seeking ?" Bailoi Polyanyin. and whither rolls there turn thy horse. Knowest thou where he "I know not. man went to the door horn straightway beasts gathered to him from He whistled a hero's whistle. it. racing beasts. with hearing 53 we have now Take my brother maybe he will . kite.

" "Where he now ?" in the "He is on a great mound open field. crooked she-wolf.— 54 — . around the up. Ivan Tsarevich. pillow." to sleep for "Guide Ivan Tsarevich to him. and after the fight he has laid twelve days and twelve nights. tent. The old man sent a messenger for her and soon she came. dost thou Bailoi Polyanyin lives ?" know where "Why should I armies and I is not know if I live near him. said.wolf was not there. He has been fighting with Baba Yaga. Polyanyin. FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The beasts counted themselves. will slay thee . "Rise! wake !" Bailoi and give my If not he brother. Shall I sleep meanwhile?" last He thought and thought. sisters told me that this hero fought without to sleep for twelve days but he has lain down and nights. "My rest. and at he lay down at the side of Bailoi Polyanyin. the crooked she. He came to the great mound and entered the tent. Ivan Bailoi Polyanyin was resting in a firm sleep. He slays feed on the dead." The she-wolf ran on and after her galloped Ivan. down Golden Leg. "Tell me. to a cruel death. fluttered A small bird flew into the and said these words. sleeping in his tent.

and lay again. tore off her right wing.— — 55 bird. He seized his sharp sword and was going to give him to a cruel death. Ivan Tsarevich. I was It sleep- and he did not put blood upon his sword. but he halted. tore off TSAREVICH AND POLYANYIN Ivan Tsarevich sprang up. slept soundly as The time came. and Bailoi Polyanyin woke up. and said. small bird flew around. to a cruel death. to a cruel death. "Rise! wake !" up. threw her out of the tent. up. He saw that at his side was lying an unknown hero. off her bill. Bailoi "Rise! wake !" and give my brother. came flying and fluttering around. and again lay- down at the side of Bailoi Polyanyin. and give my brother. fallen asleep He had not in." thought he. and then lay down and before. tore threw her out. will slay thee If not he Ivan Tsarevich sprang up. "this hero came while ing. caught the bird. Bailoi Polyanyin. caught the her right leg. fluttered when another Polyanyin. caught the bird. threw her out of the tent. Ivan Tsarevich. slay thee If not he will Ivan sprang up. A . would not be honor and praise to me to destroy him now. down A third small bird and said. "No.

"Art thou a good or a bad man? Speak! How I do they call thee by name. Thou mayest stumble thou ." "Ah. "Give me not to death. and why hast thou come?" "They call me Ivan Tsarevich. Bailoi Polyanyin." my mother did not bear me with one." He roused Ivan Tsarevich. I my without asking thou hast slept at my might have given thee to death for that." Ivan Tsarevich took him by the hand. into splinters their heroic steeds.— 56 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE man is sleeping the same as a dead one. kissed him and called him younger brother. and will fight. hast two hands. "Thou entered side . give me life. boast not before thou hast cleared the ditch. I will honor thee in place of a father. Bailoi Polyanyin implored. unbidden thou hast tent. rushed at each their lances flew and struck with such force that and their good steeds fell on their knees." art bold. . raised him from the earth. We They mounted other. Ivan Tsarevich. and at thee have come to look and try thy strength. I will call myself thy younger brother. I will rouse him. his Ivan Tsarevich knocked Bailoi Polyanyin out of saddle and raised his sharp sword above him. and asked.

" want to marry "If other. 57 my brother. had put out a numberless fighting force. Ivan Tsarevich and Bailoi Polyanyin bought a great herd of oxen. slay with swords as they trampled with their off in flight. Ivan said to Bailoi Polyanyin." Ivan reached the underground world. "Let me down quickly and don't pull up the rope till I jerk it. a beauty. they were strong mighty heroes rush- ing down on an army of enemies. took. her. "that thou art fighting thirty years with Baba Yaga. we are friends. when suddenly she ran into a deep ravine. Not as many did they steeds. Golden Leg. then one should give aid to the Let us go against Baba Yaga.TSAREVICH AND POLYANYIN "I have heard. Golden Leg. Ivan Tsarevich pur- He had almost caught her. . Baba Yaga. raised an iron slab and dis- appeared under the earth. Those two were not bright falcons flying at a flock of doves. looked around." They mounted their steeds and rode to the field. killed them. They fastened the straps together and it made a strap so long that one end of in the was in this world and the other underground world. I Why this war?" "She has a daughter." said he. but Baba Yaga rushed sued her.oflf their hides and made straps of them.

sitting. Stan( it and goes in a to make war on I will "Oh. and are ye doing there?" asked Ivan. "We are sitting and making an army for Baba Yaga Golden Leg. ye do row and show ye how to sew firmly. Ivan Tsarevich drew his swor( killed the tailors and the heads He it it and walkei to i Whether ! was long or short he came shoemakers were sitting. looked. flew. Ivan Tsarevich drew his swon . in a row. What we prick with an awl is a war He mounts a horse. Baba Yaga. ye do Stand ii a row and I'll show you how do better." "How "This do ye sew an army. to it and goes to war against "Oh. but not firmly." "How "This do ye make an army." They stood in a row.58 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE in search o£ and went traveled. sack with a pipe. stands in lim Bailoi Polyanyin. brothers. behin a grating tailors were "What "We are sitting and sewing an army for Baba Yag£ Golden Leg. rior with a sword. brothers?" is how. What we prick with a needle is a Cos He mounts his horse. grating and lo behind "What are ye doing?" asked Ivan Tsarevich." quickly. stands in line Bailoi Polyanyin. He journeyed an lo ! walked and walked on." They stood on and on. brothers." quickly. but not well. brothers?" is how.

Golden Leg. his falcon eyes. what sort of a beauty am I? Beyond the lives. "Strike again." Ivan Tsarevich took the white hand of the maiden and led her to the palace where the rope was hanging." "A single blow from a hero is enough. struck her with his sword and cut her head. city. . that I am seeking Baba Yaga. thrice ninth land in the thirtieth kingdom with the Tsar of the Serpents. she washed her feet and I bathed in that water. Golden Leg. "Know. he found her asleep." answered the Tsarevich and went back to the castle to see the beautiful maiden. and nights. it He killed the shoemakers and went Whether was long or short he castle. Ivan Tsarevich. they ate and drank. He sat with her at the oaken table at the spread cloth. curls. dark and his heroic bearing pleased her. off The head rolled. "I She asked whence he came and why. Ivan Tsarevich. — 59 flew.— TSAREVICH AND POLYANYIN and the heads on." said Ivan. or "Oh. came and to a great In the city was a Tsar's in the castle sat a his maiden of indescribable beauty when she saw Ivan. then he asked her. "Is there in the world fairer than thou?" any one stronger than I." She down to rest for twelve days Ivan Tsarevich went to Baba Yaga. . and said. Ivan Tsarevich. has lain am her daughter. a maiden of un- speakable beauty.

Live and be happy. "Hail. took farewell of Bailoi Polyanyin and his bride. it was long or is short. liberated the beautiful Tsarevna and married her. Bailoi Polyanyin is !" said Ivan Tsarevich. am going to the Serpent Kingdom. and galloped away beyond the thrice ninth land to the thirtieth kingdom. Ivan Tsarevich came to the Serpent Kingdom.6o FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE He gave the sign. but a deed not soon done. and Bailoi Polyanyin pulled and pulled. "here I thy bride. lived with his young wife and won wealth." He mounted his heroic steed. high or low. a tale is Whether soon told. slew the Tsar of the Serpents. and drew out the Tsarevich and the maiden. . After that he came home.

— "Oh. his face was arm weaker. but ruled. growing paler and his On life the contrary.THE APPLES OF YOUTH THERE was once a king who over broad lands." said the king. wisely and well. As that time went by. but one messenger after another returned empty-handed. Straightway the king sent messengers to every country of the world to search for those golden apples. his day and night he was thinking how his joy You can imagine ate three of when he heard his that in a certain if land there were golden apples of such virtue that a man them he regained youth as if born anew. is there no man in the kingdom who can bring me the golden apples ?" "We in will go for them. When the last one came the king cried out in anguish. "You cannot go. because spring time of his life had long since passed and would never return. "Who would absence ?" reign my place if I should die in your 6i . became so dear to the king to prolong it. That king had a wife and three he was not happy. When Spring came and the earth the grew young he was sad beyond measure." said his two elder sons. sons.

" said the younger brother. For them it was not so much a question of restoring their father's youth as it was of gaining liberty to lead a dissolute life from which they were restrained by the stern old king. "we had quickly." "What i£ to of that. but in their hurry they did not forget to take as much gold as possible. The princes could not conceal their joy. still whom more a spark smoldering. the kingdom till the king grew young and and they the good father was persuaded. shaking his head." we might find the apples ." said the king. with the king's stable. They rode at a swift gallop until they came to the boundary of their father's kingdom where the road branched in three directions. in of love for his father was better part here. city they forgot the When . off They didn't know which road to "Maybe. princes explained if The talked how useful it would be for strong. take. richest trappings in the They set out quickly. and the best horses. for they were afraid that their father might change his mind. outside of the golden apples they thought only of how to have the most pleasure. As they knew of no great city they went wherever chance led them. as say that Yanek was of no account.62 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "Our brother Yanek is here. They were soon ready for the road.

let 63 should have a joyous meeting!" said the elder "It might please you to go alone. tying them to a pillar of gold.THE APPLES OF YOUTH "We brother. Smiling with satisfaction the princess conducted the other brother to the chamber and treated him in like manner. but was nothing compared with the beauty of the princess who appeared on in. hurried up the broad marble steps. beckoned them Returning her salute the princes sprang from their horses and. led him to the next chamber and seated him on a downy couch. but most of them were too . The princess conducted them straightway to a banquet hall where the choicest of food and drink was served. but I'll not you. The brothers were not alone in the dungeon. the couch flew apart and the a deep dungeon. taking the elder brother by the hand. The younger and traveled many days. Since they were born they all had not seen such wealth. many other princes were there. ers till Wine was poured . they found that laid They took the left-hand road At last they saw some great object gleaming in the distance. smiling graciously. for the broth- they lost their wits then the princess. the balcony and. it On drawing nearer was a castle made of ruddy gold in- with precious stones." yielded. prince fell into She pressed a spring hidden in the floor .

and would bring th( golden apples. for the doors of thi dungeon were of iron and the vaults were of mightj strength. Every evening he stood for a lonj time gazing in the direction which they had taken whei going away each day his sadness increased and at . H chose the most wretched horse in the stable. to find his brothers Straightway he made ready for the road. Yanek. sat whole days by his fa and comforted him with the assuranc( that his sons would come soon. one kep there from little pity . an only a He parted from his father and mothe outside of the city the horse spol: and rode away leisurely. las he was sick from anxiety. "I will go for my brothers and thi when Yand and th golden apples. for the wicked princess little no one could escape. But Yanek had resolved apples. . Yanek said. and said. gold. he took no rich armor or weapons. The youngest ther's bedside son. The old king waited with anxious desire for the re turn of his sons. When Yanek was to him in a human voice. feeble to speak.— 64 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE gave them verj to eat. for he thought that got to the boundary he would turn back. When they came not and the illness of the old kinj increased." The king consented.

Yanek. he dropped the bridle and sprang to the ground. sparks of fire seemed to flash from "Thou back and didst well to choose me. Yanek was not long he sprang to the saddle and the crow-black steed rushed on with such speed that his golden shoes scarcely touched the earth. The greatly surprised Yanek was horse went to the field. Yanek could not believe his own eyes. As it was getting dark Yanek stopped city. and soon they were at the boundary where the road branched off in three directions. his mane was his eyes. "Sit on my we will fare farther." when the horse S]^oke. with his golden shoes. Instead of the wretched little nag which could barely stand on its legs. Yanek was about still to ask which road to take. Before the sun went down to a great city draped in at on the third day they came black." said he. but before he could do so the steed turned to the right swiftly. like satin. a powerful crow-black steed stamped the earth impatiently." in deciding. ate eagerly and then came back. his hair was like silk. I will feed a little 65 in this field. thinking at once that it was no common-hprse. a lone cottage on the edge of the An old grandmother .THE APPLES OF YOUTH "Get down. and. and rushed on more and in Yanek and the steed spent the night in a cave the morning went farther.

"but left his what I have I give tl hii horse in the yard and followed grandmother to a room where she placed before what she had. To-night the king's daughter will be voured. "Not long ago three dragons came knows whence. little surprised wh€ Yanek asked Yanek "I haven't much. Yanek drew his sword ar blows cut off the nine heads of the drago . If any man could kill the dragons and fr( tl tl the princess he would get her in marriage with half kingdom. That moment a nine-head( dragon rushed at Yanek. "Why is the city draped in mourning?" asked Yanel "A terrible misfortune has come to us. As it drew nearer he saw that attendan city to be were conducting the princess outside the voured by the dragons." sighed the o] woman." said she. and those monsters have here. ar 1 In the distance saw a light." Hearing these words Yanek grew thoughtful. and the whole kingdom after the death of king." "Go home in The princess yrith three obeyed.: 66 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE to came meet him and was not a for a night's lodging. up to the maiden and saluting he — health. Gc destroye d* many people. soon he started off toward the city. d lei When the attendants Yanek went said. I will kill the dragon.

fail. Yanek's hand last strength was beginning to heads.— THE APPLES OF YOUTH then he went to the old woman's cottage and lying slept soundly. That moment a twenty-seven headed dragon rushed at night came When . smiled. he hung one. The princess came and he sent her home. 67 down The next morning great joy. said nothing. and would. Yanek prey. but he summoned his and struck so mightily that he cut off the dragon's Then he went to the cottage and slept soundly." Yanek went out against the last dragon. she was sure. and that most likely he would kill the other two. If blood drops from these gloves loosen my crow-black steed. led out the princess and hasand tened away. In the morning the old grandmother could not sufficiently praise the courageous knight who had killed the second dragon. with some brave knight had killed one of the three dragons. said. but when night came he went again to the place where the dragons came for their Again attendants go home. kill the third Yanek one. and "I must go out to-night. that the old grandmother told him. but he was afraid of the third his gloves over the old woman's bed. told her to Yanek sprang from his hiding place Straightway a dragon with eight- een heads stormed at him furiously.

but he might have failed to his aid. heads." Yanek and went saluted the princess. "My liberator. with his golden shoe. When at once. able to cut off hi col him and Yanek was Yanek was about to go to the old woman's tage when the princess stood before him." said she. He fought manfully." said the king it and taking a ring finger. placed her on his stee to the palace. "if thou carest not for m at least let my father thank thee. his good steed had not come The stee stamped on the dragon so that he stunned fiercely. the princess's finger he put on Yanek's . But Yanek determined not t the princess and Yanek. my daughter?" aske "No." answered Yanek. down and a rich feast At that feast the first places were occupied b palace.68 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE that he could scarcely keep on hi i him with such force feet. Now taken there was rejoicing." I shall "Whenever thou mayest come be glad to giv frot my blessing. marry the princess till The black drapings wer was ready in the king' he found his brothers and th golden apples. the feast was over Yanek wanted to go awa "Dost thou refuse the hand of the king. "but I am bound by a dut which thee I cannot neglect. standing before him.

otherwise she will pursue and kill thee. and taking a friendly leave he sprang on his steed and galloped to the cottage on the edge of the city. wliere the roads branched off in three directions the steed turned. bind her feet together with my bridle. When Yanek saw and wished to pluck the apples he sprang to the ground them at once. old grandmother He rewarded the and rode away. On the southern side of the castle was a beautiful garden. "Thou steed.THE APPLES OF YOUTH "If I will be free 69 come not before a year and a day the princess from every promise. took the middle road." said the apples. Take my bridle and go find to the castle. and in the middle of that garden was a tree on which the golden apples of youth were hanging. "for from every apple goes out an invisible string which makes a terrible noise as soon as any one touches the apple." "Now we go for the golden Yanek was surprised when his crow-black steed took the road by which they had come. and before the sun had reached the mountains on the third day the steed stood in front of a golden castle." . In one of the chambers thou wilt a beautiful princess ness beyond measure. didst well not to will marry the princess. who will greet thee with kindBe not enticed by her beauty. "Hurry not." said Yanek. When they reached the boundary of the kingdom." said the steed.

then they Yanek was so sunk in thought that he did not notice that the steed turned and took the . went farther and in no long time reached the place where the road branched off in three directions. his eyes were dazzled. but could not. coming words. the steed He mounted into the sprang over the wall apples. FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE the bridle and went to the castle. garden and told Yanek to pluck three as As soon a noise that Yanek touched the apples there was such it was a wonder he did not lose his hearing. The steed rested. Yanek took He had never seen such splendor before. for the princess was beautiful that he was sorry for having treated her cruelly. said. "Now we have nothing we are beyond the boundary of the princess's land. He was as if gazing at the sun When he recovered his senses he She drew near and bowed down before the maiden. so so When he remembered the golden apples he strove to drive her face from his mind. but catching hold of her feet he bound them with the bridle and hastened away." Yanek heard not these words.— 70 . his steed. but the good steed sprang over the wall and rushed on like a whirlwind. but he forgot it all when he opened the door of the third chamber and saw a golden-haired princess. At last he stopped and to fear. smiled on him graciously and greeted him with wel- Remembering the command of his steed he paid no heed to her words.

He returned the maiden's greeting then followed her to the banquet erately.— left-hand road. as a gallant knight. in the floor. and the same moment he pressed the spring . they came to the castle in which his brothers said. ask her to When she sits down press a spring in the She will drop to the dungeon to the rear ." answered the When "Here is cruel. hall. said. be seated Do thou. were imprisoned the steed also thou wilt find a beautiful princess. "For thy brothers." When Yanek rode up to the castle a beautiful maiden appeared on the balcony. then she will tell conduct thee to a chamber and that is thee to sit on a couch there. distance that he It —— THE APPLES OF YOUTH saw this and asked. first. where thy brothers are then go thou ber and bring cham- away the largest key that is there. when she asked him on the couch he "How could I be so rude?" He took her by the hand and seated her on the couch. He tied his steed to a golden pillar and went up the broad marble steps. but Yanek thought that he knew a more beautiful maiden. but she The princess will entertain thee. 71 was only when they had gone a good "Where are we going?" steed. floor in front of the couch. He let partook of the food and drink mod- then the princess lead to him sit to the next cham- ber.

opened the door. locked the iron door and carried the key away. The ance. "Now let us go home. to the rear chamber." said the steed.72 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE^ dungeon below. then the steed pawed_and till an iron door was is seen. but they mounted their ." The said Yanek. first The person who tried to push out was the princess." Yanek dug dug with him for a long time. after a long struggle. "to the rear of the and dig down till we find the door of the dungeon. strange princes thanked sat Yanek for their deliver- and on their horses and hurried toward home. but Yanek's brothers looked at each other and were ashamed of themselves apples of youth." Yanek. They didn't wait for a second call. "We castle will go now." in presence of Yanek. "I have the golden brothers were frightened. When all were free Yanek. but Yanek drove her back without mercy and called to his brothers and the other princes. Liberate only thy brothers and the other princes. not heeding the prayers of the princess." said the steed. "the princess come out. "When will try to the door open. took the largest key In the twinkle of an eye the couch opened and the princess fell to the Yanek went he could find there and returned to his steed. but do not let her.

They gave the apples to the king and boasted not a little of having overcome numberless perils before getting them. "Stop outside and let me eat grass." Yanek did this. he would not take road. From joy he knew not what to do first. but they were already in the palace. their father's city. he lay asleep. 73 the eldest On the way brother said to the second. All the courtiers . drink. The king ate the apples and straightway became as young and handsome as when he had married the queen. he was the same wretched Yanek little nag that Yanek took from the king's stable.— THE APPLES OF YOUTH horses and followed Yanek. being tired from the fell down on a bench and straightway The brothers were from his not long in taking the golden in their place. "When we come to an inn we then we'll get the apples. but. "We must get those apples. When they came to an inn they offered Yanek wine to it." The second brother said. but when the horse came from the field he was no longer a fiery steed. apples bosom and putting others they traveled on When Yanek woke up." will make Yanek drunk. till they came to The a little steed said to Yanek. sat on him and wished to overtake his brothers.

a whole day. I have brought the apples of youth which thou hast so much desired. his bosom he presented them who refused to touch them and appeared to be enraged beyond measure. but after a while days. his brothers Taking the apples from to the king.— 74 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE city and the people of the came to congratulate their to the king and wish him happiness. The queen less sent for Yanek. two hours. earnest. presenting his two sons to the people. and ridiculed him. in The king was angry he began to laugh at poor Yanek. When Yanek appeared on his wretched little nag the people laughed secretly. she ate the apples with greediness. story of the renewed youth of the king went far and ." The king was ashamed of Yanek. ple The peotheir greeted the deceitful princes and praised bravery. but they roared loudly when. since she was no anxious for youth than the king was. my father. with great enthusiasm he cried out. The king went balcony and. "Rejoice. But an hour passed. declared that both would reign after his death. The The deceitful brothers enjoyed their father's love and . the praise of the people but their glory was short-lived. three and she did not grow young. and.

THE APPLES OF YOUTH wide. not to get the apples back but to offer her hand to him. the man who took the apples of youth from my garden if he does not I will turn his capital into dust and ashes. "Then ye both know how to go there?" "We The do." said the princess." answered they. and the princess was astonished when she saw two instead of one. "We were." answered one of the brothers. "Were ye both at my palace ?" asked she. and he to ask the reason of its coming. with a trembling voice. adding that her army was numerous beyond calculation. The king sent his two elder sons to the princess. was a handsome youth and the king heard that an his bravery had pleased her. "to send me . set out to find She summoned a great army and for he Yanek. When army was approaching sent swift messengers his capital he was alarmed." The messengers hastened back him what the princess to the king and told had said. kingdom where the road branched off in three . "Tell your king. They were greatly frightened. princess went with them to the boundary of the directions. and at last it 75 came to the ears of the princess from whom Yanek had stolen the apples.

"What punishment shall in a threatening voice. angrily. looking at her timidly.76 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE told the princes to There she halted and her castle go on toward — ^but they were so confused that one turned to the left. Yanek mounted his miserable little nag he let it feed in the meadow till it became a fiery crow-black steed. "I think that thou art speaking the truth. with welcoming voice. Yanek. the other to the right. I put upon thee?" asked she . "I did." Then she went with him to the boundary of dom and told him to go to her castle. "Deceivers!" cried the princess. the king- steed." cried the Yanek obeyed." said Yanek." said she. took the middle "Come back. princess. putting spurs to his road. . The king was frightened. and she or- dered them to be seized and bound. then he hastened to the princess. and sending for Yanek he ordered him to go to the princess." said the princess. "Thou didst come to me for the apples of youth. to the city Then she returned and announced to the king that unless he sent castle she that prince who had been at her would destroy his capital that very day. "but I must try thee.

" answered Yanek. It is for me to judge them. submit to anything. brother. my second brother. On the my father's kingdom. branches off in three directions. take this ring and go Do my elder by the right-hand road. the road thou. as ye know. She had the brothers called in and they confessed." She granted the favor. In good truth the king was angry when the princess told him that it stole the apples was Yanek and not his brothers who of youth." "Not so. "I will not treat you as ye have treated me. 'T sentence thee to give me thy heart and hand !" "Oh.— THE APPLES OF YOUTH "I'll ^^." to his Yanek went chamber and returning with an enormous key and a boundary of ring. said. but I have given them to my bridegroom. thine long ago. and I my hand : I am glad to give thee But one favor beg judge not my brothers." answered Yanek. take this key and go by the Ye will left-hand road. Let him judge them." . "my heart was now." said the princess. let me judge them. "they are my prisoners. They put spurs to theii: horses and were soon at the king's palace. and thou. beautiful princess. "Wretches!" cried the king a rage. each arrive at a castle in which you will find a princess waiting for me. "Now I will pass such a sentence as never before.

ary. Yanek with his princess and When they came to the boundleft. Feast followed feast. Yanek and princess little the princess took the middle road. started off. but the king and queen and. during the time she was there.78 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The brothers shed tears and embraced him. Not onl} all. The princess whom Yanek left in the dungeon lost forever. one brother took the right-hand road. the the brothers. the other the The whom Yanek grieved saved from the dragons when the eldest brother gave her Yanek's ring. but when she knew that Yanek was married she gladly gave her hand to his brother. her desire to delude and imwas not a prison people. . above princess were delighted with kind-hearted Yanek. then his brothers. When Yanek's brother liberated her she gladly married him.

"God be good to me!" cried the queen once." Seven years later the Lord gave her a golden-toothed son of magic power. No sooner was the boy born when me to school. every school in the world. send and give me a master. I want to learn. were sorrowful because the Lord had not given them children. and then he said to his "My fore I mother. had a still more sorrowful it who The king and queen king.— — THE WORLD-BEAUTIFUL SHARKAN ROJA THERE was once dom. knowst thou what thy promise was be- was born?" 79 . "If I had a golden-toothed son with magic power none other would be his wife save the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja. and in that in the world a great myth king- kingdom a sorrowful wife. though was written word for word in the magic book that the Lord would give them a son with golden teeth and magic power." seventeen years old he had finished When the boy was mother. "Father. saying. he spoke.

"I cannot help it. mother. thou wilt stay there until thou dost didst promise before I me what thou was born." it No one opposed the magic youth. for think as hard as she could. had a golden-toothed son . At last "Now.— 8o — forgotten the promise." pillar He took an ax in his hand. I must bring thee and to thy memory. then he fastened his mother's hair in the crack of the pillar there. saying. "try to think what thou didst promise before I was born." repeated the magic youth. and she my dear son." said the magic youth. I will ask thee once more. tell my mother. though the king was and with him were renowned heroes. for was known that a thousand fold woe would come to the man who dared to raise a word. "Well. out : it came to the queen's mind what she had promsaid. What didst thou promise before I was born ?" The third time the queen gave no answer. I know what if I I promised. ised before her son was born. FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The queen had bered nothing about "Well. for the mighty youth had strength to crush them all with his little finger. and left her "Well. I cried 'God be good to me. she rememit. there. mother. struck the chief split it of the palace open with a blow. she couldn't remember what she had promised.

SHARKAN ROJA world-beautiful Sharkan Roja. "But. I shall bring hence the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja. but I could not help it. now ax forgive me. mother.' " 8i of magic power none other should be his wife save the "Well. if I wear my legs to the knees." Then in the midst of tear-shedding the golden-toothed magic youth took leave of his own father and of the mother who bore him and of his dear friends. why didst thou promise what thou art not able to give ? beautiful Why promise me the is world- Sharkan Roja who possesses immortal youth in the great and unfading beauty. who carried her oflF with violence from beautiful Wonreared derland? My own is mother and my father who me. and who dragon kingdom with her husband the King of the Dragons. my dear mother. I shall travel." Then spread the magic youth drove the open. this my word and speech to you. thou shouldst have told that before to save disgrace. it and took out his mother's hair. while I see with my eyes. He till journeyed and traveled across forty-nine kingdoms once. when darkness had settled down. or ye will never rejoice at sight of me. into the pillar. and lib- erated her. for easily I may leave my life in that kingdom. he saw a light . I find the till Dragon Kingdom. and set out to look for the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja.

for know as I do dough. thou art moving a big hast not said thou thy who thou art still I know." answered the king's son. When the golden coach was fair lady turned to on the dusty road. me as wife the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja. largest tree of the forest with a stroke of his as easily as I break a hemp tree . and with his aid they got the coach out of the slough. "Well. the squirrels could pull it neither one king's son way nor the other. The was not slow he went quickly to help the six white squirrels. If the Dragon . the wondrously the magic youth and found this to say.— 82 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE He fair in the midst of a slough. for if "Ah. Therefore. . thou wilt break thy knife in and may easily lose thy life. and crushes a rock and breaks down the fist that as I do a bit of fresh cheese." tree. expect good in return for good. What dost thou wish of me. the Queen of Won"Give derland?" "I wish only this. stalk. but the coach was fast in the mud. went toward the shining and beheld a wondrously woman sitting in a little golden coach to which six white squirrels were attached. thou art moving a great it. prince. great thy knowledge. fair son of the king." "I am not concerned about my life. but thou wouldst be a small breakfast for the he kneads iron King of the Dragons. Great is power.

thou wilt sit in the first seat. in the grass near the spring. thrusts of itself. no weapon will wound thy body and thy hair will be golden. and that dog's meat. When thou hast finished bathing thou wilt find. and the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja will be thy wife. for has the virtue that it thine arm grows weary from and kills great fighting strikes. know that Sharkan also that Roja is my daughter. this sword." "If thou art so determined then. If thou dost all this perhaps thou wilt conquer the King of . ragged bit of linen will The become such a golden saddle that like thou wouldst have to search for the not find it. a sword grown of it the earth. of it and then When on thy good steed. go to such and such a place where from the foot of a great mountain a spring is gushing forth. point if upward pluck . the King of the Dragons. Here are three golden hairs and Strike the three golden hairs a ragged with the ragged strip of linen and thou wilt see what a splendid wind-bred. I will take thee as son and beautiful Wonderland will be thy dwelling place. still 83 I would measure strength with him for Sharkan Roja. And know thou canst bring her thence. magic steed thou wilt have to carry thee to the great Dragon Kingdom. bathe in that spring and thou wilt find that though thou wert strong thou wilt be seven times stronger . strip of linen. fire-eating. stole her if from me.SHARKAN ROJA King were seventy-seven times as strong.

six-legged. a dream- The prince struck. The dragons met him. but was not long . struck her squirrels with like a golden whip and vanished from the eye. like a breath. it That bridge led to the kingdom and on two dragons stood guard. good steed. then it The king's son rested his rushed to the bridge. in each of them a strengthening mixture. steed He doms. The king's son till sat on the good steed and never stopped he reached the foot of the great mountain where he forth. From this drink thou wilt regain thy seven-fold strength. the earth and found and went in search of Then he sat on his good the great Dragon Kingdom. drink from the smallest first. wind-bred magic steed . traveled and journeyed across forty-nine kingtill he came to a copper bridge. When he had finished bathing he looked for the sword growing out of it. then from the middle. with the ragged piece of linen. and behold like to swiftest lightning there stood before him an iron-gray. the ragged linen became a golden saddle. and then from the largest one. The Queen of Wonderland vision.84 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE But i£ the Dragons. the three hairs grown from one root. dragon-suckled. found a spring gushing He bathed in the spring and his strength increased seven-fold. thou shouldst feel thy strength is decreasing here are three vials. fire-eating.

a count. cloud behind me that no one might see all things. "Cloud before me. swords with golden axes with boxwood handles to —three days would not suffice were I enumerate the plundered things piled up in the Dragon In the middle of the kingdom stretched out a silken Kingdom. meadow. one more beautiful than another. or from derland. Just then dragons were cutting the silken grass with golden scythes. plundered treasure gold. golden-toothed youth sent them to the other world. precious stones. all of costly weapons. in the meadow was a garden where all the flowers of the round earth bloomed without fading. Now the magic steed danced on the copper bridge and In this manner the goldentoothed hero entered the great Dragon Kingdom. Wonkinds In those palaces were great mountains of . me." And no one saw him though he saw Each dragon had his own palace of granite or marble. The was to be eaten by golden-haired steeds. they were that much for him that they would have been small for his golden shoes clattered. hilts. turning it it with silver forks and gathering silken grass with golden rakes. Each dragon had a wife stolen from a king.SHARKAN ROJA till 85 the golden-haired. but that no created thing might see him he said. silver. In the middle of the garden . his breakfast.

" heart. Her golden hair. touched her white feet and reached the earth her form was like a bending reed. . thou grieve. wilt thou answer one question of mine?" "I will answer. saying: "I am thou art mine. not here.— 86 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE the golden-pillared was diamond palace of the King of Dragons. her mild look. like the look when she smiled roses opened on her tender face. my heart's heart. The king's son put spurs to his said. good steed. "is that dog "My heart's "My heart's "he is of a dragon here ?" beautiful love." answered Sharkan Roja. rushed to Sharkan Roja." that they kissed each other. could he? With eyes and mouth he could not gaze on her shining beauty sufficiently. but he will come at midday. and when she took a step gold streamed from her of a dove. heel. when she wept true pearls fell from her eyes." asked the king's son. my heart's beautiful love? I have come to liberate thee. How braids. and "Why dost With thine." said Sharkan Roja. plaited in two . The king's son found the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja under a weeping willow. but." "If he were here I would measure strength with him.

King of the Dragons came home with When still far away he shouted. "If you are here. He did not enter have always I his palace. surely. treatingly wouldst thou bring me some full of that drink?" Sharkan Roja took a golden cup the cellar and brought barrel.SHARKAN ROJA "Ah." "My heart's beautiful love. else 87 is my heart's golden love. but called out in great anger. canst thou tell me where the dragon's strength is?" "O. (Should like to fight with him were he here. ran to back of wine from the stone if The prince took a good draught and he had been strong before he was now seven times stronger. no it ! my heart's beautiful love. if I were to ask thee en-. it in her hand. "I heard the fame of the golden-toothed magic prince. you find me in good humor. "I ! smell a strange odor I smell a strange odor !" When he stopped in the court foam was dripping from his horse . my question nothing save this. Come ." tell was thou wouldst not have found me "Canst thou me where his strengthening drink is ?" "In the cellar is a stone barrel. it couldn't have dropped faster. At midday a mighty the clatter." "I am here!" cried the prince. What it contains I do not know. had I known where here. but I can say on my true faith that each midday the King of the Dragons goes to that barrel and drinks.

was not merely but water dropped from I see. the waist and struck He seized the king's son by him into the lead pavement so that he sunk to his knees. then we'll meet. throw mine away and we'll fight unarmed. He . "I it will squeeze the rock so that not only will become flour. but water will drop from it. then I shall believe that thou art strong. in two with a knife. but the prince was not slow. that he squeezed the rock it. saying." What was the dragon to do? He saw with sight that he had come upon a man. stone till it was like "That is nothing!" cried the golden-toothed hero." said the "Now dragon. one-half he kept himself and the other "If thou canst crush this stone as I do. go to the cellar for my If sword.— 88 to FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE my lead pavement and we will make trial of each other." Here the dragon squeezed the flour." till it With dust". "that thou art strong I'll and worthy to fight me. The King it of the Dragons took a piece of rock and cut half he gave to the prince." "Thou wilt not carry thy I'll dog shirt out of here! thou hast no sword." They went wooden to the lead pavement.

— SHARKAN ROJA sprang out of the hole. golden-toothed hero. caught the dragon by the waist and thrust him in When him. who was out of the hole. took Sharkan Roja and rode away. But the golden-toothed hero was up to the tip of his nose. not slow. to his knees. I was playing with thee. that I the dragon could not get out the hero said to King of the Dragons. good steed." it?" "That thou wilt give me the world-beautiful Sharkan "Let her be thine." said the dragon. for then did he know with whom . But he had barely reached the gate when the King of Dragons. his In a moin ment he sprang on his arms. The golden-toothed hero wanted no more. "Well. barrel. called. The dragon was not slow he sprang out him in of the hole. — 89 caught the dragon by the waist and thrust him into the lead pavement up . now we'll have a true trial. caught the golden-toothed hero by the waist and thrust up to his chin." The prince's chin fell. he sprang out of the hole. now am strong? is but I'll spare thee on one condition." "What Roja. and had taken a good drink from the "Come back. dost thou believe I can take thy life. the world-beautiful is Sharkan Roja not thine yet.

if they are not dead. and in the middle of the garden was the gold-pillared diamond palace. put it down in the most beautiful part of the kingdom. but the three vials given to him by the Queen of Wonderland. The golden-toothed magic youth took Sharkan Roja Great was the joy in that broad to his father's kingdom. in the middle the meadow was the garden where all the flowers of the round world bloomed without fading. Then in the world-beautiful struck the diamond palace three times with a golden rod which she had her hand. and behold. but it was still greater when the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja took the diamond apple from her bosom. he had to He first turned back and they closed with the prince took a good drink from one another. . And the golden-toothed live magic hero and the world-beautiful Sharkan Roja in that palace yet.90 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE deal. She hid the apple in her bosom and sat on the magic steed by the side of her true love. and the silken me3. in a flash. the silken of meadow stretched out before them. kingdom when the hero returned with his bride. Then there was a we3ding. the flowery garden. struck it three times with the golden rod. and all the treasures.dow turned into a diamond apple. Sharkan Roja Much time had not passed when the King of the Dragons bit the dust.

was heir to the throne. and watched the as they darted around here and there. . which was not fish from the king's castle. even the special thing. up and or sprang out to catch delighted flies. needful to a king in governing his land and making his Every man. but to no purpose. Though a it prince. crumbs. befittingly in all things and the young man was trained people happy. lay91 down under the thick . Each day he walked along far his fishpond. down in the water. Yarboi. without looking at his beloved fish. Yarboi remained thoughtful and. THE WONDER-WORKING TREE. takes delight in fish some Yarboi loved beyond measure. One day Yarboi went as usual to the fishpond the fish darted here and there. Yarboi did not lead a holiday strictly his father kept him at work and the more because was a question of the happiness of his people. Prince simplest. up and down in the water.THE GOLDEN FISH. He brought food and was when the fish splashed near him and took life. his son. AND THE GOLDEN BIRD BEYOND distant times reigned somewhere a powerful king. almost from his hand.

they were resting and talking. marry me. . but the third was three times as beautiful as the first two together. with a I sad voice. cutting grass. the sun The maidens had been was high and they were weary from heat as well as from work. he saw three maidens." said she in a serious "and God will give us twins. "that I would never marry and that would have an evil time. In the field. but that times with him. but what it was he could still no way imagine. The first was as beautiful as a spring day.92 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE He knew in bushes that skirted the pond. They were young and naturally they talked about marriage. where young wheat was green as pond grass. He rose quietly and more quietly opened as the bushes." "It I would have golden was foretold me. "It was foretold me. for they thought that no one was listening. scarcely breathing. a prince atxd princess." said the first maiden. But the prince listened care- fully. All at once he heard glad conversation beyond the bushes. "that I would marry a widower. afflicted that something him." said the second maiden. the second was still more beautiful." "And what will be thy fate?" asked the first laugh- ingly of the third maiden. *'The prince will voice.

Each day he went to the fishpond. lay down under the bushes and listened. but a longing seized him and increased continually nothing made him . but no maiden came to the field. and when she had as- he said. "Tell me. He followed the maidens cautiously lived. therefore they called and asked what I ailed him. but could not discover the cause. Prince Yarboi was astonished at the maiden's words. without saying another word. but he was well pleased and willing that the prophecy should be fulfilled." said the prince. "and thou shalt have it. "but if I receive not the maiden whom I love I will re- main free forever. to discover where the third one When he found out he returned to the castle. he was indifferent to everything. "It will be as thou wishest." at the queen. took up the grass they had cut and putting it on their shoulders went to their homes. The king looked sented." promise by my crown that "I wish not to force thee to anything." 93 breast and the girl The maidens. either sad or joyful. The king and queen him to their presence noticed the change in their son." said the king." .— THE GOLDEN FISH The boy will have a golden sun on his a golden moon. in a neighboring village.

and soon set out. but all when it stopped in front of one of the cottages heads were puzzled. placed a ring on her finger. kissed her on the forehead and led her to the carriage. into the cottage He went and found the maiden at work. "This my "Ye and will not refuse your consent and blessing?" The parents them. and soon they were When the king saw the bride he was satisfied . then the "Thou art man grown act according to thy mind. "My son has chosen well. bride. in a carriage drawn by six horses." The king and queen were king said. for the village. .— 94 "I — marry a maiden from the neighboring silent for a while." The prince kissed the hands of his father and mother. The prince got out of the carriage and asked the sitting man and woman by the door : "Where is your daughter?" Instead of answering they gazed at him. When the ^ieople saw the king's carriage they were not surprised. with his chosen one entered the carriage." . for the king often passed through the village. stretched forth their hands blessed Yarboi. at the king's castle. vil- FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE want to lage. He is took her hand. for he thought. in his eyes were clear tears." said he to the astonished parents.

How unwillingly did he go to war. fortune of other. to the wedding. he fought unceasingly. he set out for the field. He fought bravely. and again happiness Prince Yarboi was happy. of his bride he forgot to invite a neighboring king and this so offended the king that he declared war. this world. At this time the old king died. But when he heard how his enemy was destroying the country and slaying the people he did not delay. He thought that his cherished wife was safe in the care Happy was Yarboi in having such thoughts. He wished for no more in But this unspeakable In thinking was the cause of long suffering. When all had assembled there was a joyous then the wedding. Yarboi inherited the throne and he had to defend it. but the to one side. now to the Yarboi did not lose courage. begging her to love his wife as her own daughter. war turned now. but how his hands would have dropped if he had known the truth. He gave his power to his mother and with tears in his eyes. not because he was a coward.THE GOLDEN FISH 95 Straightway the bride was arrayed in rich robes and messengers were sent to the four sides o£ the world to invite kings and princes feasting. She had of his mother. The old queen was skilled in the black art. . but because he had to leave his young wife. feast.

She did not care so much for the destruction of the children. but now the best chance possible came to ruin her completely. and the girl had a golden moon. him keep the money and rear the children they are not christened. wicker basket she put the children into gold and a letter saying. as had been foretold. but and the battle when he read the letter his courage fell was lost. No one suspected the awful . the queen was the thorn that pricked her eye. When the messen- ger came the king was in battle and the victory inclined to his side. He wrote to his mother to do nothing before his return. Therefore she wrote a told only lies about his letter to the king in which she young wife. king was at home she could not injure the queen with even a word. a boy and a girl the boy had a golden sun on his breast. and she succeeded. Who can describe the sorrow of the poor mother ? deceit. so she wrote another letter in which she used all of her power to destroy her daughter-in-law. The old witch had a it. together with "Whoso finds these children let . The . the queen twins. This answer did not please the old queen.96 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE When the only an assumed love for the young wife. The old queen stole the children and told the mother that they died at birth." then she pushed the basket out onto the wide sea. The Lord gave .

took him by the hand. no dream had ever He come had to him before. fully did he lasted long. angry because he snatched her from sleep. The fisherman obeyed. hence he was sure that this it dream significance. At last she pushed him rudely and told him to keep still and go to sleep. Meanwhile the woman was far groaning in prison.THE GOLDEN FISH king wrote to put the young queen in prison. mourn- The old queen tried in every way less to remove the image of his wife from his memory. but at last Yarboi conquered his castle. and was so thankful when he had a chance to sleep that he slept soundly. Mournfully did he return to his remain there. . 97 His The war enemy. orders were carried out at once." The fisherman wakened and wondered not a his strange dream. But what had become of the children ? Not from the sea shore was a cottage and in the One night the A woman came to fisherman had a wonderful dream "Go to the his cot. guilt- but he was unable to forget her. great fortime awaits thee there. Unable to interpret with his own But. : island where to-day thou hast caught a big fish. thing. mind he roused his wife to take counsel with her. she did nothing but scold. and said: cottage lived a fisherman and his family. little at He had never succeeded in any- worked the whole blessed day. he drank only pure water.

" thought he. was afraid to rouse her. almost of to the island. he rowed for the mainland. and sprang the boat went. feet. light of the He went toward the moon.98 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE Scarcely was he asleep when again it seemed to him that a to woman was standing by his bed and begging him go to the island." He pale put the basket in his boat. stood bed and begged him to go to the The moment the vision disappeared the fisherman wakened. he he tumbled around so accord. so as not he slipped out of bed. she snarled to give her peace. we have three it will not be so bad when we five. at He told her the him angrily. and. He wakened and wanted to take counsel with his wife. Just as he touched the sand of the beach . and "This is sound and saw. thinking how the woman had promised him good luck. in the basket he found two children. a basket. "My wife does nothing now but what our and have since children want. ordered him and was and go so to cross that the poor sleep. with both to disturb his wife. man was glad asleep to keep quiet Again he was barely by his when the pale woman island. but long that she wakened of her own dream again. quietly. As soon by the as the fisherman touched land he heard the wailing of a child. stole out of the house to the sea. He seized the oars itself. and hastened into his boat. fine luck.

"thou must take them to be christened.THE GOLDEN FISH quickly and found a large 99 it he saw a package in the bottom of the boat. They decided him keep the chil- The children were christened in proper form. They learned so easily that the teacher had only joy from them. then ties. he opened number of gold had met him. turned her heart ." I will go and report to the authori- The woman did as her husband proposed. The brother and sister grew as if growing out of water. The dream had come true. a boy and a girl. She kissed the orphans and knew not what to do first for them. but his loved them as well as he did his wife. the gold pieces. and when six years old they began to go to school with the fisherman's son. The fisherman children. pieces. own whenever she forgot the gold. the threshold when her When she saw the basket and the two children she greeted him angrily. luck The woman was standing on husband came back. but the moment he showed her the gold she changed completely. The fisher- man went two to the authorities and said that he had found but he did not mention to let children. but he who christened them knew not that he was christening the children of a king. "First." said the fisherman. dren.

and The fisherman's son was a dunce him for at school. foundlings." Though they were yovmg they had more sense than other children of their age. the orphans reproached Once." The worthless son resolved to obey his mother." mother what had happened and when the orphans reached the cottage to tell his The fisherman's son ran home the hard-hearted woman had tied up their scant clothing." said the mother. till To do so quickly he played in school the teacher flogged him.— loo FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE clothing. he. "The next them that time they reproach thee." sneered me. from them. He said nothing." my father picked up a basket and ye were "We know. "tell they are foundlings. On the way home the orphans reproached him a second time. she gave them the bundle and said. at home he did nothing but mischief. "Ye wish to command Ye are foundlings. "We will go away." said the boy. gave them poor food and crossed them in all things." not do The children thanked the woman for rearing them. way to school. in it. and that was what he wanted. stay longer. on the this. . "Oh. that they need not boast. but that night he complained to his mother. "Be off but I'll ! Maybe ye want me to ask you to it. "that we do not belong to thy family.

but hope deceived them they . went hither and . his wife for her action. they went on their way. distance They had gone only a when they saw under a rock an enormous numis ber of gold pieces. loi looked once and a second time at the cottage. in hand. They thanked him for rearing them. and night came on everywhere there so tired they could The children were scarcely bend a knee. then." said the boy. then walked The fisherman met them and asked where they were going. to go. into the hand wide world. They sat down was darkness. that "It gold !" cried the girl. "Can we take some of it?" . fast asleep on soft moss. but they insisted so firmly that at last he go- let them The fisherman went home and reproached them. put their arms~ around each other. and then wished The fisherman cried and begged them to stay. They told him everything and said that they could not stay longer. but the orphans went where their eyes led In the evening they came to a forest through which they hoped to pass quickly. "Brother.THE GOLDEN FISH on. must be. till and right away they were and they short slept the white morning. and he took up a piece and it weighed in his hand. lost the road. nestled up closely. thither. freshened by sleep.

in fact. whole land everybody wanted to know him. — took the gold to the inn and his chamber.— I02 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE If it "Why not ? not leave it belonged to any man surely he would here. When all of the guests had gone away except the brother and sister the host said that nothing gave him pleasure. I will pay thee well. when they left the fisherman's cottage. This man made a feast and invited the youth and his sister. The youth . the boy soon became a splendid youth and the girl a glorious Reports of the youth and his wealth spread over the The owner of a vast domain had a special desire to know him. and one for my sister." The boy drove to the forest and put all of the gold into He the wagon the horses were barely able to draw it. for the domain. belonged to creditors. Soon the forest began to grow thin and in a short time they came The children seemed larger and older than to a town. the brother and sister lived grandly. The boy went to an inn and said to the innkeeper. "Get ready a wagon and strong horses." and he gave him a gold piece as earnest money. "I want two chambers. Now maiden. he . one for myself. When he had the chambers the boy said to the innkeeper." They took some of the coins and went on. did not care for the domain or the palace.

at last to the fishpond. way posof her But all arguments were without ing urged the king to go to the Some mysterious feelfeast. by her knowledge and magic was able to gain true tidings. and thus she knew that that sible to rich youth was none other than the son of the king. Then the queen it had recourse to other means. She prepared a potion and secretly into his when wine. The youth and his sister went to the palace to live and soon they gave a splendid feast. because he gave three times what it was worth. They feasted till the sun went behind the mountains. for above all things he loved and fishponds. Then clothes the old queen disguised herself in the king's and went to the feast. but the old queen. then the guests departed and each went to the place he had come from. An invitation was means of sent to Yarboi. . The youth led her to the place intended for King Yarboi and no one suspected that she was the mother of the king. effect. the bargain was concluded. chair the king partook of food she put He had and barely drunk it when he dropped on a fell asleep. the king. and fish The youth conducted her through the palace and the garden. only the old queen stayed behind.THE GOLDEN FISH offered to 103 buy the domain and. She entered the banquet sitting hall just as the guests were down to the table. and she tried in every dissuade the king from going.

"It is better for thee to sleep than to weary fish thyself on the road. still The king was off his clothes sleeping. traveled and traveled till on the journey.— 104 — FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The old queen praised everything beyond measure. He Sea. what is this beautiful fishpond good for. "I greet thee." answered the queen." After the feast the youth was thinking night and day about the golden them. she was in the king's chamber. but barely had she taken little when he wakened. he reached the Crimson So far he had good luck. but when she came to the fishpond she contracted her eyes and said. he wanted to turn back with work undone." The youth grew thoughtful and the queen prepared go." . "You could. the astonished that he queen said. sister and at last he determined to go for his He gave the management of the palace to set out and taking but one servant. by means of her magic. All at once he heard a strange voice say. and was not a had slept so long. rich youth. but when he looked at his the unquiet sea and saw how high the waves were courage fell . "In the Glass Mountain beyond the Crimson Sea there are plenty of them. twisting her face with a malicious smile. when there are no golden fish in it?" "But could I get golden fish ?" asked the youth. "Oh. to She had barely left the palace when.

and till They crossed the Crimson Sea and drew up the boat on said. but touch them not. but be not confused." urged the hermit. "Thou wilt go on great steps to the Glass Mountain. Strike the rock thrice with the rod and the Glass tain will Mounto open to thee. shore thou wilt find a small it. but I know not how satisfied "Be him with what thou hast." . land." said the hermit. and g^ard thyself it my words. gave the youth a rod.— THE GOLDEN FISH 105 Looking around he saw a hermit on whose face were the marks of former faults and the penitence of years. "but what art thou seeking?" "I am going to the Glass Mountain for golden to cross the sea. "I know thee well. till But the youth implored him for assistance to a boat he led and they started for the Glass Mountain." fish. earthen vessel. in that lake are the golden On the fish. I will wait for thee here. the trees will be covered with golden apples. First thou wilt pass through a pear garden. Beyond the orchard fish. take up water in to take even one tiny but be careful not they will come to thy hand. But give now a careful ear to a hair according to what I say. Then thou wilt come to an apple orchard. otherwise will go ill with thee. is a lake. then the hermit "Go directly east you come to an immense rock. where the trees will be covered with golden pears. but do not pluck even one.

On waking in the morning go to the lake and look in the water. but he re- membered the but When he came to the apple orchard. leave the vessel on the shore. and they crossed the Crimson Sea. on broad white steps. seated him in his boat. On the way the hermit said. Whether it was long castle. "When thou shalt reach home pour this water into thy fish lake.— io6 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE the youth When came to the rock he lashed it three times with the rod. and. he the them and hurried back. the hermit. he went down to the underground world. barely had he reached white world when the rock closed behind him. distance he to the lake to see if the hermit had How rejoiced was he when from a lake. The hermit was waiting on the shore. though the his fish were beautiful and came to left hand as if wanting to go with him." The youth took farewell of home. and hurried or short he reached his tell poured the water into the lake and went to his sister of the events of the journey. When he came to the pear trees he wanted to stretch forth his hand and pluck the golden hermit's words. the edge of the lake he found the earthen vessel At and filled it with water. Early the next morning he hurried spoken the truth. the rock opened. fruit. it dropped to his side and he went on. saw a golden gleam on the When he . involuntarily he stretched forth his arm. he greeted the youth joyfully.

THE GOLDEN FISH drew near and saw the beauty of the his eyes on them. fish." answered the queen. fish when they do not dance?" "Can fish dance?" asked the youth. pnly the old queen stayed behind. in the Glass Mountain. straightway all fish. began to admire talk about the golden After the banquet the kings and princes to the lake and were unable fish. "Now I have everything. "You have much. "Of course they can. recourse to a sleeping draught then instead of the king the queen went to the feast disguised in his clothes. triumphantly." said the youth. "But how?" "If you had the music tree it would play to the fish and they could not help dancing. She entered the banquet hall as the guests were sitting down went to the table." "Can I get that tree?" "You can. eagerly. fish 107 he could rest Straightway he sent messengers to the four sides of the world to invite kings and princes to come and gaze on his golden boi. He all sent an invitation to King Yardissuade Again the old queen tried in every way to the king and when of her arguments failed she had . It grows beyond the Crimson Sea." said the queen. "but what are golden it is true." . to sufficiently the beauty of the golden After that the guests dis- persed.

in search of the music On the shore of the Crimson Sea he found the hermit. when they reached "Take this the farther shore the hermit said. otherwise will be ill for thee. to the right nor to the nor behind thee." said the hermit." satisfied "Be him with what thou hast. and passed the gardens with the golden . "Why comest thou?" asked the hermit. but be not deceived. walk quickly and look neither left. "Beyond the Crimson Sea there is a music tree. All thy friends and acquaintances will call thee. but she barely had his clothes off when he wakened. and the queen went home. But when the youth implored him unceasingly he took to the boat and in silence they crossed the sea. he descended white steps. rod again and do as thou didst before. they will not be there. Leave that underground world it without stopping. Without delay the youth started tree. When it. Again he was angry that instead of going to the feast he had slept. Then start back." the the The youth went on and everything happened as hermit foretold: The rock opened. In one moment she was in King Yarboi's chamber.— io8 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The youth grew thoughtful. I want that tree. thou hast crossed the gardens and the lake thou wilt see the music tree take a knife and cut a rod from .

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fruit.

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From

a distance he heard beautiful music and
the lake he

when he had passed
tree.

saw the wonder-working

He

cut a rod

from
and

it,

and turned back; then he
he heard the innhe heard King
king's voice,

heard his

sister calling

behind him, he heard his fosterhis family;

father, the fisherman,

keeper; he heard his friends; above

all

Yarboi, as he thought, but
it

it

was not the
;

was

the voice of the old queen

each voice called him

emphatically, alluringly, plaintively.

A

hundred times

he wanted to turn, but remembering the words of the hermit he resisted every temptation and at last reached
the steps.

There

his sister called once more, so beseech-

ingly that he

was going
;

to turn, but

some unseen power
like thunder,

pushed him forward he sprang into God's white world,
the rock

came together with a noise

and

the illusion vanished.

The hermit was sitting in his boat; he was gloomy, for he was thinking that the youth would not return. How delighted was he when he saw him and saw also,
in his hand, a

branch of the wonder-working tree
thyself bravely," said he;

"Thou hast borne thou art home plant

"when

that branch in the ground at the

edge of the lake, and look there the next morning."

They reached
tened home.

the opposite shore of the Crimson Sea

the youth gave heartfelt thanks to the hermit, and has-

When he reached his palace he went to the

no
lake

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and planted the branch of the music
tree.

Early

the next

morning he went

to see if the hermit

had spoken

the truth.

From a

distance he heard delightful music
to the lake he

and when he came
fish

saw

that his golden

were dancing.

Straightway he sent messengers to the four sides of
the world to invite the kings and princes to gaze at the

music

tree.

He sent an invitation to King Yarboi. The
fish

king wished to see the golden

and the music

tree,

but the old queen gave him a sleeping draught, put on his
clothes

and went

in his place.

The youth was joyful beyond measure, for he thought that now he had everything that his heart could desire.
After the feast the guests went to
listen to the

music
fish

of the wonder-working tree, and to see the golden

dance and there was no end to their astonishment; then
they said good-by to the king and each went to the
place he

had come from, but the old queen stayed behind.
the music tree," said she, "but
It does

"Thou hast obtained
the tree
fish
is

not a living thing.

not play for the

according to their desire."
could do that?" asked the youth.
in the golden cage,"

"Who
queen.

"The golden bird

answered the

"Where

is

that bird ?

Can

I get

it

?"


THE GOLDEN FISH
"You can get
it.

iii
in the

It is

beyond the Crimson Sea,

Glass Mountain,"

The youth became thoughtful and the queen set out for home; in a twinkle she was in the king's chamber. The king wakened, but pretended to be asleep; he saw
that the queen

was wearing

his clothes
fell

and that she
his eyes, he

undressed in a hurry; the mist

knew

that his mother
I

from had deceived him.
slept," said

"Oh, how long

have

he at

last,

and the

queen was sure of her safety.

Now
set

the youth bade his beloved sister farewell, and

out to find the golden bird so that nothing in the

world should be wanting to him.

When he came to the
on his face appeared
sorrow.

Crimson Sea the hermit was
at one

there,

moment
satisfied

joy, at the next

moment

"Be

with what thou hast!" urged he.
till

But the youth begged

at last the hermit led

him

to

the boat and took him to the opposite shore.

On

the

way the hermit was one moment joyful and the next moment sad and when they touched the shore, he said,
"111

hast thou done to come for the golden bird in the
I will help thee

golden cage.

with what's in

my

power,

but swerve not a hair from what I tell thee: With this rod thou wilt enter the Glass Mountain by the road

which thou knowest; when thou hast passed the gardens

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wilt see

and the lake thou
In the
first

on the right a splendid

castle.

chamber thou

wilt not find anything, in the

second thou wilt see a cat; she will rub up to thee; mind
her not, speak not to her, touch her not, but go to the
third chamber.

On the right-hand wall of that chamber
in that cage
is

hangs a golden cage,

the golden bird.

Just before midday the cage will open of itself and the
bird will
fly

around the room
it

till

wearied

it

falls

on the

table; catch
quill,

that
it

moment,
floor."

pull

from

its left

wing a

and with

touch thrice each of the ten stones thou

wilt see there

on the

The youth promised
started
off.

to

do everything to a

hair,

and

He

reached the Glass Mountain; went
lake, entered

through the gardens unharmed, passed the

the castle and went to the third chamber; there he saw
the golden cage

and

in

it

the golden bird.

It

was

early
at

and he had to wait, that tormented him greatly, but
last

the cage opened and the bird flew out and flew so

quickly through the
It

flew

till

room that the youth's eyes danced. drops of foam were coming out of its beak,
it

then suddenly

dropped to the

table, as if dead.
it

But,

as the youth reached out to pick
;

up,

it

rose on the
rolled

wing and flew away the youth turned to stone and
on the ground toward the ten other
stones.

The hermit waited long; he was gloomy and sad. At last when the sun went down, he lost all hope of the

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tunate !" he went alone to the opposite shore.

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youth's return and exclaiming, "Unfortunate, Unfor-

The youth's servant was waiting; when the hermit told him what had happened he set out for home. The sister had barely heard the servant's story when
she took the road to free her brother.
to the

She came safely

Crimson Sea and from a distance saw the hermit
her brother had told her about.

whom

As he

ap-

proached she saw that he was sad beyond measure.
"I greet thee, sister of the good youth," said he.

"Thy brother has
from which thou
"Dear father,"
glad to give

perished; put not thyself in danger

wilt hardly escape."

said the sister, with decision, "I

am

my

life

for

my

brother,

and

if I

perish I

shall at least lie near him.

Only give me counsel and

aid such as thou hast given to him."

When

the sister ceased not to implore aid the hermit

took her by the hand and led her to the boat.

Labori-

ously he worked the oar, laboriously he reached the opposite shore, then he told the girl

what she must do

if

she wished to liberate her brother.
lost.

Not one word was
in safety she

She reached the Glass Mountain,

went through the gardens,
It

in safety she passed the lake.

did not occur to her to look at anything, not to men-

tion taking anything.

She entered the

castle,

in the

second chamber the cat sidled up to her coaxingly, tried

it quickly. but the maiden didn't look at it. like a flash. under the table. and. hurried out of the castle and away from poor the Glass Mountain. she looked only at . She had barely struck the third blow her. But what good was this to the sister since she had not freed her brother? She saw no other stone. all So it happened with the second and the third. bowed courteously. and ten of the stones they became princes. when a beautiful prince stood before He inclined courteously and with heartfelt words the thanked castle her for his liberation. 114 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE way to attract her attention. but the loving sis- in every ter was so occupied with the Uberation of her brother that she did not notice the cat. the table and held her apron in readiness fell when the bird she covered quill.. grasped it firmly and pulled out a then she put the bird in the cage and tied the cage up in her apron. then he fled from and from the Glass Mountain. Weighed down with grief she sank to the floor and then it she saw. thanking the maiden with heartfelt words for their liberation. In the third chamber it she found a golden cage and in Just before a golden bird. itself midday the cage opened of and the bird flew through the chamber. another stone. She took the first quill it and full of expectance. struck the stone with three times. she struck . back and forth.

when you get home hang the golden cage on a tree near the lake and look that way in the mornmsf. "Ye have what ye want. for all that the maiden had liberated her those princes whom she had liberated he had taken across the Crimson Sea. every hope of liberation had vanished. they no longer wanted the golden bird. therefore my do suffering will end. in God's white world did to the they begin to and hand in hand they hurried aid. if ye are thankful enough to me a small service. They wished them. then the sister grasping and seizing her brother by the hand hastened with him from the castle and the Glass Mountain. but ye have fulfilled all of the conditions. and said. and her brother stood before They embraced each the golden cage. other.' — — THE GOLDEN FISH 115 three times with the quill her. but the hermit raised 'T have aided you. now aid me. and begged him to tell ." in one voice They promised what he wanted. to fall at his feet. hermit to thank him for his counsel and his The hermit knew brother. When the brother and sister came to him. I have suffered here for fourteen years. he said. arid for the ages of ages desire no more. Only when they were talk.

but the king if on his horse and galloped away as the castle were falling on him. led her to the boat and they crossed the When great joy. cut off the hermit's head with a blow. Then the brother took his sister by the hand. Before the feast began the guests went to look at the golden bird." turned away. all bird sing. Every one declared that their host was the . the tree played. handed it He to the brother and said. after times joyfully around the brother and sister.— ii6 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE took a sword from under his garment. the bird sang. with an imploring voice. taking the The sister sword. they reached home they were greeted with The brother hung the golden cage on a tree and the next morning he heard such music four sides of the world by the as he lake. and learn how a a brother. He sent an invitation to King Yarboi The old queen knew what had happened and with her living power she sat tried to keep the king at home. "Cut off my head. Crimson Sea. all Straightway he sent to to invite kings and princes to come and hear the golden sister liberated also. but the brother. From the body there flew out a white bird which. had never heard before. and the fish danced. flying three rose to the sky and disappeared.

and he embraced one after the other. silent.— THE GOLDEN FISH happiest 117 man under the sun. Rising from the kissed table the king called the young man "son." "My dear children !" said the king. "then is maiden is your daugh- for she my sister. the young man related his adventures. no one but a son of Yarboi can have a golden sun on his breast. he "Thou "If I art my son. but the said." him ardently and shed tears of delight. All present^ wondered greatly. the young man more than others." said the young man." am your son. king would not permit him to utter a word. but before he . even down to his life in the fisherman's cottage. When he had listened to everything King Yarboi prepared for the road to free his wife from prison as soon as possible.passed. When the first onrush of feeling had . by the hand. he watched his host responding to the When the young man was his guests the clothing good wishes of apart and on his breast fell King Yarboi saw there a golden sun. for he was not aware that he had a golden sun on his breast and that his sister had a golden moon on her bosom. and at the banquet one interrupted another in drinking to his health. and he took this his sister ter. But King Yarboi was carefully. He wished to ask questions.

but King Yarboi was and gloomy. were beside themselves. for he was going But to cele- brate the home-coming of his children. and. The feast could not have been it more splendid. placed before himself on a table. what punishment would the person deserve who. After the feast it was over he brought a "Mighty kings and sheet of paper. The king then man should write his opinion and conseal. put innocent children out on the sea to perish. with joy. after twenty years of imprisonment? On all the appointed day the kings and princes came together. princes. in- duce a husband to put his innocent wife in prison?" The kings and asked that each firm it princes decided that such a person should be burned on the public square. telling the guests present to come to his He them also sent messengers to persons not present to appear at once. as dignified were. with deceitful tongue. with his name and . in his own mind the king determined had caused.— ii8 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE all started he invited palace. that the assembled kings and princes should sentence his mother for the misery she Meanwhile he had her thrown liberated his wife. and said. with evil intent and magic should break up a happy marriage. into the same prison from which he Who can describe the poor mother's joy when she light saw God's and her children.

When he ended to some of the princes begged mercy for the old queen. then he said. taking the paper they it. old queen King Yarboi and children. tree. pointed and said. "Here ye have given your judgment and strengthened it with your names and seals. and marveled at the beauty of the at the music of the wonder-working bird." Then Yarboi his told in detail his life from the time of marriage till he recognized his son. gloomy. now it must be executed. "My the unhappy person against I. but in time he re- The cuted. and exe- no matter whom it may touch. silent a moment. from my wife. must act with justice. then they asked what reason he had for making the request. had signed.— THE GOLDEN FISH The kings and King Yarboi was mother is 119 princes did as requested. gained his cheerfulness at the sight of the happiness of his wife Whenever golden fish. whom ye have uttered sentence. . but the king. and had her My in- nocent children she pushed out onto the broad sea. My mother with evil words and magic separated me thrown into prison. and the enchanting songs of the golden When King Yarboi died his son became king. as king. the young prince gave a feast his guests stood by the lake." was brought to the square was.

" thought he. was a velvety was an in the center of the meadow was silvery river a silvery river. and in the center of the island. there was once world a magic kingdom. and whoever will not listen to the story it with attention." world maybe I'll find them somewhere The poor man put a loaf in his basket and went out 120 . chil- dren as there are trees in the forest or stars in the sky.MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN WHERE in the it was. the else. or where it was not. many that he couldn't find god-parents for "Well. or interrupts without request. may he be struck by lightning as many times as there are sand grains in the Danube and the Tisa. There was once a poor man who had as many he had so them. and in the center of I the velvety island old well from which took out a story brought from the Operantsia Sea. in . my own village. in the center of the forest was a flowery meadow. In the center of that kingdom was a great forest. "if I is cannot find god-parents wide.

when it enough that on a certain day when neither the sis- merchant nor his wife was at home. girl. not. but he didn't 121 to go far." to cry. and if I didn't care whether the god-father were a gipsy or a pagan." accept not only with one hand but with both. a boy and a the god-father of the poor. The dice turned. I couldn't find one in my village." said the brother. for luck has is all whom . it flies he right. art thou going." "If thou wilt accept of self to "I'll my services. don't trouble thy- go farther. "Don't cry. And he did Again they wings and to girl played. but . I cannot tell exactly. They played "I'll till the brother won all sister's money and she began too. this time the was the winner she won her brother's last coin.MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN into the world. for there has been a birth in my cabin. then he took them home and reared them as his own was children. "Where chant. give thee thy money and some of my own." The merchant became man's twins. for him a rich merchant who hadn't as God brought many children as there are lumps on swamp grass. so. poor man?" asked the mer- "I am seeking a god-father for my twins. the brother and ter sat down to of his play cards. When but it is it was.

not do answered the "Didn't I give back thine?" "What do "Give it I care? thou wert a fool. and bore her away. therefore he put on his traveling boots. "Give "I'll me my money." "If thou deniest me then I'll deny and curse thee. seized the girl." "Then I'll take it. At these words a dragon appeared. "Thou art not my brother. cursed the brother. girl. He traveled and journeyed across forty-nine kingdoms till he came to a king's castle. had a talk with Paul Wind and set out to wander around world." back. He went to the king and spoke to him as was to "God give a good day your majesty. then the said. The brother could not stay at home he was ." said the brother." "I won't." screamed the brother.— 122 she — the FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE was not tender-hearted. and he wanted to find his sister whom the he loved. afraid of his foster parents." Word and followed word till the brother and sister caught sister each other by the hair. fitting. she wouldn't give back money." ." it.

should not swim. But he needn't have wondered about it. wilt Each an' morning thou island. I had my eyes as I was there where they have them now. for that was the name of the poor man's . swim them through the water a drop of water on them. go with them across the water to the horses but thou must not lead them over a bridge or . sat on the mare. must not have Each evening thou must bring them back by the same road and in the same manner. for they were magic horses. and led them to the water.MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN "God "I receive thee. and there would not be a wet spot on them the size of a small nail. as true as were. serving 123 man. for the three horses crossed of themselves so that not even their feet were wet. and I I live. In the morning he drove out the three vicious horses. what journey art thou on?" am looking for service. my son. I need a I'll herder. but there was no wonder in that. will your majesty take me?" "Thou hast come in good time." Well and good. Miklosh. to hire thee and thou wilt have nothing else do but to take care of three vicious horses. the poor man's son became a horseherder. When they came to the edge of the water he began to wonder how he could lead them so that they should not' go on a bridge.

beautiful. know come to meet thee. at once he heard a beautiful song. not even the king. And who was happier than Miklosh. took off the horses' bridles. and this I find to say. my world beautiful said the maiden. to Miklosh and down on the silken grass. Where saw come from? the silken He looked around and thirteen settled snow-white swans flying toward him." all Our Miklosh promised by would not say a word to that is in heaven and fish. Miklosh.124 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE let son. on earth that he would be as silent as a that he any man. "Long have I waited sat love. shook themselves and became maidens." for thy coming. Here is my soft white hand. for beautiful a sweetheart? who had so Every God-given day when he . my heart has yearned for thee. and lay them out But could to graze on the silken meadow. then he down at the foot of a golden apple-tree to sleep for a all it while. will be thine. or in any other place. fettered their feet. but the thir- Twelve of the maidens were teenth was far more beautiful. circle During the that I it of the year that thou art serving the let king thou must not any one. but thou be- trayest me. They down on meadow near the golden apple-tree. near "Thou art here. and will this silken meadow and the golden if apple-tree on it be thine and mine. thou wilt not see me again on the silken meadow. She went him.

shaking themselves. he asked." The king's daughter didn't let this be said twice one . for he was not a handsome fellow for nothing. for he is very sad. and the heart of the princess was not stone." said he. the rejoicing people and did not see Miklosh. and said. what came of the king gave a great affair and what ball to his household. the thirteen — 125 let MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN them out swans appeared and. Then the king that Miklosh was alone and as sad as an orphan. The king went soon send thee a partner. the word." said some one. became beautiful maidens." have no said Miklosh. . "how is it that thou dost neither eat nor drink. "Where "He's is my dear saw horse-herder. ing?" "Your majesty. reason was that her feet were itching to dance. When he came among. "My daughter. Miklosh. "I do not dance for I fitting partner." I'll "Do not grieve. Miklosh?" in the corner near the door." to his daughter. the other was that she could dance with Miklosh. who guards the magic horses.— drove the horses to the silken meadow and to graze. nor dance when the music is sound"Well. She dressed in a minute and went to the ball. Ton my didn't. go to the ball and dance with Miklosh.

I'll make what Miklosh it said so bitter to him that he won't say : again. I "Come." . when Miklosh says he will not dance with me." "Here am." said Miklosh." With that the king called I "Come forth. respectfully." said Miklosh. for thou hadst a sweetheart a hundred times fairer than she is?" "What is the use of denying? I did indeed find that to say to the princess." called she. why should I not weep. Miklosh. Come to the island to-morrow at will see with your the hour I will set. "Miklosh." cry.126 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE am here. should I not cry. let us dance together. and your majesty not otherwise. for he has a sweetheart a hundred times fairer than I?" "Did he say that?" "He said nothing else. if she had received a cuff drew up her mouth. as ear. for own eyes that it is my sweetheart is a magic queen. shrugging his shoul- ders ." "I'll not dance. tell "Didst thou my daughter that thou wouldst not dance with her. "Why "Why art thou crying?" asked the king." The on the king's daughter. and weeping went with a complaint to her father. "Don't my daughter. "I have a sweetheart a hundred times fairer than thee.

there there was. to Miklosh. "God be with thee. wasn't sore he was sorry." The magic queen and selves. and flew away. Miklosh journeyed and traveled across forty-nine . red as an opening rose and as beautiful as the dawn. for since thou hast betrayed me I must go hence. only then did he shake his head. he went to the island. not for thee planted the tree that bears golden apples. Therefore he hung the world on his neck with the intention of traveling till he found his magic queen." said she." said she.MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN 127 The king made no answer to this. for it was not for thee that I made this silken meadow. He saw that a magic queen. whether me again the good God alone knows. the twelve maidens shook them- became swans. or under Wait for me no more on the silken meadow the golden apple-tree. but there is no magic queen. and where he not. but for him." "But. but the next day. turning to the king. was talking and that on the silken meadow twelve maid- ens were playing ball with a golden apple. to know what was in the affair and what was not. The magic queen saw thou wilt ever see that she had been betrayed. "Well. Only then did Miklosh drop his chin. "let not a hair of this young man's head that I fall. is There was a magic queen. white as a dove. Miklosh.

" The miller packed Miklosh in one sack other he put an equal weight of flour. master miller. The sack holding the became . "God's good day to thee. Miklosh. is farther from here than the sky grieve. but the it black cloud overtook the bird.128 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE till kingdoms saying. He saluted the miller. The bird takes two sacks at a time. put thee into one sack. as thou art for that place is now thou wilt not get there. The griff bird flew faster and faster. it When for it the griff took a sack in each claw and rose in the fly rapidly. for the sacks must be of equal weight. and the same weight of flour into the other. whither art thou going?" . A griff bird carries flour from my mill to the magic I'll kingdom. but the bird could not carried a heavier burden than usual. Miklosh. my friend ?" "Have I not hast thou heard the heard of kingdom. bird came air. I will from the earth. But don't remedy thy trouble.— he came to a magic mill. am seeking the magic kingdom fame of it. as long as the world stands." "God "I receive thee. and rain fell as if flour were poured from a cask. it? Perhaps not when I grind flour for that But. A black cloud was drawing still near and the beautiful magic kingdom was far away. otherwise and in the the bird couldn't carry them. The mill was turned by the river of kindness.

twelve pairs for my master and twelve for me ?" While the blacksmith was making the gloves and iron shoes shoes.— MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN sank lower and lower. for he made him into the blacksmith's house. "You have come. I will lead you where your heart wishes. and when he saw Miklosh. "Is the master at home?" asked the youth. he If said. he took out his gleaming knife. that. He traveled on and on he came to a tree under which a youth was sleeping. my dear long. Now Miklosh was in trouble. am here. master. went it where his wife. cut the sack open and went till into the great wild wood. said. He pushed the youth with his foot." The youth "I led Miklosh to a great forge. "Canst thou make for us four and twenty pairs of and four and twenty pairs of iron gloves. put down the lighter one in a great wild wood and went on with the other. who may be was a witch. that side of the griff bird What could the bird do? It it two sacks to the magic kingdom. the youth was up at once. Only follow me. Miklosh and his armor-bearer. I have waited you do not say it still I know where you are going." answered the blacksmith. busied herself with getguests. couldn't carry the 129 heavier than the other sack. ting food and drink for her Our fair Miklosh . to rouse him.

comes to that mountain to bathe in magic milk. "thou canst make the magic queen love thy master seven times I will give thee a blow-pipe as well as she does now. which holds up the sky? there. little where thou art go- "Why come of shouldn't I it. man- "Wilt thou ing?" tell me. and promised the witch that he would finished the four-and-twenty pairs of do as she told him. will Dost thou see that great mountain there before us. and a vase of ointment. such and such things will happen. for one reason or another." The youth.— I30 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE him for her pock- pleased her. who my master's sweetheart. therefore she wanted marked daughter. Do this for three succession. tell ! I think no good or harm Well. The blacksmith . ner. but not a living soul about it. When the little armor-bearer went in this outside she followed him and put questions servant. When days for in if away tell anoint his forehead with the oint- ment that is in the vase." said the witch. thou dost. mountain top and the queen goes sits When thy master reaches the down to wait for his sweetheart. for every is we are going God-given day the magic-queen. take out the pipe and blow a whiff toward him. took the blow- pipe and the vase." "If thou wilt do as I tell thee.

she kissed him. the second of silken silver.— MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN shoes and the four-and-twenty pairs of gloves. then they came to a meadow in the center of the silken meadow was a golden apple-tree and under the tree was a golden tub and in the tub was sweet fresh at last he milk. were seen When they reached the golden applesilken on the meadow. They crossed three forests. in the distance. . saw She spoke to him. shook themthat her dear Miklosh and became maidens. the third . but he did not waken he did not feel the kiss. she pushed him. that spot. for the magic queen's bath. but Miklosh wasn't troubled about that. of gold. thirteen swans. Miklosh had long been striving to reach and when was there he was so tired that he lay down under the apple-tree to wait for the beautiful queen. the youth blew from the blow-pipe a light whiff of wind. but . he did not hear . asleep long in coming. the first was of copper. losh 131 Mik- and his armor-bearer took them and began to climb the unmercifully high mountain. only then The magic queen was there. but At last she cried out. tree they settled selves. While he was thinking that she was and that minute Miklosh Just then. fell so that of himself he would not have wakened till the day of judgment. When they reached the top of the mountain the four-and-twenty pairs of shoes and the four-and-twenty pairs of gloves were worn out.

but I did not waken that she kissed me. but thou didst not waken. "Wake thy dream. The little armor-bearer rubbed Miklosh's temples with ointment he took from the vase the witch gave him." Miklosh was confused and sad.— 132 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE up. pushed thee and kissed thee. my heart's beautiful love my golden one For I can ! ! Rise up from only come twice more. another time I cannot come. "Oh. "the magic queen was here. I slept well and I had a beautiful dream! sat . for that was the armor-bearer's name. my heart's beautiful love! Wake Up from thy deep sleep! For I can only Rise up from thy dream. my dear master. feel the kiss. he the time When came for the queen to go she kissed her sweet- heart." said Yanchi. that she pushed me. he couldn't explain why he had not wakened. became swans." slept heavily. my golden one ! come twice more. but I did not . and flew away. not to lie . I dreamed that the magic queen came and by me that she spoke to me. and straightway Miklosh sprang up saying.' Isn't true that that "It was a beautiful dream?" was not a dream. the thirteen maidens shook themselves. But Miklosh did not waken. another time it I cannot come. she spoke to thee. At last she cried out. but I did not answer . 'Wake up. but he resolved down again lest sleep should overpower him.

Suddenly he felt a gentle breath strike his face. my I heart's beautiful love! ! Wake up. she kissed him. stretched out slowly on the soft grass. "Wake up. fair Miklosh For only once more can come. fell asleep. that happened. became a swan and flew away. his eyelids grew heavy. shook themselves. and The thirteen swans came to the tree. she shook him. this to say. but he walked silken meadow." Miklosh was confused and sad." said the armor-bearer. but he did not feel the kiss. and became maidens. The armor-bearer rubbed the Miklosh's temples with ointment the blacksmith's wife had given him. but he did not . "My dear master. I slept well and I had a beautiful dream!" Then he told what he had seen. after that come not. The magic queen spoke to Miklosh. waken she kissed him. he dropped to the ground. When the magic queen saw that in no way could she reach the soul of Miklosh. shook herself. At last she cried out. but he comforted . my I heart's heart. The next day Miklosh up and down on the his knees — 133 did not lie on the soft grass un- der the branches of the golden apple-tree. he slept heavily. knocked together. Straightway Miklosh sprang up and found "Oh.— MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN." But Miklosh did not waken. "that was not a dream. he did not hear.

she pushed him. she kissed him." The queen kissed Miklosh. he would not have to wander again in a strange land. At ! last she "Wake up. his eyelids came a gentle breath struck heavy as stones. but he did not waken. as came together. She had barely gone when the youth rubbed Miklosh's temples with the magic ointment. followed by the twelve other swans. she spoke to him. that if he had hung his arms from a smaller nail onto a larger. but he did not answer. but he did not feel the kiss. fair Miklosh. and But his poor time he would not sleep. head could do nothing. That moment he sprang up. saying. The queen went to Miklosh.— 134 — FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE this himself with the thought that the magic queen would come once more. shook herself. . for when the hour his face. his knees grew fell. up. cried out. "Tell thy master that I take kind farewell of him. thirteen swans came to the golden apple- shook themselves and became maidens. he and slowly stretched out on the soft grass. became a swan and flew away. When the queen saw no way could she reach the soul of Miklosh she turned to the youth and found this to say. Again the tree. for my heart's beautiful love Wake I am here for the last time !" But that in Miklosh did not waken.

135 and I've had a beautiful dream!" all "That was no dream. and when the magic queen went away his to rub thy temples with ointment from this vase. The blacksmith's wife deceived me.MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN "Oh.' " Only then did the did he scales fall from Miklosh's slept. Miklosh journeyed and traveled across forty-nine kingdoms. eyes. and gave his head to wandering. in great drawing good sword. "that pened. that he had hung his arms from a smaller onto a larger nail he would not have to wander again in a strange land. I've slept well. she could not waken thee she found I take Tell thy master that if a kind farewell of him. only then did he understand why he had was only then know his that the youth at fault. and when this to say.— "Thou son of a beast What didst thou do to me ?" "Have mercy on my head !" cried the youth. and still beyond that till he reached . at Therefore. she gave me this little pipe and told me to blow a ! soft breath on thee. and beyond the Glass Mountain. and beyond the Operantsia Sea." Miklosh was so angry that he would not have spared own brother. He drew his sword and punished the Then he went down the unmercifully high mountain and again he hung the world on his neck wicked youth. hap- The magic queen came. he shouted him anger. "I am the cause of nothing." said the youth.

in the stone jar is an iron jar. where he got or where he didn't. iron .136 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE castle. Tlonka had just become the mother of a wonderful boy. in the iron is 'a silver is jar a copper jar. saying. and greeted his sister. Tlonka. is In the seventh niche of the is cellar a stone jar. and in that jar the wine of his strength If I pour die. his own sister. whom the dragon had carried away. the magic boy took it. he ran up the twelve marble steps. a broad valley in the middle of which was a king's In a window of the castle he saw a beautiful woman. "Stone hoops he struck the iron jar. in the copper jar is ." out the dragon will lose and The mother found and the three went the key. Give me the key of the cellar. and she was no other than other at once. opened the boxwood door. took the golden key. to the seventh niche of the cellar. it The boy. "My mother. and saying. took a large burst. for I know well where his strength is. jar. a diamond it jar. hammer. a golden jar in the golden jar is a crystal is in the crystal jar life. empty!" struck the jar such a blow that it fell "Iron hoops burst." said he. but that wasn't strange. "I will free thee from the dragon. in the silver jar jar . They recognized each Miklosh needed no more. into the As soon as he came world he could talk and walk. for he was a magic boy. stone jar apart.

and thou wilt not begged the dragon." said the boy. so if weak that he could barely move. "Thou wilt not torment my mother longer. copper jar empty!" he struck the copper jar a hero's blow and it fell apart. just as himself. and what little was left he drank himself. From this life drinking the magic boy. life. seething. The silver. He He pulled the dragon to the three hundred and sixty-sixth chamber of the castle and nailed him to the wall. but "Thy day is finished!" said the magic boy." "Leave "I'll me my life!" not destroy thy but I'll nail thee up as a spectacle. wing of the dragon. the golden. Where and then he gave some to his mother and uncle. They closed the cleai: seventh niche of the cellar and went out under the sky. "Copper hoops burst. another and a . his mother and Miklosh were seven-fold stronger than before. torture a living soul. The dragon was had borrowed struggling home.MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN jar empty !" 137 The iron jar fell apart. put one nail in the right in the left wing. he were not his own. Saying. it In the diamond jar the wine of life was came from or where it didn't the magic boy had a dipper he took a good draught of the wine of . the crystal and the diamond jar were broken in the same way.

In the middle of the mountain are thirteen couches. the third time she sleep- move. Thou seest that unmercisky. If thou dost not thou wilt never see the bright sun again. To Miklosh tell the boy found this to say. the entrance will close behind us and fall we shall under the same spell that is over the magic queen. is In the room where the thirteen are ing there a cupboard. the second time she waken. for if one hisses we are lost.138 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE tail. strong one in the door. crawl- ing things. Thou will wilt kiss her three times. "Now I'll thee where to find the magic queen. Thy mind is will tell thee which one of the thirteen maidens the queen. snakes and toads. Take care not to step on one of them. on each couch a beautiful maiden is lying. mountain which holds up the In the very middle of that mountain sleeps the magic queen. If thou steppest else- where. but thou wilt act according to my words we can waken fully high her. On the road we travel are every kind of creeping. open the door and take out a golden rod which thou wilt find there. When we are walking along inside of the mountain do nothing but step in my tracks. the first time she will will breathe. and fastened with nine bolts. locked it then he closed the great iron it seven times with the key. if She has been enchanted. strike each With 'Rise the rod ! one of the maidens saying: up Rise .

struck the rocks.MIKLOSH AND THE MAGIC QUEEN up. were snakes and toads which they had it to avoid." The boy turned and circled around and wherever he of thy snake or toad skin got them. for had they stepped on any one of them noise. "Open before us In the twinkle of an eye the rocks opened with a crash. would have hissed or made a After crawling and climbing a long distance they came to the center of the mountain and found there a spacious . if not to light up the place? The boy went ahead and strove unceasingly to after him walked Miklosh. which thou dost see and say to 'Wake up !' ! Rise up ! Come out One after another will cast oflf their skins and take human forms. and then they traveled toward the unmercifully high mountain. On every side. In manner strike the first snake or toad it. then Miklosh V and the boy went it in. who step in his nephew's footprints. and said. such darkness in the passage that might be but what was the ocean-great number of torches for. dred and sixty-six pitch-pine torches he gave half of the torches to his uncle. and al- most under their feet. it is enough that in his arms were three hun. for they are all magic youths and maidens who are under a spell. There was bitten. 139 dawn like is coming!' They will spring to their feet. When they reached the mountain the magic boy. after !" searching for a certain place.

toad skin. The maidens wakened and sprang first to their Miklosh struck the first snake that came near him. she moved. opened the door and took out the golden rod. saying. if chamber. he kissed her a second time. take thy human All the snakes and toads shook themselves and became men and women.! 140 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE In the chamber slept the thirteen maidens. "Wake up ! Rise up Come form !" out of thy snake. king. him. Miklosh found himself in a wonderful palace. and the toad. left the On his right stood the magic boy. she began to breathe. he kissed her a third time. Then he up! struck each maiden is "Wake Rise up. The They the magic people bathed him in milk. So the son of the poor man be- came a and such blessings came on his old father better. and mother that they couldn't have been . she opened her eyes and saw at her side none other than her sweetheart. on his magic queen. three blows. wiped him with a golden towel and deftly combed his golden hair. as the earth had swallowed Miklosh kissed the magic queen once. Miklosh went to the cupboard. for dawn coming!" feet. and said. clad him in a purple robe and crowned him king of magic people. The magic boy vanished. Miklosh the fair.

" said his brother." That evening he said live in this to his brother. At last the industrious brother thought. 141 ." "Don't go." / When The the other would not listen. go away. "Whyshould I work so hard for that lazy fellow? I'll work for myself. but did prosper. "It is not well to do everything. indolent brother hired herdsmen. Then he said to himself. and saying to them." he stayed at home as before. and way. You manage our affairs. let him do as he I likes. "I leave everything to God and to you. One of them worked lie of the time. The industrious brother worked hard. and the other did nothing but around and eat and drink what was prepared for him. and you do nothing I will but eat and drink. are.FATE TWO all still brothers lived together. they divided their property and each took his own. "We are well off as we and I am satisfied with what you do. God blessed him in everything. not Each day things grew worse till be became so poor that he was barefoot. shepherds and pigdrivers.

"Where have you been all of this time?" And seeing his bare feet and his ragged clothes he gave him shoes and money. He saw sitting no shepherd. took a stick in his hand. "Whose "They and maiden. but a spinning golden maiden was there "God save you. I belong to the same man." He saw to him. and went out into the world to seek his fortune. He put a bag on his back. if you search for it." "Can I find it?" "Yes." answered the "And who "I are you?" am your brother's fortune. and asked. After they had spent some days eating and' drinking the poor brother went home." "Where is my fortune?" asked the man. beautiful thread." On the road he to a pasture where a flock of sheep were grazing. He looked no farther but went directly His brother wept." sheep are these?" said he. When he had traveled a long time he came to a great . that his brother's sheep were fine. and then he asked.142 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE how my came brother is "I will go and see getting along. they could not be better. "Your fortune is far away from you.

The man entered and said. and opening her bleared that I "You may thank God was asleep. ." "Where "Go and is Fate?" find him. boiling. and you are my fortune. The man told him how he had been a proprietor. in search of Fate. his host why he was cooking such a quantity of food." The master greeted him and enquired whence he came and whither he was going. God be with you." answered the woman. said." "Who are you that you should take my shoes from me?" "I'm your fortune. He raised his stick and struck her on the back. eyes. 143 where he found a gray-ha^ired woman sleeping under a clump of bushes. Who gave you to me?" "Fate gave me. may God kill you.FATE forest. and how he had grown poor and was now going to Fate to Then he asked find out what made him so unfortunate." When cried. She moved. "Good evening. for had I been awake you would not have those shoes. She dis- appeared and the man went After traveling a long time he came to a house where a fire was burning and over the fire a huge kettle was The master of the house sat by the fire. "If the man heard this he beat his breast.

they are as it. "Who man. die. father and mother. have you there behind the stove?" asked the "My . and in no time the great kettle was empty. man was starting his host "If you find Fate. Then two Presently the servants came in and sat old. and he went farther to look After traveling a long time he came to another lage. who gathered up the bones and threw them behind the stove. withered figures appeared and began to suck the bones." down to eat.— 144 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE my servants enough to eat. and why my father and mother do not for Fate. After supper came the housekeeper. and they had not enough to eat. "I have plenty of everything but I cannot give Every one of them eats like a dragon. as you will see when supper begins." answered he. and received When his host enquired it where he was going he told him just as was. then the . vil- At a large house he asked for a night's lodging it." said the man." if chained to this world they will not leave In the morning as the said." "I will ask. brother. "Oh. what and how. think of me and ask him why I cannot give my men enough to eat. One snatched food from another.

day continued After a long time he came to a dense forest and there He asked the hermit if he could and you tell him where Fate lived. opened a fare to-day chest. "Cross will see his palace. but grow his journey. worse each year. Oh. "Fate." into the world to-day. "For God's sake. At midnight so there was a terrible racket and some one called in a loud voice." The man thanked the hermit." When In its daylight place came the great palace had vanished." He promised. and the next he found a hermit. When man through eating. brother. find Fate ask 145 him why my cattle when you do not thrive. It was like the palace of a great king. Give them what you Thereupon Fate rose up. and began to I throw golden ducats around the room. Fate lay down to lay down. and wait for him to speak to you. man The down at the table and began to eat. Fate! so many and many souls were born like. sleep. there were attendants and servants of every kind. do whatever he does. When he came to Fate's house he found something worth looking at. sat Fate himself sat at the table and supped the . that mountain over there But when you are in Fate's presence say nothing.FATE host implored him. saying: let "As them fare till death. stood a large house and in that house was an . and crossed the mountain. The hermit answered. too.

them fare till death." Then Fate opened I fare to-day. you like. "Oh. Oh. not ducats." Give them what you Fate rose up.146 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE When evening came Fate was a ! abundance of everything. in its place." When morning came its the hut had disappeared and in first place stood the magnificent palace of the day. too. When daylight came manner each smaller till and a smaller one stood night. Then Fate took a spade and began to dig. Fate. and here and there a ducat. saying. As he threw them around the room he let said. to eat. sat down word. in In the evening Fate took a crust of bread. voice souls At midnight there was a terrible racket." the large house had disappeared. The man took one. opened a chest and took out. there and a voice called. Fate! so many Give them what were born into the world to-day. "Fate. let the chest and scattered around a receive as wages. that was their supper. "As I fare to-day. but spoke not a terrible racket At midnight world to-day. and the man sat with him. but silver coins. Fate into the so many souls were born like. till few coins such as laborers "As them fare death. and dug all day. Oh. Then Fate asked the man: "What do you want?" . it Fate acted in his dwelling like and each morning was at last was only a hut. broke it two and gave the man half. and a was heard calling.

' FATE He him. he throws their food behind the stove. your brother was born on a rich his death. she. The man thanked there is and said. If he seated first them at the head of the table and gave them the glass of liquor and the first glass of . "The first night you saw how I threw ducats around. like Your brother has a daughter. was born on a rich night. Militsa. "It is because he does not honor his father and mother. but they cannot at his house and he begged me to ask you the reason for all this. her father. Take Militsa that it to your house and whatever you get say belongs to her. him all from beginning and said that he had come to ask why misfortune had been given to Then Fate said. told 147 to end. That man's father and I spent a night chained to this world. black and withered. He has an abundance of every- thing but he can never give his servants enough to eat. night and will be rich But since you have been so resolute and have endured so much I will tell you how to help yourself. You were born on till a poor night and will remain poor till your death. they are old and die. "In a certain village a rich man. As I fare on the night any one is born. and you saw what happened afterward." Fate answered. no matter how much he mother are as if cooks. so he fares till death." Fate.

"For did Fate say?" feed his servants enough." If you kill the best the rest Hearing this the man pay you well. and the two old people would go to rest. and Fate said that on festival days you kill the worst animals you have. will thrive. . but grow poorer each I promised to enquire of you why this is. how is it." day. When man whose cattle did not man cried you remember me ?" thrive. the out. did "1 did. festival came the man killed his cattle From that moment began five to He made the poor the poor man a present of oxen. When man reached the village of the rich man who could not man cried out. "Stay with me. brother . thrive." Then is the man said to Fate. my name's day will come soon if what you say is true I will He remained. his much as they do now. "On festivals he kills the worst ania mals he has. thrive. the rich God's sake. and thanked him for his aid. "In a certain village there man whose cattle do not thrive. When the his best ox. brother. Fate answered. "For God's sake." If he would kill the best his cattle would The man thanked Fate and bade him he came to the village of the good-by." said. what . brother.148 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE men would not eat half so wine.

when he was which was so it in the field looking at his grain couldn't be better. 149 "Fate said that you do not honor your father and You throw their food behind the stove. When he came to the village and his friends asked. If you put them at the head of the first and give them the glass of liquor and the first glass of wine. and your father and mother will go to rest. people died. and always fine that belonged to Militsa. table." When and the man heard this he told his wife to wash. who was going along the road. "They belong to my niece. "You have many children. give me Militsa. Militsa. at supper he seated them at the head of the table and first gave them the wine. a certain poor man. "I am He took Militsa home and afterward said that it acquired much property. "Whose . your servants will not eat half so much. comb. The rich man gave the poor man two oxen he thanked him and drove them home." said. eat glass of liquor and the first glass of From that moment the servants were not able to half so much as before. "Whose cattle are these?" he answered." To his brother he said. But one day. asked." willing that she should go His brother with you. and the next day the old . let her be my daughter. and dress her father-in-law and mother-in-law.FATE mother.

150
grain

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is

this?" he forgot,

and answered,

"It

is

mine."

No
on

sooner were the words spoken than the grain was

fire.

He

ran after the poor man, and cried, "Stop,
is

brother, the grain

not mine.

It

belongs to Militsa,

my

brother's daughter."

Right away the grain stopped burning.
never forgot again.

The man
fortune.

He shared MiUtsa's good

THE WATERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

THERE was once a king who had a son of whom
even envious

men

could only speak well, and every

one loved him as a pigeon loves pure wheat, or even
better.

The
him

king's son

had such a kind heart that he
People named and
at last they forgot his title

was always
called

called the

"good youth,"

in this

way till

and

his real

name.

Now, 'pon my soul, the queen died and the good youth was an orphan, and the king a widower. Soon courtiers began to advise the king to marry the widow of a neighboring king who had recently died. "Marry her," said
they.

"She has but one son and the kingdoms can be

ruled together."

So the marriage took place. But, creator of my soul, the widow had barely come

to the palace

when

she saw that everybody loved the

good youth, while everybody talked over the shoulder
with her dunce of a boy; hence she conceived a
terrible

hatred for her step-son and began to endeavor in every

way
him.

to injure

him and turn

his father's heart

from
told

And what

didn't she invent against

him?

She

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had done
this

the king that his son
thing,

kind of disgraceful

and that kind of disgraceful

thing.

The king was
to

enraged and straightway he told the good youth not

come before

his eyes again, to leave the

kingdom within
could not ap-

twenty-four hours, and never return.

What was

the good youth to do?

He

pear before his father, for the step-mother kept the door
closed against him.

He

started out to

wander over

the

world.

As he journeyed and

traveled he

came

to a nice

shady place at the edge of a

forest,

and

since he

was

tired

he put down his bundle, stretched himself out on the
grass,

and went

to sleep quietly.

He was

sleeping

and

sleeping,

when from wherever he
Thereupon the good
steed.

came there appeared a magic
and stamped the earth
"Rise up,
is

steed which stood by him

gently.

youth wakened, sat up and looked at the

my

dear master," said the steed, "for there
Sit
shall

a long road before us.
I shall

on
it

my

back and

tell

me

how

go with thee

;

be as a roaring whirl-

wind, or as the swiftest bird of flight can go?"

"Only that way,
"This
till

my

dear horse, only that

way

so that

there should be no fault in
I

me and none

in thee."
steed, "that

must say

to thee," said the

magic

we

get to the farthest boundary of the kingdom

through which we are traveling, thou must not see anything,

must not hear anything, must not say or know

THE WATERS OF
The good youth
through the
ing, the
air.

LIFE

AND DEATH
my
two

153
ears."

anything, but must always look around
sat

on the back of the magic steed and

they journeyed and traveled across forty-nine kingdoms,

Once, as they were going and travel-

good youth forgot and looked down, and he saw,

lying on the ground, a beautiful

diamond plume.
plume
set

"Oh, dear horse," said
in gold ; shall

he, "I see a beautiful
it

we

pick

it

up or leave

?"

"I told thee not to see anything, not to hear anything,

know anything, but only look around my two ears. It is misery if we take Up the plume but it is still greater misery if we leave it." The good youth picked up the plume and they traveled
say anything, or
farther

and

still

farther.

Again the good youth forgot
saw a diamond
its

and looked down

to the earth, again he
first

plume so beautiful that the
child.

plume couldn't be

"My dear horse,"
in gold.

said he, "I see a beautiful plume set
it

Shall

we

take

or leave it?"

"I told thee," said the magic steed, "that thou must not
see an3^hing,

must not hear anything, must not say or

know
ears.

anything, but must always look around
It is

my two
it is still

misery
if

if

we

take up the plume, but
it."

greater misery

we

leave

The good youth took up

the second plume, and they
traveled,

went farther, they traveled and

and again the

;

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down and he saw a diamond plume
said the

king's son looked

lying

on the ground.
good youth, "I
see a beauti-

"My dear horse,"
ful
it

diamond plume lying on the ground.
or leave it ?"

Shall

we

take

up

"I told thee," said the magic steed, "that thou must not
see anything,

must not hear anything, must not say

or

know
ears.

anything, but must always look around
It is

my

two

misery
if

if

we

take up the plume, but
it."

it is still

greater misery

we

leave

The good youth took up

the third plume and they went

farther, again they crossed forty-nine kingdoms, and

then they came to a great town.

"My
tell

dear master," said the magic steed, "a hunter

lives in this

town.

Go

to

him

in a hunter's dress

and

him thou

art seeking service.

He
;

will

go with thee

to the king,
ice

who will employ thee as a hunter. Take servwith him, but do not forget me beg the king to let
live
it

me
for

on the

dirt heap,

and

if

need be

let

him take pay
Mean-

out of thy wages."

The good youth went to the ocean-great town.

while the magic steed shook himself and turned into such

a shaggy, mangy colt that a dog wouldn't have eaten him
then he went to the edge of the town and lay
dirt heap.

down on

a

: THE WATERS OF LIFE AND DEATH The king's son found the saluted him properly hunter. but the Blue King this and his guests found nothing. . They hunted and hunted. good youth. thou on?" "I the hunter. I will conduct thee to the palace. but first thou must put on a rich dress." are here in good time. who gave him service at once. our good youth. what came of the affair or what it Blue King. they didn't get that much. he made the condition that. they couldn't discharge their guns unless they wanted to shoot the air. ordered a great hunt so that his new hunter might show what he could do. Here. the king would permit the shaggy colt to make himself comfortable on the dirt heap." said he. "You The king is looking for a hunter. and though the short rib of a wild beast isn't much. the my word. What journey art am seeking service. found so many wild beasts that he couldn't shoot them. stood before 155 him and "God give a good day to my lord." The hunter gave the good youth fine clothing and went with him to the king. "God receive thee. But the new hunter. for may be said between us that was the name of the good youth's master. even if pay for it were taken out of his wages. 'pon didn't. The youth did not forget his horse.

the king. why should lost I not grieve have my diamond is plume?" "If that your majesty's only trouble. it and so was now. my good man.— 156 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE kill he had to them with the butt of his gun. let your majesty choose the one that you best. the magic steed in the form of a hound was driving them toward him. like a man whose father and mother are dead. will you tell me what when I has caused you so much grief?" "Oh. and he "If I do not offend your majesty." said the good youth. When the Blue King and his guests saw what the new The hunter had done they didn't cease glorifying him. empty handed. plume from hat and therefore gave his head to great sorrow. for what came of the during a hunt. The good youth was sorry said. "then we can cure it. But it was no wonder . but sat alone. At last he captured them. and tied them to a tree. for I have three diamond plumes suits set in gold. ." With this the good youth took the three diamond plumes from his bosom and placed them before the king. But we all know that it not well to eat cherries from one dish with great lords. he neither ate nor drank. lost the affair or what his didn't. for the Blue King. Blue King made the good youth master of hunters and seated is him at his own table.


THE WATERS OF
The
eyes and

LIFE

AND DEATH

157

mouth of the Blue King gaped, for
had seen such

neither his father nor his grandfather

plumes as those three were.

"Where did you get these plumes, cannot be known ?" asked the king.
"I got

the price of which

them

in

my traveling and

wandering.

I

found

them here and there."

The king looked and looked and he saw that a golden hair was wound around the stem of each plume. Then
this

thought rose in his head:

"If a single hair
its

is

so

beautiful

what must be the beauty of

owner?"

He

wrinkled his brow in anger, turned to the good youth,

and

said,

"Dost hear,

this

kind and that kind of a hunter,

if

thou dost not bring
if

me

the owners of these three hairs,
lives,

thou hadst a thousand

thou wouldst die an

evil

death."

The good youth was
rose up sadly

as

if

he had received a blow he
;

and crying

bitterly,

wandered

off to his

magic

steed.

"Why dost thou cry and why dost thou weep so bitterly, my dear master?" asked the steed. "Why shouldn't I cry, why shouldn't I weep when my
master commands
three golden hairs
if I

me

to bring to

him the owners of
die

the

wound around the diamond plumes,
lives, I

or

had a thousand

would

an

evil

death?"

:

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when we were
crossing the thrice ninety-

"I told thee

nine kingdoms

not to see an3rthing, not to hear anything,
anything, but always to look around

not to say or

know

my
to

ears.

Now

that

we

are in trouble
to the Blue

let

not tears flow
tell

from thy

eyes, but

go back

King and

him

make ready

for thee a ship in which there will be pro-

visions for seven years,

and for me seven measures of

glowing coals,"

The good youth went back to the Blue King, and said "Your majesty, it is needful to do by me as by one
going to
die.

If I

must bring the owners of those

three

golden hairs, then
that
it

let

your majesty have such a ship made

will hold provisions for seven years,

and have

measured out for
glowing coals."

my

shaggy

colt

seven measures of

The Blue King straightway ordered his ship builders to make a ship which would hold provisions enough to
last for

seven years, then he told his attendants to meas-

ure out to the shaggy colt seven measures of glowing
coals.

The

colt

swallowed down the coals at seven breaths,

as if the earth

had swallowed them,

so that for gold

it

would have been impossible
poppy-seed eye.

to find a coal the size of a

When

the ship

was ready

the good youth went on

board, taking his trusty steed with him, then they moved


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hairs.

159

across the world to seek the owners of the three golden

"If I stamp once," said the magic steed to his master,

even if thou hast to rise from the table." They traveled and journeyed on the smooth sea till the magic steed stamped once. The good youth heard this
to

"come

me

and hurried straightway

to the stable.

"My

dear master," said the steed, "dost thou hear a

roaring coming to us, of the noise and traveling of the
twelve Truths ?

They are coming to
if

thee,

and thou must

do everything according to their
food give them food,

desire.

If they ask for

they ask for drink give them

drink, but if they ask,
this

'How much
Tt
is

shall

we

pay?'

let

be thy word and speech:
will offer gold

already paid

for.'

Then they
one coin."

and

silver,

but take not even

Well, what came of the affair or what didn't, I was
there where they were speaking and

was looking as

I

am
like

now.

All at once, with great thundering and rattling
noise, the twelve

and

Truths came onto the ship
drink.

birds,

The good youth gave them all their skins could hold, so much that the Then they provisions for seven years disappeared.
and asked for food and
asked,

"How much do we owe thee,
"Nothing," answered he,

good youth?"
paid for."

"all is


i6o

FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE
as

"Ask

much gold and

silver as

thy ship will hold,

we will pay it," said the twelve Truths. "What use would gold and silver be to me ?
ble

My trouwhistle,

would only increase with

it."

"Well," said the twelve Truths, "here

is

a

little

blow

it,

and whatever thy trouble may

be,

we

will

come

to thy assistance straightway."

The twelve Truths with a great stamping and rattling and noise, went away and the good youth put the whistle
in his pocket.

After

this

he traveled and journeyed through fortytill

nine kingdoms

he came to an island.

On

the island

lived the three binders of the three

diamond plumes.

When the
stable,

ship

came

to the shore of the island the magic

steed stamped once,

and the good youth hastened

to the

and asked,
is

"What

the trouble,

my

dear horse?"

"I have no trouble," answered the horse, "only that
there should be none for thee.
castle that is here
it

on the

island.

Thou must go to The door is closed,

the

but

will

open before thee and close of

itself after thee.

Go

to the

banquet hall and there thou wilt
Sit

find a table

spread for two persons.
pleases thee.

down
is

in whichever place

The second

place will be empty, but not
circling:
it

long, for above the table a ring

will turn

three times, strike the floor and become a maiden.


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"The maiden
will sit

i6i
in

down

in front of thee

and ask
relish,

kind speech what thou wilt eat and drink with

but

answer not a single word,

sit silent

and

speechless.

The

maiden

will

speak to thee three times, then she will pull

thy hair and beat thee, so that thou wilt be barely able to
leave the

room on thy own feet.

Only when thou

art out

of the castle wilt thou notice that the ring^ is on thy nameless finger."

The youth went to the castle the door opened before him and closed behind him. He passed through one room after another till he came to one in which a table was spread for two persons. The good youth sat down
;

and began

to eat.

A

gold ring circled above the table

three times, struck the floor and became a maiden, such a

maiden as the king's son had not seen before, and
sheep,

like

a

he opened his mouth and

eyes,

and the knife and

spoon dropped out of his hands.
himself to utter a sound.

He

would not allow

"Hip, hop!

I

am

here,

my
I

heart's beautiful love,"

said the maiden.

"I've been waiting long to delight

my

eyes with looking at thee.

know, even

if

thou dost not

say

so,

that thou hast

come for me."
uneasily on the golden chair; he

The youth moved
words, said,

said not a word, but kept eating.

The maiden, with

fair

"Eat, drink and enjoy thy food, for I know, even

if

my heart's When the youth him. that thou dost not say land. go to the banquet hall and there thou wilt find a . dream here. the maiden said. he breathed three times on him and pain disappeared. now listen." said "Thou must go a second time to the castle. to the When ship. I When the dinner was over for "Thou hast come beautiful love. that the ring was on his finger. but the horse. dream there. the door will open of itself before thee and close behind thee. the maiden flew at hair. when the steed roused him he found this "Why art thou troubled when dreamed so beautifully?" I have slept so well and "Well. When the youth came to his senses he staggered out of the and only then did he see room and out of the castle. He fell to the floor and she disappeared. of his cut in two.— 162 — thou hast come from a distant FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE so. struck him on the head and beat him as no maiden ever beat a man. and a quiet sleep came In the morning to say. pulled out his made no answer. in some fashion he had dragged himself he went to the stable and dropped down on the in the corner. straw The good if steed took pity on his all master. as to him." The good youth moved and chair." me and am thine. but said not a twisted on the golden word.

pull thy hair and beat thee so unmerciart out wilt thou fully that thou wilt barely be able to crawl out of the room and the castle. a ring will circle three times above the table. then strike the floor and become a maiden. In the morning the steed roused the good youth. is Only when thou notice that the ring on thy index finger. and he found this to say. and a quiet sleep came to him. whichever place pleases thee.— THE WATERS OF table spread for LIFE AND DEATH Sit in 163 two persons. then she will fly at thee. why art thou troubled when I fell asleep so easily and dreamed so beautifully?" "Dream here. but not long. The magic steed breathed on him three times and vanished as if it his pain had been cut in two. "My dear horse. and to drink with relish ." said the steed. the maiden will sit in front of thee and with fair speech urge thee to eat. but answer not a word. When he came to his senses he tottered out of the room and stumbled out of the castle. went to the stable and fell on the straw in the corner. Only when outside did he see that the ring was on his index finger. dream there. She will speak to thee three times. "but now . sit silent and speechless. the maiden beat him more unmercifully than before. In some fashion he dragged himself to the ship. the second place will be empty." The good youth went to the castle.

and became beautiful. saying. the maiden spoke to him the third time and he till said not a word she flew at him and beat him he was . ! "Hip." said my eyes with the it. this The first two maidens were one was seven times more beautiful. listen to Go to the castle the third time in the same way and manner to thee. even one word. I. for I know." come from a distant land When senseless. table He was and the room where the spread for two and he sat down and began fell to eating." fair speech. A gold ring rolled on the table. to go. or not. Every- thing will happen as before." All pleasure in the journey departed from the youth. hop here she. But whether he wanted reached the castle. will be de- stroyed without mercy. The youth drinking. But take ''people with thee to bring thee back to the ship. he went. as the first and second time. If thou speakest. sight of thee. the floor. uttered no word. and his face was as sour as if he had bitten a wild apple. I am.— i64 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE me. even if thou dost not say that thou hast come for me. thou and and all the people on the ship. but kept on eating and She urged him with "Eat and drink. for thou hast and art hungry. my heart's beautiful love. "1 have waited long to delight my heart's beautiful love. but a maiden. When the maiden speaks do not answer.

as two or better than that.— JHE WATERS OF When sailors LIFE AND DEATH 165 their master did not return to the ship the went to the castle and brought him out as they would have brought out a block of wood. and a quiet sleep came to him. what beautiful maidens thus it will stand before thee. they struck their tent tree and homeward. but We must strike our tent tree now we must work. this kind and that kind of a man!" said the middle maiden. When the magic steed roused the good youth he found this to say." And sailed to say. "Oh. it But now tell me. turn each one three times. was for thyself or for another ?" "It was for the Blue King. when I slept so quietly and dreamed so beautifully?" or "Dream here dream there. They carried him to the ship and placed him on his straw bed. who was the most beautiful. "Why didst thou rouse me." Then the good youth took the rings from his fingers. my dear steed." . then take the three rings off thy fingers. if he blew on him four cut in times and his pain vanished. and thou When we wilt see can say that we are there. The magic steed took pity on his master. and move toward home. thou. turned each one of them three times and they became beautiful maidens. happened. "thou hast brought us from our home. On the seventh day they were able "We are at home.

— i66 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE will never "We be his. he. When the red hunter heard that the supplies good youth had returned. that for would not come. whom the king became as mild The king took the three world-beautiful maidens to . though he had taken for seven years. found this to say. The king was enraged. The good youth. and though he took The good youth here. provisions for seven years. off There the good youth brought before him the three world-beautiful maidens. at the sight of as a sheep." The red hunter returned mercilessly of the to the king and complained this reason he good youth. "Your majesty. so it was. "Go back and tell the king that if he had put such a long road on his neck he too would like to rest." "Go to the harbor and if he has the three maidens let him bring them straight to my castle." The red hunter hastened to the harbor and told the youth what the king had said. and was toward the ship. and for that reason he would not obey." Well. who was stretched on his straw bed. for this reason he would not obey. he stood before the king. with great steps. therefore we will play tricks with thee. and for that reason he would not come." began great news. "I bring is you news.

my dear master. but she turned from him." answered the steed. LIFE AND DEATH 167 He wished to marry one of them.—— JHE WATERS OF his castle. if thou hadst not asked. not to eat or drink it till bring the palace of the three princesses and put castle. "We hither. and to good steed. not eat." shall not be thine till our own palace is brought "But how can task?" I bring it ? Who will undertake such a us hither. Great is my I sorrow." is "If that thy only trouble. Do not stop. Otherwise. on three golden hairs. chief huntsman. for the king has or- dered me not to stop. it "think less of and the more will come." The youth went sadly out of the castle. what saddens thy heart ?" asked the magic steed." "Let that wretch do it who brought The king he found sent for the good youth. Go back to the . saying. is his "What "Better thy trouble. do do not drink till thou hast brought the palace of it the three princesses and put on the top of my castle it. on top of his on three golden hairs. greater than the tallest mountain. and when he came this to say to him. though I don't say know that there will be a thicker end to the affair. "Dost thou hear.

"What is the trouble. . but hair of thy head will thou heed my advice not a little it fall." The good youth went to him the provisions and the and journeyed till the king and the king gave coals. Take out the thee. but that you should carry the palace of the three princesses to the domain of the Blue King and put hairs. Then the youth and the magic steed began a long journey. on three golden But entertain the twelve Truths with what thou hast on the ship. Now the report went out that the good youth had re- turned.— i68 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE king and ask of him provisions for half a year. dear horse?" is "Nothing the trouble with if me except that nothing should trouble thee. The youth hastened to him." As the steed said so the youth did and straightway the palace of the three world-beautiful maidens was on top of the castle of the Blue King. and one measure of glowing coals for me. and offer thee gold and take not a coin from them. though he had taken provisions for half a year. blow and the They will ask: 'What dost thou be thy word and command. They traveled the steed stamped once.' it on top of the king's first castle. and asked. whistle which the twelve Truths gave Truths will appear. and when they ask thee what they silver. owe. dear master?' speech : Let this 'Nothing.

" "But how can I get them?" asked the king. thy wish art mine. done what I told thee to do ?" "Your majesty. 169 the king when the good youth "Thou this and that kind of a scoundrel. it vanished before his eyes. again went." The king looked at his castle and saw that of the three princesses hast thou the palace was standing on all it. in a rage. he said. and said "Well. look at your castle. and went up to their palace." "Let that youth who brought Here the king called the good youth. us hither go for them. to the harbor and stood before his face. The three princesses laughed at him. gave him pro- ." "Not answered the maiden.— — — THE WATERS OF LIFE AND DEATH Again the red hunter calumniated him." With that the three took tent pole case. and he searched for in vain. 'pon my soul. he could not case . we must move down their stair- into our palace. filled. on a golden But." "first is ful- now thou yet. the good youth and went straight to the three princesses. in a twinkle. on three golden hairs. to one of them. when the king find the stairit wanted to follow the maidens. "We'll not be thine till thou bringest to us the Water of Life and the Water of Death. my heart's beautiful love. and one of them called out. That was that he wanted he thanked .

hast thou got what I sent thee for? The red hunter unknown. and. When and. and said that about thee." "He is jealous. put on his long cloak and hastened to the ship. the Blue King took his staff in his hand. he gave them when plenty of food and drink. and sent him for the Water of Life and the Water of Death. When he was on board the good youth stood before him holding two flasks in his hands. but took no pay. out on the sea the good youth blew his whistle the twelve Truths appeared. "We Now the news went about that the ship was Again the red hunter calumniated the youth. dear master?" else "Nothing of Death. "Thou this and that kind of a scoundrel. asked." said this." back." than to bring a flask of water from the fountain of Life and a flask of water from the fountain The command was barely uttered flasks. when there stood before the good youth two In one was the Water of Life.— 170 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE and a measure of glowing coals visions for half a year for his steed. 'pon my word. Then he toward home and on the third day he are here. Then they "What is thy wish. in the other was the turned the ship could say: Water of Death. —^why is .

thy desire the is accomplished. cut the bit. The earth drank the blood of the The Blue King took the two flasks and called out to the world-beautiful princesses : "My is heart's beautiful love. piled from up the pieces and poured the blood over them. was the Water of Life she sprinkled a few drops steed. to me. I shall not be thine thou art up and one of us sprinkle thee with this water. The maiden turned from him and sped.JHE WATERS OF 'T'U punish LIFE AND DEATH 171 him for lying said." "But. ." "Ha ha cut Blue King." said the Blue King." up his magic What was magic he collected flesh bit the good youth to do? He and led out his killed steed. with golden hair and golden teeth. who will cut me up?" "He who brought see all that another us hither. of the blood in an earthen jar. and he did as he red hunter. stabbed all him in the heart him. here . so that there will fear in thy heart. then one of the princesses ran the golden staircase with flask down In the a flask in her hand. my heart's beautiful love. let the good youth cut steed. on the flesh and blood of the magic and behold charm- from the flesh and blood sprang up a delightful given twenty-four year old youth. . But that thou shouldst be no would see. the Water of Life and till Water of Death now thou ! ! art mine.

up the golden refrain from looking back and calling to him. but to him who brought us hither. then one of the princesses hastened down the golden staircase. I owe thee much. but . and sprinkled the flesh and blood with the Water of Life. but a witch enchanted me. for I am just such a king's son as thou art. Now there is this word. I I shall ever be a faithful comrade. once the ered his blood and cut his flesh into pieces. with a flask in her hand. He stabbed himself magic steed. with my hand. turned me into a horse. my faithful comrade. I thou hast liberated me from the form of a was just as I am now. "Listen." The found beautiful youth turned to the good youth and this to say. I will gather up thy blood and cut thy flesh into pieces.— 172 like — staircase. sit in the first Not to thee belongs the choice. : But this is my word Undress and stab thyself in the heart. and behold a pearl-given charming youth with golden hair and golden teeth stood before them. Thou art a beautiful youth." What was the good youth to do ? in the heart. beautiful youth. then a princess will sprinkle the blood and pieces with the Water of Life. gath- The king's son. but she could not FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE an arrow. The good youth had been beautiful hitherto. thou didst not place. never will leave thee in trouble. for horse. "Oh. but then thou wilt be seven times more beautiful.

And the good youth chose three. Then the three princesses joined hands and stood be- fore the good youth. down the golden stair- But in the flask was the Water of Death. put the pieces in one pile and poured the red blood over them. as to say. flesh and blood of the Blue King were his bones became ashes. Then he wanted to become young and beautiful also and so he consented to be stabbed in the heart. thou didst sit in the first place. princess ran up the golden staircase. collected his blood. — LIFE AND DEATH The 173 seven times more beautiful. from the window of his castle. thou canst have thy choice of the three of us. They stabbed him. but she looked back. "Now choose one of us. my heart's beautiful love." her. and behold the consumed and She sprinkled the flesh and blood. cut up his flesh. saying. "thou shouldst choose her." The Blue King saw. for in beauty they was hard were much alike. now the first place belongs to thee.— THE WATERS OF now he was called out. how the magic steed became a beautiful young man." princess The world-beautiful on the right pointed if with a motion of her head to the middle one. . and then the princess ran case with a flask in her hand. It and she was the most beautiful of the to select. and "Ah. and how the good youth became seven times more beautiful.

The who was once the magic steed. for she pleased third princess gave her him best. The hand soup. selected the princess on the right. Then they had a wedding. still There was plenty of soup and and happy was the man the good youth who went there with a spoon. is living there yet with his . The Blue King was dead. if he isn't dead. so they made king of that country. to a general of the Blue King's army. and he wife.174 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE prince.

His brothers were waiting in the garden. did our father say?" "I couldn't talk with him. One of the king's eyes was always crying and the other was always laughing. go to was eating. was still at the table eating. The knife stuck in the threshold." The second son went to the white chamber. This king had three sons. and when the three sons had reached manhood they agreed to ask their father why one of his eyes was always laughing and the other always weeping. I7S . When they saw him they asked. for he my second brother. but seized a knife in great anger he and hurled it at his son.— — THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH THERE was once a king who was strangely marked. The eldest son went to the king. "My eyes is dear father. The young man was frightened. and said. but do him. "What you. maybe you will have his father better luck. will you tell me why is one of your always laughing and the other always weep- ing?" The king made no answer. he turned and ran out of the white chamber.

my son. at his son. for of my sons thou art the boldest and bravest. he drew the knife and put it back on the table." began he. from his foot but he didn't run out of the white chamber.— — eyes all "My dear father. tell "My it dear father." said he to the youngest. "I will tell thee. The eldest and the youngest brother were walking up and down in the garden waiting. "Well. us why — The king was enraged he caught up a knife and threw The knife stuck in the young man's foot. "maybe you will have better luck. The king's son was terri- he moved the wheels of his feet out of the room. for thou ." said the king. for he eating." said the young man. The great knife stood in the door. found his father eating. and the always weeping?" old king in a rage took it up a knife that lay on the table fied. Now do you go. what did he say?" asked the two at a breath. will you tell us why one of your "Well." " 176 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE dear father. saying. too. brother. of the king's sons went to the white he. but they had not long to wait. "He was said not one thing and he said it slowly. "will you ." The youngest chamber . "will you of your eyes is tell "My us other is why one The always laughing. and threw at his son.

and is there too the sweetly singing Goldfinch found. that one of his eyes laughs because he finds pleasure in us. what did he say?" asked the two in a breath. the other weeps because he has grown old and must soon wander forth from this world of shadows. and the sweetly singing Goldfinch. because I have eaten the best of the salt and pepper of my bread. But I hear that in such and such a place there springs there. and found a sweetly singing Goldfinch. But in such and such a If our place there springs up the Water of Endless Youth. can be up the Water of Endless Youth. "Our father found this to say. father could drink even one drop of that water and could hear the cheering song of the sweetly singing Goldfinch his second eye would laugh as well as the other. If I could drink even one drop of that water." my eyes would When brothers. and am near the grave." . "Let us tell our father that we will go for the Water of Endless Youth. my dear brothers. the king's youngest son had listened to the end of his father's speech he went to the garden to find his "Well. and my food.— THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH didst not run away. this is my word and speech. 177 One of my eyes laughs because in I thee it finds delight. Therefore. the other weeps because am grow- ing old. and hear the cheering song of the sweetly singing Goldfinch both of laugh. too.

shaggy as true as I live. Of one^i the numberless steeds in the king's stables the two older brothers chose the finest." mangy colt. they will rest at the first inn that they find on the road. was a The three brothers mounted their horses and moved a short dis- forward on the road. my dear master ? left Art grieved because those poppy flowers thee here? That is not trouble. They go far . was I see The there mangy. art thou sad? Why art thou sorrowful. with bitter tear-dropping.— 178 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE king's sons. talking and I saw as now. for I when they were magic steed. as As colt they were out of sight the mangy "Why have ter. —"Choose me. soon asked. took fare- The to well of the father who had reared them and go out into the world in search of the made readyWater of End- less Youth and the sweetly singing Goldfinch. king's son. my dear masLet them go their will not but luck. and there await them twelve robbers dressed in monk's robes. golden-haired As the youngest brother wretched. own way and we will go ours. was passing near a struck him with its tail stall his As he led the colt out of the brothers laughed at him. most fiery. ragged colt the colt and said. but he laughs best who laughs last. When they had gone tance the two older ones left the youngest brother. Thy brothers .

and beyond the sea. such a magic steed rose out of him that his equal could not be found. and there he came down in front of a little cabin." When he had finished his speech the mangy colt shook himself and became a golden-haired steed conceived of wind-eating glowing coals . . till and beyond that and farther on he came to a great wild-wood where neither heaven nor earth could be green. we'll not go to the right." Thereupon the magic steed rose in the air and traveled and journeyed across forty-nine kingdoms and the Operantsia Sea. their horses and their weapons. in my dear horse. till they have paid for the wine. but to the left. or like lightning. How shall we travel? Shall I go like thought. that neither I in thee nor thee me should find fault. even the clothes that are on their backs. the hay and We'll not go that road. They'll not have the price to pay for the wine they have drunk. therefore on my back. I thee my dear master. sit and thee me." said he. "we suit each other.THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH will sit 179 down to play cards with the monks and that will be the end of their journey. "Now. and the hay and oats their horses have eaten. and the innkeeper will make them work the 'oats. and beyond that to where still the little short-tailed pig roots. or as the swiftest flying bird goes?" "Only so. for the twelve will win their money.

thee health. that. Hast thou heard of cannot the fame of them?" "To hear hill I have heard. would it like 'to be young again. put thee." away. but of this. put steed the horse- shoe in his bag. me mother I would have but why art thou journeying in this strange country where even a bird doesn't come?" "I am going for the Water of Endless Youth and the sweetly singing Goldfinch. The magic little- jumped once. and was beyond the mercilessly high moun- and in front of the cabin at the edge of the round forest.i8o FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE king's son entered the cabin The and found a woman so old that she was older than the king's highway." said the "If thou hadst not called killed thee. Here a flask for Bring some of the Water of Endless Youth to me. king's son. "God give youth. and there. it And here is a horseshoe. for I. is If she I doesn't know. tied the flask to his saddle-bow. then no one knows. and mounted tain his steed. . where they are I tell. do not speak of thee. too. But. lives my sister. under a at the edge of a little round wood. but go over this great mountain. my dear old mother. sprang twice. maybe will be of service to The king's son thanked the old woman.

Why should I than harm to there would be more profit me if thou shouldst find them? But beyond this mercilessly high mountain. If thou hadst not life me mother I should have snuffed out thy quickly. would like to be young again. my dear old mother. lives my eldest sister. my dear son. Put it away. Why art thou journeying in this strange land where even a bird does not come?" "I am going for the Water of Endless Youth and the sweetly singing Goldfinch. king's son. If thou findest the Water of Endless Youth bring me a And here little. under a little hill at the edge of a round forest. I will say it." said "God called receive thee. for it may be of use to thee. one thing and two will come of is a golden towel.THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH The king's son i8i went into the cabin and found there a woman older "God give he. for I. no one in the world knows. of Endless If she knows nothing about the Water Youth and the sweetly singing Goldfinch. but where and I what way deny. which stands before us and holds up the sky. than the first old woman. too. Here is a flask. dear mother ?" "To hear when I have heard. thou canst find them cannot tell. thee a good day." . Hast thou ever heard of in them. then But.

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king's son thanked the old

The

woman, put

the towel

in his bag,

hung the flask on his saddle-bow, and mounted
steed

his steed.

The magic
the sky,

jumped

once, sprang twice,

and was

beyond the unmercifully high mountain which held up

and

in front of the little cabin at the

edge of the

round

forest.

The

king's son entered the cabin

and found there a

woman
mouth.

so old that her nose

was

continually kissing her

"God give
he.

thee a

good day,

my

dear old mother," said

"God
called

receive thee,

my

dear son.

If thou hadst not
life,

me mother

I should

have snuffed out thy

but

where art thou going?"
"I

am

going for the Water of Endless Youth and the

sweetly singing Goldfinch.

Hast thou heard of them,
In the castle of wondrous
in truth they are

dear mother?"

"Of course
there.

I

have heard.

fair Ilona thou wilt find

them both, for

Beyond

this mercilessly

high mountain, which

stands here before us and holds up the sky, thou wilt
find the blue sea.

On

the seventy-seventh island of that

sea stands, on golden duck legs, the castle of wondrous
fair Ilona.

The

castle turns unceasingly, like a whirlit

wind.

Thou

canst not enter

from the

earth.

Thou

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a care that his
tail is tied

183

hast a magic steed that can spring in at the top, but have
up, so that

when he
it

springs in

and when he springs
unbound, for
if

out, not

one hair of

shall

remain

even one hair should touch the top of the

copper castle, the castle would give out a loud sound and
all

the magic people would pursue thee and without
to pieces.

mercy or pity would tear thee
center of the copper castle
is

In the very

the chamber of wondrous

fair Ilona, she is sleeping there

now.

The couch of

fair Ilona is neither
in the air

on the

earth, nor in the sky, but is

between the earth and sky, and a stairway goes

up

to

it.

Above
is

the couch hangs a golden cage, and in

the cage

the sweetly singing Goldfinch.

Thou must
cannot sing.

entwine

its bill

with a golden hair so that

it

In the corner of the chamber gush forth two fountains.

Water of Endless Youth, in the other is the Water of Death. Take water from each fountain. Here is a flask. Fill it for me from the fountain of
In one
is

the

Youth, for
here
it

I,

too,

would

like to

be young again.
it

And

is

a golden curry-comb, put
of use to thee."
the old

away

carefully, for

may be

When
hung
good

woman had
bow

finished her speech, the

king's son thanked her, put the curry-comb in his bag,

the flask on the
steed.

of his saddle, and sat on his

The magic

steed

jumped

once, sprang twice,

and was

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the

beyond the unmercifully high mountain that held up
sky,

and

at the shore of the blue sea.

Then he

rose in

the sky and, like a whirlwind, carried the king's son to the seventy-seventh island of the sea.

The

king's son

dismounted, tied up the

tail

of the magic steed so that

not one hair remained unbound, then sat on him again.

The

steed rose in the air

and sprang

in at the very center

of the copper-topped castle of wondrous fair Ilona.

The

king's son took the flasks that he

had brought
She

and went straightway

to the maiden's chamber.

was lying on a couch
in the sky, but

that

was

neither

on the earth nor
sky,

was between earth and
sleep.

and she was

sunk in a deep

way

of flowers,

The king's son went up the stairand took down the golden cage and with
bill

a golden hair bound together the

of the sweetly sing-

ing Goldfinch, then he descended the stairway of flowers,

and

filled

the flasks with the

Water of Youth, but one

flask

he

filled

with the Water of Death.

When he had finished he went out as he came in. He bound up the tail of his steed, sat on him and was just
springing out of the castle, but, whether from great
haste, or

from something

else,

he had not bound the
loose,

horse's tail well, one hair

was

and as the horse

was going over
struck
it.

the edge of the top of the castle that hair
castle

The whole

rang

like

a great

bell.

All


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the king's son.

185

of the magic people were on their feet at once and after

They were catching up with him when the magic
said,

steed

"Oh,
back,

my dear master, my right

ear

is

tingling.

Look

what dost thou see ?" The king's son looked back and saw that a crowd of magic people were about to pull him from his horse,
and he cried,—

"Our end has come, my dear
in

horse, they will be at us

a moment."

"They

will not ;

throw down the curry-comb."

The
brush.

king's son threw the curry-comb,

and from

it

sprang up a forest as thick as the hairs are thick on a

While the magic people were struggling through the
forest, the

magic steed went a long distance over ditches
ear of the good steed tingled so that he

and brushes.

Next the
"Oh,

left

could not keep

silent.

my

dear master," said he,

"my

left ear tingles.

Look back,

whom

dost thou see?"

The
saddle.

king's son looked back, and

saw the magic people
pull

were so near that they would soon

him out of the


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horse, they will soon be

"Our end has come, my dear
at us."

"They

will not.

Drop down

the golden towel."

The

king's son dropped the golden towel

and from

it

rose a wide sea.

While the magic people were

strug-

gling across the sea, the steed left a good stretch of land

behind him.
said,

Then both

ears began to tingle, and he

"Oh,

my

dear master, both of

my

ears are tingling.

Look back. Who is following us?" The king's son looked back and saw that a multitude of magic people were swarming around him and that straightway they would pull him from the horse, "Our end has come, my dear horse. They will finish
us now."

"They

will not;

throw down the golden horseshoe."

The
it

king's son threw the golden horseshoe, and from

rose a knotty branchy forest.

The magic
that forest.
willingly they

people were not able to struggle through

What were
king's son

they to do?

Willingly or un-

had to turn back.

Thus the

was freed from

the magic people.
old

When

he came to the cabin where the oldest of the
lived he stopped

women

and gave her a

flask of the

Endless Water of Youth.

She had barely swallowed

turned to the inn-keeper and redeemed his brothers. but he. as if he had not heard. The twelve robbers in monk's robes were playing cards at a long table. for it what kind of a disgrace would told be when they got home and then to what had happened them When they came to an old well they pulled him from .! THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH two drops of it 187 when. and turned into such a beautiful. Then the planned three started for home. sister The king's son stopped at the cabin of the second and she became young in like manner. On the way the two how to get rid of their brother. till and farther on and inn. eighteen-year-old maiden. who were splitting wood to pay for the wine they had drunk. that she just so. They asked the king's son to sit with them. in the twinkle of an eye. beyond the Operantsia Sea and the Glass Mountain. flask. was not only so. at the cabin of the youngest sister. she be- came young. He went into the inn. their horses and their weapons. farther he stood before an He went into the yard of the inn and saw there his two brothers. but The king's son took farewell of her and trav- eled and journeyed homeward across forty-nine kingand beyond where the still doms. He stopped She drank from the shook herself. little short-tailed pig roots.

he was seven times more beautiful With great labor he climbed out of the well. Now the youngest son of the king. ful before. and could bring the sweetly singing Goldfinch . and he were beautithen. and which the Water of Death. fair Ilona.i88 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE and hands. No one recognized him and the king hired him as a stable boy. The Goldfinch and the two flasks of water they if took with them. while he was crawling around in the old well. and in the dress of a laborer. one of the king's eyes was still laughing and the other weeping. and if grew out He washed himself in it. found a little water and from feet that wonder-working water his hands again. went to his father's palace. Now the old king announced throughout the whole tell kingdom that whoever could one flask of water from the other. from the castle of wondrous When they reached home who was louder mouthed than they? Who boasted more than they? They had they been in the beautiful magic kingdom. Therefore. as they had brought them from the beautiful magic kingdom. and threw him in his horse. not seen there? there? What had What human tongue was not spoken But the Goldfinch would not flasks of sing. cut off his feet the well. and of the two tell water the brothers could not which was the Water of Endless Youth.

shook himself. Then she announced to the king that if he did not send out that son of his who plundered her castle. told at once of Youth. But. Many people assembled.THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH to his voice should receive a great 189 reward and great honor. sword The king was terrified. but no one in the kingdom dared to try to win the reward. into such a twenty-year-old youth that to search for his equal. which held the Water The old king drank two drops. and would put every person without pity or mercy. taking the if his saw him he began been lying on the to sing. people laughed and called him the wandering block-head. it and turned would be needful eyes laughed. she would not leave one stone to the upon another. and both of his But when soul. fair Ilona assembled a great army and started from her castle. except the stable boy. pitched her and sur- rounded the city with her army. He called his two sons and told them of the message of the wondrous fair Ilona. our king lived she halted. But as soon as the Goldfinch and whoso heard that song father and mother had the king's son. As soon as she reached the city where tent. Then two flasks in his hand. 'pon my what came of the affair and what didn't. would have laughed even table. When he appeared. his youngest son came to his mind tears started. .

" my castle?" "Answer the questions I ask. Then the queen sent him back to the king with the message : "If thou dost not send out that son . hast thou been in "I have. bridge he might injure the precious purple it. "and give him fifty blows of a whip." "I will answer. stands other wells." my well." "Tell me where my ground. then I shall know that thou wert there. indeed."- my well?" like "In the ground. is castle stands. like other couches." "On the "Where "Where like other castles. so he walked at the edge of When he stood before wondrous fair Ilona she found this to ask. velvet." castle. "Thou hast never seen my "Take him out. The king's lest The bridge was covered with purple son was afraid to walk on the golden velvet. or my commanded Ilona the fair. king's son." the floor.— I90 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE eldest son The went first — ^but I forgot to say that the tent magic queen had thrown a magic bridge from her to the king's castle. magic queen." my couch ?" "On couch." The soldiers took the king's son by the neck and gave him fifty such blows that he did not forget them while he lived. "Well.

side of When he stood before the magic queen she found this to ask "King's son. and he gave the same answers. she would raze his city to the every one. even on his death bed they came to his She sent the second son back message that plundered her ground. hast thou been in "I have indeed. too. walk on the bridge.—— THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH of thine city 191 who plundered my castle. I will I will not leave of the one stone upon another. He." The king sent his second son." questions. then she "Thou hast not only not seen my castle. and kill to his father with the if he would not send the son who had with- castle. and my couch. . him out. such blows that while he lived he did not forget them." my castle?" "Answer my wert there. "and cut fifty blows of a rod The soldiers took the king's son fifty by his twenty nails and gave him mind." but thou hast not even heard of them. woman and child. then I shall know that thou She asked him the same questions that she had asked his brother. man. magic queen. was afraid it. Take commanded she. said. so he walked at the of him. and put every man to to the sword without pity or mercy." into him. my well.

I will answer her.— 192 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "Let the earth drink the blood of their flesh !" out pity or mercy. and every person will be put to death without mercy. 'If Why when should I not grieve? Why who should I not sorrow thou a the magic queen sends this message to me. went to him "Your majesty. and the body of my own son. when thou canst not cure my trouble? But since thou art so faith- ful that I trust thee as if thou wert blood of my blood. and go to the magic queen. bound to his side his beautiful ." The king's son combed his golden. head to grief. be not filled is with such grief. will you tell me why you give your why you neither eat nor drink by night nor by day?" "Why dost thou ask. The youngest and asked. the my body. taking pity on his father. I will say. stone will not remain upon a stone in the city. hair.' "If this is your majesty's only trouble. dost not send out the son plundered my " castle. people. son. if you will entrust me. my good servant. arrayed him- self in a purple velvet coat. if only thou art master of thy word. his and dogs eat This merciless message brought the king's head to such sorrow that he neither ate nor drank by night or by day. Let me saddle the shaggy colt which lying on the dirt heap." "Choose the best steed in the stable. and wear twelve rich suits.

sat on the golden-haired magic steed. this is the robber of my castle." "Where does my well stand?" is "In thy chamber are two wells. the king's son and the wondrous fair Ilona "Thou art mine and I am thine. is the Water of Death. in the other "Where is my couch ?" the air. Where It rests does my castle stand?" "It stands in the middle of the seventy-seventh island of the blue sea. tell me on thy true soul. Thou art my dear husband. fair Ilona was waiting hand. on golden duck legs and turns unceasingly. stands in and is reached by a stairway of flowers." "That is true. and went straight across the magic bridge. then I shall believe that thou wert there. my my heart!" When the king's son stood before her she found this to say: "Well. Wondrous bridge." Then said. and at the is end of the and she said to herself. "This he. which resounded under the hoofs of his horse. in one of them the Water of Youth." There was a wedding feast and there was soup and . wert thou in my castle?" "I was." "Answer my three questions." it "Neither on the earth nor in the sky. fair son of the king.— THE WATER OF ENDLESS YOUTH 193 crooked saber. like a whirlwind.

was sad later two bad brothers. . Happy was the man who went there with a It spoon. So from great joy came great for the rejoicing. but no use itself —sooner or a nail will work out of a bag.194 still FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE soup.

I will take Vashichek home and try to make a prosperous man of him. though greatly." "I will not let him go." said the . "my husband had no brother. leaving his wife nothing but a son." "I cannot force you to give IPS me the child. all When he had squandered his property he died happily." answered the widow. and she clasped the boy in her arms." said the stranger. ten years old. for she had to support herself and Vashichek with the labor of her hands. and the his boy often tasted hunger. "and why should I visit my brother ? But.THE MAGIC LAM? IN a certain village lived a cottager. that you may believe me more quickly. my only joy. "That cannot be. The widow little lived in poverty." "No one knew about me. "He is my only wealth. for I was in distant lands. mother loved him One day a said that stranger came to the widow's cottage and late he was the brother of her husband." cried the mother. whose name was Vashichek.

let go of Vashichek. Meanwhile bag of gold for your own support. but she looked it : and began to think about "With that gold it she might put an end to her poverty —and would not But." With that the stranger took from his bosom a large purse and poured out on the table so many gold pieces that the table was covered with them. . involuntarily. — but to vanish in the bag. for I and I have no children. the of which had blinded her ut- When the stranger took Vashichek by the hand„ the boy resisted. she be bad for Vashichek to be with such a rich man. who to bring evil on her and her son. "Wait !" piece cried the woman. "I will give you "The money is yours. The stranger watched her for a while then began to put the gold pieces into the bag." said the stranger and he threw the bag into her lap." since she knew that her husband had no brother. and began to cry. and weighed glitter in her hands the gold. The woman terly. "though you are not wise. and at my death he I will leave will inherit all of this my wealth." 196 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE am with me I rich stranger. was afraid wanted that this stranger might be a wizard. If the boy goes will educate him. The mother at the gold clasped her son still firmer. when the last was about my son. with apparent indifference.

him by and hurried off to take her son from the deceiver. he lashed the boy with the rod and drove him on ahead through the forest." The boy paid no heed to his mother's words." said the mother per- buy you a painted horse and a coach. The third day the wizard told Vashichek to gather pile. She fields ran around half the day. After eating and resting. cut a rod and slashed him mercilessly to make him stop crying." said he. But wasn't she frightened when instead of gold pieces there came from the bag only bits of brass. it was too late. and in the morning they went farther. when Vashichek stopped crying. slept in That night they a cave. then she came to her senses stranger took force. "he will 197 uncle. but saw no one in the or in the neighboring forest. hurried on with the weeping Vashichek. The stranger. on a bed of dry leaves. to the thickest part of the forest When he came he put the boy on the ground. then he threw the boy a bit of dry bread. For a time she was stunned. who was no uncle. my son. "This is the way I'll punish you for disobedience. she hurried home to find out how much money she had received. and. but to no purpose .THE MAGIC LAMP "Go with your suasively. so the The mother followed them as far as the forest. She tore the hair out of her head. but a vile wizard. dry boughs and branches and put them in a When .

When the fire died down till the wjzard walked here and there over the place he found a With great eflfort he rolled the stone aside. of powder on the wood and set forest Soon the it was and in a short time a large part of was burned. Go to a little house which castle. In the middle of the garden a castle. Sooner than he expected he was in a garden so beautiful that he forgot everything flowers. but look at nothing. "Down is there. I will pull you up. crawled into the hole. What fragrant and wonderful trees with golden fruit! And the castle so gleamed from gold and precious stones that Vashichek could not look at it. else in a moment. "is a beautiful garden. then he commanded Vashichek to go down into the hole which appeared under the stone. after the first wonthe he examined everything carefully. When der. Vashichek walked between rows of ." Vashichek. Around castle and through the garden there were paths sprinkled with golden sand." said he. in the castle are bright chambers without number. you take will see on the right-hand side of the Be- hind the door of that house you will find a small lamp it quickly and hurry back to the hole. large stone. 198 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE had done blazing: this the the boy wizard scattered some kind fire to it. the boy came to his senses.. with trees full of golden fruit. full of fear.

then he looked through the castle." . At Vashichek felt that he was tired beyond measfell asleep. though Vashichek did not see the sun. was a small lamp. as the wizard had said. castle and found food and drink In this way he passed delightful At last hours." said Vashichek when he heard the wizard speak kindly. "I should not have sent you. In one chamber he found food and drink with which he refreshed himself. and since every minute he found something new. impatiently and as soon as he he cried. 199 flowers and plucked here and there a blossom or a red He went to the trees and shook golden fruit from them. ure . in that coun- was white day last of the time. Give me the lamp and stay there as long as seems good to you." "Come down here. time went quickly just in looking at things. try it Most wonderful all to tell. "You are a good little fellow. and seizing it he ran to the opening by which he had entered that beautiful garden." there. When Vashichek saw the lamp he remembered his master. he dropped on the grass under a tree and When he woke up he went to the in plenty. give me the lamp. The wizard was waiting heard the boy's steps. "It is beautiful here. he wandered into the little house and behind the door." "If I had dared to go down answered the wizard.— THE MAGIC LAMP berry.

"I don't want want to come out. so he began to wipe the dust from were it." answered the astonished Vashichek. but the stone was off in the white world for." They talked a long time." I'll "Give me the lamp. throwing Vashichek cried for a long time. but neither would yield.200 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE held the stone as if in Then he hole. That again. so he said. the ground and that the stone fell asleep. He had since the wizard was so anxious he thought it must have some value. a hurry to close the When Vashichek saw the stone he was frightened little. still entirely and. "What respect. . instead of a from the hole and Vashichek was He looked around with wonder. and he wondered how he the lamp in his hand and to get it." said the wizard. with great "To escape from this place. thy wish?" asked the stranger. not a for he thought that his uncle wanted to get the lamp and then shut to live here. went away. When he had passed his hand over the lamp stood before him whose garments a few times a man glittering with gold is and precious stones. I him in. "or not let you out. then he dropped on When he woke up he saw was down. instant the man vanished. At last the wizard lost his temper down the stone. was ever to get out.

Without thinking long he rubbed the lamp. involuntarily. And he had a right to be. When me "Why man should I trouble myself for nothing serves so willingly ?" is when that And he rubbed his lamp again. He looked at himself with and walked on farther through the thick the road seemed long he thought. "To be out of this forest. satisfaction. the man appeared and. and how did pieces. He put his hand to his pocket." answered Vashichek. all he But suddenly he remembered that he must pay.— - THE MAGIC LAMP were trees little 201 treeless place. At once inquired. for while he was in that wonderful garden years had passed. The man disappeared. but in a moment Vashichek was dressed in fine garments^. there and thick bushes everyVashichek. forest. "What is thy wish?" "To have nice clothes. as he stood there before him. but Vashichek was out of the He hastened on and forest. The man vanished. soon came to an inn where he ate and drank wanted. "What thy wish?" asked the man." answered Vashichek. clothes His were so small that when he looked into the first stream he had to laugh at himself. He himself was no longer a sturdy young man. but where. bowing courteously. and a town was in sight. he wonder when he took out a handful of gold .

" Vashichek paid for what he had eaten. then he went out to look at the town.— 202 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE is "That man very considerate. "he knows that a full pocket belongs to nice clothes. but in no time a rich gold and silver. He lay there a long the princess was turning over in his mind how to meet and say even a word to her." thought Vashichek. in She drove with such speed that she soon vanished from his sight. . The man vanished. carriage was approaching. She had seen Vashichek and she looked back at him more than once. for such was her beauty all that Vashichek could have looked at her day." answered Vashichek. bowed low before him and assisted him into the carriage. for he her. He walked on in the direction she had taken and when he was outside of the town he threw himself on the grass and thought of time. though the houses were little large and the king's palace very grand. the servants sprang down. he thought of the lamp he drew it from his bosom and rubbed it. On a sudden . he paid heed to them since the king's daughter was riding by a splendid carriage drawn by four black horses. "What is thy wish?" "To be a prince. That moment the man stood before him. But. It was a pity. with servants in livery embroidered with When they came to Vashichek the prancing horses stopped. and asked.

— THE MAGIC LAMP He ordered them to take him to the best inn in the 203 city. and marcity. only just that an exalted prince should be honored by his equals. she said. Now Vashichek led the life of a real prince. not a little anxious to know "It is him." long. His pockets were always full of money. him to come to the palace. but he would never say a word about his parents. and straightway he sent expressions of friend- a courtier for the prince. and the horses went so quickly that the prince was there in a very short time. distrustful and when Vashichek asked for her hand marriage. though the princess often asked him whence he came. said the king. velous tales of his wealth went the rounds of the The king heard of him "Invite and. "If silver when we are going for the marriage there are blossoms on the trees that are along the road from . He always answered that Gradually she became in he was from a distant country. In a short time he was at home in the palace. Vashichek did not hesitate The king greeted him with ship and the princess with gracious words. and every day he drove in the neighborhood of the king's palace. consulted the princess." said she." "You are right. from a window of which time every one the princess gazed at him. the In a short knew of handsome prince.

. and he gave him half of the kingdom. as if But Vashichek said. asked. took the lamp from bosom and rubbed it with his hand. filled This astonished every one. for the Now was came a wedding every- to be celebrated as soon as possible. The ceremony did not last long." The man disappeared and princess to say that he the prince hastened to the wanted the wedding on the mor- row." the palace to the church.— 204 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE them when return I will be yours for the ages. When his thing was ready. and the next morning she was greatly astonished when she saw the trees were covered with silver blossoms. and golden fruit on we The king looked compassionately at Vashichek. the prince went to a secret place in the king's garden. but when the bride and groom were coming home golden fruit was hanging on the self trees. "I am sorry for you. Straightway the man stood before him and. without delay. the king himwith the greatest respect for his son-in- was law. bowing courteously. "I to say." will carry out your wish." lively life in the palace. The princess did not believe that what she had that asked of her bridegroom wbuld happen. "What is thy wish?" trees "That the between the palace and the church should have silver blossoms marriage and golden fruit when we are going when we are coming to the back.

times kept it Formerly he at near his person. The king granted the permission. of course. At last the queen's chamber- . Once. a stranger to his palace and announced that he was giving new lamps for old ones. asked. where The princess herself it was soon covered with dust. bowing with his hand. and for reason he did not prize the lamp as he had before. to the garden. in the Now this the young king had all all that he desired. the palace brought The people of him a great number of old lamps and got new ones for them. when Vashichek was came king. vanished. and the next morning the founda- were ready. seemed less charming to him. "What is thy wish?" "That to-morrow morning the foundations of a palace be ready opposite the old palace." The man tions finished. took the it Vashichek went lamp out of his bosom and rubbed and. and it was so splendid that there was not the equal of whole country. On the second day the walls were it on the third the palace was complete. but now he left it standing on the stove in his chamber. hunting wild beasts. and often he spent whole visiting a neighboring days in the forest.— THE MAGIC LAMP When mission to build a 205 the festivities were over Vashichek asked per- new palace opposite the old one. The man appeared courteously.

" step. She asleep late.— 2o6 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE left maid brought the lamp that the king had stove. except the maid. own eyes they ran. with great outcry. with measured wizard hid himself in the palace. but when con- vinced by their the king. is "Unrightful master. should be on the other side of the Crimson Sea. but without bowing. straightway the man appeared. palace. and vanished in a twinkle. lost At first the people thought she had her mind. The man went away. the morning when she woke up it lying on bare ground. this palace with all that is in except the maid who gave me this lamp. what thy wish ?" "That before morning it. but there was not a trace of the old palace She ran and told what had happened. and asked. When night came he rubbed the lamp . on the The courtiers laughed at her for wanting a new lamp for such a small and very old lamp. She was pondering over how easily she fell had come by so many beautiful and how did she wonder in lamps. and the sleep- Every one was still ing soundly. but the stranger had barely taken it in his hand when he gave her all the lamps he had that stranger deceit left. had taken Vashichek from his mother. but each man came back with . to di- Straightway he sent messengers in every rection to find the palace. to She sprang to her feet and looked around for the anywhere. Now who by was no other than the wizard.

" my birds I Now pass my threshold I feed that I may The king was glad after he to gratify the kind old man and. shrugging his shoul- ders." "How do you know me?" asked the king. he started in search He traveled the day and found nothing. it At last he saw a poor came an old man who said. and a year. down and In the morning when the old man fed . he lay slept." "And where eagerly. with your palace. "but will ask to-morrow morning when is. and. When of it. not for the in it. 207 Then there was wailing. them where that sea entertain you. who. "I know not. till from hunger he was barely on of his horse. had strengthened himself with food. the young king came home he knew who had first stolen the palace. he traveled the second and the third day. beyond the Crimson Sea. he traveled a week. is the Crimson Sea?" asked the king. cottage and out "I greet thee. without delay. and wandered around able to sit a month." said the old man. with surprise.— THE MAGIC LAMP work undone. O king. palace. but in vain. but for the people who were and above all did the king lament for his beloved daughter. Then he came in it to a great forest for days. "I know you just as well as I know that you are lookis ing for your wife.

maybe he travel will tell you more than before he I can." "to my brother who is beyond the third forest third river." Vashichek thanked him and hurried on. O king. but not it his birds one o£ them knew where was. but as they were going away an old eagle flew up. and the can. my master. when he had called his birds together. In that the palace that stands beyond palace there is a beautiful princess. and when asked if he knew where the Crimson Sea was he "I know.— 2o8 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE he asked them about the Crimson Sea. who is always sob- bing and lamenting. go." knew where it was. "You must brother. maybe he will tell you more than I spurs to his horse and galloped off." said the old man." "I thank you. man received him as kindly as had the but he could give no account of the Crimson Sea. "But go. said. but he had to many days old found the old man's brother. Not one of them knew. for not one of his birds said he." cried the king and he spurred his . asked if any one of them knew where the Crimson Sea was. about the it Crimson Sea and about on the shore. The second first. The king put After a long time he came to the third brother who. "to my who is beyond another forest and another river.

and tears flowed from her "I will !" cried the king. When you. 209 man it called him to "Do not hurry. will Leave your horse here. my is dear husband." said he. but the old back. for the journey be long. Since the king to fall into the knew that it would not be well for him in thick reeds hands of the wizard he hid and waited. the wizard will kill "Where he?" . this place?" sighed she. but at last there was no more meat in the dish and land was not to be seen. "Will no man free me from eyes. When the king dropped the dish the eagle summoned his remaining strength and flew more swiftly. In no long time the palace gate opened and the queen came out attended by her waiting maids. and he embraced her." she came to her senses somewhat she said with anxiety. "Oh. "what would if avail it? you be at the Crimson Sea you could not cross will bear you. broad sea. at last he came down on the shore of the Crimson Sea. the eagle I will give you meat to feed him. along the sea till She walked she stopped near the king and looked wistfully over the broad. flee. long and long.THE MAGIC LAMP horse to hurry to his wife." The king sat on the eagle. it rose in the air and flew The king had given him a little meat for each day.

Take this poison and give to the wizard. but he will surely come soon." it on his "We must get till it. "he always carries person." When joyfully." answered the queen. put the poison in your cup. But she seemed sincere and he was in doubt what to think.• 2IO "I FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE know not. and he looked at her with distrust. ask him to drink wine with you. give him yours. when he refuses to drink from his will drink out of that. queen hid the but said." He handed her a vial. pour a cup for yourself and one for him. the wizard came home the queen greeted him he. — vial of subtle poison. gether. She placed one before the . he If he does not die he will fall into a deep sleep. After they had tasted of the savory dishes which the queen had prepared she brought two cups each full of wine." "Has he the lamp?" "He has." "But to-day we can have our feast to- "Can we?" asked the wizard. with first a smile. own cup. The "He will not eat or drink anything that I give him." said the king. "or we will have to it stay here death." "When he comes be kindly. "Have you changed your mind?" asked shall we celebrate our betrothal?" "I will tell "When you to-morrow." said the queen.

who came quickly and took the lamp from the wizard's bosom. and celebrate their Directly a feast was made ready which lasted till the white morning. but instead of the sea they saw the palace and in one of its windows the old king himself. asked. but the lamp was no longer there. ." I be at home with my The king's who are in The man vanished. reproachfully. and then that it. to the floor. unconscious. and soon he dropped called to her husband. and told all The queen the people in the palace to assemble liberation.— THE MAGIC LAMP wizard and the other she kept. slept The wizard the morning. bowing cour- "Oh rightful master. ! without moving and woke only in But how frightened he was when he saw the king He reached quickly to take the lamp from his bosom." and she changed the cups. man appeared and. and with him the wizard. As soon as he had it in his hand he shouted in triumph. — 211 the wizard re- When fused to drink the wine the queen said. "You distrust me. Then the wizard emptied his at a draught. king and the queen went to the window to see him hurled into the sea. what thrown into the palace and all is thy wish?" "First that this vile wizard be torn to pieces and sea. Instead of that the king held it in his hand and rubbed it. In the twinkle of an eye the teously.

The king valued his wife and the little lamp more than ever before and he lived many years blissfully. so that he waited for his grandchildren. feast they drank to their At this happy meeting till the hills grew green. .212 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE recovered from fell to When the attendants and servants had astonishment they embracing one another. then followed feasting which lasted for eight days.

The king went floor to bed in the garret. he lost his way. "I would go with you gladly. The charlittle coal-burner and his wife were asleep and near the child three old women were standing with lighted tapers. He lay on the and could not About midnight. he came to a charcoal-burner's cabin. sleep. "I will give 213 gers. but I cannot leave wife. but just as the world was growing dark. The man an- my And how could we go lie in the dark? I'll I'll give you fresh hay to on. who loved to hunt wild beasts One day while chasing a deer.— THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS OF GRANDFATHER KNOW ALL TT THERE » » it was or where it was not. "I will give this boy to meet great dansaid. he looked into the room below. there was a king in the forest. For a long time he wandered around alone. through an opening. and in the morning show you the way. The first said." The second him to escape them . forest." That evening a son was born to the charcoal-burner. The king promised the charcoal-burner good pay if he would lead him out of the swered.

Jake the child and on your way . that he will always be happy. "I will give daughter who was born to-day to the loft. "What shall I do with you?" "Give me the child. with great joy." said the king. money and he will "Go to such and such a place in the forest to a charthis coal-burner's cabin. that he dark. "I will so care for him. hand him give you a little child." him as wife The third said. The charcoal-burner rose up and saw that his wife had gone to sleep for the ages. "Oh.— 214 all FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE that happily and live long." king up there in the Thereupon the three all women put out their tapers. that a beautiful daughter had been born to him. had seen the three Fates. He did not close his eyes. was glad and the king promised When he came to his castle his She was born the night people informed him. When daylight came the child began to cry. my poor orphan !" cried he. He was thinking how he could prevent the fulfilment of what Fate had promised. The king was as if a sword had pierced his breast. and was quiet— old ^they were the Fates." to send for the child. and I will give you so much money that you'll not need to work again as long The charcoal-burner as you live. He called one of his serving The king's face grew men and said.

and she reared the They called him Plavachek (Floater) child as her own. and found the child. 215 will sip in the river. opened He took it to his wife and said. "You have always wished for a son. for the basket floated on the water. . He caught the basket. and it slept were in a cradle and some one were sing- ing lullabies to it. One summer day the king." The serving man went to the cabin. mending his net.— THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS home drown it . The on the bank. The basket fisherman was floated sitting near a fisherman's hut. chanced to pass the fisherman's hut. on and years passed by. Far and wide his equal could not be found. on horseback and alone. Seeing something on the water he sprang into his boat and pulled after it. "Good-by. The river brought him to us. The charcoalit burner put the child in a basket and gave to him. The child handsome youth. it. The king thought that the child as if it the child was dead." said the king when he heard the serving man's story. because he had floated to them." The fisherman's wife rejoiced. unbidden son-in-law. now you have him. But in it was not. If you don't you water yourself. The became river flowed a. When the man came to a place where the river was deep he threw the basket in.

"Where are you going. I have none Can this young man go ?" "Command and he will go." said the fisherman. had told his serving man to drown. his horse. it is my dangerous enemy. "Let this young man I send to you be pierced saying : with a sword. He wandered thicket to another till it began to grow dark." answered the man." . "A young man you have got here. He come." He folded the and sealed with his ring. forest. The world grew dark before the king's eyes he was He knew that this was the boy he as pale as a sheet. "I need a messenger to carry a with me. Plavachek had to go through a dense the road He lost from one and went astray. it When Plavachek brought to him the king was astonished splendid at his appearance. "Is he your son?" "He is and he isn't. Plavachek?" "I am going to the king's castle with this letter. but I ." said he.2i6 It FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE the was hot and wishing to drink he stopped and asked fisherman for fresh water. letter to my castle. The king sat down and wrote a letter to the queen. then he met an old grandmother who asked. it "Just twenty years ago I caught a basket floating along the river. In was an infant. is Let it be done before letter I Such my will. I reared it. Collecting his wits quickly he sprang from and said.

how to find it?" "You could not woman. He had him taken only a few steps as cottage stood before had risen out of the ground.THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS have lost 217 my way. grandmother. I reach the castle tp-night." Such is my When the queen read the letter she was surprised. seal. and she letter. The king took looked at the writing." The young man promised to go when a if it with her. while Plavachek was asleep. strangers. "Have this young man I send to you married to our daughter at once. After some days the king came home and when he found out what had taken place he was with his queen. Let the marriage take place before I come. the paper. That night. but she had the wedding straightway. will. He is my chosen son-in-law. and Plavachek was pleased with his bride. You'll not be with am your godmother." said the queen." said the old "Stay in my cottage. the . fiercely angry to our "But you charged handed him the me to have him married daughter before your return. Could you tell me. it. Neither the queen nor the princess were able to admire the bridegroom sufficiently. the old woman took the letter from his pocket and put in another written in the same hand and sealed with the same It read.

If you and then said. the same." cried the ferryman.2i8 seal FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE — all his own. wish to keep your wife you must bring us as a price for her three golden hairs of Grandfather Know All." The king thought rid of l^is that in this way he would surely get undesirable son-in-law. ferryman. over mountains. "I have been long waiting Twenty years have I ferried . through valleys and across Sea. and fords till he came to the Black it There he saw a boat and in a ferryman." called he. He traveled long and far. but as Fate was his God- was easy rivers him to find the right road. Whither is "To Grandfather Know for such a messenger. All for three golden hairs. "What has happened cannot but you are not to be my son-in-law for nothing. young traveler. Plavachek said good-by to his wife and Where he went mother it I know for not. in the forest on the road and where Plavachek told how he had gone astray in and spent the night an old woman's cot- tage. person The king knew that that old woman was the same who twenty years before had given his daughter to the charcoal-burner's son. started." "Oh. Then he called his son-in-law and asked what happened to him he had stopped. "God give you "God give you your road?" health. He thought and thought be changed.

is But for you twenty years the tree has borne no ask Grandfather will If Know All if there any help for reward you richly." said Plavachek. you will ask Grandfather Know All when my him labor will end. "The same to you. father. he became as a youth." I go with you When Know they came into the king's presence he said. I at the brink of the grave. met an old man who was barely able "God give you health. Before the town he to walk. to our king. "God guard you. to another large which was in Not far from the like city a son was burying his Tears rolled peas down his face." Plavachek promised and the old man ferried over. "I hear that you are going on a message to Grandfather All. I will ferry you over. and the king bade him a gracious good-by." "Oh." said Plavachek. Then he traveled on till he came to a town where all the buildings were draped with black. sad mourner.THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS If 219 people across here. good youth." Plavachek promised to ask. fruit. city Afterward he came mourning. . even when will us. Whither do you go ?" "To Grandfather Know All for three golden hairs. old man. man ate one of those apples. and no one has come to relieve me.. will we are long waiting for such a messenger. We had here If a a tree which bore the Apples of Youth.

Plavachek." "It a pity you didn't come sooner. well. straight- had a spring out of which the Water of Life When a man drank of it. the castle of Grandfather Know All. even if he were dying. way he became was well again. our king has long I will conduct been waiting for such a messenger. If a man were dead and they sprinkled his body with the water he rose up and walked. But for twenty years the water has Will you promise to ask Grandfather for us? I will ceased to flow. I am glad that you have . We flowed. In the center of the meadow was a golden castle. "God give you health. woman who sat in a corner spinning.220 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE traveler. good go?" "I Whither do you All for three am is going to Grandfather Know golden hairs. Know All if there is any help richly." you When they came into the king's presence he said." reward you Plavachek promised and the king bade him a gracious farewell. to him. Afterward he traveled long and far through till a dark forest in the midst of the forest he came to a green meadow covered with beautiful flowers. Plavachek went into the castle but no one was there except an old "I greet you. "I hear that you are going to Grandfather Know All.

here. "I smell man's flesh. midday a man." said he." said she.THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS come. and I will get in the evening an old grand- you the three hairs. but is you cannot might stay where you are now. mother. "I will. an old grandfather with golden hair. here. you get the odor of man's no wonder ." The woman laughed and All is said. how could without your seeing him? have any one here You fly all flesh." Plavachek begged her to ask Grandfather Know All the three questions that he had promised to ask. I'll an empty cask put over you. It 221 he had was Fate. when he was carrying the king's let"What has brought you here?" asked "The king nothing." she said. In the morning he a boy. day over God's It is world. There is it happen that he would eat you. the bright 'sun. the woman whom met in the forest ter to the queen. My son a good soul. she." Presently the wind blew at the western window and the sun flew into the room." "You have some one I "Oh. star of the Hay. doesn't wish sent me to be his son-in-law for He has me to Grandfather Know All for three golden hairs. but in it the evenings when he comes home hungry. at father. "Grandfather Know is my child. "and do you listen to what he says.

fore." FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE when you come home in the evening you still find Grandfather his Know All said nothing. see?" "I saw a place where there used to be a fountain of the When a man who was ill drank of that water he became well. "Nothing. of me. mother's knee and When she saw that he it was sleeping she pulled out a golden hair and dropped It on the ground. for twenty years to it has ceased to flow. on "What do you want man. "What do you want of me. nothing. Is there make it flow again?" sits "In the opening of the spring water. mother ?" asked he.222 that it. After supper he laid his head on his fell asleep. but sat down to supper." I "What did you Water of Life. mother?" asked the old ." a toad he stops the . sounded as a fiddle string sounds when touched by skilful fingers. If a dead man was But any way sprinkled with the water he rose up. well again. If they kill the toad the water will flow as be- When Grandfather Know All fell asleep again his it mother pulled out a second golden hair and threw the ground. I was slumbering and had a wonderful dream. straightway. my son.

God's . saw a where there was a tree which used to bear the Apples of Youth. for I must be up early and dry the tears which the king's daughter sheds every night for her husband. that you will not cried he. a When man was fruit. my son. "What is it. "Lie down. no Will But for twenty years that it ever bear again?" is "Among they will kill the roots of the tree there a worm. But let me sleep. I am sorry to waken you.^ THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS my son. his labor When will end?" the son of a stupid mother ! "He will is Let him give the oar to another and spring on shore himself. let me sleep?" angry and wishing to stand up. instead of an old man. nothing. lie down. mother. I I 223 I "Nothing. was slumbering and place had a wonderful dream. dreamed of an old ferryman who for twenty years goes back and forth over the Black Sea and no one relieves him." Grandfather Know All fell asleep again and the woman pulled out the third golden hair. I but I had a wonderful dream. and." Toward morning a wind rose up outside. the charcoal-burner's son whom the king sent for three of my golden hairs. a beautiful golden-haired child. old if he ate one of those apples he became tree has borne young again. If it the worm and plant the tree in another place bear fruit as before. the other become the ferryman.

"Here are the three golden Grandfather You have me heard Know you. a worm "Dig up the tree.— 224 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE mother and flew the cask sun. one night. as it. The water will flow as before. you will be happy. bade good-by to his out of the eastern window. from Plavachek. at the roots. for it is not needful . straightway. and went his way. off The mother took hairs. "Good news." the three in another place. if The roses tree was. It will The king had in this done." Plavachek thanked the old woman. sprang up. said Plavachek. then plant bear fruit as before. . "Good news." and kill "Clean out the spring the toad that sits in the opening. When quired he came to the first city the king anxiously in- what news he brought. All's answer to the three questions. as black as crows." The king had water rush out this done at once and when he saw the stream he gave Plavachek twelve silver as they could in a full horses loaded with as carry. much gold and When Plavachek came to the second city the king asked what news he brought. He gave Plavachek twelve horses." will find cried Plavachek. loaded with as many treasures as they could carry. and said. had been showered over The king rejoiced greatly. covered with blossoms. you Kill the worm. will not see God be with You again.

and he related how he had helped one king to the Apples of Youth. him if Grandfather Know." When the ferryman saw that there was no other way said.THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS there the ferryman asked 225 Plavachek journeyed on until he came to the Black Sea. he ferried Plavachek and his twenty-four horses over the sea. and raises the dead to life. as soon as you touch land put be an oar in his in hand and spring out of the boat. "I earned them. "Apples of Youth! king to himself. apples that make old men young. All end. "ferry tell me over and then I will you what he said. "But where did you get these beautiful crow black horses and this great wealth?" asked the king. that very day he started oif to find . water that makes infirm men strong. All. ferry another Then Plavachek "When you will man across. had told him when the labor would "Yes." said Plavachek. to find out." He did not delay. and another king to the Water of Life. Water of Life!" repeated the "If I could eat one of those apples I If I would be young. bring were to die that water would me to life." ferryman The king could not believe his eyes when Plavachek gave him the three golden hairs of Grandfather Know The king's daughter wept from joy. he your place." answered Plavachek.

by way of the Black Sea ferry he has not returned Thus in-law.226 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE Youth and the Water of Life. . the Apples of As he went yet. the charcoal-burner's son became the king's son- and then king. as Fate had decided. most likely f err3dng people The old king is over the Black Sea to this very day.

another too red. my son. Then he said. When the king saw that his words were fruitless." Look at them and make your examined one The young man. another too old. one too pale. choice.—— THE LAUGHING APPLES AND THE WEEPING QUINCES ONCE upon a time there was a king who had an only son. "Tell me. why 227 is this portrait hung with the face to the wall?" . portrait after another. and so he went on till he came to a portrait that was hung with the face to the wall. were in the world for the purpose of deceiving men. but was pleased with none. to gratify his father. but the more he urged him to find a wife the more did he show his distaste for marriage. and said to him. "Here. he led his son to a large hall. and he wished greatly that this son should marry as soon as possible. dear father. One was too young. are the portraits of all princesses in the world. where the walls were hung the unmarried with portraits of women. saying that that they women were good for nothing.

who has asked her for her hand." To to see this the prince all "You brought me With here the princesses there are in the world. and set out for the city in which the princess lived. . but said he would go in disguise and not as an open wooer." most renowned princes said he. She has ruined every prince answered. "This one or none. do not make me a victim of misery in my last days. you have these words he it no right to withhold one of them. he put on coarse garments.228 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE it "Leave as it is." answered the king. He explained that the maiden's father was a powerful king. that it The maiden she represented was so beautiful that won his heart. and examined more care- he had the others. that by the tasks she had set she had ruined the he asked "Moreover." fully than turned the portrait around. gave himself as poor an appearance as possible. her in marriage he would lose his on me. that if life. When he had gained his father's permission." But his words were useless. "have pity in the world." The old king did what he could to dissuade his son. is "It represents a beautiful maiden. The prince clung to his resolution. and he said to his father. but she as averse to marriage as you are.

barren field." . "Why are you fighting so fiercely? Can I dispute ?" settle your They repulsed him with rude speech. THE LAUGHING APPLES There he desperately with each other. He said. He went up to them." said.— The road led through a saw two men struggling — 229 wide. you fool. "You ought to be ashamed to fight over such trifles." may take the cap and staff. these are the inheritances left us by our father. and I'll give you value money. Tell me what they are worth. I'll give one of you the money. told him not mix up in their affairs. It is these staff we are fighting about." and he showed him a rugged by. "Tell its me what you are fighting about." replied the man. then have peace. but to go his way." "I haven't money enough to pay for such articles. the staff and the cap he laughed and said. Thereupon one of them "See here. and asked. and you'll "You can settle the price yourself. to The in prince was not you'll to be put off. and an old cap which lay on the ground near When the prince saw heartily. the other both be happy. whoever strikes three times with the staff is borne wherever he wishes. "but only when you know the power of these things. Whoever puts on the cap becomes invisible.

keeping near the favorite resort of the princess.230 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE I will said the prince. sufficient food would be him. and when he saw her he thought more beautiful than her portrait. "but I can settle your dispute. No one knew at . and wished himself in Scarcely had he uttered the wish He went from room to room till when he was there. the head-gardener hired The prince worked in the garden one day after an- other. in order to be able to look at her. assistant He gazed at her while then went to the garden and asked for the head- When he found him. Afterward she went till to a secluded summer- house and read late in the night. She loved the garden. that no use could be made of white-handed fools. and every afternoon she came there and walked around for a while. struck the earth three times with the the palace of the princess. he offered himself as an and was told that only strong-jSsted workmen his were needed. he came to where the she was for a princess was. But when he said that he asked no wages. hurl a dart at that tree yonder. gardener. reward. the one cap. The prince hurled his dart at after it. who returns it to me shall have the staff and the They agreed to this. do you run for the dart. the tree and both men rushed While they were running the prince put the cap on his head. staff.

but thoughts of the eyes. but he was afraid of the dragon. and she might not return in . The princame out of the summer-house. say- ing that her father had appointed an early hour in the morning for an interview. The next day he reand when night came he The prin- put on the cap. that the castle was six hun- dred days' journey away. At that moment a tremendous dragon flew up and dropped to the ground in front of her. cess like it came nearer and nearer. toward midnight. At last. After a time the dragon flew away.THE LAUGHING APPLES what hour she returned to the palace. and the princess hurried to the palace. The prince went to his room. The prince saw how friendly she was. he heard a rolling noise. and the same lightning speed which he came. distant thunder. cess received the dragon as kindly as before. and when night came and the other workmen had gone to bed. took the staff in his hand. he crept into the place and watched. with the same thundering. dragon drove sleep from his membered his staff and cap. and went to the summer-house and waited for the dragon. so he made a hidingplace. He wanted to go nearer. and he castle first began to urge her to go to his banquet was awaiting her. where a grand At she refused. but he was too far away to hear her words. She welcomed him and led him in to the summer-house. 231 The prince thought that he would find out.

as wondering. walls. at same time with the dragon and the castle The was surrounded with high and was halls. staff. He pointed this happened. lighted by thousands of lamps." When the princess sat down at the feast the prince it took the napkin from the nail and put in his bosom. dor. The the prince struck the earth three times with his castle. and he took her in his claws and flew away. "I'll take this napkin home. the dragon saw that near the holes made by his spoon and that of the princess sitting opposite. all. inhabited by a host of serving dragons. which was the most beautiful of a banquet was spread. and minute. but it's hung it on a nail. out to the princess and asked her w. a third one appeared. The were gleaming in splen- In the last one. and it behold a fourth hole was made. When a dish of rice was served. wished himself at the dragon's and was there princess. FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE But when the dragon promised to bring her back before daybreak. she consented. too beautiful to use. saying. the if their how it While she dragon turned the dish around to see eyes had deceived them. Then he sat down at the table and ate of every dish that was brought.232 time. the princess a napkin embroidered skill The dragon gave with such marvelous that she wouldn't use it. grew larger every .

" to ."At that moment a tremendous dragon flew up and dropped the ground in front of her.

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When the ambassadors heard this." answered the gar- "A neighboring king. saw that it was not there.THE LAUGHING APPLES 233 Not understanding how this could be. has sent ambassadors to demand our princess in marriage for his son. that such re- had been her terms hitherto. That more and she urged the dragon to He took her in his claws and bore her home as swiftly as he had borne her to the castle. When still she rose from the table and turned to get the napkin. they de- . could solve three problems for her. "We dener. swer. the prince went to the garden he saw by the restless running to and fro of people that When he met the head- gardener he ventured to ask the cause of the disturbance. are lost beyond redemption. saying that if the suit is not granted he will declare war against our king and shall so ravage his kingdom that not one stone be left upon another. This morning the princess gave her anto the She declared she would give her hand only man who main. but the prince kept pace with them. whose army is four times as large as ours. and such they would If the prince wished to marry her let him make his venture. the princess grew restless and uneasy and urged the dragon to take her home. and into her father's palace. saw how the princess hurried The next morning when something had happened. she alarmed her hasten.

" 'T will be commander-in-chief. resolute bearing. I must lock . "I know that they will lock us both up. "The ! fellow to lost his wits What." But the prince repeated ence. and at he said. but I will go to the chancellor and. his request with such insist- and had such a noble. that by degrees he last made an impression on the gardener. not only to conquer the enemy. "Fright has made you gardeners crazy. but to the lest marshal of the palace. do you mean say that you have the impudence to offer yourself as commander-in-chief ? Not to the king will I go. and departed And now our king cannot find a commanin haste. but you have this. To the king not trust myself. and ask him to lock you up." When has the gardener heard these words he couldn't be- lieve his ears. you come to harm with your madness. asked me to do I'll and I will undertake it. tell him what you say. and cried out again and again.— 234 — FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE in the name of their king. you poor devil. der-in-chief who dares to march against such an dared war enemy. but to take half of his kingdom." said the prince. to the king in-chief I'll "Go and tell him that if he makes me commander- bind myself." When the chancellor heard the message brought by the head gardener he laughed loudly. and said.

Bring him When bearirig the prince appeared before the chancellor. day would show whose blood would be The generals waited on the prince asking for his plan of battle." thousand men and in front of the The prince went forward with camped enemy. here. he became thoughtful and asked to have the gardener summoned. but when it was explained to him that the kingdom could be saved only by a miracle. the The dignity of the prince and his words inspired the king with confidence. put on his cap. When night came He rose up at midnight. for our "You must march at once.THE LAUGHING APPLES you up. the prince lay down to rest. and taking his stafif wished to be in the enemy's camp. At first the king laughed. and said. fifty enemy has already crossed the border." 235 But I'll look at the fellow first. that the following shed. shaking his head. his made such an impression on him that he rose and. He slipped into the tents where comoff their manders and officers were sleeping and cut . He grasped him by hand and presented him to his warriors as their commander-in-chief. When they saw the small The prince answered number of his men. his opponents sent a herald demand- ing surrender to avoid bloodshed. but the plan was not given. went to the king and laid before him the gardener's astonishing proposal.

the charge of treachery. Then he marched to the capital and forced the king to a peace by which he gave up half of his kingdom. and soon the enemy's legions were fighting with one an- other. There could be no thought of The following night the prince went again to the if enemy's camp. collected to defend themselves against Those suspected battle that day. and possible killed a greater number of leaders than before. returned home. then wished himown tent. the sentinels were called together.236 heads. "Now the time to strike!" and he rushed forward with his army and slaughtered so many of his foes that but few escaped. the king received him with great honor . the regiments their leaders began to cry out treason. The next morning the cry of treason was twofold greater. self FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE He worked till nearly morning. When the prince. When is the prince heard the uproar he cried out. saying that this explained the unexampled boldness of the enemy. back in his When day came and the enemy found such a number of their leaders dead. and as they swore in one voice that no one had gone which had lost either in or out of camp. at the head of his victorious army. From words they came to deeds.

so far as it lay in his The prince withstood the entreaties of the king till he saw that he was in the greatest embarrassment and trouble. kingdom would be for it was only him that kept the enemy from taking vengeance for would gratify power. He implored the prince to remain and declared that he his every wish. am afraid she will treat you as she has other men who have wished marry her. and cried out.— — 237 THE LAUGHING APPLES and made him chancellor of the kingdom." The king posal. sent for his daughter. but I know to my daughter. he fear of plained to the prince the danger the in if left. then he told him that he loved his daughter and if would remain he might make her his wife. office He filled the with such wisdom and prudence that he rose daily esteem of the king. he must ex- go to his own country. the princess was beside herself with anger. he The king was alarmed. and commanded her to accept the pro- Upon hearing her father's words. his overthrow. told her of the chan- cellor's desire. When you the king heard this he said. in the After a certain time the prince went to the king and declared that he could not remain in his service. . 'T would gladly make you the stubbornness of my son-in-law.

this. That evening the prince put on staff in his his cap and taking the hand went said." : Then the dragon answered "Tell him to bring you. who have refused the most mighty princes. . but her prayers were of no avail this time. "I will yield to your wishes only on one condition — ^that this gardener pergive form three I will think them over and morning. the king was When she saw tasks. she said. three laughing apples. have long sus- pected him of being intimate with magic. to the summer-house. the new chan- ex-gardener. without Ustening to what he might say. "there is something mysterious about the man.— 238 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE it "Has come to this that I." him left the first one to-morrow and she her father. "Don't take it so lightly." said the princess I . and waited for the coming of the dragon. no other than our cellor. cess When he came the prin- met him." till When the dragon heard this he laughed the house trembled. father's mind. Think well. before you tell me what task to give him. within twenty-four hours. and "I have another wooer. must marry a gardener ?" She used every means to change her not to be influenced. only tree upon which such apples The grow is in my garden.

When the princess saw the apples she wondered apples. As went to the branch on which there were ten soon as he touched the branch all the apples off a their places. "Ha! ha! ha! ha!" The dragons sprang up. the prince on the tree began to laugh. The hall prince told her to touch them. fell over each other. and was obliged to confess that he had accomplished the first task. the princess gave the chan- he declared that he was ready to accom- plish it. day without taking Toward evening he put the ten apples on a plate and gave them to the king. . To the astonishment of the king and his whole all court he transacted his business the least trouble about the task. the prince followed him and saw how he posted his to servants around the whole night. for they apples. some one had touched the but search as they might they couldn't find any that knew The next morning when cellor his task. and the guarded by a hundred dragons. one. and charged them watch it so that not even a bird could approach sentinels When the had taken tree and broke apples. and as she did so the she rang with loud laughter. and crowded together." six 239 tree is When the tree the dragon flew back to his castle.THE LAUGHING APPLES hundred days' journey from here. it. for they looked greatly if they like were the laughing common apples.

gardener to destruction. and place sentinels around the It happened with the weeping quinces as with the laughing apples. but found prince no one. The dragon and thief. cess touched When the prinand she saw with them they began fulfilled alarm that he had the second task. Tell At last he said to the princess. and heard the tell her that she must ask the chancellor to bring her three weeping quinces. wearing his cap of invisibility. He would close the door of the court tree. The prince. then wished himself back the king's garden. That night the dragon was very thoughtful. The in amused himself a while with the mad racing around of the dragons. sentinels rushed in search of the They looked in every nook and crevice. and had sat down near broke off a branch having three quinces on stant all the quinces That in- on the tree began around to weep. the prince it.240 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE listened to the conversation That evening the prince dragon between the princess and the dragon. followed the dragon to his castle. his sentinels When the dragon had posted the tree. that the only tree on which such quinces grew stood in the court of his castle. "This task will surely bring the him to get you a tooth . placed the quinces on a dish. as he had the apples. The next day he to weep.

"Oh. with jaws wide open. and king's garden. they said. The prince placed somniferous herbs on all asleep. cess she fainted from That night when he went to the summer-house he . to whom the tree with the laughing apples and the tree with the weeping quinces belong.THE LAUGHING APPLES 241 from the jaw of the dragon. put the teeth in his basket. lost my friend. taking somniferous herbs." my teeth I would swallow him When the prince heard this. returned to the summer-house and followed the dragon There the dragon attendants. each one of the dragons. one dragon saw a cavity jaw of another. great fear seized them all. There he got pincers and a basket. and soon they were snoring. flight collected forty of his strongest to and commanded them watch the whole through. to his castle. he wished himself in the tool house. was back in the When in the the dragons woke up. and exclaimed. The prince drew a front tooth from the jaw of each dragon. "He who has drawn our teeth can cut our throats!" The prince used the teeth as he had the apples and the quinces. When he exhibited them before the printerror. you have a front tooth!" When each dragon dis- covered that he had lost a front tooth. and. If he should try to tear out one of alive.

When they were alone he whole story. to his father's palace he went. waited a long time. . standing before the king. Then he bade with his the king farestaff. struck the floor three times Back love." And he flew away. the prince. and dis- and the dragon had appeared. and said to the princess: suitor has accomplished the third task. taking his cap and He found the whole court as- sembled. at She looked him kindly. and when at last he came he looked around anxiously. asked for a private audience. "Here I am.242 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE She found the princess there waiting for the dragon. draw will my teeth can cut my throat or take your you never see me again. and hastened to find a and when he was dying a host of grandchildren stood around his bed. and the princess in a bridal dress. staff. well. that now the spell was broken. and related the He told him that his daughter had been enchanted by a dragon. told the king who he was. "Your can He who life . cured of my and ready to marry the woman you feast. will give me !" His father made a great beautiful wife for his son. but he passed her and. and when he greeted his father. fled. he said. The next morning went to the palace.

light of to so day will shine on it no But. an only his presence AND SWIFT GLANCE that son to ONCE upon a time there was an old king who had son. my dear child. -Go to the highest tell room in the tower and look around. your wife. "but I have no bride. Near the top he came to a small iron door. and said. I want to see my future daughter." would like to please you.— — LONG. and taking out a to his son." The king put golden key gave ' his it hand in his pocket. The floor was cov243 . The door was securely locked. chamber was as blue as the sky in a clear Silver stars glittered on it. then come and me what pleases you. One day he summoned and said. like a trap. but he opened it with the golden key and went on till he came to a large round chamber. before you bury me. BROAD. that ripe fruit falls make room for green fruit. My head has become mature that soon the longer. my son. "I Marry. He had never been in the tower and did not know what was there." The prince did not delay. The ceiling of the night. "You know." answered the prince.

grew as red as a rose. the old king's face grew He thought a while. The have prince stood before the picture as before an ap- parition. this and gazed at it till his heart ached.— 244 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE Round about were twelve in ered with a green carpet. the most beautiful of if all. not knowing which choose. "I will one or none. and a crown of pearls on her head. a silver girdle around her waist. peril. they looked at him and smiled. what he had seen and said. did wrong. but did not speak. uttered these words the maiden The moment he all bowed her head. the maidens began to move as if living. The cealed prince noticed that one of the windows was conthe drapery aside by a light drapery. then of the pictures vanished. and on the crystal glass of each window was portrayed a maiden with a royal crown on her head." said he. In each window was a different The prince couldn't take his eyes from them. She was but she was sad. windows golden frames. to uncover what was con- By your word you have That maiden in the put yourself in great power of a wicked sorcerer . maiden. which maiden he had chosen. and as pale as she had risen from the grave. then "You cealed. Drawing he saw a maiden in a white dress. father When the prince told his dark. and disappeared. my is son. to and while he gazed with wonder.

His body grew till he was as tree. then said. I can stretch myself.LONG. pointing. in health." said the prince. till. for you without climb- mg." take me into your service you'll not be sorry. BROAD. He took the nest." "Who do?" "I tree are you ?" asked the prince.— . "Wait!" and on looking said the man. "If you "Wait and take me with you. A spoken word Go and your fortune. I will get it On that tall fir a bird's nest. . mounted his and rode away in search of the maiden. around he saw a tall man hastening after him. "You know your what are the forest?" business well. He looked here and there. "but birds' nests to me if you cannot lead me out of "That's easily done. Of the many men who have done try is gone to free her not one has returned. and in a moment was small again and gave the nest to the prince. cannot be undone." said Long. and may you come back The steed prince bade farewell to his father. • 99 Long began high as the to stretch. Then he heard some one calling. and he stretched till he was three times as tall as the tallest tree." is 245 an iron castle. who lives in AND SWIFT GLANCE But what law. He he passed through a great forest and traveled on missed the road and knew not which way to turn. "and what can you am is Long.

" He grew small. were mountains grown over with trees." is Broad." answered Long. "You should hire him. and here. "Who do?" are you. Before them was a broad plain. then taking two or three steps he reached out his comrade by the shoulder him down before the prince. "and what can you "My name self." said Long. "he could scarcely it hear me. is my comrade. he would serve you well. pointing to one side of the plain. it." asked the prince." Long made and grasping stomach that his head was hidden set in the clouds. he has a would be some time before he could get to carry. master. to the forest. like He was a sturdy fellow with a a great pot. like the towers of a city and farther on . but seeing . at full speed. took the horse by the bridlS. tall good deal himself so I will go for him." said the prince. beyond the plain stood lofty gray cliflf s." The prince didn't know why he should go." master." "Call him.246 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE this side "On we have the shortest road. and sooner than the prince had expected he was out of the forest. "I will see for." what he is good "He is far away. and I know how to spread my- "Show me how you do "Gallop off. "Over there.

That minute the cracked with a terrible noise. "But come and there another such a fellow. took off the bandage and looked at a cliff cliff. full of him. "and why are your eyes bandaged ?" "My name is Swift Glance. "This take is my second comrade." with me. he put spurs to his horse. was high time for him to go. so quickly did he swell out It on all sides. cracks and breaks to He turned. Broad would have crushed him and his horse. and was off. just as Then he made himself small." cliffs." does not burn." said Long. that AND SWIFT GLANCE 247 Broad was extending toward the forest at a tremendous pace. I bandage with my eyes be- cause I see too well. The three went on they came to the they found a person whose eyes were bandaged. If I take the bandage off and look quickly it at anything it bursts into flames.LONG. if In one minute the whole valley was a mountain had slipped onto it. He wouldn't eat bread for nothing." "What is your name. "You chased me away. BROAD. "you should him into your service. or. I see as well my eyes it covered as others do with their naked eyes. I couldn't find till said the prince." asked the prince. heap of sand in which something glittered . if pieces. rocks flew in every direction and soon nothing remained but a like fire.

"but with us you'll be there this evening. "He would be a fool who would refuse your services. master. in the west the forests.248 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE it Swift Glance brought gold. When castle. But look and tell me if it is far to the iron castle. 59 "Who is good. to the prince. and Swift Glance promised to aid him. It was ruddy man beyond price. Long. Beyond those the sun were high mountains and dense farther the travelers went. They led him through the lofty cliffs by a gap which cliffs Swift Glance opened with his eyes." "If you were to go alone. When he had looked . Farther and When was sinking mountains were lower." is "What "The • my bride doing?" sorcerer keeps her in a tower. The prince and his servants were confined in the iron fortress. raised As the sun set. the forests thinner and the cliffs were covered with thickets. Broad." said Swift Glance." said the prince. let him aid me in rescuing her !" cried the prince. you wouldn't reach that castle in a year. behind iron grat- mgs. and tell me "You are a what is happening there. the sun was near setting the prince saw the iron and when the sun was disappearing he was passing along the iron bridge to the gate. the bridge was and the gate closed.

BROAD. He wore a long black He led robe and around his waist instead of a belt were three iron hoops. his horse in the In the halls they saw. attendants. and waiting men. you can guard her you. They passed through a number of halls then came to a chamber that was brilliantly lighted. but not one of them moved — all were stone. She wore a and on her and sad head was a crown of as if she pearls. They waited for some one to come but when no one appeared they sat down and ate and drank what pleased their palate. you wish If for three nights to take the princess away. but she was as pale had just come out of the grave. many richly dressed princes. He started up and went toward the sorcerer said. All at once the door flew open and the sorcerer entered. her. dressed in white. If she so that she cannot escape she may go with . his head was bald and his beard came to his knees. by the hand a beautiful maiden silver belt. AND SWIFT GLANCE 249 around the courtyard the prince put stable and went to the castle. bent-over man. gray An old. When they had eaten enough they looked around for a place to sleep. In the center of the chamber stood a table with abundant food and drink for four persons. The prince recognized her at once.— LONG. but before he could utter a word "I know why you have come. in the twilight.

she was as if made of marble. and watched." The to sit sorcerer led the princess to a chair and told her down. In the morning. in the middle of the forest tree is . but she did not answer. she The prince could not take his was so beautiful. Let Long take me on ders. like a strap. Straightway he roused his three servants and asked what was to be done. a forest. maiden." Long took Swift Glance on his shoulders. the prince woke up. swelled and filled Broad took the his place at the door. The prince sat near her thinking to keep watch all night. neither did she smile nor look at any one. an old oak princess is on the top of that an acorn the his shoul- that acorn. for the princess was gone. is A hundred is from here tree. He spoke to eyes off the her. For greater safety Long stretched out." said Swift Glance. stretched . Swift Glance stood by a pillar in the middle of the chamber. But after a while all fell asleep and slept the night through. who looked out of quickly. "Have no the window miles fear. and wound himself around the room.250 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE you with your servants all escapes. when day began to come. will be turned to stone as have those who came here before you. I will get her. fly couldn't doorway so that a have crept through. "I see her already. and he felt as if a knife had struck him in the heart.

but near his had become stone." said he. In one room he saw a prince . AND SWIFT GLANCE and went ten miles 251 made himself tall. had stumbled against the threshold and was did not but come to the floor. When face grew dark. Swift Glance showed him the way. before him some one falling. Near the hearth sat a servant holding in one hand a piece of meat which he had been roasting. BROAD. it. at a step. Many other men did the prince find turned to stone. with the other hand he was raising a piece of lips it bread to his mouth. who had been turned to in another a knight appeared have been fleeing. a crack was heard led her away. Everywhere to stone it was as if life had ceased in the twinkle of an eye. master. as if in fear. As much time had not passed as it would take to walk around a cottage when they were back and Long handed prince. When in.LONG. . the acorn to the "Let it drop on the floor. The prince dropped and that minute the princess stood at his side. —one of the iron hoops around his waist broke and fell off. He took the maiden by the hand and All that day the prince had nothing to do but to walk through and around the castle and see what was wonderful there. the sun began to appear above the mountains the door flew open with a crash and the sorcerer walked he saw the princess his smiling maliciously. out.

on that mountain a precious stone." said Swift Glance. or bright fishes the children of the water. his shoulders and went Swift Glance fixed his eyes on . at midday and in the evening the prince and his attendants found rich entertainment. fields. it There were but without leaves .— 252 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE "Be stone trees. Nowhere was there a singing bird. !" each one in the position in which he was when the sorcerer said. "Hurry. In the morning. and wine poured itself out. If Long carries me I will bring Long took Swift Glance on twenty miles at a step. is is "Two hun- a mountain. Though prince the prince and his attendants resolved to keep all fell asleep. awake. Food came of its own accord. When supper was over the sorcerer came in leading the princess to be guarded a second night. they In the morning when the woke and saw that the princess was gone. and see where the princess dred miles away there is !" is "I see her already. or a flower the child of the earth. and said. he sprang up. In the castle and around it everything was dead. there was a river." the princess. but didn't flow. pulled Swift Glance by the shoulder. that precious a rock. there were but they were without grass. in that rock is stone it.

at the bottom. "she is is very far Three hundred miles from here middle of the the Black Sea.— LONG. in the looked long. shell is I will a gold ring. you or I. they paced the chamber. like the first. "Get up quickly and see The prince woke first where the princess is !" He away. all tried diligently to sit guard agamst They did not down ." Then he went away. but to-day Long must take Broad with us. When the sorcerer entered the chamber and princess his eyes flashed with rage. split into a thousand pieces and among the pieces brought it glittered the precious stone. it They and to the prince. Fear get her. in that not. sea. and the and not seeing the princess he roused Swift Glance. the mountain. and said. fell asleep while walking. is is a shell. "Oh. he dropped on the floor the princess stood before him. BROAD." . that ring the princess. but one after another princess disappeared. looked sharply into the and said with a sneer. for I shall need him. A He saw the crash! The growled an- second iron hoop flew from his body. After supper the sorcerer led in the maiden. The second day was prince's eyes. AND SWIFT GLANCE 253 It crumbled." said he. grily and led the princess away. "It will be seen who conquers. This time they sleep.

Long arm as far as he was able but could not touch bottom. and went thirty miles at a When they came to the Black Sea. stretched himself. then he put his comrades on his shoulders and hurried back to the But it was difficult for him to run swiftly with Broad. "Wait. was frightened when sunlight began to appear and his attendants had not returned. an enormous lake was formed. He to drink. picked up the shell and took out the ring. then he lay down on the edge of the and began it The sea decreased. castle. will help you. and presently was low enough for Long to touch the bottom. Swift Glance to showed him where stretched his reach for the shell. wait a minute. comrades. All at once the sun The door opened with a crash and . The warmer the rays of the sun the greater was his suffering.. appeared in the east. and it was as much as Broad could do to get out of it. high tower." said Broad. The prince Cold sweat stood on his forehead. who had half of the Black Sea in his stomach. to When Long came and he flopped a wide valley he shook Broad off to the ground like a leather sack fallen from a. the other. In one moment the whole valley was under water. 254 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE shoulder and Swift Glance on Long took Broad on one step. he was very near drowning." "I He swelled out as wide as his stomach sea would permit.

when the window cracked and in came the ring. He who to the floor and rose up quickly. Every one finished what he had begun. Swift Glance. as a rose and thanked the The princess grew ruddy life. BROAD. the AND SWIFT GLANCE He 255 the sorcerer stood on the threshold. till The bled. and Princes and warriors assembled in the chamber thanked their deliverer. In and around the iron castle everybody came to sword placed threshold fell The man who held a drawn He who stumbled at the it in its sheath. In the stables the horses stamped and neighed joy- grew green. laughed and was going away." said the prince. . "You have nothing to thank me for. the High fields were covered with many-colored flowers. looked around chamber and. The sorcerer turned to a crow land flew through the broken window. prince for freeing her. and the princess stood before him. not seeing the princess. up in the air larks were singing. shoals of fish darted through the swift river. Everywhere there was life and ously. and sat at the hearth put the piece of bread to his lips went on eating. The trees around the castle gladness.LONG. sorcerer bellowed from rage the castle trem- With a terrible noise the third iron hoop burst and fell to the floor. seeing what danger his master was had told Long to throw the ring into the chamber. in.

and Swift Glance. you would be as you were when came. Long. When the feasting was over. You need never work again.256 FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE it "Had not been for my trusty servants." Straightway the prince set out for home." said he." idle life did But such an not suit them. Broad. and time they have not met again. When the old king saw his son he wept from joy. And soon there was a rich wedding. "everything you can wish for. . They took to this leave of the prince and each went his way. All the princes and warriors whom the king's son had liberated were invited. and Swift Glance declared that they were going to travel the world in search of employment.. "I will give you. The prince begged them to stay with him. with his bride and his attendants. Long. Long.^ I and Swift Glance. the On way they met Broad and took him with them. Broad.

you are a bad flyer. he asked. "I'll sad." he reached there he asked. "and propose to heron. one on the other. "Heron. go. your legs are too short. to heron's When is. will you marry me ?" "I'll "No." thought he. too long. When he was gone the heron turned the matter over in her mind till she thought better of the proposal. After conversing with her for a while. seemed to the stork that his life was very lonely he decided to marry." said heron. one on one side. !" Be off. "Is heron at home ?" "She answered heron. don't bother me No matter how it salt fly and bitter this was." and raising himself from the ground he flew straight across the swamp house. and you can't support me. 257 I'll It's a miserable stork. "How I'll can I live it here alone? longer. old long legs. not endure any marry the . the stork had v to swallow and away." life. and said to herself. your coat besides is not marry you .— — THE STORK AND THE HERON /'^NCE y^ As and it upon a time a stork and a heron lived by a broad swamp.

and to tell you that I'll accept your proposal." The next day he heron. unprotected creature with no I'll marry stork to-morrow." answered stork. said to made up my mind to marry you we'll have the wedding right away. and said." like. he was gone the heron grew vexed with herself "What a fool I was to I'm a poor in this way? one to provide for me. you may go." said heron. heron at her word.— 258 — flew across the — swamp to stork's FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE The next day she house. I'll "No. "if you are willing to marry me I'm not willing to marry you." Heron was to cry." The next morning she flew over to stork . ashamed and mortified that she began and didn't stop crying till she reached her home so on the other side of the swamp. When and said. You may marry me. A life I have here alone I'll go and marry her." The stork flew home. in a rage." "No. heron. not be your "You may marry whomever you husband. "I've come to see you. How can I live. stork. "I've flew over the swamp and . fool I "What a was not to take . When wretched she was gone stork said to himself. refuse him. stork. and and offered have done with it. I can get on without you.

THE STORK AND THE HERON herself to him. and they are no nearer the wedding-day than when they began. And to this hour they are flying over the swamp offerday before. THE END VAIL-BALLOU CO. he . "I'll not marry you now you can marry whomever you like. BINGHAMTON AND NEW YORK . 259 Angry because she had refused him the said." When she was gone he regretted his words.. ing themselves to each other.

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