The Lily Sisters by Ellen Robena Field
Once upon a time there were three little sisters dressed in green, who
lived together in a beautiful palace which was owned by a Great King. Such
a beautiful palace as it was! The ceilings were made of turquoise and
opal, and soft, velvety green carpets covered the floors.
Many other children lived with these little sisters, and they had such a
kind nurse called Dame Nature, who taught them how to do their work well;
for everybody had some work to do for the Great King.
Surely no one could be unhappy in such a wonderful home, and yet, I, am
sorry to say, one of the little sisters was always discontented.
She knew, for Dame Nature had told her, that some day the Great King would
come to see who had done loving work for him, and would give the good
lilies beautiful white robes and golden crowns, but she was not willing to
wait until the King was ready and saw fit to do it.
When the Sunbeam children came to play, she would hang down her head and
sulk, and after a while they would leave her alone, and play with her
When Professor Rain's school was out, and the jolly little raindrops
coaxed her to play with them, she would say crossly, "You am too rough,
let me alone!" and they would go and play with the happy little sisters as
the sunbeams had done; for everybody loved the two good little lily
sisters, who were sorry to see how naughty the other lily was.
But they tried to do their best to help her, and kept on growing.
One day the Great King, who had seen how well they tried to do, thought
they deserved their robes and crowns, so he sent the sunbeams dancing away
to awaken the inhabitants of the palace for the crowning.
Away they went, peeping through the curtains, and flying into the windows
of the palace and waking all the little children with kisses.
Then they took off the old green dresses of the sisters, and put pure
white robes on them and gave them crowns of pure gold. The other little
sister wished then that she had tried to do right, and drooped until she
Madam Wind and the Bird family gave a grand concert in Maple Tree Park.
Everything was full of gladness, and the lily sisters held a reception all
day, and many people came to congratulate them upon being crowned. Among
their visitors was wee Ruth, who kissed them and took them to a little
sick friend. He smiled as she pressed them into his hand, saying: "Take
them, please, for Easter," and in her sweet child language she told the
story of Easter, and of the wonderful work the Great King's Son did for
the people of the beautiful palace.