The youngest swan maiden couldn’t find her feathered robe. They searched and searched till at last the dawn began to appear, and the six sisters called out to her: ‘We must away; ’tis the dawn; you meet your fate whatever it be.’

From Joseph Jacobs’ Europa’s Fairy Book, illustrated by John Batten (free download!)

You can read several different versions of the swan maiden’s tale here





Photograph: George Shiras
Illustrations: John Batten and Aubrey Beardsley    SwansAubreyBeardsley



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