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480 Collectanea.

The one who gives ear hears it, and says, — " Hey, Steel-Lance- Steel-Shield, did you understand what the King said?" — "No, how should I ? " " He says, what does he say ? " he said. " He says, — " Let us fill the room with fire ? In the evening, when they go in, they will all be burnt up. Then to whom shall we give my daughter ? " " Then the one who drinks water says, —

  • ' Let me go and get a good drink, and come and go before you.

When we go into the room, I will put out the fire, and the room will be turned into a lake."

In the evening the King calls them, and says their room is ready for them. Then the one who drinks water opens his mouth, and the room is filled with water. They are given another room.

The King is at his wits' ends. He calls his men. They all agree, saying, — "Wallah, whatever happens, we will not give up our Princess ! "

The one who gives ear listens, and says, — "Aha, Steel-Lance- Steel-Shield, did you understand what the King said?" — "You knave," he replies, "How should I know what he is saying?" " He says, what does he say ? " he said. " He says, — " Whatever happens, I will not give up my daughter." "

The one who carries a house on his back says, — " Let me take the house and land on my back," and he bends his back, and takes up the house ; the shepherd plays upon his pipe, and hill and dale begin to dance ; the one with the millstones hung on his feet leads the way, and they set out merrily.

The King weeps and begs, — " Only leave my house and land, and you may take my daughter, and may you enjoy her ! " They put the house back in its place. The piper stops playing his pipe, and hill and dale become quiet. They take the Princess, and go. The other companions go each to his place, and the one who pierced the steel shield with the steel lance takes the Princess and comes to the palace of the King of the East. There he finds that his first wife has a son. He takes the other Princess for his wife also. When he goes to bed, he says, — "A sun on this side, a sun on that side, and a bright star above my heart." The next morning he sends for his father and mother, and goes before the King, and says, — " Now I will tell you my dream." They say, —