Nightingale the Robber


Illustrated by Frank C Papé




This particular illustration depicts the moment wherein the legendary medieval Russian

bogatyr (Knight-errant), Ilya Muromets (mounted on his legendary steed, Cloudfall),

kills Nightingale the Robber - as described in the following text from the tale of

''Nightingale the Robber" within the 1916 Edition of The Russian Story Book:


At last they came to the third barrier no less than Nightingale the Robber,

who was known also as the Magic Bird. As Ilya drew near to his oak trees,

Nightingale thrust his head out of the nest and sent forth tongues of flame

and showers of sparks from his mouth and nostrils; but this terrible sight

had no effect upon the stout heart of the heroic Ilya. Nightingale the

Robber therefore began to sing like a bird, varying this entertainment

with the roar of a lion and the spiteful hiss of a dragon; and at last the

combination of sounds was to much for Cloudfall. The shaggy bay steed

began to tremble with great violence, and then fell upon his knees,

whereupon Ilya proceeded to beat him without mercy.


"You grass-bag," he cried in his anger, "you wolf-carrion, have you never

passed through a gloomy forest and heard the song of a bird, the roar of

a wild beast, and the hiss of a serpent? See how easily I shall overcome

the Magic Bird!"


Then Ilya went up to a willow tree that overhung a brook, broke off a

twig, and fitted it to his bow, in order that he might keep his vow to

abstain from using his fiery darts. And as he drew his bow-string he cried,

"Fly, dart, fly! Pierce the left eye of Nightingale the Robber, and come

out at his right ear."


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Swish! went the magic dart. Cloudfall rose to his feet, and Nightingale

the Robber fell upon the lap of moist Mother Earth like an enormous

sack of wheat. Then Ilya the Old Cossack lifted the pestilent thief from

the ground by his yellow curling hear, bound him securely to his stirrup,

and went on his way once more.


The illustrations by Papé for The Russian Story Book (1916) are particularly interesting having set the scenes within the

Viking heritage of early Russia.



The illustration



Frank C Pape - 'Nightingale the Robber'

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Frank C Pape - Detail from 'Nightingale the Robber'

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Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

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Fine Art Poster (22x36'')

Code: FCP NR 22x36
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