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[Contents] GREAT DAYS IN AMERICAN HISTORY SERIES
DAYS OF THE DISCOVERERS
Author of "In the Days of the Guild", "Masters of the Guild", etc.
FLORENCE CHOATE and ELIZABETH CURTIS
FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY
Copyright, 1921, by
Frederick A. Stokes Company
All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages
Made in the United States of America
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Upon the road to Faerie, O there are many sights to see,— Small woodland folk may one discern Housekeeping under leaf and fern, And little tunnels in the grass Where caravans of goblins pass, And airy corsair-craft that float On wings transparent as a mote,— All sorts of curious things can be Upon the road to Faerie! Along the wharves of Faerie— There all the winds of Christendie Are musical with hawk-bell chimes, Carillons rung to minstrels' rimes, And silver trumpets bravely blown From argosies of lands unknown, And the great war-drum's wakening roll— The reveillé of heart and soul— For news of all the ageless sea Comes to the quays of Faerie! Across the fields to Faerie There is no lack of company,— The world is real, the world is wide, But there be many things beside. Who once has known that crystal spring Shall not lose heart for anything. The blessing of a faery wife Is love to sweeten all your life. To find the truth whatever it be— That is the luck of Faerie! Above the gates of Faerie There bends a wild witch-hazel tree. The fairies know its elfin powers. They wove a garland of the flowers, And on a misty autumn day They crowned their queen—and ran away! And by that gift they made you free Of all the roads of Faerie!
PAGE To Foresta v Contents vii List of Illustrations ix I Asgard the Beautiful (1348) 1 The Viking's Secret 17 II The Runes of the Wind-Wife (1364) 18 The Navigators (1415-1460) 34 III Sea of Darkness (1475) 35 Sunset Song 48 IV Pedro and His Admiral (1492) 50 The Queen's Prayer 65 V The Man Who Could Not Die (1493-1494) 66 The Escape 80 VI Locked Harbors (1497) 81 Gray Sails 93 VII Little Venice (1500) 94 The Gold Road 104 VIII The Dog with Two Masters (1512) 105 Cold o' the Moon (1519) 117 IX Wampum Town (1508-1524) 121 The Drum 133 X The Gods of Taxmar (1512-1519) 134 The Legend of Malinche 148 XI The Thunder Birds (1519-1520) 150 Moccasin Flower 165 XII Gifts from Norumbega (1533-1535) 167 The Mustangs 181 XIII The White Medicine Man (1528-1536) 182 Lone Bayou (1542) 195 XIV The Face of the Terror (1564) 197 The Destroyers 214 XV The Fleece of Gold (1561-1577) 215 A Watch-dog of England (1583) 237 XVI Lords of Roanoke (1584) 238 The Changelings 250 XVII The Gardens of Helêne (1607-1609) 252 The Wooden Shoe 269 XVIII The Fires that Talked (1610) 270 Imperialism 282 XIX Admiral of New England (1600-1614) 284 The Discoverers 299 Bibliography 300
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