Ellen Robena Field
Once upon a time there were three little sisters dressed in
green, who lived together in a beautiful palace which was owned
by a Great King. Such a beautiful palace as it was! The ceilings
were made of turquoise and opal, and soft, velvety green carpets
covered the floors.
Many other children lived with these little sisters, and they had
such a kind nurse called Dame Nature, who taught them how to do
their work well; for everybody had some work to do for the Great
Surely no one could be unhappy in such a wonderful home, and yet,
I, am sorry to say, one of the little sisters was always
She knew, for Dame Nature had told her, that some day the Great
King would come to see who had done loving work for him, and
would give the good lilies beautiful white robes and golden
crowns, but she was not willing to wait until the King was ready
and saw fit to do it.
When the Sunbeam children came to play, she would hang down her
head and sulk, and after a while they would leave her alone, and
play with her sisters.
When Professor Rain's school was out, and the jolly little
raindrops coaxed her to play with them, she would say crossly,
"You am too rough, let me alone!" and they would go and play with
the happy little sisters as the sunbeams had done; for everybody
loved the two good little lily sisters, who were sorry to see how
naughty the other lily was.
But they tried to do their best to help her, and kept on growing.
One day the Great King, who had seen how well they tried to do,
thought they deserved their robes and crowns, so he sent the
sunbeams dancing away to awaken the inhabitants of the palace for
Away they went, peeping through the curtains, and flying into the
windows of the palace and waking all the little children with
Then they took off the old green dresses of the sisters, and put
pure white robes on them and gave them crowns of pure gold. The
other little sister wished then that she had tried to do right,
and drooped until she faded away.
Madam Wind and the Bird family gave a grand concert in Maple Tree
Park. Everything was full of gladness, and the lily sisters held
a reception all day, and many people came to congratulate them
upon being crowned. Among their visitors was wee Ruth, who kissed
them and took them to a little sick friend. He smiled as she
pressed them into his hand, saying: "Take them, please, for
Easter," and in her sweet child language she told the story of
Easter, and of the wonderful work the Great King's Son did for
the people of the beautiful palace.