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Famous Stories

King Alfred And The Cakes
Many years ago there lived in Eng-land a wise and good king whose name was Al-fred. No other man ever did so much for his countr...

King Alfred And The Beggar
At one time the Danes drove King Alfred from his kingdom, and he had to lie hidden for a long time on a little is-land in a river. ...

King Canute On The Seashore
A hundred years or more after the time of Alfred the Great there was a king of England named Ca-nute. King Canute was a Dane; but th...

The Sons Of William The Conqueror
There was once a great king of England who was called Wil-liam the Con-quer-or, and he had three sons. One day King Wil-liam ...

The White Ship
King Henry, the Handsome Scholar, had one son, named William, whom he dearly loved. The young man was noble and brave, and every-bod...

He Never Smiled Again
The bark that held the prince went down, The sweeping waves rolled on; And what was England's glorious crown To ...

King John And The Abbot
The 3 Questions. There was once a king of England whose name was John. He was a bad king; for he was harsh and cruel to his peop...

A Story Of Robin Hood
In the rude days of King Rich-ard and King John there were many great woods in England. The most famous of these was Sher-wood fores...

Bruce And The Spider
There was once a king of Scot-land whose name was Robert Bruce. He had need to be both brave and wise, for the times in which he liv...

The Black Douglas
In Scotland, in the time of King Robert Bruce, there lived a brave man whose name was Doug-las. His hair and beard were black and lo...

Three Men Of Gotham
There is a town in England called Go-tham, and many merry stories are told of the queer people who used to live there. One day tw...

Other Wise Men Of Gotham
One day, news was brought to Gotham that the king was coming that way, and that he would pass through the town. This did not please ...

The Miller Of The Dee
Once upon a time there lived on the banks of the River Dee a miller, who was the hap-pi-est man in England. He was always busy from ...

Sir Philip Sidney
A cruel battle was being fought. The ground was covered with dead and dying men. The air was hot and stifling. The sun shone down wi...

The Ungrateful Soldier
Here is another story of the bat-tle-field, and it is much like the one which I have just told you. Not quite a hundred years aft...

Sir Humphrey Gilbert
More than three hundred years ago there lived in England a brave man whose name was Sir Humphrey Gil-bert. At that time there were n...

Sir Walter Raleigh
There once lived in England a brave and noble man whose name was Walter Ra-leigh. He was not only brave and noble, but he was also ...

Pocahontas
There was once a very brave man whose name was John Smith. He came to this country many years ago, when there were great woods every...

George Washington And His Hatchet
When George Wash-ing-ton was quite a little boy, his father gave him a hatchet. It was bright and new, and George took great delight...

Grace Darling
It was a dark Sep-tem-ber morning. There was a storm at sea. A ship had been driven on a low rock off the shores of the Farne Island...

The Story Of William Tell
The people of Swit-zer-land were not always free and happy as they are to-day. Many years ago a proud tyrant, whose name was Gessler...

Arnold Winkelried
A great army was marching into Swit-zer-land. If it should go much farther, there would be no driving it out again. The soldiers wou...

The Bell Of Atri
A-tri is the name of a little town in It-a-ly. It is a very old town, and is built half-way up the side of a steep hill. A long t...

How Napoleon Crossed The Alps
About a hundred years ago there lived a great gen-er-al whose name was Na-po'le-on Bo'na-parte. He was the leader of the French army...

The Story Of Cincinnatus
There was a man named Cin-cin-na'tus who lived on a little farm not far from the city of Rome. He had once been rich, and had held t...

The Story Of Regulus
On the other side of the sea from Rome there was once a great city named Car-thage. The Roman people were never very friendly to the...

Cornelia's Jewels
It was a bright morning in the old city of Rome many hundred years ago. In a vine-covered summer-house in a beautiful garden, two bo...

Androclus And The Lion
In Rome there was once a poor slave whose name was An'dro-clus. His master was a cruel man, and so unkind to him that at last An-dro...

Horatius At The Bridge
Once there was a war between the Roman people and the E-trus'cans who lived in the towns on the other side of the Ti-ber River. Por'...

Julius Caesar
Nearly two thousand years ago there lived in Rome a man whose name was Julius Cae'sar. He was the greatest of all the Romans. Why...

The Sword Of Damocles
There was once a king whose name was Di-o-nys'i-us. He was so unjust and cruel that he won for himself the name of tyrant. He knew t...

Damon And Pythias
A young man whose name was Pyth'i-as had done something which the tyrant Dionysius did not like. For this offense he was dragged to ...

A Laconic Answer
Many miles beyond Rome there was a famous country which we call Greece. The people of Greece were not u-nit-ed like the Romans; but ...

The Ungrateful Guest
Among the soldiers of King Philip there was a poor man who had done some brave deeds. He had pleased the king in more ways than one,...

Alexander And Bucephalus
One day King Philip bought a fine horse called Bu-ceph'a-lus. He was a noble an-i-mal, and the king paid a very high price for him. ...

Diogenes The Wise Man
At Cor-inth, in Greece, there lived a very wise man whose name was Di-og'e-nes. Men came from all parts of the land to see him and h...

The Brave Three Hundred
All Greece was in danger. A mighty army, led by the great King of Persia, had come from the east. It was marching along the seashore...

Socrates And His House
There once lived in Greece a very wise man whose name was Soc'ra-tes. Young men from all parts of the land went to him to learn wisd...

The King And His Hawk
Gen'ghis Khan was a great king and war-rior. He led his army into China and Persia, and he con-quered many lands. In every countr...

Doctor Goldsmith
There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Gold-smith. He wrote many de-light-ful books, some of which you will read when you a...

The Kingdoms
There was once a king of Prussia whose name was Frederick William. On a fine morning in June he went out alone to walk in the gree...

The Barmecide Feast
There was once a rich old man who was called the Bar-me-cide. He lived in a beautiful palace in the midst of flowery gardens. He had...

The Endless Tale
In the Far East there was a great king who had no work to do. Every day, and all day long, he sat on soft cush-ions and lis-tened to...

The Blind Men And The Elephant
There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side every day, and begged from the people who passed. They had often heard of ...

Maximilian And The Goose Boy
One summer day King Max-i-mil'ian of Ba-va'ri-a was walking in the country. The sun shone hot, and he stopped under a tree to rest. ...

The Inchcape Rock
In the North Sea there is a great rock called the Inch-cape Rock. It is twelve miles from any land, and is covered most of the time ...

Whittington And His Cat
The City There was once a little boy whose name was Richard Whit'ting-ton; but everybody called him Dick. His father and mother h...

Casabianca
There was a great battle at sea. One could hear nothing but the roar of the big guns. The air was filled with black smoke. The water...

Antonio Canova
A good many years ago there lived in Italy a little boy whose name was An-to'ni-o Ca-no'va. He lived with his grand-fa-ther, for his...

Picciola
Many years ago there was a poor gentleman shut up in one of the great prisons of France. His name was Char-ney, and he was very sad ...

Mignon
Here is the story of Mignon as I remember having read it in a famous old book. A young man named Wil-helm was staying at an inn i...


Short Stories

The Dying Boy.
A little boy, by the name of Bertie, was taken very ill, and for sometime continued to grow weaker until he died. A few hours before...

The Boy And The Gold Robin.
A bright eyed boy was sleeping upon a bank of blossoming clover. The cool breeze lifted the curls from his brow, and fanned with dow...

The Way To Overcome Evil.
A little girl, by the name of Sarah Dean, was taught the precepts of the Bible by her mother. One day she came to her mother very mu...

Harriet And Her Squirrel.
It was on a Sabbath eve, when at a friend's house, we were all sitting in the piazza, conversing about the efforts which were being ...

The Reward.
A teacher in a Sabbath School promised to supply all the children in his class with a catechism, who had none. One of the little ...

Anecdotes.
A poor Arabian of the desert was one day asked, how he came to be assured that there was a God. "In the same way," he replied, "t...

The Boy And The Dew Drops.
A little boy who had been out early in the morning playing on the lawn before his father's house, while the dew drops lay on the gra...

Lettice And Myra.
...

A Scene In London.
My young readers may have heard about the poor people in London. The following story is a specimen of the hardships of many young girl...

Lettice Taking Home The Work.
Early in the morning, before it was light, and while the twilight gleamed through the curtainless windows, Lettice was up dressing ...

Lettice And Catherine,
...

Or The Unexpected Meeting.
I must tell you who were Lettice and Myra. They were the daughters of a clergyman, who held the little vicarage of Castle Rising. Bu...

The Explanation.
Lettice's father was a man of education, a scholar, a gentleman, and had much power in preaching. He received one hundred and ten po...

Jonas And His Horse.
A horse is a noble animal, and is made for the service of man. No one who has tender feelings can bear to see the horse abused. It i...

Edward And Ellen.
Edward Ford owned a snug little cottage with a small farm situated about a mile from the village. When he was married to Ellen G----...

Lily Ford.
It was now in the latter part of December--two days more and comes the season of "Merry Christmas." Ellen thought of the dreary pros...

The Market Day.
Mrs. Ford had three little children--Lily, Hetty, and a dear little babe. As she was now going to market, she told Lily, her oldest ...

Melly, Anna And Susy.
There is nothing more pleasant than to see brothers and sisters, lovely in their lives, and in all their plays kind and obliging to ...

Arthur And His Apple Tree.
One summer day little William was sitting in the garden chair beside his mother, under the shade of a large cherry tree which stood ...

The Motherless Birds.
There were two men who were neighbors to each other, living in a distant country were they had to labor hard for the support of thei...

Story About A Robber.
I will tell you a true story about a robber. A gentleman was once travelling through a very unfrequented road, along in a chaise, in...

Good Companions.
One day, says a Persian poet, I saw a bunch of roses, and in the midst of them grew a tuft of grass. "How," I cried to the grass,...

Bertie's Box.
A very little boy by the name of "Bertie," kept a box in which he deposited his little treasures. After he died his mother took the ...

The Child And Flower.
The Atheist in his garden stood, At twilight's pensive hour, His little daughter by his side, was gazing on a flower...

Anne Cleaveland.
Anne was the daughter of a wealthy farmer. She had a good New England school education, and was well bred and well taught at home in...

The Orphans' Voyage.
Two little orphan boys, whose parents died in a foreign land, were put on board a vessel to be taken home to their relatives and fri...

Look Up.
A little boy went to sea with his father to learn to be a sailor. One day his father said to him, "Come, my boy, you will never be a...

The Flower That Looks Up.
"What beautiful things flowers are," said one of the party of little girls who were arranging the flowers they had gathered in the p...

My Early Days.
My father's house was indeed a pleasant home; and father was the supreme guide of his own household. He was gentle, but he could he ...

Margaret And Herbert.
In a large family there are often diversity of character and varieties of mood and temper, which bring some clouds of sorrow. In our...

The Bit Of Garden.
Young children like to have a small piece of land for a garden which they can call their own. And it is very pleasant to dig the gro...

Remember The Cake.
I will tell you an anecdote about Mrs. Hannah More, when she was eighty years old. A widow and her little boy paid a visit to Mrs. ...

Benny's First Drawing.
You have perhaps heard of Benjamin West, the celebrated artist. I will tell you about his first effort in drawing. One of his sis...

The Grey Old Cottage.
In the valley between "Longbrigg" and "Highclose," in the fertile little dale on the left; stands an old cottage, which is truly "a ...

The Boy Found In The Snow.
One winter's night when the evening had shut in very early, owing to the black snow clouds that hung close around the horizon, Marth...

The Brother And Sister.
(In three Stories.) ...

The Parting Scene.
In one of our western cities was a poor woman, in the garret of a lonely house, who was very sick, and near dying. She had two child...

Anna Seeking Employment.
It was a wearisome day to poor Anna, as she walked from square to square, calling at the houses for employment. Some received her k...

Anna With A Pleasant Home.
Anna, having obtained leave of her mistress, soon found herself at the door of Mrs. West. The servant girl came to the door, and Ann...

The Glow Worm.
On a summer's evening about half an hour after bed time, as three little brothers lay talking together they heard a gentle footstep ...

Emily's Morning Ramble.
In the suburbs of the city of B. stands the beautiful residence of Mr. James. It was a rural spot, as it was surrounded with all the...

Flying The Kite.
Flying the kite is a pleasant amusement for boys, and when we see the kites flying high in the air, we are always reminded of a kite...

The Happy Family.
There are a great many novel sights in the streets of London, for the cheap entertainment of the people. The family circle of differ...

Story About An Indian.
A poor sick man might go to the door of some rich person's house and ask relief for himself and not be able to obtain admittance; bu...

Gather The Flowers.
Two little girls went into the fields to gather flowers. Buttercups, violets, and many other blossoms were in abundance. One of the ...

Jane And Her Lessons.
It is a mark of a good scholar to be prompt and studious. Such were the habits of little Jane Sumner. She was the youngest of three ...

Harvest Song.
Now the golden ear wants the reaper's hand, Banish every fear, plenty fills the land. Joyful raise songs of praise, Go...

Chorus
As the manna lay, on the desert ground, So from day to day, mercies flow around. As a father's love gives his children bread, ...

Telling Secrets.
There is a company of girls met together, and what can they be talking about. Hark! "Now I will tell you something, if you'll promis...

Agnes And The Mouse.
One brilliant Christmas day, two little girls were walking towards a neighboring village, when they observed a little creature walki...

The Two Robins.
A few summers ago I was sitting on a garden seat, beneath a fruit tree, where the works of nature looked very beautiful. Very soon I...

The Pleasant Sail.
Down by the sea-coast is the pleasant town of Saco, Where Mr. Aimes has resided for many years. Once a year he had all his little ne...

The Sailor Boy.
Yarmouth is the principal trade sea-port town in the county of Norfolk. Fishermen reside in the towns and villages around, and among...

The Bracelet;
...

Or, Honesty Rewarded.
At St. Petersburgh, the birth day of any of the royal family is observed as a time of great festivity, by all kinds of diversions. ...

No Payno Work.
"Little boy, will you help a poor old man up the hill with this load?" said an old man, who was drawing a hand-cart with a bag of co...

The Tree That Never Fades.
"Mary," said George, "next summer I will not have a garden. Our pretty tree is dying, and I won't love another tree as long as I liv...

Young Usher.
You have read of that remarkable man, Mr. Usher, who was Archbishop of Armagh. I will tell you something about his early childhood. ...

A Good Act For Another.
A man was going from Norwich to New London with a loaded team; on attempting to ascend a hill where an Indian lived he found his tea...

A Boy Reproved By A Bird.
The sparrows often build their nests under the eaves of houses and barns. A young lad saw one of the sparrows conveying materials fo...

The Echo.
Little Charles knew nothing about an echo. As he was playing by himself in the field, he cried out, "Ho, hop!" and immediately a voi...

Lizzy And Her Dog.
I wish to relate to you a very affecting story about a good girl who died when she was thirteen years old. She was an interesting yo...

Julia's Sunset Walk.
It was a beautiful June day, just at the sun's setting, when Julia Eastworth went to visit the resting place of a dear grandmother. ...

Flora And Her Portrait.
"And was there never a portrait of your beautiful child," said Anne Jones, to a lady whom she met at the grave where her child had b...

The Portrait Of Flora Purchased.
Anna started for her home, and when she had arrived, she slowly ascended to her room, flung herself upon her couch, and buried her ...

The Saint's Rest.
We've no abiding city here: This may distress the worldling's mind, But should not cost the saint a tear, Who hopes a ...

A Good Mother.
Mrs. Savage was the eldest sister of Matthew Henry. When she was a child she had a great many advantages for the improvement of her ...

Mother's Last Lesson.
"Will you please teach me my verse, mamma, and then kiss me and bid me good night," said little Roger, as he opened the door and pee...

The Golden Crown.
A teacher once asked a child, "If you had a golden crown, what would you do with it?" The child replied, "I would give it to my fath...

Early At School.
One Sabbath evening a teacher was walking up and down in the porch before his house, in one of the South Sea Islands. The sun was se...

The Plum Boys.
Two boys were one day on their way from school, and as they were passing a cornfield, in which there were some plum trees, full of ...

The First Dollar.
I will tell you an affecting story about a young lad by the name of Emerson Terry, who lived in Hartford, Ct. He was very kind to th...

The Shepherd And His Bible.
A poor shepherd, living among the Alps, the father of a large family, for whose wants he provided with great difficulty, purchased a...

Revelation Of God's Holy Word.
Ye favored lands, rejoice Where God reveals his word: We are not left to nature's voice To bid us know the Lord. ...

Pleasant Play.
There are many plays in which children may amuse themselves so as to benefit both the mind and body. Exercise is very essential to t...

George And His Guinea.
Little George Ames went with his aunt to attend a missionary meeting. After the minister had ended his sermon, as he sat in the pew ...

The Jew And His Daughter.
A Jew came to this country from London, many years ago, and brought with him all his property. He had a lovely daughter of seventeen...

Anecdotes.
TRUE BENIFICENCE.--Mark Antony, when very much depressed, and at the ebb of his fortune, cried out, "I have lost all, except what I ...

Chinese Proverbs.
What is told in the ear is often heard a hundred miles. Riches come better after poverty, than poverty after riches. Who aims a...

Comfort And Sobriety.
Let me here give you a few maxims to commit to memory:---- Avoid and shun the sources of misery. Be sure not to _indulge_ your ap...

Pledge.
Our hands and our hearts we give To the temperance pledge, declaring That long as on earth we live, All its bountiful ...

The Trusty Dog.
I am glad to introduce to you, the noble dog whose picture is before you. He was an old and tried friend of mine, and I could tell y...

The Uncertainty Of Life.
Josiah Martin was a young man of whom any mother might have been proud. He was an only child, and had been the support of his widowe...

A Tale Of Negative Gravity
My wife and I were staying at a small town in northern Italy; and on a certain pleasant afternoon in spring we had taken a walk of s...

Asaph
About a hundred feet back from the main street of a village in New Jersey there stood a very good white house. Half-way between it a...

His Wife's Deceased Sister
It is now five years since an event occurred which so colored my life, or rather so changed some of its original colors, that I have...

The Lady Or The Tiger?
In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness ...

The Remarkable Wreck Of The Thomas Hyke
It was half-past one by the clock in the office of the Registrar of Woes. The room was empty, for it was Wednesday, and the Registra...

Old Pipes And The Dryad
A mountain brook ran through a little village. Over the brook there was a narrow bridge, and from the bridge a foot-path led out fro...

The Transferred Ghost
The country residence of Mr. John Hinckman was a delightful place to me, for many reasons. It was the abode of a genial, though some...

The Philosophy Of Relative Existences
In a certain summer, not long gone, my friend Bentley and I found ourselves in a little hamlet which overlooked a placid valley, th...

A Piece Of Red Calico
I was going into town one morning from my suburban residence, when my wife handed me a little piece of red calico, and asked me if I...


Stories

The Reverse Of The Medal
By Monseigneur Le Duc _The first story tells of how one found means to enjoy the wife of his neighbour, whose husband he had sent a...

The Monk-doctor
By Monseigneur _The second story, related by Duke Philip, is of a young girl who had piles, who put out the only eye he had of a Co...

The Search For The Ring
By Monseigneur de la Roche _Of the deceit practised by a knight on a miller's wife whom he made believe that her front was loose, a...

The Armed Cuckold
By Monseigneur _The fourth tale is of a Scotch archer who was in love with a fair and gentle dame, the wife of a mercer, who, by he...

The Duel With The Buckle-strap
By Philippe De Laon. _The fifth story relates two judgments of Lord Talbot. How a Frenchman was taken prisoner (though provided wit...

The Drunkard In Paradise
By Monseigneur de Lannoy _The sixth story is of a drunkard, who would confess to the Prior of the Augustines at the Hague, and afte...

The Waggoner In The Bear
By Monseigneur _Of a goldsmith of Paris who made a waggoner sleep with him and his wife, and how the waggoner dallied with her from...

Tit For Tat
By Monseigneur de la Roche _Of a youth of Picardy who lived at Brussels, and made his master's daughter pregnant, and for that caus...

The Husband Pandar To His Own Wife
By Monseigneur _Of a knight of Burgundy, who was marvellously amorous of one of his wife's waiting women, and thinking to sleep wit...

The Eel Pasties
By Monseigneur de la Roche _Of a knight of England, who, after he was married, wished his mignon to procure him some pretty girls, ...

A Sacrifice To The Devil
By Monseigneur _Of a jealous rogue, who after many offerings made to divers saints to cure him of his jealousy, offered a candle to...

The Calf
By Monseigneur de la Roche _Of a Dutchman, who at all hours of the day and night ceased not to dally with his wife in love sports; ...

The Castrated Clerk
By Monseigneur L'amant De Brucelles. _How a lawyer's clerk in England deceived his master making him believe that he had no testicl...

The Pope-maker, Or The Holy Man
By Monseigneur de Crequy _Of a hermit who deceived the daughter of a poor woman, making her believe that her daughter should have a...

The Clever Nun
By Monseigneur De La Roche _Of a nun whom a monk wished to deceive, and how he offered to shoo her his weapon that she might feel i...

On The Blind Side
By Monseigneur Le Duc. _Of a knight of Picardy who went to Prussia, and, meanwhile his lady took a lover, and was in bed with him w...

The Lawyer And The Bolting-mill
By Monseigneur Le Duc. _Of a President of Parliament, who fell in love with his chamber-maid, and would have forced her whilst she ...

From Belly To Back
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a gentleman of Burgundy who paid a chambermaid ten crowns to sleep with her, but before he left her...

The Child Of The Snow
By Philippe Vignier. _Of an English merchant whose wife had a child in his absence, and told him that it was his; and how he clever...

The Husband As Doctor
By Philippe De Laon. _Of a young squire of Champagne who, when he married, had never mounted a Christian creature,--much to his wif...

The Abbess Cured [21]
By Philippe De Laon. _Of an abbess who was ill for want of--you know what--but would not have it done, fearing to be reproached by ...

The Child With Two Fathers
By Caron. _Of a gentleman who seduced a young girl, and then went away and joined the army. And before his return she made the acqu...

The Lawyer's Wife Who Passed The Line
By Monseigneur De Commesuram. _Of a clerk of whom his mistress was enamoured, and what he promised to do and did to her if she cros...

Half-booted
By Monseigneur De Fiennes. _Of a Count who would ravish by force a fair, young girl who was one of his subjects, and how she escape...

Forced Willingly
By Philippe De Saint-Yon. _Of a girl who complained of being forced by a young man, whereas she herself had helped him to find that...

The Damsel Knight
By Monseigneur De Foquessoles. _Of the loves of a young gentleman and a damsel, who tested the loyalty of the gentleman in a marvel...

The Husband In The Clothes-chest
By Monseigneur De Beauvoir. _Of a great lord of this kingdom and a married lady, who in order that she might be with her lover caus...

The Incapable Lover
By Messire Miohaut De Changy. _Of the meeting assigned to a great Prince of this kingdom by a damsel who was chamber-woman to the Q...

The Cow And The Calf
By Monseigneur _Of a gentleman to whom--the first night that he was married, and after he had but tried one stroke--his wife brough...

The Three Cordeliers
By Monsigneur De Beauvoir _Of three merchants of Savoy who went on a pilgrimage to St. Anthony in Bienne, (*) and who were deceived...

Two Lovers For One Lady
By Monseigneur De La Barde. _Of a squire who found the mule of his companion, and mounted thereon and it took him to the house of h...

The Women Who Paid Tithe
By Monseigneur De Villiers. _Of the Cordeliers of Ostelleria in Catalonia, who took tithe from the women of the town, and how it wa...

The Lady Who Lost Her Hair
By Monseigneur. _Of a noble lord who was in love with a damsel who cared for another great lord, but tried to keep it secret; and o...

The Man Above And The Man Below
By Monsigneur De La Roche. _Of a married woman who gave rendezvous to two lovers, who came and visited her, and her husband came so...

The Exchange
By Monseigneur De Villiers. _Of a knight whose mistress married whilst he was on his travels, and on his return, by chance he came ...

At Work
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a squire who saw his mistress, whom he greatly loved, between two other gentlemern, and did not not...

The Use Of Dirty Water
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a jealous man who recorded all the tricks which he could hear or learn by which wives had deceived ...

A Rod For Another's Back
By The Seneschal Of Guyenne. _Of a citizen of Tours who bought a lamprey which he sent to his wife to cook in order that he might g...

Both Well Served
By Monseigneur De Saint Pol. _Of a knight who, whilst he was waiting for his mistress amused himself three times with her maid, who...

The Butcher's Wife Who Played The Ghost In The Chimney
By Michault De Changy. _Of a Jacobin who left his mistress, a butcher's wife, for another woman who was younger and prettier, and h...

Love In Arms
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a knight who made his wife wear a hauberk whenever he would do you know what; and of a clerk who ta...

The Married Priest
By Meriadech. _Of a village clerk who being at Rome and believing that his wife was dead became a priest, and was appointed cure of...

A Bargain In Horns
By Monseigneur De Fiennes. _Of a labourer who found a man with his wife, and forwent his revenge for a certain quantity of wheat, b...

The Match-making Priest
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a village priest who found a husband for a girl with whom he was in love, and who had promised him ...

The Scotsman Turned Washerwoman
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a young Scotsman who was disguised as a woman for the space of fourteen years, and by that means sl...

How The Nun Paid For The Pears
By Monseigneur De Thianges (*). _Of a Jacobin and a nun, who went secretly to an orchard to enjoy pleasant pastime under a pear-tre...

Two Mules Drowned Together
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a President who knowing of the immoral conduct of his wife, caused her to be drowned by her mule, w...

The Chaste Mouth
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of a woman who would not suffer herself to be kissed, though she willingly gave up all the rest of her...

The Scarlet Backside
By Pierre David. _Of one who saw his wife with a man to whom she gave the whole of her body, except her backside, which she left fo...

Tit For Tat
By Anthoine De La Sale. _Of a father who tried to kill his son because the young man wanted to lie with his grandmother, and the re...

The Real Fathers
By The Editor. _Of a woman who on her death-bed, in the absence of her husband, made over her children to those to whom they belong...

The Three Reminders
By Monseigneur De La Roche. _Of three counsels that a father when on his deathbed gave his son, but to which the son paid no heed. ...

The Muddled Marriages
By The Archivist Of Brussels. _Of two men and two women who were waiting to be married at the first Mass in the early morning; and ...

The Right Moment
By Mahiot D'auquesnes. _Of a damsel of Maubeuge who gave herself up to a waggoner, and refused many noble lovers; and of the reply ...

A Cure For The Plague
By Monseigneur De Villiers. _Of a girl who was ill of the plague and caused the death of three men who lay with her, and how the fo...

The Woman, The Priest, The Servant, And The
WOLF. By Monseigneur De Villiers. _Of a gentleman who caught, in a trap that he laid, his wife, the priest, her maid, and a wolf; ...

The Obliging Brother
By Monsieur De Villiers. _Of a damsel who married a shepherd, and how the marriage was arranged, and what a gentleman, the brother ...

Scorn For Scorn
By Monseigneur. _Of two comrades who wished to make their mistresses better inclined towards them, and so indulged in debauchery, a...

The Sick Lover
By Poncelet. _Of a lord who pretended to be sick in order that he might lie with the servant maid, with whom his wife found him._ ...

Three Very Minor Brothers
By Poncelet. _Of three women of Malines, who were acquainted with three cordeliers, and had their heads shaved, and donned the gown...

Cuckolded
By Poncelet. _Of a merchant who locked up in a bin his wife's lover, and she secretly put an ass there which caused her husband to ...

The Lost Ring
By Monseigneur De Commesuram. _Of two friends, one of whom left a diamond in the bed of his hostess, where the other found it, from...

Montbleru; Or The Thief
By G. De Montbleru. _Of one named Montbleru, who at a fair at Antwerp stole from his companions their shirts and handkerchiefs, whi...

The Over-cunning Cure
By Michault De Changy. _Of a priest who would have played a joke upon a gelder named Trenche-couille, but, by the connivance of his...

Indiscretion Reproved, But Not Punished
By The Provost Of Wastennes. _Of a woman who heard her husband say that an innkeeper at Mont St. Michel was excellent at copulating...

The Woman At The Bath
By Philippe De Laon. _Of an inn-keeper at Saint Omer who put to his son a question for which he was afterwards sorry when he heard ...

The Woman With Three Husbands
By Philippe De Laon. _Of a "fur hat" of Paris, who wished to deceive a cobbler's wife, but over-reached, himself, for he married he...

The Jade Despoiled
By Messire Chrestien De Dygoigne. _Of a married man who found his wife with another man, and devised means to get from her her mone...

The Virtuous Lady With Two Husbands
By Monseigneur. _Of a noble knight of Flanders, who was married to a beautiful and noble lady. He was for many years a prisoner in ...

The Devil's Horn
By Monseigneur. _Of a noble knight of Germany, a great traveller in his time; who after he had made a certain voyage, took a vow to...

The Considerate Cuckold
By Monseigneur Le Duc. _Of a knight of Picardy, who lodged at an inn in the town of St. Omer, and fell in love with the hostess, wi...

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention
By Monseigneur De Commensuram. _Of a gentleman of Picardy who was enamoured of the wife of a knight his neighbour; and how he obtai...

The Bird In The Cage
By Jehan Lambin. _Of a cure who was in love with the wife of one of his parishioners, with whom the said cure was found by the husb...

The Obsequious Priest
By Philippe De Laon. _Of a priest of Boulogne who twice raised the body of Our Lord whilst chanting a Mass, because he believed tha...

The Bagpipe
By Monseigneur De Thalemas. _Of a hare-brained half-mad fellow who ran a great risk of being put to death by being hanged on a gibb...

Caught In The Act
By Philippe De Laon. _Of the chaplain to a knight of Burgundy who was enamoured of the wench of the said knight, and of the adventu...

The Sleeveless Robe
By Alardin. _Of a gentleman of Flanders, who went to reside in France, but whilst he was there his mother was very ill in Flanders;...

The Husband Turned Confessor
By Jehan Martin. _Of a married gentleman who made many long voyages, during which time his good and virtuous wife made the acquaint...

The Lost Ass Found
By Michault De Changy. _Of a good man of Bourbonnais who went to seek the advice of a wise man of that place about an ass that he h...

Good Measure! [80]
By Michault De Changy. _Of a young German girl, aged fifteen or sixteen or thereabouts who was married to a gentle gallant, and who...

Between Two Stools
By Monseigneur De Waurin. _Of a noble knight who was in love with a beautiful young married lady, and thought himself in her good g...

Beyond The Mark
By Monseigneur De Lannoy. _Of a shepherd who made an agreement with a shepherdess that he should mount upon her "in order that he m...

The Gluttonous Monk
By Monseigneur De Vaurin. _Of a Carmelite monk who came to preach at a village and after his sermon, he went to dine with a lady, a...

The Devil's Share
By The Marquis De Rothelin. _Of one of his marshals who married the sweetest and most lovable woman there was in all Germany. Wheth...

Nailed! [85]
By Monseigneur De Santilly. _Of a goldsmith, married to a fair, kind, and gracious lady, and very amorous withal of a cure, her nei...

Foolish Fear
By Monseigneur Philippe Vignier. _Of a young man of Rouen, married to a fair, young girl of the age of fifteen or thereabouts; and ...

What The Eye Does Not See
By Monsieur Le Voyer. _Of a gentle knight who was enamoured of a young and beautiful girl, and how he caught a malady in one of his...

A Husband In Hiding
By Alardin. _Of a poor, simple peasant married to a nice, pleasant woman, who did much as she liked, and who in order that she migh...

The Fault Of The Almanac
By Poncelet. _Of a cure who forgot, either by negligence or ignorance, to inform his parishioners that Lent had come until Palm Sun...

A Good Remedy
By Monseigneur De Beaumont. _Of a good merchant of Brabant whose wife was very ill, and he supposing that she was about to die, aft...

The Obedient Wife
By The Editor. _ Of a man who was married to a woman so lascivious and lickerish, that I believe she must have been born in a stove...

Women's Quarrels
By The Editor. _Of a married woman who was in love with a Canon, and, to avoid suspicion, took with her one of her neighbours when ...

How A Good Wife Went On A Pilgrimage
By Messire Timoleon Vignier. _Of a good wife who pretended to her husband that she was going on a pilgrimage, in order to find oppo...

Difficult To Please
(*) There is no author's name to this story in any of the editions. _Of a cure who wore a short gown, like a gallant abou...

The Sore Finger Cured
By Philippe De Laon. _Of a monk who feigned to be very ill and in danger of death, that he might obtain the favours of a certain yo...

A Good Dog
_Of a foolish and rich village cure who buried his dog in the church-yard; for which cause he was summoned before his Bishop, and how...

Bids And Biddings
By Monseigneur De Launoy. _Of a number of boon companions making good cheer and drinking at a tavern, and how one of them had a qua...

The Unfortunate Lovers
By The Editor. _Of a knight of this kingdom and his wife, who had a fair daughter aged fifteen or sixteen. Her father would have ma...

The Metamorphosis
By The Editor. _Relates how a Spanish Bishop, not being able to procure fish, ate two partridges on a Friday, and how he told his s...

The Chaste Lover
By Philippe De Laon. _Of a rich merchant of the city of Genoa, who married a fair damsel, who owing to the absence of her husband, ...

The Reverend John Creedy
I. "On Sunday next, the 14th inst., the Reverend John Creedy, B.A., of Magdalen College, Oxford, will preach in Walton Magna Chur...

Dr Greatrex's Engagement
Everybody knows by name at least the celebrated Dr. Greatrex, the discoverer of that abstruse molecular theory of the interrelations...

Mr Chung
The first time I ever met poor Chung was at one of Mrs. Bouverie Barton's Thursday evening receptions in Eaton Place. Of course you ...

The Curate Of Churnside
Walter Dene, deacon, in his faultless Oxford clerical coat and broad felt hat, strolled along slowly, sunning himself as he went, af...

An Episode In High Life
Sir Henry Vardon, K.C.B., electrician to the Admiralty, whose title, as everybody knows, was gazetted some six weeks since, is at th...

My New Years Eve Among The Mummies
I have been a wanderer and a vagabond on the face of the earth for a good many years now, and I have certainly had some odd adventur...

The Foundering Of The Fortuna
I. I am going to spin you the yarn of the foundering of the Fortuna exactly as an old lake captain on a Huron steamer once span i...

The Backslider
There was much stir and commotion on the night of Thursday, January the 14th, 1874, in the Gideonite Apostolic Church, number 47, Wa...

The Mysterious Occurrence In Piccadilly
I. I really never felt so profoundly ashamed of myself in my whole life as when my father-in-law, Professor W. Bryce Murray, of O...

Carvalho
I. The first time I ever met Ernest Carvalho was just before the regimental dance at Newcastle. I had ridden up the Port Royal mo...

A Great Chemical Discovery
Walking along the Strand one evening last year towards Pall Mall, I was accosted near Charing Cross Station by a strange-looking, mi...

The Empress Of Andorra
All the troubles in Andorra arose from the fact that the town clerk had views of his own respecting the Holy Roman Empire. Of cou...

The Senior Proctor's Wooing:
A TALE OF TWO CONTINENTS. I. I was positively blinded. I could hardly read the note, a neatly written little square sheet of p...

The Child Of The Phalanstery
"Poor little thing," said my strong-minded friend compassionately. "Just look at her! Clubfooted. What a misery to herself and other...

Our Scientific Observations On A Ghost
"Then nothing would convince you of the existence of ghosts, Harry," I said, "except seeing one." "Not even seeing one, my dear J...

Ram Das Of Cawnpore
We Germans do not spare trouble where literary or scientific work is on hand: and so when I was appointed by the University of Bresl...


Wales Poetry

Snowdon
King of the mighty hills! thy crown of snow Thou rearest in the clouds, as if to mock The littleness of human things below; ...

The Day Of Judgment
was a native of Anglesea, and entered the Welsh Church, but removed to Donington in Shropshire, where he officiated as Curate f...

The Immovable Covenant
the Welsh of Mr. H. Hughes, was a Minister in the Baptist Church, and was possessed of extensive learning, and a highly critical ta...

An Ode To The Thunder
his bardic name of Dafydd Ionawr, was born in the year 1751 at Glanmorfa, near Towyn, Merionethshire, and died in 1827. He was e...

The Deluge
* * * * * Whether to the east or west You go, wondrous through all Are the myriad clouds; Dense and grim they appear-- Bla...

The Shipwreck
a Welsh Congregationalist Minister, and an eminent poet. His Ode on the wreck of the ship Rothsay Castle, off Anglesea, is a ver...

An Address To The Summer
of Llanbadarn Fawr, Cardiganshire, and was born about the year 1340. The bard was of illustrious lineage, and of handsome pers...

Song To Arvon
by the Rev. Evan Evans, a Clergyman of the Church of England, better known by his bardic name of _Ieuan Glan Geirionydd_. He was...

To The Spring
Oh, come gentle spring, and visit the plain, Far scatter the frost from our border, All nature cries loud for the sunshine and r...

To The Nightingale
river of that name was born at Mold, in Flintshire, in the year 1797, and died in 1840, in the parish of Manordeivi, Pembrokeshire,...

The Flowers Of Spring
beautiful stanzas, from which the following translation is made, was an eloquent minister of the Baptist Church in Wales, and die...

To May
the following and several other poems in this collection. He was a native of Cardiganshire, and, following the example of his coun...

The Dawn
Streaking the mantle of deep night The rays of light arise, Delightful day--shed by the sun-- Breaks forth from eastern sk...

To The Daisy
Oh, flower meek and modest That blooms of all the soonest, Some great delight possesses me When thy soft crystal bud I see. Tho...

The Lily And The Rose
Once I saw two flowers blossom In a garden 'neath the hill, One a lily fair and handsome, And one a rose with crimson frill;...

The Circling Of The Mead Horns
Fill the blue horn, the blue buffalo horn: Natural is mead in the buffalo horn: As the cuckoo in spring, as the lark in the morn, ...

Dafydd Ap Gwilym To The White Gull
Bird that dwellest in the spray, Far from mountain woods away, Sporting,--blending with the sea, Like the moonbeam--gleamily. ...

To The Lark
"Sentinel of the morning light! Reveller of the spring! How sweetly, nobly wild thy flight, Thy boundless jour...

Dafydd Ap Gwilym's Invocation To The Summer To Visit Glamorganshire,
Where he spent many happy years at the hospitable mansion of Ivor Hael. The bard, speaking from the land of Wild Gwynedd, or North W...

A Bridal Song
Wilt thou not waken, bride of May, While the flowers are fresh, and the sweet bells chime? Listen, and learn from my roundelay, ...

The Legend Of Trwst Llywelyn
Once upon a time, Llywelyn was returning from a great battle, against the Saxons, and his three sisters came down here to meet him; ...

The Golden Goblet, In Imitation Of Gothe
There was a king in Mon, {62} A true lover to his grave; To whom in death his lady A golden goblet gave. When Christmas bow...

The Sick Man's Dream
Dans le solitaire bourgade, Revant a ses maux tristement, Languissait un pauvre malade, D'un long mal qui va consumant...

The Fairy's Song
"Heavens defend me from that Welsh fairy!"--SHAKSPEARE. I am a wand'rer o'er earth and sea, The trackless air has a path for me; ...

Walter Sele
O'er Walter's bed no foot shall tread, Nor step unhallow'd roam; For here the grave hath found a grave, The wanderer a home....

My Father-land
Land of the Cymry! thou art still, In rock and valley, stream and hill, As wild and grand; As thou hast been in days of yore, ...

My Native Land
My soul is sad, my spirit fails, And sickness in my heart prevails, Whilst chill'd with grief, it mourns and wails For my o...

Ode To Cambria
Cambria, I love thy genius bold; Thy dreadful rites, and Druids old; Thy bards who struck the sounding strings, And wak'd the wa...

An Ode On The Death Of Hoel
of the sixth century. He was himself a soldier, and distinguished himself at the battle of Cattraeth, fought between the Welsh...

The Death Of Owain
Lo! the youth, in mind a man, Daring in the battle's van; See the splendid warrior's speed On his fleet and thick-maned steed,...

Roderic's Lament
Farewell every mountain To memory dear, Each streamlet and fountain Pelucid and clear; Glad halls of my father, From ba...

The Battle Of Gwenystrad
contemporary of Aneurin in the sixth century. He appears to have been a native of Cardiganshire, for we find him at an early a...

Taliesin's Prophecy
A voice from time departed, yet floats thy hills among, O Cambria! thus thy prophet bard, thy Taliesin sung, The path of unborn...

The Monarchy Of Britain
Sons of the Fair Isle! forget not the time, Ere spoilers had breath'd the free air of your clime! All that its eagles beheld in the...

Farewell To Wales
The voice of thy streams in my spirit I bear; Farewell; and a blessing be with thee, Greenland; In thy halls, thy hearths, in thy...

The Castles Of Wales
Ye fortresses grey and gigantic I see on the hills of my land, To my mind ye appear terrific, When I muse on your ruins so...

The Eisteddfod,
Strike the harp: awake the lay! Let Cambria's voice be heard this day In music's witching strain! Wide let her ancient "soul ...

Llywarch Hen's Lament On Cynddylan
Taliesin in the sixth century. He was engaged at the battle of Cattraeth, where he witnessed the fall of three of his sons, and in...

The Lament Op Llywarch Hen
The bright hours return, and the blue sky is ringing With song, and the hills are all mantled with bloom; But fairer than augh...

The Hall Of Cynddylan
The Hall of Cynddylan is gloomy to-night, I weep, for the grave has extinguished its light; The beam of its lamp from the summit ...

The Vengeance Of Owain {96}
Gruffydd ab Cynan, Prince of Gwynedd, or North Wales, and he succeeded his father on his death in 1137. Father and son were illust...

Childe Harold
"Oh Gwynedd, fast thy star declineth, Thy name is gone, thy rights invaded, And hopelessly the strong oak pineth, Where the ta...

Old Morgan And His Wife
Hus.--Jane, tell me have you fed the pigs, Their cry is not so fine: And if you have not, don't delay, 'Tis nearly half-past nin...

Song Of The Foster-son, Love
I got a foster-son, whose name was Love, From one endued with beauty from above. To bring him up with fond and _tender_ care-- ...

Pennillion
Cymry, and was much practised in the houses of the Welsh gentry. The pennillion were sung by one voice to the harp, and followed a...

Tribanau
Serjeant Parry, the eminent barrister) says: "The following translations will serve to give the English reader a faint, though perh...

The Rose Of Llan Meilen
Sweet Rose of Llan Meilen! you bid me forget That ever in moments of pleasure we met; You bid me remember no longer a name The m...

My Native Cot
The white cot where I spent my youth Is on yon lofty mountain side, The stream which flowed beside the door Adown the mossy ...

Under The Orchard Tree
Under the deep-laden boughs of the orchard Walks a maid that is fairer than all its rich fruit, And little I doubt if I stood be...

The Banks Of The Dee
One morning in May, when soft breezes were blowing O'er Dee's pleasant tide with a ripple and swell, A shepherdess tended her fl...

Gwilym Glyn And Ruth Of Dyffryn
In the depth of yonder valley, Where the fields are bright and sunny, Ruth was nurtured fair and slender Neath a mother's eye so t...

The Lord Of Clas
The Lord of Clas to his hunting is gone, Over plain and sedgy moor; The glare of his bridle bit has shone On the heights of ...

The Rose Of The Glen
Although I've no money or treasure to give, No palace or cottage wherein I may live, Altho' I can't boast of high blood or degree, ...

The Mountain Galloway
My tried and trusty mountain steed, Of Aberteivi's hardy breed, Elate of spirit, low of flesh, That sham'st thy kind of vallies ...

Glan Geirionydd
. One time upon a summer day I saunter'd on the shore Of swift Geirionydd's waters blue, Where oft I walked before In yo...

The Mother To Her Child After Its Father's Death
My gentle child, thou dost not know Why still on thee I am gazing so, And trace in meditation deep Thy features fair in silent...

Woman
Gentle Woman! thou most perfect Work of the Divine Architect; Pearl and beauty of creation, Rose of earth by all confession. ...

The Faithful Maiden
At the dawning of day on a morning in May, When the birds through the forests were skipping so gay; While crossing the churchya...

The Ewe
So artless art thou, gentle ewe! Thy aspect kindles feeling; And every bosom doth bedew, Each true affection stealing. ...

The Song Of The Fisherman's Wife
Restless wave! be still and quiet, Do not heed the wind and freshet, Nature wide is now fast sleeping, Why art thou so live an...

The Withered Leaf
Dry the leaf above the stubble, Soon 'twill fall into the bramble, But the mind receives a lesson From the leaf when it has fa...

Sad Died The Maiden
Sad died the Maiden! and heaven only knew The anguish she felt in expiring, The moonbeams were weeping the evening dew When ...

The World And The Sea: A Comparison
Like the world and its dread changes Is the ocean when it rages, Sometimes full and sometimes shallow, Sometimes green and sometim...

The Poor Man's Grave
'Neath the yew tree's gloomy branches, Rears a mound its verdant head, As if to receive the riches Which the dew of heaven...

The Bard's Long-tried Affection For Morfydd
All my lifetime I have been Bard to Morfydd, "golden mien!" I have loved beyond belief, Many a day to love and grief For her ...

The Grove Of Broom
The girl of nobler loveliness Than countess decked in golden dress, No longer dares to give her plight To meet the bard at dawn ...

That Had Been Converted Into A May-pole In The Town Of Llanidloes, In Montgomeryshire
Ah! birch tree, with the verdant locks, And reckless mind--long hast thou been A wand'rer from thy native rocks; With canopy of ...

The Holly Grove
Sweet holly grove, that soarest A woodland fort, an armed bower! In front of all the forest Thy coral-loaded branches tower. Thou...

The Swan
Thou swan, upon the waters bright, In lime-hued vest, like abbot white! Bird of the spray, to whom is giv'n The raiment of the men...

May And November
Sweet May, ever welcome! the palace of leaves Thy hand for thy wild band of choristers weaves; Proud knight, that subduest with glo...

The Cuckoo's Tale
Hail, bird of sweet melody, heav'n is thy home; With the tidings of summer thy bright pinions roam-- The summer that thickens wit...

Dafydd Ap Gwilym's Address To Morfydd After She Married His Rival
Too long I've loved the fickle maid, My love is turned to grief and pain; In vain delusive hopes I stray'd, Through days that ne'e...

From The Hymns Of The Rev William Williams, Pantycelyn
he inherited from his ancestors, was born in the parish of Llanfair-on- the-hill, in Carmarthenshire, in the year 1717. He was edu...

Translations From Miscellaneous Welsh Hymns
Had I but the wings of a dove, To regions afar I'd repair, To Nebo's high summit would rove, And look on a country more fair...

The Farmer's Prayer
poems of the "Good Vicar Prichard of Llandovery" would be incomplete. This excellent man was born at Llandovery, in Carmarthenshire...

The Praise And Commendation Of A Good Woman
As a wise child excells the sceptr'd fool Who of conceit and selfishness is full-- As a good name exceeds the best perfume, And ri...

Twenty Third Psalm
My shepherd is the Lord above, Who ne'er will suffer me to rove; In Him I'll trust, he is so good, He'll never let me want for foo...

Short Is The Life Of Man
Man's life, like any weaver's shuttle, flies, Or, like a tender flow'ret, droops and dies, Or, like a race, it ends without delay, ...

Concerning The Divine Providence
...

By The Rev Rees Prichard, Ma
...

Translated By The Rev William Evans
God doth withhold no good from those Who meekly fear him here below; On them he grace and fame bestows, Nor loss, nor cross th...


Yiddish Tales

Reuben Asher Braudes
Born, 1851, in Wilna (Lithuania), White Russia; went to Roumania after the anti-Jewish riots of 1882, and published a Yiddish weekly,...

The Misfortune Or How The Rav Of Pumpian Tried To Solve A Social Problem
Pumpian is a little town in Lithuania, a Jewish town. It lies far away from the highway, among villages reached by the Polish Road. ...

Jehalel
Pen name of Judah Loeb Lewin; born, 1845, in Minsk (Lithuania), White Russia; tutor; treasurer to the Brodski flour mills and their su...

Earth Of Palestine
As my readers know, I wanted to do a little stroke of business--to sell the world-to-come. I must tell you that I came out of it ver...

Isaac Loeb Perez
Born, 1851, in Samoscz, Government of Lublin, Russian Poland; Jewish, philosophical, and general literary education; practiced law i...

A Woman's Wrath
The small room is dingy as the poverty that clings to its walls. There is a hook fastened to the crumbling ceiling, relic of a depar...

The Treasure
To sleep, in summer time, in a room four yards square, together with a wife and eight children, is anything but a pleasure, even on ...

It Is Well
You ask how it is that I remained a Jew? Whose merit it is? Not through my own merits nor those of my ancestors. I was a six-year...

Whence A Proverb
"Drunk all the year round, sober at Purim," is a Jewish proverb, and people ought to know whence it comes. In the days of the fam...

Mordecai Spektor
Born, 1859, in Uman, Government of Kieff, Little Russia; education Hasidic; entered business in 1878; wrote first sketch, A Roman ohn ...

An Original Strike
I was invited to a wedding. Not a wedding at which ladies wore low dress, and scattered powder as they walked, and the men were i...

A Gloomy Wedding
They handed Gittel a letter that had come by post, she put on her spectacles, sat down by the window, and began to read. She read...

Poverty
I was living in Mezkez at the time, and Seinwill Bookbinder lived there too. But Heaven only knows where he is now! Even then his...

Sholom-alechem
Pen name of Shalom Rabinovitz; born, 1859, in Pereyaslav, Government of Poltava, Little Russia; Government Rabbi, at twenty-one, in ...

The Clock
The clock struck thirteen! Don't imagine I am joking, I am telling you in all seriousness what happened in Mazepevke, in our hous...

Fishel The Teacher
Twice a year, as sure as the clock, on the first day of Nisan and the first of Ellul--for Passover and Tabernacles--Fishel the teach...

An Easy Fast
That which Doctor Tanner failed to accomplish, was effectually carried out by Chayyim Chaikin, a simple Jew in a small town in Polan...

The Passover Guest
I "I have a Passover guest for you, Reb Yoneh, such a guest as you never had since you became a householder." "What sort is he...

Gymnasiye
A man's worst enemy, I tell you, will never do him the harm he does himself, especially when a woman interferes, that is, a wife. Wh...

Eliezer David Rosenthal
Born, 1861, in Chotin, Bessarabia; went to Breslau, Germany, in 1880, and pursued studies at the University; returned to Bessarabia ...

Sabbath
Friday evening! The room has been tidied, the table laid. Two Sabbath loaves have been placed upon it, and covered with a red nap...

Yom Kippur
Erev Yom Kippur, Minchah time! The Eve of the Day of Atonement, at Afternoon Prayer time. A solemn and sacred hour for every Je...

Isaiah Lerner
Born, 1861, in Zwoniec, Podolia, Southwestern Russia; co-editor of die Bibliothek Dos Leben, published at Odessa, 1904, and Kishineff,...

Bertzi Wasserfuehrer
I The first night of Passover. It is already about ten o'clock. Outside it is dark, wet, cold as the grave. A fine, close, sleety...

Ezrielk The Scribe
Forty days before Ezrielk descended upon this sinful world, his life-partner was proclaimed in Heaven, and the Heavenly Council deci...

Yitzchok-yossel Broitgeber
At the time I am speaking of, the above was about forty years old. He was a little, thin Jew with a long face, a long nose, two larg...

Judah Steinberg
Born, 1863, in Lipkany, Bessarabia; died, 1907, in Odessa; education Hasidic; entered business in a small Roumanian village for a sh...

A Livelihood
The two young fellows Maxim Klopatzel and Israel Friedman were natives of the same town in New Bessarabia, and there was an old link...

At The Matzes
It was quite early in the morning, when Sossye, the scribe's daughter, a girl of seventeen, awoke laughing; a sunbeam had broken thr...

David Frischmann
Born, 1863, in Lodz, Russian Poland, of a family of merchants; education, Jewish and secular, the latter with special attention to ...

Three Who Ate
Once upon a time three people ate. I recall the event as one recalls a dream. Black clouds obscure the men, because it happened long...

Micha Joseph Berdyczewski
Born, 1865, in Berschad, Podolia, Southwestern Russia; educated in Yeshibah of Volozhin; studied also modern literatures in his yout...

Military Service
"They look as if they'd enough of me!" So I think to myself, as I give a glance at my two great top-boots, my wide trousers, and ...

Isaiah Berschadski
Pen name of Isaiah Domaschewitski; born, 1871, near Derechin, Government of Grodno (Lithuania), White Russia; died, 1909, in Warsaw;...

Forlorn And Forsaken
Forlorn and forsaken she was in her last years. Even when she lay on the bed of sickness where she died, not one of her relations or...

Tashrak
Pen name of Israel Joseph Zevin; born, 1872, in Gori-Gorki, Government of Mohileff (Lithuania), White Russia; came to New York in 18...

The Hole In A Beigel
When I was a little Cheder-boy, my Rebbe, Bunem-Breine-Gite's, a learned man, who was always tormenting me with Talmudical questions...

As The Years Roll On
Rosalie laid down the cloth with which she had been dusting the furniture in her front parlor, and began tapping the velvet covering...

David Pinski
Born, 1872, in Mohileff (Lithuania), White Russia; refused admission to Gymnasium in Moscow under percentage restrictions; 1889-1891...

Reb Shloimeh
The seventy-year-old Reb Shloimeh's son, whose home was in the country, sent his two boys to live with their grandfather and acquire...

S Libin
Pen name of Israel Hurewitz; born, 1872, in Gori-Gorki, Government of Mohileff (Lithuania), White Russia; assistant to a druggist at...

A Picnic
Ask Shmuel, the capmaker, just for a joke, if he would like to come for a picnic! He'll fly out at you as if you had invited him to ...

Manasseh
It was a stifling summer evening. I had just come home from work, taken off my coat, unbuttoned my waistcoat, and sat down panting b...

Yohrzeit For Mother
The Ginzburgs' first child died of inflammation of the lungs when it was two years and three months old. The young couple were in...

Slack Times They Sleep
Despite the fact of the winter nights being long and dark as the Jewish exile, the Breklins go to bed at dusk. But you may as wel...

Abraham Raisin
Born, 1876, in Kaidanov, Government of Minsk (Lithuania), White Russia; traditional Jewish education; self-taught in Russian languag...

Shut In
Lebele is a little boy ten years old, with pale cheeks, liquid, dreamy eyes, and black hair that falls in twisted ringlets, but, of ...

The Charitable Loan
The largest fair in Klemenke is "Ulas." The little town waits for Ulas with a beating heart and extravagant hopes. "Ulas," say the K...

The Two Brothers
It is three months since Yainkele and Berele--two brothers, the first fourteen years old, the second sixteen--have been at the colle...

Lost His Voice
It was in the large synagogue in Klemenke. The week-day service had come to an end. The town cantor who sings all the prayers, even ...

Late
It was in sad and hopeless mood that Antosh watched the autumn making its way into his peasant's hut. The days began to shorten and ...

The Kaddish
From behind the curtain came low moans, and low words of encouragement from the old and experienced Bobbe. In the room it was dismal...

Avrohom The Orchard-keeper
When he first came to the place, as a boy, and went straight to the house-of-study, and people, having greeted him, asked "Where do ...

Hirsh David Naumberg
Born, 1876, in Msczczonow, Government of Warsaw, Russian Poland, of Hasidic parentage; traditional Jewish education in the house of ...

The Rav And The Rav's Son
The Sabbath midday meal is over, and the Saken Rav passes his hands across his serene and pious countenance, pulls out both earlocks...

Meyer Blinkin
Born, 1879, in a village near Pereyaslav, Government of Poltava, Little Russia, of Hasidic parentage; educated in Kieff, where he ac...

Women A Prose Poem
Hedged round with tall, thick woods, as though designedly, so that no one should know what happens there, lies the long-drawn-out ol...

Loeb Schapiro
Born, about 1880, in the Government of Kieff, Little Russia; came to Chicago in 1906, and to New York for a short time in 1907-1908; n...

If It Was A Dream
Yes, it was a terrible dream! But when one is only nine years old, one soon forgets, and Meyerl was nine a few weeks before it came ...

Shalom Asch
Born, 1881, in Kutno, Government of Warsaw, Russian Poland; Jewish education and Hasidic surroundings; began to write in 1900, earli...

A Simple Story
Feigele, like all young girls, is fond of dressing and decking herself out. She has no time for these frivolities during the week...

A Jewish Child
The mother came out of the bride's chamber, and cast a piercing look at her husband, who was sitting beside a finished meal, and was...

A Scholar's Mother
The market lies foursquare, surrounded on every side by low, whitewashed little houses. From the chimney of the one-storied house op...

The Sinner
So that you should not suspect me of taking his part, I will write a short preface to my story. It is written: "A man never so mu...

Isaac Dob Berkowitz
Born, 1885, in Slutzk, Government of Minsk (Lithuania), White Russia; was in America for a short time in 1908; contributor to Die Z...

Country Folk
Feivke was a wild little villager, about seven years old, who had tumbled up from babyhood among Gentile urchins, the only Jewish bo...

The Last Of Them
They had been Rabbonim for generations in the Misnagdic community of Mouravanke, old, poverty-stricken Mouravanke, crowned with hoar...

The Clever Rabbi
A FOLK TALE The power of man's imagination, said my Grandmother, is very great. Hereby hangs a tale, which, to our sorrow, is a true ...

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