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The Barmecide Feast
There was once a rich old man who was called the Bar-me-cid...

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Diogenes The Wise Man
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The King And His Hawk
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Alexander And Bucephalus
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The Bell Of Atri
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Bruce And The Spider
There was once a king of Scot-land whose name was Robert Br...

Horatius At The Bridge
Once there was a war between the Roman people and the E-tru...

The Ungrateful Guest
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Other Wise Men Of Gotham
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The Brave Three Hundred
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King Alfred And The Cakes
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King Alfred And The Beggar
At one time the Danes drove King Alfred from his kingdom, a...

The White Ship
King Henry, the Handsome Scholar, had one son, named Willia...

Maximilian And The Goose Boy
One summer day King Max-i-mil'ian of Ba-va'ri-a was walking...

Sir Walter Raleigh
There once lived in England a brave and noble man whose nam...

He Never Smiled Again
The bark that held the prince went down, The sweep...

Whittington And His Cat
The City There was once a little boy whose name was Rich...



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 him that wept a son?
He lived, for life may long be borne
Ere sorrow breaks its chain:
Why comes not death to those who mourn?
He never smiled again.

There stood proud forms before his throne,
The stately and the brave;
But who could fill the place of one,--
That one beneath the wave?
Before him passed the young and fair,
In pleasure's reckless train;
But seas dashed o'er his son's bright hair--
He never smiled again.

He sat where festal bowls went round;
He heard the minstrel sing;
He saw the tour-ney's victor crowned
Amid the knightly ring.
A murmur of the restless deep
Was blent with every strain,
A voice of winds that would not sleep--
He never smiled again.

Hearts, in that time, closed o'er the trace
Of vows once fondly poured,
And strangers took the kins-man's place
At many a joyous board;
Graves which true love had bathed with tears
Were left to heaven's bright rain;
Fresh hopes were born for other years--
_He_ never smiled again!





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