The Happy Prince, and other stories

The Selfish Giant

DownstairsrantheGiantingreatjoy,andoutintothegarden.Hehastenedacrossthegrass,andcameneartothechild.Andwhenhecamequiteclosehisfacegrewredwithanger,andhesaid,"Whohathdaredtowoundthee?"Foronthepalmsofthechild’shandsweretheprintsoftwonails,andtheprintsoftwonailswereonthelittlefeet.

"Whohathdaredtowoundthee?"criedtheGiant;"tellme,thatImighttakemybigswordandslayhim."

"Nay!"answeredthechild;"butthesearethewoundsofLove."

"Whoartthou?"saidtheGiant,andastrangeawefellonhim,andhekneltbeforethelittlechild.

AndthechildsmiledontheGiant,andsaidtohim,"Youletmeplayonceinyourgarden,to-dayyoushallcomewithmetomygarden,whichisParadise."

Andwhenthechildrenraninthatafternoon,theyfoundtheGiantlyingdeadunderthetree,allcoveredwithwhiteblossoms.

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