Folk Tales Every Child Should Know eBook

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The lad went home and said to his mother that he must go to sea again to fetch some rubies for the king.  The woman was quite frightened at the idea, and begged him not to go.  But the lad was resolved on going, and nothing could prevent him from carrying out his purpose.  He accordingly went alone on board that same vessel which had brought him and his mother, and set sail.  He reached the whirlpool, from near which he had formerly picked up the rubies.  This time, however, he determined to go to the exact spot whence the rubies were coming out.  He went to the centre of the whirlpool, where he saw a gap reaching to the bottom of the ocean.  He dived into it, leaving his boat to wheel round the whirlpool.  When he reached the bottom of the ocean he saw there a beautiful palace.  He went inside.  In the central room of the palace there was the god Siva, with his eyes closed, and absorbed apparently in intense meditation.  A few feet above Siva’s head was a platform, on which lay a young lady of exquisite beauty.  The prince went to the platform and saw that the head of the lady was separated from her body.  Horrified at the sight, he did not know what to make of it.  He saw a stream of blood trickling from the severed head, falling upon the matted head of Siva, and running into the ocean in the form of rubies.  After a little two small rods, one of silver and one of gold, which were lying near the head of the lady, attracted his eyes.  As he took up the rods in his hands, the golden rod accidentally fell upon the head, on which the head immediately joined itself to the body, and the lady got up.  Astonished at the sight of a human being, the lady asked the prince who he was and how he had got there.  After hearing the story of the prince’s adventures, the lady said, “Unhappy young man, depart instantly from this place; for when Siva finishes his meditations he will turn you to ashes by a single glance of his eyes.”  The young man, however, would not go except in her company, as he was over head and ears in love with the beautiful lady.  At last they both contrived to run away from the palace, and coming up to the surface of the ocean they climbed into the boat near the centre of the whirlpool, and sailed away toward land, having previously laden the vessel with a cargo of rubies.  The wonder of the prince’s mother at seeing the beautiful damsel may be well imagined.  Early next morning the prince sent a basin full of big rubies, through a servant.  The king was astonished beyond measure.  His daughter, on getting the rubies, resolved on marrying the wonderful lad who had made a present of them to her.  Though the prince had a wife, whom he had brought up from the depths of the ocean, he consented to have a second wife.  They were accordingly married, and lived happily for years, begetting sons and daughters.

    Here my story endeth,
    The Natiya-thorn withereth, etc.


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