Silence and Suffering For The Wild Swans!

Illustration:  From the story "The Wild Swans."  Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.  Written by William Woodburn.  Illustrated by Gordon Robinson.  W. & R. Chambers, Limited: London & Edinburgh. 1917.

“She plucked with her own soft hands the ugly stinging-nettles.”

“Do you see these stinging-nettles which I have in my hand? There are many of the same kind growing round the cave where you are sleeping; only those that grow there or on the graves in the churchyard are of use – remember that! You must pluck them, although they will sting your hands; you must trample on the nettles with your feet, and get yarn from them; and with this yarn you must weave eleven shirts with long sleeves.”

“If these are thrown over the eleven wild swans, the spell will be broken. But mark this: from the moment that you begin your work till it is ended, even should it take you years, you must not speak a word. The first word that escapes your lips will fall like a dagger into the hearts of your brothers. Their lives hang on your tongue. Mark well all this!”

As the fairy took her leave, she touched Elise’s hands with a nettle. This made them burn like fire, and caused her to wake. . .

Illustration:  From the story "The Wild Swans."  Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.  Written by William Woodburn.  Illustrated by Gordon Robinson.  W. & R. Chambers, Limited: London & Edinburgh. 1917.

From the story “The Wild Swans.”

Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.

Written by William Woodburn.

Illustrated by Gordon Robinson.

W. & R. Chambers, Limited: London & Edinburgh. 1917.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Silence and Suffering For The Wild Swans!

    1. I’m don’t know what you are getting at – you object to knowing the author of the book? Or you don’t like how I list the author’s name? Something else?
      Elephant

      1. I just thought it was funny. In my humble opinion Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales have been written by none other than Mr. Andersen 🙂

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