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A Welsh Fairy Story-
The Gwragedd Annwn are Welsh water faeries, beautiful Lake Maidens who occasionally take mortals to be their husbands. One well-known legend tells of a young man who used to graze his cattle by a small lake near the Black Mountains. One day he saw a most enchanting creature rowing gently to and fro in a golden boat on the surface of the lake. He fell deeply in love with her and offered her some of the bread he had brought from home but it was too hard and she disappeared into the depths. The young man’s mother gave him some unbaked dough to take with him the next day and he offered this to the faerie but she answered that it was too soft and again disappeared. On the third day his mother gave him some lightly baked bread and this passed muster. Three figures rose from the lake, an old men with a beautiful daughter on either side of him. The girls were identical and the father told the young farmer that he was in love if he could point her out. The farmer would have given up in despair but one slightly moved her foot and he, recognizing her slipper, won her hand.
The water-faerie was given a fine dowry and they lived together happily.
However, the young farmer had been warned that he would lose his beautiful wife should he strike her three times causelessly. It so happened that, although they were indeed blissfully happy, Gwragedd Annwn had some curious faerie ways; she might weep at a wedding or laugh and sing at the funeral of a child and this eventually led her to her loving husband reproving her three times, more by a love-tap than a blow, but this was enough and she was forced to leave him. She did not forget her sons however and taught them many secrets of medicine so that they became famed physicians.