Donegal Fairy Stories

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McClure, Phillips & Company, 1900 - Children's stories - 255 pages
 

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Contents

I
II
3
III
31
IV
61
V
77
VI
97
VII
137
VIII
153
X
177
XI
213
XII
233
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Page 241 - said the horse, "it is not long since she passed here." So on she ran, and it was not long till she met the sheep, and said she : " Sheep, sheep of mine, 218 did you see this maid of mine, with my tig, with my tag, with my long leather bag, and all the gold and silver I have earned since I was a maid ?" "Ay," said the sheep, "it is not long since she passed here.
Page 221 - I will do that," says Jack, says he. So he went to his bed, and early in the morning he was up and turned out the spotty cow and went to the fair. When Jack got to the fair, he saw a crowd gathered in a ring in the street. " I wonder what they are looking at, anyhow,
Page 222 - I have no money." "No matter for that," says the man: "you have a cow, and that is as good as money to me." "Well," says Jack, "I have a poor mother who is very downhearted at home, and she sent me to the fair to sell this cow and raise some money and lift her heart.
Page 243 - I am doing well and making my fortune," and then she went away. She traveled away and away on before her, far further than I could tell you, and twice as far as you could tell me, until she came into a strange country, and going up to a little house, she found an old Hag living in it. The old Hag asked her where she was going. She said she was going to push her fortune. Said the Hag: "How would you like to stay here with me, for I want a maid?" 68 IRISH FAIRY TALES "What will I have to do?" says...
Page 97 - ... man big, he rose up one day and said to his father and mother that he would go off and push his fortune. All his father and mother could say to Jack, they could not keep him from going. So with his staff in his hand and his father's and mother's blessing on his head, off he started, and he travelled away far, farther than I could tell you, and twice as far as you could tell me. At length one day, coming up to a big wood, he met a gray-haired old man. The old man asked him, "Jack, where are you...
Page 37 - And if his fights before had been hard, this one was harder and greater and more terrible than the others put together. They made the hard ground into soft, and the soft into spring wells; they made the rocks into pebbles, and the pebbles into gravel, and the gravel fell over the country like hailstones. All the birds of the air from the lower end of the world to the upper end of the world, and all the wild beasts and tame from the four ends of the earth, came flocking to see the fight. The audience...
Page 220 - I should like well to have them," says Jack, says he, " only I cannot." "Why cannot you?" says the man. " O," says Jack, says he, "I have no money, and my poor mother is very down-hearted. She sent me to the fair to sell this cow and bring some money to lift her heart." "O," says the man, says he, "if you want to lift your mother's heart I will sell you the mouse, and when you set the bee to play the harp and the mouse to dance to it, your mother will laugh if she never laughed in her life before."...
Page 255 - it is not long since she passed here." So she goes on, and it was not long before she met the lime-kiln, and said she: "Limekiln, lime-kiln of mine, did you see this maid of mine, with my tig, with my tag, with my long leather bag, and with all the gold and silver I have earned since I was a maid?" "Ay," said the lime-kiln, "it is not long since she passed here.
Page 249 - On occasions, he would also give me a coin or two. One day when I was in the midst of an interesting story, Apa came rushing in like a hurricane and disappeared again after ordering me to stitch buttons on to a kurta. When I asked her where she was going, she said, she was going to see Allah! I was then too young to understand how Allah Mian could grant an exclusive interview to Apa. Anyhow, Apa always made me busy with one thing or the other and clambered herself to the rooftop.
Page 223 - I have done that," says Jack. "Did you do well?" says the mother. "I did well, and very well," says Jack. "How much did you get for her?" says the mother. "O," says he, "it was not for money at all I sold her, but for something far better.

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