U THE GOLDEN BIRD.
and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again.
As they came to the castle, all was as the £6x had aaid, asd at twelve o'clock the young man met the ptrinoess going to the bath, and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of lier father. At first he refused, but she wept still more and more, and fell at his feet, Ull at last he ocmsented; but the moment she came to her feitlier's house, the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again.
Then he was brought before the king, and the king said, *' You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window." Now this hill w$a bo big that the whole world could not take it away; and when he had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox came aivd said,
- Lie down and go to sleep ; I will work for you." And in the
morning he awoke and tfhe hill was gone ; so he went merrily to the king, and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess.
Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went the young man and the princess; and the fox oame and said to him,
- ' We will have all three, iJie princess, the horse, and the biixL" "Ah I"
said the young man, " that would be a great thing, but how can you contrive it ?"
"If you will <mly listen," said the fox, "it can soon be done. When you oome to the king, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, * Here she is.' Then he will be very joyful ; and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave at* them; but shake hands with the princess last. Then lift her quickly on to tlie horse behind you ; dap your i^urs to his side, and gallop away as last as you can."