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from The Twelve Months -- A Slav Legend
by Alexander Chodzko


Note: The months in this tale are personified, i.e., they are characters in the legend.


     The great January arose, crossed over to the Month opposite him, and 

putting the wand in his hand, said:  ``Brother June, do thou take the highest 


     June obeyed, and as he waved his wand over the fire the flames leaped 

toward the sky.  Instantly the snow melted, the earth was covered with 

verdure, trees were clothed with leaves, birds began to sing, and various 

flowers blossomed in the forest. It was summer.  Under the bushes masses

of star-shaped flowers changed into ripening strawberries, and instantly they 

covered the glade, making it look like a sea of blood.