o sleep.

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not a painting of me, but i’m kind of jealous of the princess’s bed.

(except for the annoying vegetable keeping her awake )

  restful gentle dreams 

soft, fluffy, feathery, warm

in my sleeping nest.

*La Principessa sul pisello/The Princess on the Pea

art credit:  Gennadin Spirin

story credit: Hans Christian Anderson

‘o sleep, o gentle sleep,’ i thought gratefully, ‘nature’s soft nurse!’

-elizabeth kenny

*”The Princess and the Pea” (Danish: “Prinsessen paa Ærten”; direct translation: “The Princess on the Pea”) is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson about a young woman whose royal ancestry is established by a test of her sensitivity. The tale was first published in May of 1835.

Andersen had heard the story as a child, and it likely has its source in folk material, possibly originating from Sweden, as it is unknown in the Danish oral tradition. Neither “The Princess and the Pea” nor Andersen’s other tales of 1835 were well received by Danish critics, who disliked their casual, chatty style and their lack of morals.

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