Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott

the Flower crown on his head, and knelt to little Violet; while far

and near, over the broad green earth, sounded the voices of flowers,

singing their thanks to the gentle Fairy, and the summer wind

was laden with perfumes, which they sent as tokens of their gratitude;

and wherever she went, old trees bent down to fold their slender

branches round her, flowers laid their soft faces against her own,

and whispered blessings; even the humble moss bent over the little

feet, and kissed them as they passed.

The old King, surrounded by the happy Fairies, sat in Violet’s

lovely home, and watched his icy castle melt away beneath the bright

sunlight; while his Spirits, cold and gloomy no longer, danced

with the Elves, and waited on their King with loving eagerness.

Brighter grew the golden light, gayer sang the birds, and the

harmonious voices of grateful flowers, sounding over the earth,

carried new joy to all their gentle kindred.

Brighter shone the golden shadows;

On the cool wind softly came

The low, sweet tones of happy flowers,

Singing little Violet’s name.

‘Mong the green trees was it whispered,

And the bright waves bore it on

To the lonely forest flowers,

Where the glad news had not gone.

Thus the Frost-King lost his kingdom,

And his power to harm and blight.

Violet conquered, and his cold heart

Warmed with music, love, and light;

And his fair home, once so dreary,

Gay with lovely Elves and flowers,

Brought a joy that never faded

Through the long bright summer hours.

Thus, by Violet’s magic power,

All dark shadows passed away,

And o’er the home of happy flowers

The golden light for ever lay.

Thus the Fairy mission ended,

And all Flower-Land was taught

The “Power of Love,” by gentle deeds

That little Violet wrought.

As Sunny Lock ceased, another little Elf came forward; and this was

the tale “Silver Wing” told.


DOWN among the grass and fragrant clover lay little Eva by the

brook-side, watching the bright waves, as they went singing by under

the drooping flowers that grew on its banks. As she was wondering

where the waters went, she heard a faint, low sound, as of far-off

music. She thought it was the wind, but not a leaf was stirring,

and soon through the rippling water came a strange little boat.

It was a lily of the valley, whose tall stem formed the mast,

while the broad leaves that rose from the roots, and drooped again

till they reached the water, were filled with gay little Elves,

who danced to the music of the silver lily-bells above, that rang

a merry peal, and filled the air with their fragrant breath.

On came the fairy boat, till it reached a moss-grown rock; and here

it stopped, while the Fairies rested beneath the violet-leaves,

and sang with the dancing waves.

Eva looked with wonder on their gay faces and bright garments, and

in the joy of her heart sang too, and threw crimson fruit for the

little folks to feast upon.

They looked kindly on the child, and, after whispering long among

themselves, two little bright-eyed Elves flew over the shining water,

and, lighting on the clover-blossoms, said gently, “Little maiden,

many thanks for your kindness; and our Queen bids us ask if you will

go with us to Fairy-Land, and learn what we can teach you.”

“Gladly would I go with you, dear Fairies,” said Eva, “but I cannot

sail in your little boat. See! I can hold you in my hand, and could

not live among you without harming your tiny kingdom, I am so large.”

Then the Elves laughed gayly, as they folded their arms about her,

saying, “You are a good child, dear Eva, to fear doing harm to those

weaker than yourself. You cannot hurt us now. Look in the water

and see what we have done.”

Eva looked into the brook, and saw a tiny child standing between

the Elves. “Now I can go with you,” said she, “but see, I can

no longer step from the bank to yonder stone, for the brook seems now

like a great river, and you have not given me wings like yours.”

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