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Fifty Famous Stories Retold (Large Print Edition) (Hardcover)

By: James Baldwin (Author)


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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: A murmur of the restless deep Was blent with every strain, A voice of winds that would not sleep — He never smiled again. Hearts, in that time, closed o'er the trace Of vows once fondly poured, And strangers took the kins-man's place At many a joyous board; Graves which true love had bathed with tears Were left to heaven's bright rain ; Fresh hopes were born for other years — He never smiled again ! Mrs. Hemans. KING JOHN AND THE ABBOT. I. THE THREE QUESTIONS. There was once a king of England whose name was John. He was a bad king; for he was harsh and cruel to his people, and so long as he could have his own way, he did not care what became of other folks. He was the worst king that England ever had. Now, there was in the town of Can'ter-bur-y a rich old abbot who lived in grand style in a great house called the Abbey. Every day a hundred noble men sat down with him to dine; and fifty brave knights,in fine velvet coats and gold chains, waited upon him at his table. When King John heard of the way in which the abbot lived, he made up his mind to put a stop to it. So he sent for the old man to come and see him. " How now, my good abbot ? " he said. " I hear that you keep a far better house than I. How dare you do such a thing? Don't you know that no man in the land ought to live better than the king ? And I tell you that no man shall." " O king! " said the abbot, " I beg to say that I am spending nothing but what is my own. I hope that you will not think ill of me for making things pleasant for my friends and the brave knights who are with me." " Think ill of you ? " said the king. " How can I help but think ill of you ? All that there is in this broad land is mine by right; and how do you dare to put me to shame by living in gran...



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