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his fire-fly steed and rode far away among the twinkling stars.
20. The winds blew him and the clouds covered him and the lightning struck at him, but on and on he rode. Away, up in the northern sky, he found a star rocking in the gale.
21. Soon it burst away and painted a burning arch across the heavens. The fairy rode his steed with the speed of the winds in the fiery path of the star. He caught the last faint spark as the dying star dropped away
His fairy lamp flamed up.
22. Just at the dark hour before dawn, the fairies met at the foot of the throne. Fairy harps played sweetest music. A joyous dance began. Among the dancers, with golden wings and flaming lamp, moved the forgiven fairy.
A FAIRY TALE
1. He met her in a forest path
One bright mid-summer day;
He took her for a fay;
From beneath her little hood, “Don't eat me, Mr. Fee-fo-fum,
And I'll be very good.”
2. Then he said: “If
will promise Not to change me to a cat, I'll promise not to eat you.
What do you say to that?” And he saw that she was smiling,
And he knew his peace was made; So they struck a fairy bargain
Beneath the woodland shade.
3. Then the fairy told the giant
Of a mystic spot she knew, Where, hidden safe among their leaves,
Some wild strawberries grew;
And the giant told the fairy
Of a pocket deep and wide
But apple-tart beside.
4. So the giant and the fairy
Sat down beneath a tree,
Just as happy as could be;
Did the fairy tell that day,
Did the giant tell the fay.
5. And when at last the parting came,
And they must say “good-by,”
Looked as if she's like to cry;
As he took her little hand,
To stay in Fairyland.