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Child Christopher
William Morris

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Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair
by William Morris
1895 

CHAPTER I. 

OF THE KING OF OAKENREALM, AND HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILD. 

Of old there was a land which was so much a woodland, that a
minstrel thereof said it that a squirrel might go from end
to end, and all about, from tree to tree, and never touch
the earth: therefore was that land called Oakenrealm. 

The lord and king thereof was a stark man, and so great a
warrior that in his youth he took no delight in aught else
save battle and tourneys.  But when he was hard on forty
years old, he came across a daughter of a certain lord, whom
he had vanquished, and his eyes bewrayed him into longing,
so that he gave back to the said lord the havings he had

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