1. There was once upon a time a child who had Good Luck for his godfather.
2. "I am not Fortune," said Good Luck to the parents; "I have no gifts to bestow
, but whenever he needs help I will be at hand."
3. "Nothing could be better," said the old couple
. They were delighted
. But what pleases the father often fails to satisfy
the son: moreover, every man thinks that he deserves just a little more than he has got, and does not reckon
it to the purpose
if his father had less.
4. Many a one would be thankful
to have as good reasons for contentment
as he who had Good Luck for his godfather.
5. If he fell, Good Luck popped something soft in the way to break his fall; if he fought, Good Luck directed his blows, or tripped up his adversary
; if he got into a scrape
, Good Luck helped him out of it; and if ever Misfortune met him, Good Luck contrived
her on the pathway till
his godson got safely
6. In games of hazard
the godfather played over his shoulder. In matters of choice
he chose for him. And when the lad began to work on his father's farm the farmer
began to get rich. For no bird or field-mouse touched a seed that his son had sown
, and every plant he planted throve when Good Luck smiled on it.
7. The boy was not fond
of work, but when he did go into the fields, Good Luck followed him.
8. "Your christening-day was a blessed day for us all," said the old farmer
9. "He has never given me so much as a lucky sixpence," muttered Good Luck's godson.
10. "I am not Fortune—I make no presents," said the godfather.
11. When we are discontented it is oftener to please our neighbors than ourselves. It was because the other boys had said—"Simon, the shoemaker's son, has an alderman for his godfather. He gave him a silver spoon with the Apostle Peter for the handle
; but thy godfather is more powerful
than any alderman"—that Good Luck's godson complained, "He has never given me so much as a bent