F you have never heard the legend of Gilligren and the King's pie you will scarcelyunderstand the above verse; so I will tell you the whole story, and then you will be able tobetter appreciate the rhyme.Gilligren was an orphan, and lived with an uncle and aunt who were very unkind to him.They cuffed him and scolded him upon the slightest provocation, and made his life verymiserable indeed. Gilligren never rebelled against this treatment, but bore their crueltysilently and with patience, although often he longed to leave them and seek a homeamongst kinder people.It so happened that when Gilligren was twelve years old the King died, and his son wasto be proclaimed King in his place, and crowned with great ceremony. People were flockingto London from all parts of the country, to witness the festivities, and the boy longed to gowith them.One evening he said to his uncle,"If I had sixpence I could make my fortune.""Pooh! nonsense!" exclaimed his uncle, "a sixpence is a small thing. How then could youmake a fortune from it?""That I cannot tell you," replied Gilligren, "but if you will give me the sixpence I will go toLondon, and not return until I am a rich man."
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About the Author
Lyman Frank Baum (1856 - 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost works", 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts and many miscellaneous writings) and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).
Date of Birth:May 15, 1856
Date of Death:May 6, 1919
Place of Birth:Chittenango, New York
Place of Death:Hollywood, California
Education:Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School