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The history of Jack the Giant-Killer [unknown] 1804

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In the reign of the celebrated "king Arthur^ there lived near the Land's-end of
England* in the county of Cornwall* a
worthy farmer who had an only son named
Jack. Jack was a boy of a bold and enterprising temper; he delighted in stories of
magicians* cotijnrors* giants* and fairies*
and used to listen with the greatest attention while his father talked of the valiant
deed* of the famous knights of king Ai>'
thur's round table.
When Jack was sent to take care of the
sheep and oxen at their pasture* he used
to amuse himself with planning battles*
sieges., and the means of defeating or surprising a^ enemy. He disdained the common sporu of children ; but at wrestling
scarcely any one could equal him; or* if
he met with an adversary whose strength
was superior to his own* his skill and ad-
dress always ensured him the victory.     Hi
B Ii
In those days St. Michael's Mount of
''Cornwall* which rises out of the sea at
some distance from the main land, was
inhabited by an enormous giant. He was
eighteen feet high* and three yards round:
his fierce and savage countenance was the
terror of all the neighbourhood.
He dwelt in a gloomy cavern on the
very top of the mountain* and used to
wade over to the main land in search of his.
prey. At his approach the people forsook
their habitations ; and when- he had glutted
his ferocious appetite upon their cattle* he
wcrald throw half a dozen oxen upon his
back* and tie three times as many sheep
and hogs round his waisty and so march
back to his gloomy dwelling. The giant
had followed this practice during many
years, and the coast of Cornwall was
greatly impoverished by his ravages* when
Jack valiantly undertook to destroy him.
Jack furnished himself with a horn*  a
ghovcl*  a pick-axe* and  a dark lantern ;
and in the beginning of a long winter's
evening he swam to the mount* where he
immediately fell to work* and before morn-
ing had dug a pit twenty-two feet deep*
and almost as many broad* which he covered on the surface with sticks and straw;
and lightly strewing some of the earth
over them* gave it the appearance of solid
ground. He then* putting his horn to
his mouth* blew so loud and long a tantivy* that the giant awoke and came towards Jack, roaring in a voice like thunder—-u You impudent villain* you shall
pay dearly for disturbing my repose• I will
broil you for my breakfast."
Scarcely had he  spoken these  words*
1 when* advancing one step further* he tumbled  headlong into  the pit*  and his fall
shook the foundations of the mountain.
" O ho ! Mr. Giant," quoth Jack*
looking into the pit* u have you found your
way so quickly to the bottom ? How is your
appetite now?  Will nothing serve you for
c breakfast
breakfast this cold morning but broiling
poor Jack ?"
The giant now making an effort to rise*
Jack struck him a terrible blow on the
crown of the head with his pick-axe; which
killed him at once; and hastened back to
congratulate his countrymen on the destruc-
tion of their cruel foe.
Now when the magistrates of Cornwall
heard of this valiant exploit* they sent for
Jack* declaring he should henceforth be
called Jack the Giant-Killer* and also presented him with a sword and belt* upon
which was embroidered in letters of gold*
This is the valiant Cornish man
Who slew the giant Cormoran..
The news of Jack's victory was soon
spread over the western parts of England ;
and another giant* called old Blunderborey
•■yawed to be revenged on Jack if it should
ever be his fortune to get him into his
This  giant 'kept an   enchanted  castle,
situated, in the midst of a. lonely wood: and
^bout four months after the death of Cor-
moran* as Jack was travelling to Wales*
be passed through this wood;. and being
very weary, he sat down to rest by the side
of a pleasant fountain, when a deep sleep
suddenly seized upon him.
The giant coming to the fountain for
water* found him there* and by the lines
cm his belt knew him to be Jack*, and lift-
ipg bim up laid him gently upon his should
cler to carry him to his enchanted castle.
As he passed through the thicket* the rust-
^'ling of the leaves Awakened Jack ; who find-
ins himself in the clutches of Blunclerbore
was not a little frightened*-—though this.
was only the beginning of his terrors* for
on enterinsr the castle he beheld the floor
covered vnth human skulls and bones.
The ;giant carried him into a large parlour* where lay the hearts* blood* and quarters of persons lately slain ; and he told Jack*
with a horrible grin,  that men's hearts!
b s eaten
eaten with pepper and vinegar* were his
favourite food* and also that he expected to
make a curious repast on his heart. This
said.? he locked Jack up in that room, while
he went to retch a brother giant who lived
m the same wood* to enjoy with him the
destruction of honest Jack.
While he wras absent* dreadful shrieks*
groans* and cries assailed the ears of Jack.,
and presently he heard a mournful
repeat these lines :
Haste, valiant stranger, haste away,
Lest you become the giant's prey.
Oa his return he'll brins; another
• Still more furious than his brother—
A savage, cruel monster, who
Before he kills will torture you,
O valiant stranger ! haste away,
Or you'll become these giants' prey.
This warning so affrighted poor Jack*
that he wras ready to run distracted. He
flew to the window* and beheM afar off the
two giants coming arm in arm together^
This window was immediately over the gate
'of the castle. " Now*" thought Jack* u my
death or deliverance is at hand.**
There happened to be two strong cords
in the room* at the end of each of which
he made a large noose with a slip knot;
and as the   giants   wrere unlocking    the
Iron gates, he threw the ropes over each of
r heads, and then fastening; the other
end to a beam in the ceiling* he pulled with
all his might till he had nearly strangled"
them. Seeing that they were both black in
the face* and quite unable to make the least
resistance, he drew his sword* and* sliding
down the ropes, slew both thjfegiants* and
thus delivered himself from their intended
Then taking: a great bunch of keys from
"the pocket of Blunderbore* he entered the
castle; Where* upon strict search through
all the apartments* he found three ladies
tied tip by the hair of their beads? and
almost starved to death ; who told him that
E their
their husbands had been murdered by the
cruel giants* who had afterwards condemned them to be starved to death, because they had refused to eat the flesh of
their murdered husbands.
" Ladies*" said Jack* Ki I have destroyed
the monster and his wicked brother; and this
castle* and all the wealth that it contains* I
give to you* in consideration of the dreadful
sufferings you have undergone." He then*,
with all imaginable politeness, presented
them with the keys of the castle* and proceeded on his journey to Wales.
Jack* having thus forborne to enrich
himself by im. conquests over the giants^
and being possessed of very little mopey*
thought it prudent to travel with the ut-
most speed. At length losing his way* he
was benighted in a lonely valley between
) lofty mountains, where after wandering
for some hours without seeing .any habka-
tlon, he thought himself very fortunate in
finding a larg;e and handsome house.
Passing thg outer couft> he knocked
boldly at the e;ate* when to his horror and
amazement there came forth a monstrous
giant with two hpads. He apcosted J^ck
very civilly—for he was a Welch giant—-and
all the mischief he did was by private and
secret malice* under the show of friendship
and complaisance. Jack telling him that
he was a benighted traveller, who had lost
his wav, was immediately kindly welcajn-
ed by the huge monster* and conducted'
into -a chamber wrhere the?e was a/cood-hed
for him to p^ss the night m*
Jack  undressed  himself quickly;   but*
weary as he was, he could not £0 to sleens-
and  presently he heard  the giant walMinf
backward aud  forward in  the next  apart-:
jnent* and repeating to himself;
** Though here yoii lodge with me this night,
'You shall.not see the inommg jight;
My club shall dash your brains out quite/5
u Say you so ?" thought Jack. iC Are
these your tricks upon travellers ?  But I
hope to prove as cunning as you are.''—■
Then getting out of bed* he groped about
the room* and at length found in the chim*
ney a large thick billet of wrood* and* laying
it in his place* hid himself in a dark corner
of the room.
In the middle  of the night  the  giant
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came with his enormous club* and struck
' several heavy blows on the bed, in-the very
place where Jack  had cunningly laid the
'billet, and then returned to his own room*
supposing he had broken ali Jack's bones.
Early in the morning Jack put a bold
face upon the matter* and walked into the
giant's apartment to thank him for lis
lodging. The giant started at his approach*
and with preat difficulty stammered out—
" Oh! dear me ! is it you ? Pray how did you
sleep last nijjht? Did vou hear any tiling or
see any fling, in the dead of the night )**
u Nothing of any consequence*" . said
Jack carelessly1.  Jc A troublesome rat*  f.
his tail*  and disturbed me a little; but I
soon went to sleep again."
The giant, more and more confused* did
not answer a word, but went to bring two
great bowls of hasty pudding for their
breakfast. Jack, unwilling to let the giant
know that he was not able to eat as much
as himself* contrived to button a leathern
bag within his coat* into which he slipped
the hasty pudding, while he pretended ta
put it into his mouth ; and when breakfast-
was done, he said to the giant—u Now I
will show you a most extraordinary trick.
I can heal all wounds with a touch. I
could cut off my head one minute, and the
next place it sound again on my shoulders^
I will give you an example:"—and seizing
the knife* he ripped up the leathern bag*
and all the hasty pudding tumbled out
upon the floor.
" Ods splutter hur nails*" cried the.
Welch giant* who was ashamed to be outdone by such a little fellow as Jack* cc htm
g can
can do that hurself :"—and snatching up
the knife he plunged it into his stomach,
and instantly dropped down dead.
Jack* having thus outwitted the Welch
monster* proceeded on his journey; and a
few days afterwards he met with king Ar-
thur's only son* who had obtained leave of
his father to travel into Wales to deliver a
beautiful lady from the power of a wicked
magician,- that held her in his enchant-
nients. Finding that the young prince wras
travelling without attendants* Jack begged
leave to be lis servant; to which request
the royal youth consented* with numberless
expressions of kindness.
The prince was a handsome* courteous*
and accomplished knight* and so generous
that he gave money to every person he
met; and at length an old woman having
begged of him the last penny he had* he
turned to Jack and said—^Howars we
now to subsist in my intended journey Vy
u Leave that to me*   sir*" -answered
■* Jack:
Jack : u I will provide for my prince."—*
Night* however* came on* and the prince
began to grow uneasv to think where they
should lodge. u Sir*" said Jack, u be of
good courage. Two miles further there
lives a huge giant* whom I know very-
well ; he has three heads* and will fight
five hundred men in armour* and make
them fly before him."
« Alas!" replied the king's son* u we
had better never have been born than.encounter such a monster. We shall scarcely
fill one of his hollow teeth."—" My lord,"
said Jack* iC leave me to manage him* and
do you wait here patiently till I return."
The prince remained* and Jack rode on
at full speed. On coming to the gates of
the castle* he knocked with such a force
that he made all the neighbouring hills re-
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sound. The giant* with a voice like thun^
der* roared out* 4C Who is there ?" He
was answered* " No one but your poor
cousin Jack."
H "Well/3
W^ll," quoth the giant, ci what news
with my poor cousin Jack r"    He replied*
£* Dear uncle* heavy news."—" Pr'ythee*
wiiat heavy news can come to me ?    I am
a giant with three heads; and besides* I can
.fight   five hundred  men in armour*   and
make them fly like chaff before the wind."
" Alas!" said Jack*  " here is the king's
son coming with two thousand men in armour to kill you* and to destroy the castle
and all that you have."
*   "Oh! cousin Jack* this is heavy news indeed : but I have a large vault under ground*
where I will immediately hide myself* and
thou shalt lock* bolt* and bar me in* and
keep the keys till the king's son is gone."
Now Jack* having secured the giant in
the vault* returned and fetched the prince
to the castle* and they wxre both heartily
merry with the wine and other dainties
which were in the house. So that night
they rested in very pleasant lodgings*
whilst- the  poor giant Jay trembling and
shaking   with  fear   in   the   vault   under
Early in the morning, Jack furnished the
king's son with a fresh supply of gold and
silver* and set him three miles forward on his
journey; concluding at that distance he wras
pretty wrell out of the smell of the giant.
He then returned to let his uncle out of
the hole* who asked Jack wiiat he should
give him as a reward for the preservation of
his castle. ?* Why* good uncle," said Jack*
f I desire nothing but the old coat and cap,
together with the old rusty sword and slippers that arc hanging at your bed's head."
Then said the giant* " Thou shalt have
them; and pray keep them for my sake* for
.they are things of excellent use. The
coat will keep you invisible; the cap will
furnish you with knowledge; the sword cut
asunder whatever you strike; and the shoes
are of extraordinary swiftness: these may
be.serviceable in all times of danger therefore take them with all mv heart."   Jack*
i with
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with many thanks to the giant* departed
and followed the prince.
Jack having overtaken- the kind's son,
they soon arrived at the dwelling of the
beautiful lady who was under the dominion
:of a wieked magician. She received the
prince very courteously, and prepared a
magnificent banquet for him ; which being
ended, she rose, and, taking an embroidered
'handkerchief, wiped her mouth and said,
" My lord, you must submit to the custom
•of my palace: to-morrow morning I command you to tell me on whom I bestow this
•handkerchief, or lose your head/' She
then put the handkerchief in her bosom,
•and retired.
The young prince went to bed very sorrowful : but Jack put on his cap of knowledge, which instructed him, that the lady
was obliged by the power of the enchantment
to meet tile wricked magician every night
in the middle of the forest. Jack instantly
put on his coat of darkness and his shoes
of swiftness* and was there before her.
When the lady came* she presented the
handkerchief to the magician. Jack with
his sword of sharpness instantly cut off his
head: the enchantment wras immediately
dissolved* and the lady restored to her former virtue and goodness.
She was married to the prince with
great pomp and solemnity on the following
*day* and soon after returned with her
royal husband and a numerous company to
the court of king Arthur; where they, were
received with loud and joyful acclamations;
and the valiant hero Jack* for the many
and great exploits that he had done for the
good of his country* was immediately made
one of the knights of the round table.
Jack having been hitherto successful in
all his undertakings* resolved not to be idle
for the future* but, to perform what services
he could for the honour of the king and the
nation: he therefore humblv besought his
•majesty to furnish him with a horse and
money* that he might travel in search of
toew and strange adventures. cc For*" he
said to the king, a there are many giants
yet living among the mountains* in the
Temote parts of Wales, to the unspeakable
terror and distressof your majesty's subjects:
therefore, should it please you, sire, to encourage me in my enterprises, I will speedily
'rid the kingdom of these giants and devouring monsters in the human shape. - Now
when the king heard his propositions, and
had duly considered the mischievous practices of these blood-thirsty giants, devouring monsters, he furnished him with every
necessary for his progress; after which Jack
took leave of the king, the prince, and all
the knights of the round table, and departed, taking with him his cap of knowledge,
.his sword of sharpness, his shoes of swift-
;ness,and his invisible coat, the better to perform the wonderful enterprises that lay be-
.fqre him.
'He travelled over high hills and lofty
mountains, and on the third day he qame
to a large and spacious forest, through
which his road lay. Scarcely had he entered the forest, when on a sudden he
heard verv dreadful shrieks and cries. . He
pressed on through the trees, and beheld a
monstrous giant dragging along by the
hair of their heads a handsome knight and
his beautiful lady. Their tears and cries
melted the heart of honest Jack to pity an$
compassion: he alighted from his horse,
and, tying him to an oak" tree, put pn his
invisible coat, under which he carried his
sword of sharpness.
When he came up to the gi^ut, he made
several strokes at him, but could-.not reach
his body, on account of the enormous
height of the terrible creature; but he
wounded his thighs in several places; ah4
at length, putting both hands to his sword,
and aiming with all his might, he cut. off
both the giant's legs, just below the garter;
and the trunk of his bodv tumbling to the
•ground, made not only the trees shake, but
=the earth itself tremble with the force of
his fall.
Then Jack setting his foot upon his neck
exclaimed, "Thou barbarous  and savage
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wretch* behold* I am come to execute upon
thee the just reward of all thy crimes."
And instantly plunging his sword into the
giant's body* the huge monster gave a
hideous groan, and yielded up his life into
the hands of the victorious Jack the Giant-killer* whilst the noble knight and his
virtuous lady were both joyful spectators of
his sadden death and their deliverance.
The courteous knight and his fair lady
not onlv returned Jack hearty thanks for
their deliverance* but also invited him to
their house* there to refresh himself after
this dreadful encounter* as likewise to receive a reward for his good services. u No*"
said Jack*-" I cannot be at ease till I find out
the den that was this monster's habitation."
The knight hearing this grew sorrowful*
and replied* "Noble stranger* it is too
much to run a second hazard: this monster lived in a den under yonder mountain*
with a brother of his* more fierce and cruel
than himself; therefore* if you should go
thither and perish in the attempt, it would
be a heart-breaking thing to both me and
my lady; so let me persuade you to go with
us* and desist from any further pursuit.0
<* Nay*" answered Jack* cc if there be
another* even if there were twenty* I would*
shed the last drop of blood in my body
before one of them should escape my fury.
When I have finished this task I will come
and pay my respects to you."
So taking directions to find their habitation* he mounted his horse* leaving the
knight and the lady to return home* while
he went in pursuit of the deceased giant's
Jack had not rode above a mile and a
half* before he ctwne.ia sight of the mouth*
of the tkvtvfi; near to the entrance of
tvhich he beheld the other giant sitting on
a huge block of fine timber* with a knotted
irbn club lyitig by his side* waiting for the
return of his brother loaded with his barbarous prey. His eyes appeared like terrible flames of fire; his countenance was
grifh and ug^y* and his cheeks looked like
two flitches of bacon; the bristles of his
beard seemed to be very thick rods of iron
l$ire* aiid his long locks of hair hung down
upon his broad shoulders like curling snakes
6r hissing adders.
Jack alighted from his horse* and put
Mm into a thicket; then with his coat of
darkness he approached somewhat nearer
to behold this figure; and said softly* " Q
jsibnster! are you there? It will not be long
before I shall take you fast by the beard."
The giant* all this while* could not see
his foe* by reason of his invisible coat: so
coming close up to him* Jack struck a blow
at his head with his sword of sharpness j
tet missing something of his aim he only
cut off the nose of the giant* who then
feared like loud claps of thunder. And
though he rolled his glaring eyes around on
ssvery side* he could not see whence the blow
came that had done him that mischief: yet
taking up his iron club* he began to lay
dxmt him like one that was mad with pain
*• amd furv.
• cc Nay*" said Jack* cc if this is the case*
I had better dispatch you presently." So
d-ipping dexterously behind him* and jumping nimbly upon the block of timber as the
gftant. rose from it. he stabbed him in the
back ; when after a few howls he dropped
down dead.
Jack cut off his head* and sent it with that
of his: brother* whom he had killed in the
rest* to king Arthur* by a waggon which
; hired for that purpose* together with an
account of all his prosperous undertakings*
Jack, having thus dispatched these two
S* resolved to enter into the cave in
search of the giant's treasure. He passed
through a great many turnings and windings* which led him at length to a great
room paved with freestone* at the upper
end of which mm a boiling cauldron* and
on the right hand stood a large table wbere-
qri he supposed the giants used to dine.
He then came to an iron grate, where 4
window was secured with bars of iron,
through which he beheld a number of miserable captives* who* seeing Jack at a distance^ cried out*^Alas! alas I young man*
art thou come to be one amongst us in this
most horrible den ? " u I hope*" said Jack*
''you will not tarry here lopg; but* I pray*
what is the meaning of this captivity?"
fc Alas I" said one ^oor old man*u I will
tell you* sir: we are persons that have been
taken by the giants that hold this cave* and
we are kept till such time as they have a
fancy for an extraordinary feast; and then
the fattest of us all is slaughtered* and prepared for their devouring jaws.    It is not
long since they took three for the same
purpose. Full many a time have they dined
npon murdered men."
€C Well*" said Jack* " I have given them
such a dinner* that it will be long enough
ere they have occasion for any more." The
captives were amazed at his words. u You
may believe me*" says Jack; u for I have
*• glain them with the edge of the swrord5 and
have sent their monstrous heads in a waggon to the court of king Arthur* as trophies of my glorious victory." And in tes-
' timony of the truth of wrhat he said* he
unlocked the iron gate* setting the captives
at liberty; who all rejoiced like condemned
malefactors at the sight of a reprieve. Then
leading them to the great room* he placed
■them round the table* and set before thenji
two quarters of beef* with bread and wine j
Bpon which they feasted plentifully.
Supper  being over* they  searched   the
grant's coffers*  the store of which Jack
equally divided among the captives, who
gratefully thanked him for their happy deliverance. The next morning they departed
to their respective habitations* and Jack to
the knight's house* whom* with his lady*
he had also delivered from the hands of
these monstrous giants.
It was at the hour of sunrise in the morning that Jack mounted his horse to proceed
on his journey. He arrived at the knight's
house about noon* where he was received
with all the demonstrations of joy imaginable* by the grateful knight and his beautiful
lady* who* in honour of Jack's victory,, gave
a splendid entertainment which lasted many
days* and to which all the nobility and
gentry in that part of the country were invited.
When the company were assembled* the
knight related the noble exploits of Jack*
aad presented to him* as a token of gratitude*
$t most magnificent rijig^ on whjeh was en^ .
graved the picture of the -giant dragline; the
knight and the lady bv the hair, with this
motto round it:
Behold in dire distress were we,
Under a giant's fierce command;
But gain'd our lives and liberty,
From valiant Jack's victorious hand.
Among the guests then present were five
aged gentlemen, who were fathers to some
of those miserable captives who had been
liberated by Jack from the dungeon of the
giants. As soon as they understood that
he was the person who had performed such
wonders* the venerable men* with tears of
gratitude, pressed round him to return him
thanks for the happiness he had procured
them and their families.
After this* the bowl wen,t round, and
every one drank to the health and long life
of the gallant conqueror. Mirth increased*
and the hall resounded with peals of laughter, and joyful acclamations.
But, suddenly* a herald pale and breath-
les§ with haste and terror rushed into the
midst of the company* and told them that
Thundel* a ferocious giant with two heads,
having heard of the death of his kinsmen,
was come from the north to be revenged on
Jack; and that he was now within a mile
of the house; the country people all flying
before him, like chaff before the wind.
At these tidings, the very boldest of the
guests trembled with confusion and dismay*
while the undaunted Jack  brandished his
sword, and said " Let him come; I have a. ?
rod to chastise him also.    Pray* gentlemen
and ladies* do me the favour to walk into
the garden, and you shall soon be spectators of the giant's death and destruction."
To this they all consented, heartily wishing'
him success in his dangerous enterprise.
The good knight's house was situated in
an island encompassed with a moat thirty
feet deep and twenty wide* over which lay
a draw-bridge.   Jack employed two men to
1 cut:
cut the bridge on each side, almost to the
middle; and then dressing himself in his
coat of darkness, he went against the giant
with his sword of sharpness. As he came
close up to him* though the giant could not
see him by reason of his invisible coat: vet
he was sensible of some impending danger* which made him cry out*
" Fa, fe* fi, fo, fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman :
Be he alive* or be he dead*
I'll grind his bones to make me bread."
cc Say you so, my friend?"  said Jack
*€ You   are   a monstrous  miller  indeed."
cc Art thou," cried the giant* " the villain
who killed mv kinsmen?   Then I will tear
P*thce with my teeth* and grind thy bones to
powder."    "You must catch   me  first,"
said  Jack;   and  throwing off his  coat of
darkness,   and   putting   on his   shoes   of
swnftness* he began to run; the giant■ following after like a walking castle, making
the earth to shake at every step.
Jack led him round and round the walls
of the house* that the company might see
this monster in nature; and to finish the
work* Jack ran over the draw-bridge* the
giant pursuing him with his club: but coming to the middle* where the bridge had been
cut on each side by Jack's* order* with the
great weight of his body* and vast steps
it broke, and he tumbled into the water*
and roiled about like a large whale.
Jack standing by the moat laughed at
him* and jeered him* saying: "I think
you told me you1 would grind my bones to
powder: when do you begin ?"
The giant foamed at his horrid mouths
with fury* and plunged from side to side of
the moat; but he could not get out to be
revenged upon his adversary.
Jack* at length* ordered a cart-rope to be
brought to him: he cast it over the giant's
two heads* and by the help of a team of
horses he dragged him to the edge of the
fpoat* where* in the presence of the knight
and his  guests*  he cut off the monster's
heads* and*  before he ate or drank* sent
them both to the court of kino; Arthur.
He then returned to table with the rest of
the company* and the remainder of the day
was spent in mirth and good cheer.
After being hospitably entertained by the
knight for some time* Jack grew weary of
so   idle a life* and   set out in search of
n£w conquests.   He travelled over hills and
dales* through gloomy forests and pleasant
groves*  without   meeting   with    any   ad-
* venture ; till arriving at the foot of an exceedingly  high  mountain*  he knocked at
the door of a small and lonely house* when
an   old   man*  with a   head as  white  as
snow* arose and let him in.
" Good father*" said Jack* €c can you
lodge a benighted traveller who has lost his
way ?" u Yes*" replied the venerable hermit*
C(l can* if you will accept such accommodation as my poor house affords. "Jack therefore entered* and the old man set before him
4}:c:ad and fruit for his supper. When
When Jack had satisfied his hunger* the
hermit addressed him as follows: "My
son* I well know you are the far-famed
conqueror of giants* and on the top of this
mountain is an enchanted castle*. maintained by a giant* named Galiigantus* who
by the help of a vile magician gets many
knights into his castle, where he transforms
them into the shape of beasts. Above all
I lament the hard fate of a duke's daughter*
whom they seized as she was walking in her
father's garden* and brought hither through
the air in a chariot drawn by two fiery
dragons* and transformed her into the
shape of a deer. Several knights have endeavoured to destroy the enchantment* and
effect her deliverance ; yet none have been
able to accomplish it* by reason of two
Eery griffins, who guard the gates of the
castle* and destroy all who approach it. You*
rny son* being furnished with an invisible coat* may pass by them undiscovered*
and on the gates of the castle you will find
engraved by what means the enchantment
- may be broken."
Jack promised* in the morning* at the ha-
Lzard of his life* to break the enchantment;
and having refreshed himself with a sound
sleep* arose early* put on his invisible coat*
and prepared for the enterprise.
When he had climbed to the top of the
mountain* he discovered the two fiery griffins* between which he passed without the
least fear of danger ; for they could not see
him* because he wras clothed in his invisible
coat. On the castle-gate he found a golden
trumpet* under which were these lines:
Whoever can this trumpet blow
Shall cause the giant's overthrow.
Jack had no soonewread this motto* than
he seized the golden trumpet* and blew a
shrill blast* which made the gates fly open*
and the foundations of the castle tremble.
The giant and the conjurer knowing that
their wicked practices were at an end* stood
biting their thumbs and shaking with fear.
Jack with his swrord of sharpness  demo-
5 Fished
lighed the giant; and the magician was ittt-
mediately carried away by a whirlwind.
Thus was the whole enchantment dissolved, and every valiant knight and beau-^
tiful lady, who had been transformed into
birds and beasts, returned to their former
shapes. The castle, though it seemed of
vast strength, vanished a.way like smoke,
and the head of the giant Galligantus was
immediately conveyed to king Arthur.
The knights and ladies rested that night
at the old man's hermitage,   and on the
next day set out for the court.    Jack pre-'
sented himself to the king, and related the.
history of all his fierce encounters.
His fame ran through the whole country;
and the duke at the king's desire gave his
daughter in marriage*to Jack, to the joy of
all the kingdom. After which, the king
gave him a plentiful estate, on which he and
his lady lived the residue of their days in
jov and contentment.
fi, Taylor and Co. Black-Moisc-Cmtri,-


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