Category: North & South America

THE RED SWAN (The Indian Fairy Book, 1869) BY CORNELIUS MATHEWS

Three brothers were left destitute, by the death of their parents, at an early age. The eldest was not yet able to provide fully for their support, but he did all that he could in hunting; and with this aid, and the stock of provisions already laid by in the lodge, they managed to keep along. They had no neighbors to lend them a helping hand, for the father had withdrawn many years before from the body of the tribe, and had lived ever since in a solitary place. The lads had no idea that there was a human being...

THE SQUIRE (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

THE SQUIRE (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

An old bear in a scarlet peltCame next, old Squire Harridew,His eyebrows gave a man the grueSo bushy and so fierce they were;He had a bitter tongue to swear.A fierce, hot, hard, old, stupid squire,With all his liver made of fire,Small brain, great courage, mulish will.The hearts in all his house stood stillWhen someone crossed the squire’s path.For he was terrible in wrath,And smashed whatever came to hand.Two things he failed to understand,The foreigner and what was new. His daughters, Carrie, Jane and Lu,Rode with him, Carrie at his side.His son, the ne’er-do-weel, had diedIn Arizona, long before.The Squire set...

THE GOLDEN AGE  (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

THE GOLDEN AGE (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Charles Copse, of Copse Hold Manor, thrustNext into view. In face and limbThe beauty and the grace of himWere like the golden age returned.His grave eyes steadily discernedThe good in men and what was wise.He had deep blue, mild-coloured eyes,And shocks of harvest-coloured hair,Still beautiful with youth. An airOr power of kindness went about him;No heart of youth could ever doubt himOr fail to follow where he led.He was a genius, simply bred,And quite unconscious of his power. He was the very red rose flowerOf all that coloured countryside.Gauchos had taught him how to ride.He knew all arts, but practised...

Folk- and Fairy Tales around slaves and slavery

International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is on March 25 each year. It honors the lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. It is also an occasion to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice.[1] While usually kings, queens and princes, sages and witches, animals, spirits and ghosts are the most famous characters in folk- and fairy tales, slaves are also a...

FARMER BENNETT (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Old Farmer Bennett followed these Upon his big-boned savage black Whose mule-teeth yellowed to bite back Whatever came within his reach. Old Bennett sat him like a leech. The grim old rider seemed to be As hard about the mouth as he. The beaters nudged each other’s ribs With “There he goes, his bloody Nibs. He come on Joe and Anty Cop, And beat ’em with his hunting crop Like tho’ they’d bin a sack of beans. His pickers were a pack of queans, And Joe and Anty took a couple, He caught ’em there, and banged ’em supple. Women...

THE MAGIC BUNDLE (The Indian Fairy Book, 1869) BY CORNELIUS MATHEWS

A poor man, called Iena, or the Wanderer, was in the habit of roaming about from place to place, forlorn, without relations, and almost helpless. He had often wished for a companion to share his solitude; but who would think of joining their fortunes with those of a poor wanderer, who had no shelter but such as his leather hunting-shirt provided, and no other household in the world than the bundle which he carried in his hand, and in which his hunting-shirt was laid away? One day as he went on a hunting excursion, to relieve himself of the burden...