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Fairy Tales from Many Lands

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Author: Katharine Pyle
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,605 / 136 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87
Downloads: 1,206
Added to site: 2014.10.24
mnybks.net#: 31785
Origin: gutenberg.org
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t through the hole in the lid, and now three more of the iron bands burst asunder.

"More water, brother; more, for the love of mercy," cried the voice. "That still is not enough to quench my thirst."

The prince fetched a third cup of water and poured it into the chest, and now with a sound like thunder the last of the iron bands were broken, and out from the chest flew a great green dragon. It flew up through the cellars and out of the castle, and the prince ran after it.

The seven princesses were just coming home, and without even stopping for a moment the dragon caught up the youngest one in his claws and flew away with her, and the prince still ran after them shouting like one distracted. Even after the dragon had disappeared over the mountains the prince ran on, and when he could no longer run he walked.

On and on he went, and after a while he came to a stream, and in a hole near it lay a small fish gasping for breath.

"Brother," it cried, "for the love of mercy put me b

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