“Grandmother!” exclaimed the child, “oh, take mewith you! I know thou1 wilt2leave me as soon as thematch goes out， thou wilt vanish like warm fire inthe stove, like the splendid New Year's feast, likethe beautiful large Christmas tree!” and she hastilylighted all the remaining matches in the bundle, lasther grandmother should disappear. And the matchesburned with such a blaze of splendor, that noonday could scarcely have been brighter. Never had thegood old grandmother looked so tall and stately, sobeautiful and kind; she took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew together-higher, tillthey were in that place where neither cold, nor hunger, nor pain, is ever known， they were inparadise.
But in the cold morning hour, crouching in the corner of the wall, the poor little girl was found：her cheeks glowing, her lips smiling， frozen to death on the last night of the old Year. TheNew Year's sun shone on the lifeless child; motionless she sat there with the matches in herlap, one bundle of them quite burnt out.
“She has been trying to warm herself, poor thing!” the people said， but no one knew of thesweet visions she had beheld, or how gloriously she and her grandmother were celebrating theirNew Year's festival.
Prometheus was a Titan .In the war between Zeus the giants he had stood on the side of the new Olympiangods.Out of the clay he made the first man，to whom Athena gave soul and holy breath.Prometheus spent a lot of time and energy in creating the gift of fire.And fire raised man above all animals .Later，there held a joint meeting of gods and men.The meeting was to decide what part of burnt animals should begiven to gods and what to men.Prometheus cut up an ox and divided it into two parts：under the skin he placed the fresh，and under the fat he put the bones，for he knew the selfish Zeus loved fat. Zeus saw through the trick and felt displeased at the Prometheus' favor towards men.So in a masterful way he took away the gift of fire from mankind.However，Prometheus managed to steal fire from heaven and secretly brought it down tomen.Flying into an anger at this unjustified act of rebellion，Zeus let the other gods chain Prometheus to a rock on Mountain Caucasus，where a hungry eagle ever tore at his liver which ever GREw again.His period of pain was to be thirty-thousand years.Prometheus faced his bitter fate firmly and never lost courage before Zeus.At last Heracles made Prometheus and Zeus restore to friend ship，when Heracles came over in search of the golden apple and killed the eagle and set the friend of mankind free.