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.’

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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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