THE BENEVOLENT GOBLIN
FROM GESTA ROMANORUM (ADAPTED)
IN the kingdom of England there is a hillock in the midst of
a dense wood. Thither in old days knights and their
followers were wont to repair when tired and thirsty after
the chase. When one of their number called out, "I thirst!"
there immediately started up a Goblin with a cheerful
countenance, clad in a crimson robe, and bearing in his
outstretched hand a large drinking-horn richly ornamented
with gold and precious jewels, and full of the most
delicious, unknown beverage.
The Goblin presented the horn to the thirsty knight, who
drank and instantly felt refreshed and cool. After the
drinker had emptied the horn, the Goblin offered a silken
napkin to wipe the mouth. Then, without waiting to be
 strange creature vanished as suddenly as he had come.
Now once there was a knight of churlish nature, who was
hunting alone in those parts. Feeling thirsty and fatigued,
he visited the hillock and cried out:—
Instantly the Goblin appeared and presented the horn.
When the knight had drained it of its delicious beverage,
instead of returning the horn, he thrust it into his bosom,
and rode hastily away.
He boasted far and wide of his deed, and his feudal lord
hearing thereof caused him to be bound and cast into prison;
then fearing lest he, too, might become partaker in the
theft and ingratitude of the knight, the lord presented the
jeweled horn to the King of England, who carefully preserved
it among the royal treasures. But never again did the
benevolent Goblin return to the hillock in the wood.
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