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EX LIBRIS 

CHARLES 
* ELIOT* 
GOODSPEED 




CHILDREN'S BOOK 
COLLECTION 



LIBRARY OF THE 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 

LOS ANGELES 






Ex Libris 
ELVAH KARSHN 




THE DEATH OF THE GIANT CORMORAN 




LONDON- CUNDALL -c A'DD'EY , OLD BOND STREET. 



THE STORY 



OF 



Jack and the Giants. 



ILLUSTRATED WITH 



Thirty-Five Drawings by RICHARD DOYLE. 
Engraved by G. and E. DALZIEL. 




LONDON: 
CUNDALL & ADDEY, 21 OLD BOND STREET. 



1851. 



LONDON : 

Printed by ROBSON, LEVEY, and FRANJCLYN, 
Great New Street, Fetter Lane. 



OF 




JACK listeneth to Stories of Giants and Fairies Title-page. pAG 

Jack at Rest. Initial . . 9 

The Giant cometh . . . . . . .10 

Cormoran carryeth off his Booty . . . . . .11 

Panick of the Shepherd. Initial . . . . . 13 

By Stratagem of a Pit Jack killeth the Giant Cormoran Frontispiece. 
The Justices present unto Jack a Sword and Belt . . 15 

A Giant looketh out for Jack. Initial 19 

The deceitful Civility of the Welsh Giant 21 

He partaketh of his Pudding with Jack . . . . . 23 
Jack measureth with the Legs of a Giant. Initial . . . 25 

Jack alarmeth his Three-headed Uncle 28 

Jack delivereth the Lady from the Enchanter . . . .29 



viii The Illustrations. 



Jack is dubbed a Knight by King Arthur . . . . .30 

He is accoutred by Ladies. Initial . . . . . .31 

He discovered! a Giant above the Trees . . . . .32 

Jack slayeth the Giant, and delivereth a Knight and his Lady . 33 
Jack setteth his foot on the Giant's neck. Initial . . . 35 
The Giant's Brother awaiteth his return . . . . -37 

The Knight and his Lady thank Jack for their delivery . .38 
Jack release th the captive Ladies . . . . . . -39 

A pale Herald interrupteth the Feast . . . . . -41 

The Stratagem of Jack with the Giant Thundel . . . . 45 

Jack maketh sport of Him, and draggeth Him out of the Moat 46, 47 

His Head goeth to Court . .49 

The Lady of the Knight. Initial 50 

The Giant Galligantus ^! 

Jack passeth the Fiery Griffins 52 

Destruction of Galligantus ,.- 

Jack goeth with Company to Court cc 

Jack slaketh his Thirst at the end of his Labours . . .56 



THE STORY 



of 



Jack and the Giants. 




U R I N G the reign of good King 
Arthur there lived in the 
County of Cornwall, near to 
the Land's End of England, 
a wealthy farmer, who had an 
only son named Jack. Jack 
was a brisk boy, and of a ready 
wit : he took great delight in 
hearing stories of Giants and 
Fairies, and used to listen eagerly 

while any old woman told him of the great deeds of the brave 
Knights of King Arthur's Round Table. 

When Jack was sent to take care of the sheep and oxen 



10 



The Giant of the Mount. 



in the fields, he used to amuse himself with planning battles 
and sieges, and the means to conquer or surprise a foe. He 
was above the common sports of children ; but hardly any 
one could equal him at wrestling ; or if he met with a match 
for himself in strength, his skill and address always made him 
the victor. 




In those days the Mount of Cornwall was kept by a 
huge and monstrous Giant, eighteen feet in height, and about 
three yards in compass, of a fierce and grim countenance, the 
terror of all the neighbouring towns and villages. He dwelt 



His Depredations. 



in a cave in the middle of the Mount ; and he was such a 
selfish monster that he would not suffer any one to live near 
him. He fed on other men's cattle, which often became his 
prey ; for whensoever he wanted food, he would wade over 
to the mainland, where he would furnish himself with what- 
ever came in his way. 

NIC seized the inhabitants at his 
approach, they forsook their 
habitations, and took flight, 
while the Giant seized upon 
their cattle, making nothing 
of carrying half-a-dozen oxen 
on his back at a time; and 
as for their sheep and hogs, 
he would tie them by dozens round his waist, This course 
he had followed for many years, so that a great part of 
the county was impoverished by his depredations. 

Jack resolved to kill this monster; and taking with him 
a horn, a shovel, and a pickaxe, he went over to the Mount 




14 Jack diggeth a Pit for Him. 

in the beginning of a dark winter's evening, when he fell to 
work, and before morning had dug a pit twenty -two feet 
deep, and nearly as broad, and had covered it over with long 
sticks and straw. Then strewing a little mould upon it, he 
made it appear like plain ground. Then Jack placed the 
horn to his mouth, and blew with all his might such a loud 
tantivy, that the Giant awoke and rushed towards Jack, ex- 
claiming : 

" You saucy villain, why are you come here to disturb 
my rest ? you shall pay dearly for this. I will take you home, 
and broil you whole for my breakfast." 

He had no sooner uttered this cruel threat, than, tum- 
bling into the pit, he made the very foundations of the Mount 
to shake. 

" Oh, oh, Mr. Giant," said Jack, " where are you now? 
do you think now of broiling me for your breakfast ? will 
nothing else serve you but poor Jack?" 

Thus did little Jack torment the big Giant, as a cat does 
a mouse when she knows it cannot escape ; and when he had 
tired of that amusement, he gave the monster a heavy blow 



He is trapped and killed. 



with a pickaxe on the very crown of his head, which tumbled 
him down, and killed him on the spot. When Jack saw 
that the Giant was dead, he filled up the pit with earth, 
and went to search the cave, which he found contained much 
treasure. 

Jack then made haste back to rejoice his friends with the 
news of the Giant's death. 

Now, when the justices of Cornwall heard of this valiant 
action, they sent for Jack, and declared that he should always 
be called 

3tecfe tfct Giant iUIIer ; 

and they also gave him a 
magnificent sword and an 
embroidered belt, upon which 
was emblazoned, in letters of 
gold, 

" This is the valiant Cornish man 
Who slew the Giant Cormorant 




1 6 The Giant Blunder bore 

The news of Jack's victory soon spread over all the west 
of England; so that another Giant, named Blunderbore, 
hearing of it, vowed to be revenged on Jack, if ever it was 
his fortune to light ori him. This Giant kept an enchanted 
castle, situated in the midst of a lonely wood. 

Now Jack, about four months after his last exploit, 
riding near this castle in his journey towards Wales, being 
weary, lay down near a pleasant fountain in the wood, and 
quickly fell asleep. Presently the Giant, coming to the 
fountain for water, discovered him ; and as the lines written 
on the belt shewed who he was, he immediately took Jack 
on his shoulders, and carried him towards his castle. Now, 
as they passed through a thicket, the rustling of the boughs 
awakened Jack, who was terribly frightened to find himself in 
the clutches of Blunderbore. Yet this was nothing to his fright 
soon after ; for when they reached the castle, he beheld the floor 
covered all over with skulls and bones of men and women. 

The Giant took him into a large room, where lay the 
limbs of persons that had been lately killed ; and he told 
Jack, with a horrid grin, that men's hearts, eaten with pepper 



Invitetb a Friend to eat Jack. 1 7 

and vinegar, were his nicest food, and that he thought he 
should make a dainty meal on his. When he had said this, 
he locked Jack up in the room, while he went to fetch another 
Giant, who lived in the same wood, to enjoy a dinner off poor 
Jack. 

While he was away, Jack heard dreadful shrieks, and 
groans, and cries, from many parts of the castle ; and soon 
after he heard a mournful voice repeat these lines : 

" Haste, valiant Stranger, haste away, 
Lest you become the Giant's prey. 
On his return he'll bring another 
Still more savage than his brother; 
A horrid, cruel monster, who, 
Before he kills, will torture you. 
Oh, valiant Stranger ! haste away, 
Or you'll become these Giants' prey.' 1 

This warning was so shocking to poor Jack, that he was 
ready to go mad. He ran to the window, and saw the two 



1 8 jfack strangleth the Two, 

Giants coming along arm in arm. This window was right 
over the gates of the castle. 

cc Now," thought Jack, cc either my death or freedom is 
at hand." 

Now there were two strong cords in the room. Jack 
made a large noose with a slip-knot at the ends of both 
these ; and as the Giants were coming through the iron gates, 
he threw the ropes over their heads. He then made the 
other ends fast to a beam in the ceiling, and pulled with all 
his might till he had almost strangled them. When he saw 
that they were both quite black in the face, and had not the 
least strength left, he drew his sword, and slid down the 
ropes ; he then killed the Giants, and thus saved himself from 
the cruel death they meant to put him to. 

Jack next took a great bunch of keys from the pocket 
of Blunderbore, and went into the castle again. He made 
a strict search through all the rooms ; and in them found 
three ladies tied up by the hair of their heads, and almost 
starved to death. They told him that their husbands had 
been killed by the Giants, who had then condemned them 



and releaseth the Captives. 



to be starved to death, because they would not eat the flesh 
of their own husbands. 

" Charming Ladies," said Jack, " I have put an end to 
the monster and his wicked brother ; and I give you this 
castle, and all riches that it contains, to make you some 
amends for the dreadful pains you have felt." 

He then very politely gave them the keys of the castle, 
and went further in his journey to Wales. 



A R i N G very little for riches, Jack had not 
taken any of the Giant's wealth for 
himself, and having but little money 
of his own, he thought it best to travel 
as fast as he could. 
At length he lost his way ; and when night came on, he 
was in a valley between two lofty mountains. He thought 
himself lucky at last in finding a large and handsome house. 
He went to it, and knocked at the gate ; when, to his surprise, 
there came forth a Giant with two heads. He spoke to Jack 




2O The Double-Headed Welshman, 

very civilly, for he was a Welsh Giant, and all the mischief 
he did was done under a show of friendship. Jack told him 
he was a benighted traveller, when the monster bade Jack 
welcome, and led him into a room where he could pass the 
night. But though he was weary he could not sleep, for 
he heard the Giant walking backward and forward in the next 
room, saying, 

" Though here you lodge with me this night ^ 
Tou shall not see the morning-light ; 
My club shall dash your brains out quite" 

cc Say you so?" quoth Jack; Cf that is like one of your 
Welsh tricks." 

Then getting out of bed, Jack groped about the room, 
and at last found a billet of wood ; he laid it in his place in 
the bed, and hid himself in a corner of the room. In the 
middle of the night the Giant came with his great club, 
and struck many heavy blows on the bed, in the very place 
where Jack had laid the billet ; and then went to his own 
room, thinking he had broken all Jack's bones. 



cozeneth him. 



Early in the morning Jack walked into the Giant's room 
to thank him for his lodging. The Giant started when he 
saw him, and began to stammer out, 

cc Pray, how did you sleep last night? Did you hear 
or see any thing in the dead of the night ?" 

cc Nothing worth speaking of," said Jack, carelessly ; " a 
rat, I believe, gave me three or four flaps with its tail, but 
I soon went to sleep again." 




The Giant did not answer a word, but brought in two 
bowls of hasty-pudding for their breakfasts. Jack wanted 



24 The Trick of the Pudding. 

to make the Giant believe that he could eat as much as him- 
self, so he contrived to button a leathern bag inside his coat, 
and slipped the pudding into the bag instead of his mouth. 

When breakfast was over, he said to the Giant, cc I will 
shew you a fine trick : I could cut my head off one minute, 
and put it on sound the next. But see here !" 

He then took a knife, ripped up the bag, and all the 
pudding fell on the floor, v 

" Odds splutter hur nails," cried the Giant, who was 
ashamed to be outdone by Jack, cc hur can do that hurself !" 

So he snatched up the knife, plunged it into his stomach, 
and in a moment dropped down dead. 

Jack having thus outwitted the monster, went further on 
his journey. 



Jack meeteth with a Prince. 



PART THE SECOND. 




' ACK travelled on until he met with King 
Arthur's only son, who was seeking all 
through Wales for a very beautiful 
lady that was enchanted. Jack asked 
leave to be the Prince's attendant, and 
the Prince granted his request. 

After a long day's journey, when 
night drew on, the Prince was anxious 

to secure a lodging, but they had no means to hire one, 
for both the Prince and Jack had spent all their money ; but 
Jack said, 

" Never mind, master, we shall do well enough, for I 
have an uncle who lives within two miles of this place ; he is 



26 Visit eth his Three-headed Uncle ^ 



a huge and monstrous Giant, 
with three heads ; he'll fight 
five hundred men in armour, 
and make them flee before 
him." 

" Alas!" quoth the Prince, 
" what shall we do there ? 
he'll certainly chop us up at 
a mouthful. Nay, we are 
scarce enough to fill his hol- 
low tooth." 

cc It is no matter for that/' 
quoth Jack j "I myself will 
go before, and prepare the 
way for you ; therefore tarry 
and wait till I return." 
Jack then rode off full speed, and coming to the gate 

of the castle, he knocked so loud that the echo from the 

neighbouring hills resounded like thunder. 

The Giant, terribly vexed, roared out, " Who's there ?" 




and Locketh him up. 2 7 

cc None but your poor cousin Jack/' answered he. 

cc What news with my poor cousin Jack?" 

He replied, cc Dear uncle, heavy news." 

cc God wot," quoth the Giant, cc prithee what heavy news 
can come to me ? I am a Giant with three heads ; and besides, 
thou knowest I can fight five hundred men in armour, and 
make them fly like chaff before the wind." 

" Oh, but," quoth Jack, C( here's the Prince a-coming, 
with a thousand men in armour, to kill you, and destroy all 
that you have !" 

" Oh, cousin Jack," said the Giant, " this is heavy news 
indeed ! I will immediately run and hide myself, and thou 
shalt lock, bolt, and bar me in, and keep the keys till the 
Prince is gone." 

Jack joyfully complied with the Giant's request ; and 
fetching his master, they feasted and made themselves 
merry, whilst the poor Giant lay trembling in a vault under- 
ground. 

In the morning, Jack furnished the Prince with a fresh 
supply of gold and silver, and then sent him three miles for- 



2 8 Obtainetb a rare dress and sword. 

ward on his journey, as he would then be pretty well out of 
the smell of the Giant. Jack then returned, and liberated 
the Giant from the vault, who asked what he should give 
him for saving the castle. 

fc Why," quoth Jack, cc I desire nothing but the old coat 
and cap, together with the old rusty sword and slippers which 
are at your bed's head." 

Quoth the Giant, cc Thou shalt have them ; and pray 
keep them for my sake, for they are things of excellent 
use : the coat will keep you invisible, the cap will furnish 
you with knowledge, the sword cuts asunder whatever you 
strike, and the shoes are of extraordinary swiftness. These 
may be serviceable to you : therefore take them, with all my 
heart." 

They soon arrived at the dwelling of the beautiful lady, 
who was under the power of a wicked Magician. She re- 
ceived the Prince with fair words, and made a noble feast 
for him ; when it was ended, she arose, and wiping her 
mouth with a fine handkerchief, said, cc My Lord, you must 
shew me this handkerchief to-morrow, or lose your head." 



and vanquisheth the Magician. 29 



She then went out of the room, taking the handkerchief 
with her. 

The Prince went to bed right sorrowful ; but Jack put 
on his cap of knowledge, which told him that the lady 
was forced, by the power of the enchantment, to meet the 
wicked Magician every night in a forest. Jack now put 
on his coat of darkness and his shoes of swiftness, and 
went to the forest, where he saw the lady give the 
handkerchief to the Ma- 
gician. Whereupon Jack, 
who was surrounded by 
a host of evil spirits, 
with his sword of sharp- 
ness, at one blow cut off 
his head, and regained 
the handkerchief for the 
Prince ; the enchantment 
was ended in a moment, 
and the lady restored to 
her virtue and goodness. 




3 



Jack is dubbed a Knight, 



She returned with the Prince to the court of King Arthur, 
where they were received with welcome ; and the valiant Jack 
was made one of the Knights of the Round Table. 




He is sent forth by King Arthur. 3 1 



PART THE THIRD. 




.ACK resolved not to live in idleness for the 
future, but to do what services he could 
for the honour of the king and the nation. 
He therefore humbly besought King Ar- 
thur to furnish him with a horse and 
money, that he might travel in search of 
new and strange exploits. Cf For/' said he to the King, cc there 
are many Giants yet among the mountains of Wales, and they 
oppress the people : therefore, if it please you, Sire, to favour 
my designs, I will soon rid your kingdom of these Giants and 
monsters." 

When the King heard this offer, and thought of the cruel 
deeds of these bloodthirsty Giants and savage monsters, he 
gave Jack every thing proper for such a journey. 



3 2 He encounter eth another Giant y 

Thereupon Jack took leave of the King, the Prince, and 
all the Knights of the Round Table, and set off. He went 
along over hills and mountains, until he came to a large forest, 




Jfc 



through which his road lay. On a sudden he heard piercing 
shrieks. He forced his way through the trees, and saw a huge 



and slayeth him. 3 5 

Giant, thirty-five feet high, dragging along by the hair of their 
heads a Knight and his beautiful Lady, one in each hand, with 
as much ease as if they had been a pair of gloves. Jack shed 
tears at such a sight, and alighting from his horse, and tying 
him to an oak, put on his invisible coat, under which he 
carried his sword of sharpness. 

When he came up to the Giant, he made many strokes 
at him, but could not reach his body, on account of his great 
height. Still, he wounded his ankles in many places : at last, 
putting both hands to his sword, and aiming with all his 
might, he cut off both the Giant's legs below the garter ; so 
that his body tumbled to the ground. 

9^S?^^T ACK t ^ ien set one ^ oot u P on hi s nec ^ an d cried 
out, " Thou cruel wretch ! behold I give thee 
the just reward of thy crimes." And so plunging 
his sword into the Giant's body, the monster gave 
a loud groan and yielded up his life ; while the 
noble Knight and his Lady were joyful at their 
deliverance. They heartily thanked Jack for what he had done, 
and invited him to their house to refresh himself. 




3 6 jfack waxetb still more valiant , 

cc No," said Jack, cc I cannot be at ease till I find out this 
monster's dwelling." 

The Knight, hearing this, grew sad, and replied, cc Noble 
stranger, it is too much to run a second hazard. This monster 
lived in a den under yonder mountain, with a brother of his, 
more fierce and cruel than himself: therefore, if you should 
go thither and perish in the attempt to overthrow this wicked 
brother, it would be heart-breaking to me and my lady ; so 
let me persuade you to go with us, and desist from any farther 
pursuit." 

" Nay," said Jack, cc even if there were twenty, I would 
shed the last drop of my blood before one of them should 
escape me. When I have done this task, I will return and 
visit you." 

Jack had not rode a mile and a half before he came in 
sight of the mouth of the cavern ; and nigh the entrance of 
it he beheld the other Giant sitting on a huge rock, with a 
knotted iron club in his hand, waiting for his brother. His 
eyes flashed like flames of fire, his face was grim, and his 
cheeks seemed like two flitches of bacon ; the bristles of his 



and threatened the Giant s Brother. 3 7 



beard were as thick rods of iron wire ; and his locks of hair 
hung down like curling snakes. Jack alighted from his horse, 




and turned him into a thicket; then he put on his invisible 
coat, and drew a little nearer, to behold this figure ; and said 
softly, cc O monster, are you there ! it will not be long be- 
fore I shall take you fast by the beard." 

The Giant, all this while, could not see him, by reason 
of his invisible coat : then Jack came quite close to him, and 



38 Jack maimeth and doth for him. 

struck a blow at his head with his sword of sharpness ; but, 
missing his aim, only cut off his nose, whilst the Giant roared 
like loud claps of thunder. And though he rolled his glaring 
eyes round on every side, he could not see who had given 
him the blow ; yet he took up his iron club, and began to 
lay about him like one that was mad. 

" Nay," said Jack, " if this is the case, I will kill you 
at once." So he slipped nimbly behind him, and jumping 
upon the rocky seat as the Giant rose from it, he thrust his 
sword up to the hilt in his body. After a hideous howling, 
the Giant dropped down dead. 

When Jack had thus killed these two monsters, he searched 
their cave for treasure. He passed through many dark wind- 
ings, which led him to a room paved with freestone ; at the 
end of it was a boiling cauldron, and on the right hand stood 
a large table, where the Giants used to dine. He then came 
to a window secured with iron bars, through which he saw 
a number of wretched captives, who cried out, when they 
saw Jack, cc Alas ! alas ! young man, are you come to be 
one among us in this horrid den ?" 



and freeth the Captives, 



cf I hope," said Jack, Cf you will not tarry here long ; 
but pray tell me, what is the meaning of your captivity ?" 




" Alas 1" said one, " we have been taken by the Giants 
that hold this cave, and are kept till they have a feast; then 
the fattest of us is killed and cooked. It is not long since 
they took three for this purpose/' 

" Say you so?" said Jack; " I have given them such a 
dinner that it will be long enough before they want more." The 
captives were amazed at his words. " You may believe me," 

E 



42 Great feasting and rejoicing. 

said Jack ; " for I have slain both the monsters, and sent their 
heads in a wagon to King Arthur, as trophies of my victory." 

To shew them that what he said was true, he unlocked 
the gate, and set them all free. Then he led them to the 
great room, where they feasted plentifully. Supper being 
over, they searched the Giant's coffers, and Jack shared the 
store among the captives. Jack started at sunrise to the house 
of the Knight, whom he had left not long before. 

PRESENTLY Jack reached the Knight's castle, where he 
was received with the greatest joy. In honour of 
the hero's exploits, a grand feast was given, which 
lasted many days. The Knight also presented Jack with a 
beautiful ring, on which was engraved the Giant dragging the 
knight and the lady by the hair, with this motto : 

<c We were in sad distress^ you see, 

Under the Giant's farce command., 
But gained our lives and liberty 
By valiant Jack's victorious hand." 




Alarm by the pale Herald. 



43 



Among the guests present at the feast were five aged gen- 
tlemen, who were fathers to some of those captives who had 
been freed by Jack from the dungeon. These old men pressed 
round him with tears of joy, and returned him thanks. One 
day the bowl went round merrily, and every one drank to 
the health and long life of the gallant hero. The hall re- 
sounded with peals of laughter and joyful cries. 




But, lo ! in the midst, a herald, pale and breathless with 
haste and terror, rushed in, and told the company, that Thun- 
del, a Giant with an immense head, having heard of the death 
of his two kinsmen, was come to take revenge on Jack, and 



44 Thundel would grind Jack's Bones > 

that he was now near the house, and the country-people all 
flying before him. 

At this dismal news, the very boldest of the guests trem- 
bled; but Jack drew his sword, and said, Cf Let him come; 
I have a tool to pick his teeth with. Pray, ladies and gen- 
tlemen, walk into the garden, and you shall joyfully behold 
the Giant's defeat and death." 

The knight's castle was surrounded by a moat, thirty feet 
deep and twenty wide, over which lay a drawbridge. Jack 
set men to work to cut the bridge on both sides, near the 
middle ; and then dressing himself in his invisible coat, went 
against the Giant with his sword of sharpness. As he came 
close to him, though the Giant could not see him, yet he cried 
out, 

" Fie ! foh ! fum ! 
I smell the blood of an Englishman ; 
Be he alive or be he dead, 
P II grind his bones to make my bread." 

" Say you so, my friend ?" said Jack ; cc you are a clever 
miller indeed !" 



but he maketh sport of him. 



45 



" Art thou," cried the Giant, cc the villain who killed my 
kinsmen? Then I will tear thee with my teeth, and grind 
thy bones to powder." 

" You must catch me first," said Jack ; and throwing off 
his invisible coat, he put on his shoes of swiftness, and began 
to run ; the Giant following him like a walking castle, making 
the earth shake at every step. 




Jack led him round and round the walls of the castle, 
that the company might see the monster ; and to finish the 
work, Jack ran over the drawbridge, the Giant going after 



4 6 



Draggeth him from the 




him with his club : but when the 
Giant came to the middle, where 
the bridge had been cut on both 
sides, the great weight of his body 
made it break, and he tumbled 
into the water, where he rolled 
about like a large whale. Jack 
now stood by the side of the moat, 
and laughed and jeered at him, 
saying, 

" I think you told me you 
would grind my bones to powder ; 
when will you begin ?" 

The Giant foamed horridly 
at the mouth with fury, and 
plunged from side to side of the 
moat; but he could not get out 
to have revenge on his little foe. 
At last Jack ordered a cart-rope 
to be brought to him ; he then 



and sendeth his Head to Court, 



4-9 



drew it over his great head, and by the help of a team of 
horses, dragged him to the edge of the moat, where he cut off 
the monster's head ; and before he either ate or drank, he 
sent it to the court of King Arthur. He then went back to 
the table with the company, and the rest of the day was spent 
in mirth and good cheer. 



50 The Giant Galligantus 



PART THE FOURTH. 




;OURTED and flattered as he was, yet after 
staying with the Knight and his lady for some 
time, Jack grew weary of such an idle life, 
and set out again in search of new adventures. 
He went over hills and dales without meeting any, till he came 
to the foot of a very high mountain. Here he knocked at 
the door of a small and lonely house, and an old man, with 
a head as white as snow, let him in. 

" Good father," said Jack, " can you lodge a traveller 
who has lost his way ?" 

" Yes," said the hermit, <c I can, if you will accept such 
fare as my poor house affords." 

Jack entered, and the old man set before him some bread 
and fruit for his supper. When Jack had eaten as much a j . 
he chose, the hermit said, 

" My son, I know you are the famous conqueror of Giants ; 



and his wicked Magician. 



now, at the top of this mountain is an enchanted Castle, kept by 
a Giant named Galligantus, who, by the help of a vile Magician, 
gets many knights and ladies into his Castle, where he changes 
them into the shape of 
beasts. Above all, I la- 
ment the hard fate of a 
duke's daughter, whom 
they seized as she was 
walking in her father's 
garden, and brought hi- 
ther through the air in a 
chariot drawn by two 
fiery dragons, and turned 
her into the shape of a 
deer. Many knights have 
tried to destroy the en- 
chantment, and deliver 
her ; yet none have been 

able to do it, by reason of two fiery Griffins, who guard the 
gate of the Castle, and destroy all who come nigh : but as you, 
my son, have an invisible coat, you may pass by them with- 

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52 Jack heedeth not the Griffins. 

out being seen ; and on the gates of the Castle you will find 
engraved by what means the enchantment may be broken." 

Jack promised that, in the morning, at the risk of his life, 
he would break the enchantment ; and, after a sound sleep, he 
arose early, put on his invisible coat, and got ready for the 
attempt. When he had climbed to the top of the mountain, 
he saw the two fiery Griffins; but he passed between them 




without the least fear of danger, for they could not see him 
because of his invisible coat. On the Castle-gate hung a 
golden trumpet, under which were these lines : 

cc Whoever doth this Trumpet blow. 
Shall cause the Giant's overthrow!" 



Jack overthroweth Galligantus. 55 

As soon as Jack had read this, he seized the trumpet, and 
blew a shrill blast, which made the gates fly open, and the 
very Castle itself tremble. The Giant and the Conjuror now 
knew that their wicked course was at an end, and they stood 
biting their thumbs, and shaking with fear. Jack, with his 
sword of sharpness, soon killed the Giant ; and the Magician 
was then carried away by a whirlwind; and every knight and 
beautiful lady, who had been changed into birds and beasts, 
returned to their proper shapes. The Castle vanished away 




like smoke, and the head of the Giant Galligantus was sent 
to King Arthur. The knights and ladies rested that night at 
the old man's hermitage, and next day set out for the Court. 



56 Jack weddetb and liveth content. 

Jack then went up to the King, and gave his majesty 
an account of all his fierce battles. Jack's fame had spread 
through the whole country ; and, at the King's desire, the 
Duke gave him his daughter in marriage, to the joy of all 
the kingdom. After this, the King gave Jack a large estate, 
on which he and his lady lived the rest of their days in joy 
and content. 




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