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Fairy Legends and Traditions

By Croker, Thomas Crofton

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Title: Fairy Legends and Traditions  
Author: Croker, Thomas Crofton
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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But before lodge was built, or acre sown, there was close to the head of this bill a large pasturage, where a herdsman spent his days and nights among the herd. The spot had been an old fairy ground, and the, good people were angry that the scene of their light and airy gambols should be trampled by the rude hoofs of bulls- and cows. The lowing of the cattle sounded sad in their ears, and the chief of the fairies of the hill determined in person to drive away the new comers; and the way she thought of was this. When the harvest nights came on, and the moon shone bright and brilliant over the hill, and the cattle were lying down hushed and quiet, and the herdsman, wrapt in his mantle, was musing with his heart gladdened by the glorious company of the stars twinkling above him, she would come and dance before him, - now in one shape - now in another, but all ugly and frightful to behold. One time she would be a great horse, with the wings of an eagle, and a tail like a dragon, hissing loud and spitting fire. Then in a moment she would change into a little man lame of a leg, with a bull's head, and a lambent flame playing round it. Then into a great ape, with duck's feet and a turkey cock's tail. But I should be all day about it were I to tell you all the shapes she took. And then she would roar, or neigh, or hiss, or bellow, or howl, or hoot, as never yet was roaring, neighing, hissing, bellowing, howling, or hooting, heard in this world before or since. The poor herdsman would cover his face, and call on all the saints for help, but it was no use. With one puff of her breath she would blow away the fold of his great Coat, let him hold it never so tightly over his eyes, and not a saint in heaven paid him the slightest attention. And to make matters worse, he never could stir; no, nor even shut his eyes, but there was obliged to stay, held by what power he knew not, gazing at these terrible sights until the hair of his head would lift his hat half a foot over his crown, and his teeth would be ready to fall out from chattering. But the cattle would scamper about mad, as if they were bitten by the fly; and this would last until the sun rose over the hill.

Table of Contents
Dedication to Dowager Lady Chatterton · The Legend of Knocksheogowna · The Legend of Knockfierna · The Legend of Knockgrafton · The Priest · The Young Piper · The Brewery of Egg-Shells · The Changeling · The Two Gossips · The Legend of Bottle Hill · The Confessions of Tom Bourke · Fairies Or No Fairies · The Haunted Cellar · Seeing is Believing · Master and Man · The Field of Boliauns · The Little Shoe · Legends of the Banshee · Legends of the Banshee · The Spirit Horse · Daniel O Rourke · The Crookened Back · The Haunted Castle · Fior Usga · Cormac and Mary · The Legend of Lough Gur · The Enchanted Lake · The Legend of O'Donoghue · The Lady of Gollerus · Flory Cantillon's Funeral · The Lord of Dunkerron · The Wonderful Tune · The Wonderful Tune · Hanlon's Mill · The Death Coach


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