A House of Pomegranates, the Happy Prince and Other Tales

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Methuen, 1908 - Vellum printed books - 255 pages
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Page 169 - I admit that she is domestic," he continued, "but I love travelling, and my wife, consequently, should love travelling also." "Will you come away with me?" he said finally to her; but the Reed shook her head, she was so attached to her home. "You have been trifling with me," he cried, "I am off to the Pyramids. Good-bye!" and he flew away. All day long he flew, and at night-time he arrived at the city. "Where shall I put up?" he said; "I hope the town has made preparations.
Page 196 - And the marvellous rose became crimson, like the rose of the eastern sky. Crimson was the girdle of petals, and crimson as a ruby was the heart. But the Nightingale's voice grew fainter, and her little wings began to beat, and a film came over her eyes. Fainter and fainter grew ' her song, and she felt something choking her in her throat. Then she gave one last burst of music. The white Moon heard it, and she forgot the dawn, and lingered on in the sky. The red rose heard it, and it trembled all...
Page 172 - In a bed in the corner of the room her little boy is lying ilL He has a fever, and is asking for oranges. His mother has nothing to give him but river water, so he is crying. . Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow, will you not bring her the ruby out of my swordhilt? My feet are fastened to this pedestal and I cannotnnove.' ' I am waited for in Egypt,
Page 27 - And lo ! through the painted windows came the sunlight streaming upon him, and the sunbeams wove round him a tissued robe that was fairer than the robe that had been fashioned for his pleasure. The dead staff blossomed, and bare lilies that were whiter than pearls. The 26 dry thorn blossomed, and bare roses that were redder than rubies.
Page 179 - I will stay with you always," said the swallow, and he slept at the Prince's feet. All the next day he sat on the Prince's shoulder and told him stories of what he had seen in strange lands. He told him of the red ibises, who stand in long rows on the banks of the Nile and catch...
Page 205 - Through a little hole in the wall the children had crept in, and they were sitting in the branches of the trees. In every tree that he could see there was a little child. And the trees were so glad to have the children back again that they had covered themselves with blossoms, and were waving their arms gently above the children's heads.
Page 208 - ... morning he looked out of his window as he was dressing. He did not hate the Winter now, for he knew that it was merely the Spring asleep, and that the flowers were resting. Suddenly he rubbed his eyes in wonder, and looked and looked. It certainly was a marvellous sight.
Page 180 - I am covered with fine gold," said the Prince, "you must take it off, leaf by leaf, and give it to my poor; the living always think that gold can make them happy." Leaf after leaf of the fine gold the Swallow picked off, till the Happy Prince looked quite dull and grey. Leaf after leaf of the fine gold he brought to the poor, and the children's faces grew rosier, and they laughed and played games in the street. "We have bread now!
Page 174 - That is because you have done a good action,' said the prince. And the little swallow began to think, and then he fell asleep. Thinking always made him sleepy. When day broke he flew down to the river and had a bath. 'What a remarkable phenomenon!
Page 169 - he said ; ' I hope the town has made preparations.' Then he saw the statue on the tall column. ' I will put up there,' he cried ; ' it is a fine / position with plenty of fresh air.' So he alighted just between the feet of the Happy Prince.

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