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The Happy Prince

"Ihaveagoldenbedroom,"hesaidsoftlytohimselfashelookedround,andhepreparedtogotosleep;butjustashewasputtinghisheadunderhiswingalargedropofwaterfellonhim."Whatacuriousthing!"hecried;"thereisnotasinglecloudinthesky,thestarsarequiteclearandbright,andyetitisraining.TheclimateinthenorthofEuropeisreallydreadful.TheReedusedtoliketherain,butthatwasmerelyherselfishness."

Thenanotherdropfell.

"Whatistheuseofastatueifitcannotkeeptherainoff?"hesaid;"Imustlookforagoodchimney-pot,"andhedeterminedtoflyaway.

Butbeforehehadopenedhiswings,athirddropfell,andhelookedup,andsawAh!whatdidhesee?

TheeyesoftheHappyPrincewerefilledwithtears,andtearswererunningdownhisgoldencheeks.HisfacewassobeautifulinthemoonlightthatthelittleSwallowwasfilledwithpity.

"Whoareyou?"hesaid.

"IamtheHappyPrince."

"Whyareyouweepingthen?"askedtheSwallow;"youhavequitedrenchedme."

"WhenIwasaliveandhadahumanheart,"answeredthestatue,"Ididnotknowwhattearswere,forIlivedinthePalaceofSans-Souci,wheresorrowisnotallowedtoenter.InthedaytimeIplayedwithmycompanionsinthegarden,andintheeveningIledthedanceintheGreatHall.Roundthegardenranaveryloftywall,butInevercaredtoaskwhatlaybeyondit,everythingaboutmewassobeautiful.MycourtierscalledmetheHappyPrince,andhappyindeedIwas,ifpleasurebehappiness.

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