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The Blue Rose Fairy Book   By: (1874-1945)

The Blue Rose Fairy Book by Maurice Baring

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The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring

[Illustration: THE HOOFS OF HIS STEED LEFT BEHIND THEM A TRAIL OF TWINKLING ANEMONES]

THE BLUE ROSE FAIRY BOOK

BY MAURICE BARING

[Decoration]

NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1911

DEDICATED TO MARY and AUBREY

NOTE

One of these stories, "The Glass Mender," appeared first in The English Review , and six of the shorter stories in The Morning Post . I wish to thank the editors and proprietors concerned for their kindness in letting me republish them. The rest of the stories are new. M. B.

CONTENTS

PAGE THE GLASS MENDER 1 THE BLUE ROSE 31 THE STORY OF VOX ANGELICA AND LIEBLICH GEDACHT 45 THE VAGABOND 97 THE MINSTREL 137 THE HUNCHBACK, THE POOL, AND THE MAGIC RING 151 THE SILVER MOUNTAIN 165 THE RING 179 THE MERCHANT'S DAUGHTER 193 THE CUNNING APPRENTICE 219 ORESTES AND THE DRAGON 233 THE WISE PRINCESS 247

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And as he galloped through the wood, the hoofs of his steed left behind them a trail of twinkling anemones Frontispiece

One evening he was playing his one stringed instrument outside a dark wall To face p. 41

As he said this he climbed on to the manuals and disappeared into the heart of the organ " 95

And there stood before the throng a wonderful shining figure with wings " 133

And turning round she saw an old woman, bent and worn, who was muttering a supplication " 139

The sun was shining on the sea and a fresh breeze was blowing " 160

And towards the evening he emerged from the forest and saw the hill before him shining in the sunset " 176

Her mother, when she was walking in the garden of the palace, found a silver horseshoe lying on one of the paths " 181

A garment on which the month of May, and all its flowers, was painted " 210

He changed himself into a hawk " 223

The dragon appeared, and seizing the little Princess with its tail, flew away " 235

She went out on to the step and called out in a loud voice, "Oh, you boisterous winds, bring hither that same carpet on which I used to sit in the house of my father" " 252

THE GLASS MENDER

Once upon a time there lived a King and a Queen who had one daughter called Rainbow. When she was christened, the people of the city were gathered together outside the cathedral, and amongst them was an old gipsy woman. The gipsy wanted to go inside the cathedral, but the Beadle would not let her, because he said there was no room. When the ceremony was over, and the King and Queen walked out, followed by the Head Nurse who carried the baby, the gipsy called out to them:

"Your daughter will be very beautiful, and as happy as the day is long, until she sees the Spring!" And then she disappeared in the crowd.

The King and the Queen took counsel together and the King said: "That gipsy was evidently a fairy, and what she said bodes no good."

"Yes," said the Queen, "there is only one thing to be done: Rainbow must never see the Spring, nor even hear that there is such a thing... Continue reading book >>




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