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A Little Book of Profitable Tales   By: (1850-1895)

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A Little Book

OF

PROFITABLE TALES

BY EUGENE FIELD.

A Little Book of PROFITABLE TALES.

A Little Book of WESTERN VERSE.

Second BOOK OF VERSE. Each, 1 vol., 16mo, $1.25.

With Trumpet and Drum. One vol., 16mo, $1.00.

A Little Book

OF

PROFITABLE TALES

BY

EUGENE FIELD

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1894

Copyright, 1889 BY EUGENE FIELD

University Press: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

TO

MY SEVEREST CRITIC, MY MOST LOYAL ADMIRER, AND MY ONLY DAUGHTER,

MARY FRENCH FIELD,

THIS LITTLE BOOK OF PROFITABLE TALES

IS

Affectionately Dedicated.

E. F.

The Tales in this Little Book.

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THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE 3

THE SYMBOL AND THE SAINT 15

THE COMING OF THE PRINCE 31

THE MOUSE AND THE MOONBEAM 51

THE DIVELL'S CHRYSTMASSE 75

THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA 87

THE ROBIN AND THE VIOLET 95

THE OAK TREE AND THE IVY 105

MARGARET: A PEARL 115

THE SPRINGTIME 135

RODOLPH AND HIS KING 147

THE HAMPSHIRE HILLS 155

EZRA'S THANKSGIVIN' OUT WEST 167

LUDWIG AND ELOISE 185

FIDO'S LITTLE FRIEND 195

THE OLD MAN 213

BILL, THE LOKIL EDITOR 223

THE LITTLE YALLER BABY 233

THE CYCLOPEEDY 245

DOCK STEBBINS 257

THE FAIRIES OF PESTH 269

The First Christmas Tree.

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE.

Once upon a time the forest was in a great commotion. Early in the evening the wise old cedars had shaken their heads ominously and predicted strange things. They had lived in the forest many, many years; but never had they seen such marvellous sights as were to be seen now in the sky, and upon the hills, and in the distant village.

"Pray tell us what you see," pleaded a little vine; "we who are not as tall as you can behold none of these wonderful things. Describe them to us, that we may enjoy them with you."

"I am filled with such amazement," said one of the cedars, "that I can hardly speak. The whole sky seems to be aflame, and the stars appear to be dancing among the clouds; angels walk down from heaven to the earth, and enter the village or talk with the shepherds upon the hills."

The vine listened in mute astonishment. Such things never before had happened. The vine trembled with excitement. Its nearest neighbor was a tiny tree, so small it scarcely ever was noticed; yet it was a very beautiful little tree, and the vines and ferns and mosses and other humble residents of the forest loved it dearly.

"How I should like to see the angels!" sighed the little tree, "and how I should like to see the stars dancing among the clouds! It must be very beautiful."

As the vine and the little tree talked of these things, the cedars watched with increasing interest the wonderful scenes over and beyond the confines of the forest. Presently they thought they heard music, and they were not mistaken, for soon the whole air was full of the sweetest harmonies ever heard upon earth.

"What beautiful music!" cried the little tree. "I wonder whence it comes."

"The angels are singing," said a cedar; "for none but angels could make such sweet music."

"But the stars are singing, too," said another cedar; "yes, and the shepherds on the hills join in the song, and what a strangely glorious song it is!"

The trees listened to the singing, but they did not understand its meaning: it seemed to be an anthem, and it was of a Child that had been born; but further than this they did not understand. The strange and glorious song continued all the night; and all that night the angels walked to and fro, and the shepherd folk talked with the angels, and the stars danced and carolled in high heaven... Continue reading book >>




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