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Nix nought nothing.
From English Fairy Tales, by Joseph Jacobs (coll. & ed.)
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So she went up to the castle and sang
her catch and Nix Nought Nothing was wakened for a bit and they
promised to wed him to the gardener's daughter. Meanwhile the gardener
went down to draw water from the well and saw the shadow of the lady
in the water. So he looks up and finds her, and he brought the lady
from the tree, and led her into his house. And he told her that a
stranger was to marry his daughter, and took her up to the castle and
showed her the man: and it was Nix Nought Nothing asleep in a chair.
And she saw him, and cried to him: "Waken, waken, and speak to me!"
But he would not waken, and soon she cried:
"I cleaned the stable, I laved the lake, and I clomb the tree,
And all for the love of thee,
And thou wilt not waken and speak to me."
The king and the queen heard this, and came to the bonny young lady,
and she said:
"I cannot get Nix Nought Nothing to speak to me for all that I can
Then were they greatly astonished when she spoke of Nix Nought
Nothing, and asked where he was, and she said: "He that sits there in
the chair." Then they ran to him and kissed him and called him their
own dear son; so they called for the gardener's daughter and made her
sing her charm, and he wakened, and told them all that the giant's
daughter had done for him, and of all her kindness. Then they took her
in their arms and kissed her, and said she should now be their
daughter, for their son should marry her. But they sent for the hen-
wife and put her to death. And they lived happy all their days.