Babes in the Wood
Edited by Watty Piper
Once upon a time there lived two little children whose parents
were ill unto death. They begged their brother to care for the two
little ones as he would his own.
The uncle promised he would be a father to them, but he soon
began to scheme to possess the money the parents had left in his
care for the children. He sent for two robbers and bargained with
them to take the two babes into the woods and kill them.
After going many miles into the woods one of the robbers said,
"Let us not kill the little children, they never harmed us." The
other robber would not consent, so they came to blows. This
frightened the children so much that they ran away and did not see
the robbers again.
They wandered on and on until they became so tired and hungry
that at length they sat down at the foot of a tree and cried as if
their hearts would break. The little birds heard them and began to
trill sweet lullabies, which presently lulled them to rest.
The birdies knew that the children would die of cold and hunger,
so they covered them with leaves of crimson and brown and green.
They then told the angels in Heaven the sad story of the lost
babes, and one of the white-robed angels flew down to earth and
carried both the little ones back to Heaven, so that when they
awoke they were no longer tired and hungry, but were again with
their dear mother.