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Collectanea. 391

When he woke up, he said to himself:

" I wonder, I wonder what this means ? " and the whole day long he kept on thinking and thinking of it, and he was very rest- less, for what could such a dream mean? He didn't know that the star under which he had been born had brought him luck.

Next day, going again with his cattle to pasture, he struck into the same dale, saw the same tree, lay down in the hollow at its root, went to sleep, and dreamed the same dream !

Upon waking, he said to himself, " Dear me ! There seems to be something in all this ! " and again he was lost in his thoughts the whole day long.

On the third day, he went into that dale on purpose, and went to sleep under the big tree. Well, I'm blessed if he didn't dream the very same dream ; why, this time the fairy even theatened him with all sorts of human miseries did he not go to such and such an Emperor's court, and that quickly !

So our Lad got up, went home with the cattle, put them into the stables, and going to his master said :

" jNIaster, some thoughts to go into the world and look round for luck, keep on worrying me. I've worked for you quite enough, and I see I can't climb higher here. So would you just give me what you owe me."

"What's the matter with you, my lad?" said the master, "Why do you want to leave me ? Don't I pay you enough ? Don't I feed you well ? Come on, do stay here, and marry one of our pretty village girls, and settle down nicely, like all the others. I'll help you. Don't go wandering about through the world. You may become a goodness knows what ! "

'"Tisn't that; I'm quite pleased with you. Master," said the Lad. "There is enough food, too. 'Tisn't that. You see, I just feel I must go into the world, and I'm going too, that's all !"

So the Master saw that it was better to pay him what little money was due to him, and let him go. And the Lad took the money, bade his Master farewell, and went away.

The Lad tramped and tramped the country, until he came to the Emperor's court to which he had been told to go. There he was made a Gardener's Boy, and the Gardener was rather pleased