The Other Child Was Gone!

Illustration from Valentine and Orson from Three Bears

” . . . a great she-bear came up, and carried off one child unto her distant lair.”

And as she fled, weighed down by grief and sense of cruel scorn,

Lo, in the forest two fair sons to Bellisant were born;

But while her servant went to buy some food, a great she-bear

Came up, and carried off one child unto her distant lair.

Poor Bellisant ran after her, with many a sigh and moan;

In vain, – and when she turned again, the other child was gone!

VALENTINE AND ORSON

The Three Bear’s Picture Book

Illustrated by Walter Crane.

George Routledge and Sons:  London & New York.  CA 1899.