Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts, Collected and Narrated by Patrick Kennedy

Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts, Collected and Narrated by Patrick Kennedy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...shape, but he put her oh and off on one pretence or other. But she wouldn t be a woman if she hadn t perseverance; and so at last he let her know that if she took the least fright while he d be out of his natural form, he would never recover it till many generations of men would be under the mould. Oh! she wouldn t be a fit wife for Gearoidh Iarla if she could be easily frightened. Let him but gratify her in this whim, and he d see what a hero she was! So one beautiful summer evening, as they were sitting in their grand drawing-room, he turned his face away from her, and muttered some words, and while you d wink he was clever and clean out of sight, and a lovely golrflfinch was flying about the room. The lady, as courageous as she thought herself, was a little startled, but she held her own pretty well, especially when he came and perched on her shoulder, and shook his wings, and put his little beak to her lips, and whistled the delightfullest tune you ever heard. Well, he flew in circles round the room, and played /zide and go seek with his lady, and flew out into the garden, and flew back again, and lay down in her lap as if he was asleep, and jumped up again. Well, when the thing had lasted long enough to satisfy both, he took one flight more into the open air; but by my word he was soon on his return. He flew right into his lady s bosom, and the next moment a fierce hawk was after him. The wife gave one loud scream, though there was no need, for the wild bird came in like an arrow, and struck against a table with such force that the life was dashed out of him. She turned her eyes from his quivering body to where she saw the goldfinch an instant before, but neither...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236626109
  • 9781236626103