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CINDERELLA; PUSS IN BOOTS;
VALENTINE AND ORSON: WITH
THE ORIGINAL COLOURED
DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY
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PUBLIC UB«ARY I
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They dressed themselves so fine in silks, and pearls, and
flowers, and lace,
Poor Cinderella hadn't time to wash her pretty face.
When they started for the ball, full of haughtiness and pride,
Poor Cinderella felt quite sad, and sat her down and cried.
She had not cried much longer than a quarter of an hour.
When a wonderful bright creature appeared upon the floor,
Looked compassionately on her, and said in accents mild,
" I am your Fairy Godmother, so cry no more, my child :
I know that you are sad, and that your sisters are unkind :
Now go and fetch for me the largest pumpkin you can find."
She went and fetched the pumpkin, and the Fairy shook her
And changed it to a splendid coach, with cushions rich and
A MILLER lay dying, — he made his last wil
He left his three sons his cat, ass, and mill :
To the eldest the mill, to the second the ass ;
The third had the cat, and he cried out, " Alas
I must starve now, unless I take Pussy to eat
So the Puss put on boots, and he started abroad.
And caught a fine rabbit just near the high road,
Which he took to the palace, and ga\'e to the
" This I from the Marquis of Carabas bring."
Again Puss went hunting, and carried the prey
To the King, with the Marquis's duty, each day.
'le promised, and with joyful heart she gained the palace
And danced, and laughed, and looked indeed the fairest of
The King's son danced with her, and praised her lovely shape
All treated her as if she were the greatest lady there :
But in good time she slipped away, and waited safe at home,
In kitchen comer sitting till her sisters back should come ;
And when they came they told her all about the stranger fair,
And what she wore, and how she looked, and how she did
Next night another ball was held — the sisters dressed, and
And pretty Cinderella, too, by Godmother was sent
Prince danced with her every dance, and praised her
more and more,
And laughed and talked so much, that when the cloci^ 'gan
strike the hour —
The fatal hour of twelve— it took her greatly by surprise ;
She turned and fled so quick before the Pnnce's wondering
That in her haste to reach her coach she dropped her crystal
She had no time to pick it up, as towards home she flew.
The sisters later home returned, and told her all they knew
About the lady and the Prmce, and all of it was true.
As Cinderella heard them talk, she turned away her head.
Nor said a word that might not lit her place of kitchen-
Next day was proclamation made : " Whereas, a crystal shoe
Has been discovered at the ball, who is the owner — who?
All ladies now must try it on ; the Prince will marry her,
Whoe'er it be, who easily the crystal shoe can wear."
No foot was found to fit the shoe : they tried throughout ilie
At last they came unto this house, aiul called the ladies down.
The sisters try to get it on, and pull, and push, and squeeze,
When Cinderella calmly said, "Allow me, if you please."
The sisters scorned her for the tiiought, and much surprise
\Vhen Cinderella from her pocket pulled the fellow shoe.
She tried them on — they fit — and she, no longer kitchen-
Stands up to meet the Prince in all her beauty fair arrayed.
One morn, said the Cat to his Master, " 1 pray
You to go and to bathe in the river to day ;
The Marquis of Carabas, too, you must be.
And leave all the rest of the business to me."
Now, while the King down by the river passed by.
He heard dismal cries of — "Help! help! or he'll die!
The Marquis of Carabas drowns! — O my master!"
The King sent his guards to avert the disaster.
The Miller's son finds himself pulled out, and drest
In all that his Majesty had of the best:
At last he arrived at a castle so grand,
Which belonged to an Ogre, as well as the lain! ;
Puss conversed with the Ogre, who said that he
Assume any shape that he chose — bad or good,
Great or small^as he'd show; and the Ogre, so
Turned into a mouse, and was swallowed by Pussy.
At this moment his Majesty's carriage was heard ;
Puss hurried down stairs, and he shortly appeared
At the door, flung wide open before they could ring:
"The Marquis of Carabas welcomes the King!"
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1 he Miller's son thus became lord of the place,
And he feasted the Kine with much crrandeur
After dinner, his Majesty, smiling and bland,
Said, " Marquis of Carabas, give us your hand ;
And if there is aught that seems goodly of ours — -
Yes, even our daughter — dear Marquis, 'tis
So the Miller's son married the Princess next day,
And Puss was a groomsman, in top-boots so gay;
For the Marquis of Carabas owed him his life —
His lands and his corn-helds — his castle and wife.
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