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Song of the Ballad-Singer

Walking along the road, the wandering ballad-singer came upon a girl with a black bowl over her head. "Oh, girl with the black bowl over your head, why do you sit weeping by the roadside?" he asked. “I weep because the world is hard," she said. "I am hungry and tired....

Princess in a Copper Palace

Someone was coming to my copper palace! I laid out a fine dinner and made my guest a comfortable bed. Later when I came down to the dining room, I saw that the food had been eaten. I went upstairs and found my guest resting in bed. I said, "Thou who art in my house,...

Princess Under the Control of a Dragon

I received a message that a young man had come to the gate. The gatekeeper wouldn't let him enter the town. I went down to see who had arrived, and, to my amazement, there stood the only man I have ever loved! I took his hand, drew him to the palace, and in a few...

Covan Who Receives His Mother’s Blessing

Before I went on my way, my mother made me a small cake and a large cake, and she gave me a choice. I could have the small cake with her blessing, or the large cake without it. It would appear that she would rather have her sons starve with her blessing than eat well...

Maiden Who Loves Animals

When I came to the hut in the woods, I was very upset because I had not found my father. I had gone out to bring him food, and now he would have nothing to eat. The windows of the cottage were lit up, so I knocked on the door, and a rough voice cried, "Come in." I...

Good King

My dogs were in hot pursuit of a white rabbit when all of a sudden, the rabbit turned around and leapt into my arms. "Why, bunny," I said, "As you have come to me for protection, I will see that nobody hurts you." I took it home to my palace where it was given a...