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Dayana Katherine Moreano suggested changes to these lyrics. Review changes. Report a problem. Last activities A. Last edit by. Synced by Adolfo Noriega. Translated by Yaly Doylet Rivas. A deep silence spread over the plain, and even the lady seemed conscious that something was about to happen, for she stood up and remained perfectly still. There was but one person there who did not feel pleasure at the approaching event, and that was a dwarf about a foot high, very ugly and wicked, who, by some means or other, had got into thin TING-A-LING.

No one he was very much the color of perceived him, the tree, and there he sat alone, quivering with for spite and malice. At the moment the head touched the ivory neck, the Queen, uttering the magic word, dropped the end of the wand, and immediately the head act hered as firmly as of old. But a wild shout of horror rang through all tb For, at the critical moment, the dwarf had plain I reached out his hand, and twisted the rope, so that when the head was joined, it was wrong side face back foremost Just then the!

With a anger the whole crowd, Queen, courtiers, common people, and all, set off in a mad yell of chase after the dwarf, who fled like a stag before the hounds. All were gone but little Ting-a-ling, and when he saw the dreadful distress of poor Nerralina, who jumped up, and twisted around, and ran back ward both ways, screaming for help, he stopped not a minute, but ran to where he had left the Giant, and told him, as fast as his breathing would allow, the sad story.

Rubbing his eyes, Tur-il-i-ra perceived that it was nearly day, and concluded to commence oper ations. He placed Ting-a-ling on his shirt-frill, where he could see what was going on, and, tak ing about eleven strides, he came to where poor Nerralina was jumping about, and, picking her up, put her carefully into his coat-tail pocket. When he arrived there, he found the people running about, and crowding around the ruins of He the Tower of Tears.

He marched in, stooping right up to the King, and held the cheese down before him. Boots boots!! Get me my boots I boots!!! She had never been kissed through Nerraliua by a man before, and it did for her what such! The Giant and laughed heartily, until, no last, being longer able to restrain himself, he sprang into the midst of them, and danced away royally, trampling about twenty couples un stood, at der foot at every jump. Dance away, old fellow shouted the King, from the other end of the room.

At length, perfectly exhausted, they all stopped, and Ting-a-ling, slipping down from the Giant f frill, went out of the door. He spent nearly all quite his time lying and thinking of the dear But one morning, creature who was gone. This and see he went anything going and sure enough something ; was going on. There he saw the vast audience-chamber filled with peo ple, shouting, and calling, and talking, all at once. The grand vizier was on the wide platform of the throne, making a speech, but the uproar was great that not one word of it so could Ting-a-ling The King himself was by his throne, put on the bulky boots, which he only wore when ting he went to battle, and which made him look so hear.

The last him with time that he had worn those boots, as Ting-a-ling very well knew, he had made war on a neighboring country, and had de feated down all all the armies, killed the towns and all the people, torn cities, and every house and cottage, and ploughed up the whole country, and sowed it with thistles, so that it could never be used as a country any more.

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So Tiug-a-ling King was putting on his war boots, something very great was surely about to happen. Hearing a fizzing noise behind him, he thought that as the turned around, and there was the Prince in the court-yard, grinding his sword on a grindstone, which was turned by two slaves, who were working away so hard and fast that they were nearly ready to drop. Just then, a little page, who had been spurs, and couldn sent for them, and who King was therefore afraid to go back, stopped to rest the s t find himself for a minute against the window where Ting-a-ling was standing. As his head just reached a little above the window-seat, Ting-a-liug went close to his ear and shouted to him, to please tell nim what was the matter.

Before he could say anything more, the King was heard to roar for his spurs, and away rao the little page, whether to look again ior tne spurs, or to hide himself, known is not Tiug-a-ling now be The Princess Aufalia, the Prince but a month at the present day. But while he was thinking something might possibly be, he heard the clear and distinct sound of a tiny bell, which, this nowever, no one but a fairy could possibly have heard above bell of to all that noise.

He knew it was the summoning her subjects and in a moment he slid down the fairy Queen, her presence ; the vine, and scampered away to the gardens. There, although the sun was shining brightly, and the fairies seldom assembled but by night, there were great crowds of them, all listening to the Queen, and keeping much better order than tbrpeople in the them King s palace.

In the night she had been taken away, while the Prince and everybody were asleep. Now, though the fairies of this tribe could go almost anywhere, through small cracks and key-holes, under doors, and into places where no one else could possibly penetrate, they did not anything of that or float in the When sort. Nothing discouraged, he jumped up, with his bridle still in his looked around for the grasshopper.

But the little fellow had had enough of those strong legs, and so he slipped along the fence, and, getting through of the grasshopper ing backward with ; it, stole around and, while he was all his eyes, in front still look Ting-a-ling stepped quietly up before him, and slipped the bridle over TING-A -LING AND THE head nis It! They were going down a grassy hill, and had just reached the bottom, when Ting-a-ling heard some one calling him. Looking around him in astonishment, he saw that was a it little of his acquaintance, fairy younger than himself, named Parsley, who was sitting in the shade of a wide-spreading dande lion.

Parsley, M I m here till lay beside him. There were spiders, who shot over the surface of the 11 brook as if they had been skating; and sorts of beautiful bugs and flies were there, green, yellow, emerald, gold, and black. But after a while the tadpole s mother came out, and then minnows caught it While watching all these lively creatures, Tinga-ling fell asleep, and when he awoke, it was dark He jumped up, and looked about him.

The butterflies bed, and now the great night-bugs and buzzing were out; the katydids were chirping in and dragon-flies had all gone to beetles the trees, and the frogs were croaking among the long reeds. Not far off, on the same side of the brook, Ting-a-ling saw the light of a fire, and so he walked over his way, he to see what it meant. On came across some wild honeysuckles, and, pulling one of the blossoms, he sucked out the sweet juice for his supper, as he walked along.

When it five he reached the he saw sitting around men, with turbans and great black beards. You castle. So there was nothing to do but to send for Tur-il-i-ra, When Ting-a-liug heard this, he was disheart ened, and hung his little head. After some conversation among themselves in an exceed ingly foreign tongue, these kind magicians agreed to do.

They looked like off for a company one having a pack age on his hack and a great staff in his hand. When they reached the outer gate of the castle, of travelling merchants, each Alcahazar, the oldest, knocked and at it with his was opened at once by a shiny black alave, who, coming out, shut it behind him, and inquired what the travellers wanted. Would we soil them with the dust of travel, ere we en tered the halls of The butler my lord the dwarf? He was drinking out of a huge bot tle nearly as big as himself, and eating little birds ; and judging by the bones that were left, he must have eaten nearly a whole flock of them.

When he saw the five people were, who came without permission magicians entering, he stopped eating, and opened his eyes in amazement, and then shouted to his servants to tell him who these feast ; to his but as no one knew, nobody answered. Under the dish were fast ened lamps of perfumed oil, all lighted, and keep ing the savory food nice and hot. Making a low bow, the magician placed the dish before the dwarf, who hands with joy. Slaves, quick! My Then Akbeck stepped lord the dwarf, I up, and said, am also the king of a far of the confections some bring you of my dominions.

There were about nineteen bushels of them alto gether, and he put them before the dwarf, who, having tasted some of them, clapped his hands, and shouted to his slaves to make room for this mighty king ; but as the next guest had very sen- 62 TING-A-LLNG. After everybody had eaten and drunk until they could at and drink no more, the dwarf jumped up and know how many beds called to the chief butler, to were prepared for the guests ; to which the butler answered that there were thirty beds prepared.

Eway, and as none of Alcahazar did not go to bed, but sat in his room and reflected. He saw that the dwarf had given on account of his joy at having captured the Princess, and thus caused grief to the King this feast and Prince, and all the people; but it was also evident that he was very sly, and had not men tioned the matter to any of the company.

So, in about an hour, when all in their rooms, was still, ; the magicians got up, and went softly One went down over the castle. The magician touched his and castle, fist shut fists with his magic staff, and it immediately opened, and there was a key So Alcahazar took the key, and shut!

Zamcar went up to the floor, near the top of the house, and entered a large room, which was empty, but the walls were hung with fully curtains made woven together. By if her heart the light of the nioon, which had now broken through the clouds, Ting-a-ling saw that she was tied fast to the chair. So he climbed up on her shoulder, and called her by name ; and when thb Princess heard him and knew him, she took him into her lovely hands, and kissed him, and cried over him, and laughed over him so much, that her joy had like to have been the death of him. Then Ting-a-ling told her that his five friends were there, and that they were going to see what they could do ; and the Princess was very glad to hear that, you ; sure.

There, sure enough, was the Princess Aufalia; but, right in front of her, on the floor, squatted who had missed his key, and had The magicians started up by a back way the dwarf, slipped! Dwarf, is five this, than that you? But the dwarf jumped up and waved his wand, fall on the boards, where and water commenced to it immediately froze; and they were so slippery, that the magicians could hardly keep their feet, and could standing not still, make one forward.

Even they came very near falling off into he chasm below. But before they reached the other edge, the dwarf pushed the chair, which was on rollers, up against the wall behind him, which opened; and instantly the Princess, Ting- and the dwarf disappeared, and the wall closed up. Without saying a word, the magicians a-ling, each drew from beneath his cloak a pickaxe, and they cut a hole in the wall in a few minutes. There was a large room on the other side, but it was entirely empty.

Were you go down there to meet you were, you had bet told to if anybody? The magicians then untied the Princess ; and as she looked weak and Zamcar, the youngest, took from under his cloak a little table, set with everything hot and faint, nice for supper ; and when the Princess had eaten something and taken a cup of tea, she felt a great deal better. So, taking an oil-cloth bag from under his cloak, Alcahazar dropped the dwarf into it, and tied it up, and hung it The two youngest magicians made a to his girdle.

So they left the boy who knew what was good, and was already sucking away at a jar of preserved green gages in the room, and they shut the door and and key; and he lived there for ninety-one years, eating preserves ; and when they were all gone, he died. All that time locked it tight, lost the he never had any clothes but his baby-clothes, and they got pretty sticky before his death.

Then our party slaves left still the castle ; and as they passed the fast asleep, the three oldest magicians took from under their cloaks watering-pots, with water that makes the slaves with sleep a week. They had been wet to the skin, and were frozen now stiff, not one of them being able to row at the side of the road, and they were all So the their hearts would break. When the seventy-five guests been taken from the for who had their com those had joined started up, and ran feast, rades heard this, they all like and when they reached it, they woke up their comrades, and took possession, and lived there all their lives.

The man who had been deer for the castle ; thrown through the window, and who had broken the way through the glass for the others, first was elected their chief, because he had suffered the most; and excepting the trouble of doing their own work for a week, until the slaves awoke, these people were very happy ever afterwards. The magicians sat down outside fairy of the Princess s apartments, to guard her until the army should return; and the ladies would have kissed and hugged them, in their gratitude and joy, if they had not been such dignified and grave personages.

Now, the King, the Prince, and the great army, had gone miles and miles away in the opposite direction to the dwarfs castle, her ladies could not think and the Princess and how to let them know what had happened. The King had just begun to feel tired, pitch his tent, and to think that he would and rest for the of a pleasant stream they night by the side had reached, when he Baw the light from the palace, and instantly knew that there had been tidings of the Princess, kings are so smart, you know. When he and the King had got through hugging and kissing the Princess, her Sunday clothes looked as if they had been worn a week.

So they 79 down, for there was room enough for every man, and nobody said a word until he was as tight as a drum. When they had all sat had enough, and were just there were heard strains of all about to begin to talk, the most delightful soft music ; and a window came the Queen of the by her court, moths and all directly, in at fairies, attended mounted on beautiful golden When they reached the dragon-flies. Ting-a-ling then bowed his thanks, and people made up notice of their all the minds to take very particular what the King had said.

Then the magicians were ordered to come for ward and name their reward but they bowed their heads, and simply besought the King that he would ; grant them seven rye straws, the peeling from a red apple, and the heel from one of his old slip pers. What in the name of common sense they wanted with these, no one but themselves knew but magicians are such strange creatures I ; When these valuable gifts had been bestowed upon them, magicians departed, leaving the dwarf for the King to do what he pleased with.

This little wretch was shut up in an iron cage, the five good and every day was obliged to eat three codfish, a bushel of Irish potatoes, and eleven pounds of bran crackers, and to drink a gallon of cambric tea ; all of which things he despised from the bottom of ois miserable little heart. There is room enough in the palace for all to sleep to-night. So his throne, at the time of which I write, was vacant.

Unlike other potentates, he took no delight in going to war, or in cutting off people s musician. All that he cared for, seemed to be music ; and the whole of his leisure time, with a great many of his business hours, was occupied in either kind. They nearly always talked by the people. So this mighty monarch never went to war, or cut off people s heads, or married more than once ; and as for building palaces, it was of no use, for he had as many as he wanted, already.

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The last ten years of his life were occupied, almost entirely, in the composition of a wonderful piece of music, which he sought, by means of perseverance and magic, to combine all the beauties and difficulties in of the science. So the music was put up against a marble tablet in the great hall of the royal palace, and there were six judges appointed, the most distin and guished professors of music in the country, these sat on great velvet chairs, three on each side of the music, and anybody might come to who try chose.

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You may well believe that the people came in one wished to be king or queen, as the case might be. This music had a crowds, for nearly every very singular effect upon most of those who not succeed in singing all crazy. The first it. They nearly did went few notes were easy, and they were so beautiful, that it was enough to make any one crazy to think that they could not sing the rest of it, not to mention missing the crown. The Prime Minister had, on this account, a great asylum built, to which the disappointed candidates were immediately conveyed, and the house was very soon filled.

It is true, that although every one failed to sing the music, they did not all go crazy ; but were taken to the the same as the they asylum rest, and if they were not crazy when they got there, they soon to pretty much became so, and thus it amounted the same thing in the end. Well, the judges sat in their chairs until they died at a good old age, and they were succeeded by others just as learned. Latterly there were not so many applications as there used to be, but still, few days, some one went out to the asylum. The Prime Minister, and after him his son, ruled the country very well, and people began to feel as if they didn t care if they never hud a king or a queen to govern them.

As a rule, they all felt very comfortable without anything of the kind. The Prince immedi did not like his gnome step-mother who was, you know, one of who are more like human beings than any others , and when a little those large underground fairies, gnome-baby was born, he could stand it no longer, and so obtained permission of his father to travel for the good of his body and mind. So he had been going from country to country until he reached the capital city of the great kingdom. There the Prince saw enough to fill him with wonder for the rest of his life. His old friend, Trumkard, took him day by day into the bazaars, and the palaces, and the mosques, and hundreds of places just as nice.

Prince set out for a city. Everything to the city, smelt of peaches, was lovely, and the Prince felt good and happy. The very beggars, when he had passed them, blessed the happy stars that had caused them to be born during his life-time, so noble and gener ous was the Prince this evening.

Strolling along, he earne to the palace of the mighty King. The Prince knew the palace ; for Trumkard had taken him into it, and had shown him the six judges sit ting in their velvet chairs, and the magical music hanging up against the marble tablet between them. He knew all about the music, and the con ditions attached to it, musician, he had never but, not being felt much inclined to try it. And the music was concealed by a great plate of gold which was locked persons over ; it every night.

Here and 91 there, a porter, or a black eunuch, or a soldier or two, he met ; but as every one who saw him, knew him instantly for a prince of good blood, he could, of course, wander where he pleased. He passed on among the golden col umns and sculptured doorways, and under vaulted and arabesque ceilings, until he came to a door of mother-of-pearl, which had a golden lock, an ala diamond key-hole.

It turned hinges, and the Prince passed by it baster knob, and a easily on silver He had into a beautiful garden. In the middle of the garden was a fountain, the waters of which rose ir a single jet from the centre, and then, as they fell back into the basin, each of their thousand drops struck upon a silver harp-string, causing the most delightful sounds to fill the air, and mingle with the songs of the birds and the perfume of the flowers.

Around the great basin were silken cush ions fish to on which the Prince reclined, and the gold that were swimming in the basin came up him to be fed. There were also many other fish, as the balancefish, which comes np to the top of the water equally balanced, having at each end of expansions like the pans of scales. So, when this properly always gets two crumbs at a time. Then there was the gelatine fish, that has fish is fed, it no mouth at that is all, necessary but is is very soft and pulpy, and to drop some crumbs upon back, and they immediately soak in.

When he was tired of this sport, he rose and Cen to He had tered the palace again by another door. She had in her hand a silver waiter, on which was the remains of a delicious of which seemed so it made him time. The some of the of the feel as old little charming to the Prince that hungry as a bear in the spring woman, who was busy munching pieces of cake, and sucking the bones birds that were little supper, the scent left, did not notice him ; and, hoping to find some more good things where these came from, he slipped in at the door, before the old woman shut it, and entered a large and beautiful room, lighted by a single lamp that hung from the ceiling.

At the upper end of this apartment, he was surprised to see a beautiful young Princess, who was sitting in an arm-chair, fast asleep, with a guitar on the floor at her feet. Around the room were placed musical instruments of all kinds but there was no one there to play ; on them but the Princess, and she was fast asleep. With his great eyes glowing like meteors in the dimness of the upper part of the room, the Nimshee glared at the Prince, and waved wings faster and stronger. He walked softly round the room once or twice, and then, returning to the Princess, spoke to her.

She did not awake, and the Prince called her louder and louder, and shoulder, he shook her felt hand on her at last, putting his ; but still she slept. The Princess opened her eyes with a start and as she awoke, ear, ; the Nimshee, beating his breast with his wings, gave a great roar like the waves beating in a storm against a rocky coast, and flew away.

She explained the meaning of the musical instru room, by stating that she had a great passion for music, and the good people of the pal ace brought her a new instrument nearly ever ments in the day ; hut she never sat down to play any of them but she went almost immediately to sleep. He wished her to perform, but she urged him, and he soon saw a hand-organ, and said he was pretty sure that he could play on that.

Then the Prince s arm got tired, and he stopped and asked the Princess to was a little tell him her ashamed to tell history. She said she him her story, because he might think that she was not of as good descent as himself; but the Prince insisting, she told him that her mother was a water-woman. When he left her, mother pined away, and soon died too, when was only about twelve years old.

One grown story. Directly she declared bed ; that she was going to hut she desired the Grand Chamberlain to young Prince and give him a handsome room until morning, when she would like to see take that him again, make arrangements and for their wedding. So she went away with her ladies, and the Chamberlain took the Prince out into the alabaster hall again. Prince by the arm, he hurried A and, taking the him along, until he came to the aviary, where all sorts of wonder ful and costly birds were kept, and he pushed him in there, and locked him up.

The Prince was so taken by surprise at this hasty treatment, that he had no time to get angry, or he would certainly have drawn his sword, and made short work of the Grand Chamberlain. The great deal, afraid they feel made it very unpleasant for him, by a circle around him, and steadfastly gaz forming ing at him with their great eyes, which looked owls, too, like enormous cat-eyes, stuck into the darkness. As to the night-hawks and the other birds which fly in the dark, they swooped around and over and when him the whole livelong night; began he to get a little sleep, about daybreak, every bird in the place began to sing, or twitter, or scream, or crow, or gobble, or chatter, and the Prince might as well have tried to fly as sleep.

About eight o clock, a man came to feed the birds, in the aviary, he put him and seeing the Prince out instantly. As the Prince wandered about the a number of duct him people, all of whom palace, he met he asked to con to the Princess. At ity, last a man who seemed came up to have some author to the Prince, and, having heard him his story, requested to follow him. He led the way to a small door, and, motioning to the Prince to pass through it, shut and fastened it The Prince found himself out in the after him.

In fact, this matter seemed to be the town talk ; but the Prince did not stay to listen to for it, to eat, much of he was extremely anxious to get something and to relate his troubles. Trumkard did not encourage him much, and proposed that they should continue their journey ; but the Prince would not listen to such advice, and as soon as he had finished his breakfast, he went back to the palace in order to try and see his Princess. A great crowd stood 1C2 around the gates, and they were very much excited about something.

The Prince learned from their discourse that was thought that the Princess who played so splendidly, could certainly sing as well, and there it was a suspicion that the Prime Minister, who had governed the people so long, was afraid of her powers, and had sent her away. Indeed, a Habbed-il-Gabbed, who kept a goafscheese shop, and who had a cousin who was one certain of the royal-black-eunuch-guards, had heard from him that the Princess had certainly disappeared, and that the public suspicions were very likely to be correct.

At this news the Prince smote became very sad ; and all his breast, and that day and night, and the next day until sundown, he palace, hoping to get in. In the early evening of the second day, the Prince, while walking round the palace, saw a boy come out of a back-alley gate, to empty some ashes. IOS the Prince perceiving this, and being very expert in making had become signs, asked him of his lady-love.

But he could not sleep ; and when the moon arose, he got up and wandered away beyond the walls of the city, until he came to the borders of the sea. There he saw, far roaming about upon the sands, numbers of waterwomen, who every now and then blew upon conchshells, if looking about them in every direction, as When they expected some one to answer them. The good woman of the sea then told him that she and her compan had come up on the shore every night for a year, hoping that the Princess would stray that ions way, and be induced by them to return to her ocean home.

Then she told him who the Princess really was, When and thus her story ran. When Barradin became king, he did not marry a queen, or cut off people s heads, or go to war, or build palaces ; but he took his chief delight and encouraged the love of it among his people.

When the music was finished, the King died. His mother was a sorceress, and a very wicked woman, who, when her son was dead, gave it out that she herself was dying ; for she had now old long that people had begun to suspect something, and to think that she had too much lived so So she pretended to die, and and at night she to do with magic.

She it was who put it into the heads of so many sensible people to contend for the crown, and joy that she saw Many them it was with carried out to the asylum. When child, fche used young Princess, her great-grand was born, Mahbracca that was the name of this old sorceress all available was very much troubled, and means to destroy the infant ; but TING-A-LING her efforts were vain, for the people of the ocean protected her from all enchantments.

As the Princess grew up, she loved to ramhle on the white sands, and she was once perceived there by a party of ladies from the palace, who had persuaded her to come with them to their royal, home, where she had now been for a year. She knew not who she was, nor did her friends at the palace and her relations of the ocean had always hoped that some day she would return to them, Now the sorceress feared that some day she would ; happen to sing the magical music, and be made queen and she hated the poor girl so much, that she would not have had this happen for all the ; world.

Therefore it was, no doubt, that she had sent the Nimshee, in order to prevent the Prin cess from ever exercising the wonderful gift she had inherited. This much the water- woman told the Prince, but as to what had of the Princess, know but there were others of her who knew more than she did, and she would she did not people now become inquire of them. He was a curious-looking in dividual, and, as the water-woman informed the Prince, a powerful lord of the ocean. He was wrapped in an old-fashioned cloak, made of the finest quality of sea-weed, and drawing this losely around him, he requested his fair cousin of the sea to be as quick as possible in her business with him, as it much the air briefly related was not prudent for him to be in So the water- woman at his age.

When he heard folded his bracca is the old sea-gentleman this, arms and looked very grave. The old man made a few remarks to the boy jumped him off in the ocean dialect, when the rock and disappeared be neath the waves. My boy will take you to the sea-side entrance of the cave of Mah- hope you will have no difficulty entering, but I can say nothing positive upon There bracca.

When the equipage was drawn up at the foot of the rock, the Prince took leave of his friends, and quickly stepped in and took his seat. The fishes made excellent time, and the motion of the great shell over the waves would have been exceedingly pleas ant to the Prince, if his mind had not been filled with anxiety and impatience. At last they dashed pulling up his steeds, his sword, soon drove into shore, jumped and the sea-boy, out, followed imme diately by the Prince. A high rocky wall, seemingly up solemnly in front of him, and extended out, on each side, far into the sea.

Ill qnently, without delay or fear, he drew his sword, and entered it. The way for a while was easy, but Here afterward became very rough and uneven. The place smelt like a burial vault, and against the walls on each rows of ghouls sat on the side, knees drawn up to their chins.

Walking on rapidly, he soon left these gibbering wretches, and found that the passage became much drier, although darker, and wound and turned in various Against the walls, transfixed by great were enormous glow-worms, which gave directions. These worms turned their heads to look at the Prince, and flashed a brighter light might see him the from their better.

Against one of the walls, chained by his arms and his wings and his legs, was the Nimshee who had fanned the Princess with sleep-giving wings.

This spectacle caused the Prince to step out of the room with alacrity, and quickly shutting the until the very walls door behind him, he walked rapidly along the On gloomy passage. He led way he met numerous spirits of various kinds, but they only scowled at way which his down as he passed, and he spoke to soon descended a stone stair to a large circular hall, with various doors and passages leading from it.

On the side opposite to the stairs was a great door of green marble, sculptured with mysterious devices. Stepping up to it, and finding that it opened eas he entered an octagonal room, the walls of which were hung with the skins of spotted cats, ily, and on the floor was spread a skin of the sacred white elephant of India.


Book Reviews. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Cookie Policy. The next morning his blue butterfly, most as fast as early, Ting-a-ling and over the fields mounted he went al a bird, for his was a butterfly of the desert, where they have to fly very far for anything to eat, and to race for it very often at that. This spectacle caused the Prince to step out of the room with alacrity, and quickly shutting the until the very walls. About this Item: Troubador Publishing ,

With hands upon his knees, the Afrite bent down his head, and looked steadfastly at the Prince his with glaring eyes. Advancing towards Prince inquired of Princess, this formidable sentinel, the him where he should find the she were shut up here, or where he if could see the sorceress Mahbracca. The Afrite arose, and, pushing aside the block of porphyry on which he had been sitting, took down a brazen bar by which the door was fastened, and throwing it open, told the Prince, in a harsh and brazen voice, to enter. The room in which the Prince now found him self, was the private apartment of the sorceress, where had been concocted all the wickedness with which she had cursed the subjects of her son.

At first, the Prince could scarcely distinguish the objects in the room, as it was lighted only by a small brazier which burnt dimly on a table ; but the Afrite thrust his javelin into the brazier, and the flames, all green and red, burst forth luridly, lighting up the apartment with unearthly colors. Looking around him, he saw, by the bright light which now filled the room, that against each of the walls was a row of cages, containing snakes of various grades of venom, placed in order, ac Standing on cording to their deadly properties. But he paid them no further attention, and pro ceeded with his inspection of the room.

There were great numbers of horrid-looking furnaces, and cages, and grotesque lamps, with the flames out, but with wicks smelling vilely. Prom came groans, but no heads. These longer. While the Prince stood, scarcely able to refrain from laughing at the com countenance of the young demon in the jar, he heard the opening of a door, and, turning, saw ical Mahbracca enter the apartment.


She advanced with a smile, which did not make her more look any the Prince. Passing quickly through several apartments, they entered a wide, long, and dim avenue. I and nimble. The underground av enue in which they ran seemed of great length and very shortly the old lady varied the exercise ; by introducing certain gymnastics. Sometimes, as she stretched out her staff, the ground would suddenly open before her, and she sprang ovei the wide chasm with the greatest ease poor Prince, all ; while the unprepared, would have to strain every muscle in his body to clear, in the midst yawning gulf.

Then she upwards, and the ground rise of his rapid career, the would wave her staff of her, like a steep and rocky hill, up which she would lightly run, while the Prince could scarcely restrain himself from dashing vio in front Then, while heated and breathless with the ascent of one of these, he lently against its stony face. Very soon, however, he began to get his blood up, and, kicking out his legs like a wild goat of Cashmere, he prepared to show her that it would have to be a very smart old woman who could beat him in a race.

At last he actually gained on her, and kept ahead of her fbr a few minutes, during which time he had level running. But with a great effort, she passed him, and, violently throwing up the end of her caused a great rock to rise with such promptness, that the Prince came within an inch staff, of braining himself against went, and But over it. Hasten, hasten the Princess awaits us! Incensed by her mockery, he gave a mighty plunge into the sand before him, and surged along like a ship in the ocean, while Mahbracca skipped gayly by him, playfully kicking the sand into his eyes.

I ha,! Ha, it. She complimented him on his remarkable agil ity and strength, but he made her no answer, and, wiping his face with his handkerchief, walked on without a word. At length they reached the end of the avenue, and, passing through a circular aperture with which it terminated, the Prince found himself in the cavity of an immense hollow mountain, the floor of which was a great plain, and into which the light of day was admitted through an opening in the top, more than two miles above him.

Scattered about over the blackish sward were many groups of ghouls and variously colored de mons, some playing pitch-penny with ancient coins, and others lying asleep on the ground. At a dis tance, grazing on the exuberant and oily foliage, were herds of the prong-horned Yabouks, those sanguinary monsters which impale their victims on the great horn upon their noses, holding and opening their months to their heads blood slowly trickle Many down le back the their throats.

But not the attention of the these things claimed Prince. Seizing him by the hand with a strength was not to be that resisted, she led to the foot of the tower. Starting presently to his feet, the Prince ran around the tower to find the front door, and, see he endeavored to push it open, hut it was He then turned to look for securely fastened. He could not and wilder move it it an inch. The night was fast coming on, and overcome with sorrow and despair, and weak with hunger, the Prince fell upon the ground.

When he had lain thus for an hour or two, hear ing nothing of the Princess or his enemies, he be gan to reflect that if he intended to serve his lady love, he must do something, and that speedily. He himself, he plainly saw, had no power against this sorceress, and perhaps even now she was within the tower, preventing the Princess from answering or appearing to him.

When return to his friend he reached the aperture by which he had entered the hollow mountain which he did without meet ing any one , he found it closed by a gate of brass. He ran around the sides of the mountain, rousing in his course several herds of Yabouks and dreadful cat tle that gazed, half awake, at his rapid movements, and examined, as well as he could by the dim light, the wall of this great cavern.

Taking off his handsome and richly embroidered clothes, which would only impede him in his labors, his under-vest he stood dressed only in and trousers. Then, springing up on a projecting rock and over another, he entered a great crack, pushed through some loose earth, and made his way through the various crevices of the ground, as he had seen the gnomes do. After resting awhile, he arose, and, taking his way across a great plain, found himself by daybreak, worn out and footsore, near the gates of a great city.

Entering, he in quired of one of the few people who were up so early, it what was the and was informed that city this was, city of the Queen Altabec, and a long distance from the city of the mighty King. The Prince thanked his informant, to look for a tailor s shop, himself with clothes eyed him with ; for and proceeded where he might provide he perceived that people and well they might.

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