The Prince and the Pauper

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on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy
was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him. Les mer
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our
free internet library of downloadable e-books. In the ancient city of London,
on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy
was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him. On the
same day another English child was born to a rich family of the name of Tudor,
who did want him. All England wanted him too. England had so longed for him,
and hoped for him, and prayed God for him, that, now that he was really come,
the people went nearly mad for joy. Mere acquaintances hugged and kissed each
other and cried. Everybody took a holiday, and high and low, rich and poor,
feasted and danced and sang, and got very mellow; and they kept this up for
days and nights together. By day, London was a sight to see, with gay banners
waving from every balcony and housetop, and splendid pageants marching along.
By night, it was again a sight to see, with its great bonfires at every corner,
and its troops of revellers making merry around them.

There was no
talk in all England but of the new baby, Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, who lay
lapped in silks and satins, unconscious of all this fuss, and not knowing that
great lords and ladies were tending him and watching over him - and not caring,
either. But there was no talk about the other baby, Tom Canty, lapped in his
poor rags, except among the family of paupers whom he had just come to trouble
with his presence.

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