Joseph Jacobs

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Gobborn Seer

Once there was a man called Gobborn Seer, and he had a son called Jack. One day he sent him out to sell a sheep skin, and Gobborn said, “You must bring me back the skin and the value of it as well.” So Jack started, but he could not…

Celtic fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Gold-tree and Silver-tree

Once upon a time, there was a king who had a wife, whose name was Silver-tree, and a daughter, whose name was Gold-tree. On a certain day of the days, Gold-tree and Silver-tree went to a glen, where there was a well, and in it there was a trout. Said…

Celtic fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Guleesh

There was once a boy in the County Mayo; Guleesh was his name. There was the finest rath a little way off from the gable of the house, and he was often in the habit of seating himself on the fine grass bank that was running round it. One night…

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Harisarman

There was a certain Brahman in a certain village, named Harisarman. He was poor and foolish and in evil case for want of employment, and he had very many children, that he might reap the fruit of his misdeeds in a former life. He wandered about begging with his family,…

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Henny-Penny

One day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the cornyard when—whack!— something hit her upon the head. “Goodness gracious me!” said Henny- penny; “the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the king.”

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Hereafterthis

Once upon a time there was a farmer called Jan, and he lived all alone by himself in a little farmhouse. By-and-by he thought that he would like to have a wife to keep it all vitty for him. So he went a-courting a fine maid, and he said to…

Indian fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

How the Wicked Sons Were Duped

How the wicked sons were duped A very wealthy old man, imagining that he was on the point of death, sent for his sons and divided his property among them. However, he did not die for several years afterwards; and miserable years many of them were. Besides the weariness of…

Celtic fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Hudden and Dudden and Donald O’Neary

There was, once upon a time, two farmers, and their names were Hudden and Dudden. They had poultry in their yards, sheep on the uplands, and scores of cattle in the meadow-land alongside the river. But for all that they weren’t happy. For just between their two farms there lived…

Celtic fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Jack and His Comrades

Once there was a poor widow, as often there has been, and she had one son. A very scarce summer came, and they didn’t know how they’d live till the new potatoes would be fit for eating. So Jack said to his mother one evening, “Mother, bake my cake, and…

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Jack and the Beanstalk

There was once upon a time a poor widow who had an only son named Jack, and a cow named Milky-white. And all they had to live on was the milk the cow gave every morning which they carried to the market and sold. But one morning Milky-white gave no…

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Jack Hannaford

There was an old soldier who had been long in the wars—so long, that he was quite out-at-elbows, and he did not know where to go to find a living. So he walked up moors, down glens, till at last he came to a farm, from which the good man…

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Jack the Giant-Killer

When good King Arthur reigned, there lived near the Land’s End of England, in the county of Cornwall, a farmer who had one only son called Jack. He was brisk and of a ready lively wit, so that nobody or nothing could worst him. Jack the Giant-Killer was last modified:…

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Johnny Gloke

Johnny Gloke was a tailor by trade, but like a man of spirit he grew tired of his tailoring, and wished to follow some other path that would lead to honour and fame. But he did not know what to do at first to gain fame and fortune, so for…

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Johnny-Cake

Once upon a time there was an old man, and an old woman, and a little boy. One morning the old woman made a Johnny-cake, and put it in the oven to bake. “You watch the Johnny-cake while your father and I go out to work in the garden.” Johnny-Cake…

English fairy talesJoseph Jacobs

Kate Crackernuts

Once upon a time there was a king and a queen, as in many lands have been. The king had a daughter, Anne, and the queen had one named Kate, but Anne was far bonnier than the queen’s daughter, though they loved one another like real sisters. The queen was…

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