The Happy Prince And Other Tales

The Happy Prince And Other Tales

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The Happy Prince

HIGH above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt.

He was very much admired indeed. "He is as beautiful as a weathercock," remarked one of the Town Councillors who wished to gain a reputation for having artistic tastes; "only not quite so useful,' he added, fearing lest people should think him unpractical, which he really was not.

"Why can't you be like the Happy Prince? ' asked a sensible mother of her little boy who was crying for the moon. " The Happy Prince never dreams of crying for anything."

"I am glad there is some one in the world who is quite happy, " muttered a disappointed man as he gazed at the wonderful statue.

"He looks just like an angel/' said the charity children as they came out of the cathedral in their bright scarlet cloaks and their clean white pinafores.

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