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Lily And The Lion

By Itellyouastory

A merchant, who had three daughters, was once setting out upon ajourney; but before he went he asked each  daughter what gift he shouldbring  back for her. The  eldest wished  for pearls; the  second forjewels; but  the third, who was called Lily, said, «Dear  father, bringme a rose.» Now  it was no easy task to find a rose,  for it was themiddle of winter; yet  as she was his prettiest daughter, and  was veryfond of flowers, her  father said he would try what he could do.  So hekissed all three, and bid  them goodbye.

And when the time came for him to go home, he had bought pearls andjewels for the two eldest, but he had sought everywhere in vain for therose; and when he  went into  any garden  and asked  for such  a thing,the  people laughed at him, and asked him whether he thought roses grewin snow.  This grieved him very  much, for  Lily was  his dearestchild; and  as he  was journeying home, thinking  what he  should bringher,  he came  to a  fine castle; and around the castle was a garden, inone half of which it seemed to be summer-time and  in the other  halfwinter. On  one side the  finest flowers were in full bloom, and on theother everything looked dreary  and buried in the snow. «A lucky hit!’said he, as he called to his  servant, and told him to go to a beautifulbed of roses that was there, and  bring him away one of the finestflowers.


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