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English Fairy Tale: Princess Of Canterbury English Fairy Tale: Princess Of Canterbury

English Fairy Tale: Princess Of Canterbury
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)There lived formerly in the County of Cumberland a nobleman who had three sons, two of whom were comely and clever youths, but the other a natural fool, named Jack, who was generally engaged with the sheep: he was dressed in a parti-coloured coat, and a steeple-crowned hat with a tassel, as became his condition. Now the King of Canterbury had a beautiful daughter, who was distinguished by her great ingenuity and wit, and he issued a decree that whoever should answer three questions put to him by the princess should have her in marriage, and... Short Stories - Post by : Teamplay1 - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 3598

English Fairy Tale: Wise Men Of Gotham English Fairy Tale: Wise Men Of Gotham

English Fairy Tale: Wise Men Of Gotham
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Of Buying of SheepThere were two men of Gotham, and one of them was going to market to Nottingham to buy sheep, and the other came from the market, and they both met together upon Nottingham bridge."Where are you going?" said the one who came from Nottingham."Marry," said he that was going to Nottingham, "I am going to buy sheep.""Buy sheep?" said the other, "and which way will you bring them home?""Marry," said the other, "I will bring them over this bridge.""By Robin Hood," said he that came from Nottingham, "but thou shalt not.""By Maid Marion,"... Short Stories - Post by : smiler - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 951

English Fairy Tale: Lambton Worm English Fairy Tale: Lambton Worm

English Fairy Tale: Lambton Worm
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)A wild young fellow was the heir of Lambton, the fine estate and hall by the side of the swift-flowing Wear. Not a Mass would he hear in Brugeford Chapel of a Sunday, but a-fishing he would go. And if he did not haul in anything, his curses could be heard by the folk as they went by to Brugeford.Well, one Sunday morning he was fishing as usual, and not a salmon had risen to him, his basket was bare of roach or dace. And the worse his luck, the worse grew his language, till the... Short Stories - Post by : zaipul - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 3057

English Fairy Tale: Stupid's Cries English Fairy Tale: Stupid's Cries

English Fairy Tale: Stupid's Cries
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)There was once a little boy, and his mother sent him to buy a sheep's head and pluck; afraid he should forget it, the lad kept saying all the way along:"Sheep's head and pluck! Sheep's head and pluck!"Trudging along, he came to a stile; but in getting over he fell and hurt himself, and beginning to blubber, forgot what he was sent for. So he stood a little while to consider: at last he thought he recollected it, and began to repeat:"Liver and lights and gall and all! Liver and lights and gall and all!"Away he... Short Stories - Post by : seasoned - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 3152

English Fairy Tale: Catskin English Fairy Tale: Catskin

English Fairy Tale: Catskin
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Well, there was once a gentleman who had fine lands and houses, and he very much wanted to have a son to be heir to them. So when his wife brought him a daughter, bonny as bonny could be, he cared nought for her, and said, "Let me never see her face."So she grew up a bonny girl, though her father never set eyes on her till she was fifteen years old and was ready to be married. But her father said, "Let her marry the first that comes for her." And when this was known,... Short Stories - Post by : checkmate - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 2102

English Fairy Tale: Old Mother Wiggle-waggle English Fairy Tale: Old Mother Wiggle-waggle

English Fairy Tale: Old Mother Wiggle-waggle
The fox and his wife they had a great strife, They never ate mustard in all their whole life; They ate their meat without fork or knife And loved to be picking a bone, e-ho! The fox went out, one still, clear night, And he prayed the moon to give him light, For he'd a long way to travel that night, Before he got back to his den-o! The fox when he came to yonder stile, He lifted his lugs and he listened a while! "Oh, ho!" said the fox, "it's but a short mile From this unto yonder wee town,... Short Stories - Post by : Riley_Crayton - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 3435

English Fairy Tale: Habetrot And Scantlie Mab English Fairy Tale: Habetrot And Scantlie Mab

English Fairy Tale: Habetrot And Scantlie Mab
A woman had one fair daughter, who loved play better than work, wandering in the meadows and lanes better than the spinning-wheel and distaff. The mother was heartily vexed at this, for in those days no lassie had any chance of a good husband unless she was an industrious spinster. So she coaxed, threatened, even beat her daughter, but all to no purpose; the girl remained what her mother called her, "an idle cuttie."At last, one spring morning, the gudewife gave her seven heads of lint, saying she would take no excuse; they must be returned in three days spun into... Short Stories - Post by : jfm11z - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 3387

English Fairy Tale: Wee, Wee Mannie English Fairy Tale: Wee, Wee Mannie

English Fairy Tale: Wee, Wee Mannie
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Once upon a time, when all big folks were wee ones and all lies were true, there was a wee, wee Mannie that had a big, big Coo. And out he went to milk her of a morning, and said--"Hold still, my Coo, my hinny, Hold still, my hinny, my Coo, And ye shall have for your dinner What but a milk white doo."But the big, big Coo wouldn't hold still. "Hout!" said the wee, wee Mannie-- "Hold still, my Coo, my dearie, And fill my bucket wi' milk, And if ye 'll be no contrairy... Short Stories - Post by : Toddq29 - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 965

English Fairy Tale: Little Bull-calf English Fairy Tale: Little Bull-calf

English Fairy Tale: Little Bull-calf
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Centuries of years ago, when almost all this part of the country was wilderness, there was a little boy, who lived in a poor bit of property and his father gave him a little bull-calf, and with it he gave him everything he wanted for it.But soon after his father died, and his mother got married again to a man that turned out to be a very vicious step-father, who couldn't abide the little boy. So at last the step-father said: "If you bring that bull-calf into this house, I'll kill it." What a villain he... Short Stories - Post by : Makers_Mark - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 1396

English Fairy Tale: Puddock, Mousie, And Ratton English Fairy Tale: Puddock, Mousie, And Ratton

English Fairy Tale: Puddock, Mousie, And Ratton
There lived a Puddock in a well, And a merry Mousie in a mill. Puddock he would a-wooing rid Sword and pistol by his side. Puddock came to the Mousie's inn, "Mistress Mousie, are you within?" MOUSIE. "Yes, kind Sir, I am within, Softly do I sit and spin." PUDDOCK. "Madam, I am come to woo, Marriage I must have of you." MOUSIE. "Marriage I will grant you none Till Uncle Ratton he comes home." PUDDOCK. "See, Uncle Ratton's now come in Then go and bask the bride within." Who is it that sits next the wall But Lady Mousie both... Short Stories - Post by : Lynas - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 2030

English Fairy Tale: News! English Fairy Tale: News!

English Fairy Tale: News!
MR. G. Ha! Steward, how are you, my old boy? How do things go on at home?STEWARD. Bad enough, your honour; the magpie's dead!MR. G. Poor mag! so he's gone. How came he to die?STEWARD. Over-ate himself, Sir.MR. G. Did he indeed? a greedy dog. Why, what did he get that he liked so well?STEWARD. Horseflesh; he died of eating horseflesh.MR. G. How came he to get so much horseflesh?STEWARD. All your father's horses, Sir.MR. G. What! are they dead too?STEWARD. Ay, Sir; they died of over-work.MR. G. And why were they over-worked?STEWARD. To carry water, Sir.MR. G. To carry water,... Short Stories - Post by : garvin - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 2163

English Fairy Tale: Stars In The Sky English Fairy Tale: Stars In The Sky

English Fairy Tale: Stars In The Sky
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Once on a time and twice on a time, and all times together as ever I heard tell of, there was a tiny lassie who would weep all day to have the stars in the sky to play with; she wouldn't have this, and she wouldn't have that, but it was always the stars she would have. So one fine day off she went to find them. And she walked and she walked and she walked, till by-and-by she came to a mill-dam."Goode'en to ye," says she, "I'm seeking the stars in the sky to play... Short Stories - Post by : studentbee - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 3400

English Fairy Tale: King O' The Cats English Fairy Tale: King O' The Cats

English Fairy Tale: King O' The Cats
One winter's evening the sexton's wife was sitting by the fireside with her big black cat, Old Tom, on the other side, both half asleep and waiting for the master to come home. They waited and they waited, but still he didn't come, till at last he came rushing in, calling out, "Who's Tommy Tildrum?" in such a wild way that both his wife and his cat stared at him to know what was the matter."Why, what's the matter?" said his wife, "and why do you want to know who Tommy Tildrum is?""Oh, I've had such an adventure. I was digging... Short Stories - Post by : WCarmier - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 2076

English Fairy Tale: Rushen Coatie English Fairy Tale: Rushen Coatie

English Fairy Tale: Rushen Coatie
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)There was once a king and a queen, as many a one has been; few have we seen, and as few may we see. But the queen died, leaving only one bonny girl, and she told her on her death-bed: "My dear, after I am gone, there will come to you a little red calf, and whenever you want anything, speak to it, and it will give it you."Now, after a while, the king married again an ill-natured wife, with three ugly daughters of her own. And they hated the king's daughter because she was so... Short Stories - Post by : research - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 1601

English Fairy Tale: King John And The Abbot Of Canterbury English Fairy Tale: King John And The Abbot Of Canterbury

English Fairy Tale: King John And The Abbot Of Canterbury
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)In the reign of King John there lived an Abbot of Canterbury who kept up grand state in his Abbey. A hundred of the Abbot's men dined each day with him in his refectory, and fifty knights in velvet coats and gold chains waited upon him daily. Well, King John, as you know, was a very bad king, and he couldn't brook the idea of any one in his kingdom, however holy he might be, being honoured more than he. So he summoned the Abbot of Canterbury to his presence.The Abbot came with a goodly retinue,... Short Stories - Post by : UltraSuccess - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 2910

English Fairy Tale: King Of England And His Three Sons English Fairy Tale: King Of England And His Three Sons

English Fairy Tale: King Of England And His Three Sons
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Once upon a time there was an old king who had three sons; and the old king fell very sick one time and there was nothing at all could make him well but some golden apples from a far country. So the three brothers went on horseback to look for some of these apples. They set off together, and when they came to cross-roads they halted and refreshed themselves a bit; and then they agreed to meet on a certain time, and not one was to go home before the other. So Valentine took the right,... Short Stories - Post by : frankbck - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 2696

English Fairy Tale: Pottle O' Brains English Fairy Tale: Pottle O' Brains

English Fairy Tale: Pottle O' Brains
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Once in these parts, and not so long gone neither, there was a fool that wanted to buy a pottle o' brains, for he was ever getting into scrapes through his foolishness, and being laughed at by every one. Folk told him that he could get everything he liked from the wise woman that lived on the top o' the hill, and dealt in potions and herbs and spells and things, and could tell thee! all as 'd come to thee or thy folk. So he told his mother, and asked her if he could seek... Short Stories - Post by : Dioqq2 - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 946

English Fairy Tale: Hobyahs English Fairy Tale: Hobyahs

English Fairy Tale: Hobyahs
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)Once there was an old man and woman and a little girl, and they all lived in a house made of hempstalks. Now the old man had a little dog named Turpie; and one night the Hobyahs came and said, "Hobyah! Hobyah! Hobyah! Tear down the hempstalks, eat up the old man and woman, and carry off the little girl!" But little dog Turpie barked so that the Hobyahs ran off; and the old man said, "Little dog Turpie barks so that I cannot sleep nor slumber, and if I live till morning I will cut... Short Stories - Post by : mitchmoccia - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 3024

English Fairy Tale: Children In The Wood English Fairy Tale: Children In The Wood

English Fairy Tale: Children In The Wood
Now ponder well, you parents dear, These words which I shall write; A doleful story you shall hear, In time brought forth to light. A gentleman of good account, In Norfolk dwelt of late, Who did in honour far surmount Most men of his estate. Sore sick he was and like to die, No help his life could save; His wife by him as sick did lie, And both possest one grave. No love between these two was lost, Each was to other kind; In love they lived, in love they died, And left two babes behind. The one a fine... Short Stories - Post by : JBSikes - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 2098

English Fairy Tale: Son Of Adam English Fairy Tale: Son Of Adam

English Fairy Tale: Son Of Adam
(Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs)A man was one day working. It was very hot, and he was digging. By-and-by he stopped to rest and wipe his face; and he was very angry to think he had to work so hard only because of Adam's sin. So he complained bitterly, and said some very hard words about Adam.It happened that his master heard him, and he asked, "Why do you blame Adam? You'd ha' done just like Adam, if you'd a-been in his place.""No, I shouldn't," said the man; "I should ha' know'd better.""Well, I'll try you," says his master; "come... Short Stories - Post by : nospecs - Date : August 2010 - Author : Joseph Jacobs - Read : 1523