Monday, May 20, 2013

How To Retreive a Baby that was Stolen by the Fairies

How To Retreive a Baby that was Stolen by the Fairies



 A mother whose child had been stolen, and a changeling left in its place, was advised by the Virgin Mary to prepare a meal for ]ten farm-servants in an egg-shell, which would make the changeling speak. This she did, and the changeling asked what she was about. She told him. Whereupon he exclaimed, ‘A meal for ten, dear mother, in one egg-shell?’ Then he uttered the exclamation given above, (‘I have seen the acorn,’ etc.,) and the mother replied, ‘You have seen too many things, my son, you shall have a beating.’ With this she fell to beating him, the child fell to bawling, and the fairy came and took him away, leaving the stolen child sleeping sweetly in the cradle. It awoke and said, ‘Ah, mother, I have been a long time asleep!’