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The Happy Prince and Other Tales

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The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, by Oscar Wilde, Illustrated by Charles Robinson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.org Title: The Happy Prince and Other Tales Author: Oscar Wilde Release Date: September 28, 2009 [eBook #30120] Language: English Character set encoding: UTF-8 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES***
 
 
 
 
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THE
HAPPY
 
PRINCE
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TALES
 
 
 
 
THE KING OF THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON
THE HAPPY PRINCE And Other Tales BY WILDE OSCAR Illustrated by CHARLES ROBINSON
[Frontispiece]
NEW YORK: BRENTANO’S
 First published by David Nutt, May, 1888 Reprinted January, 1889; February, 1902; September, 1905; February, 1907; March, 1908; March, 1910 Reset and published by arrangement with David Nutt by Duckworth & Co., 1920 Special Edition, reset. With illustrations by Charles Robinson, published by arrangement with David Nutt by Duckworth & Co., 1913. Reprinted 1920  
PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY HAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LD., LONDON AND AYLESBURY.
 
 
 
 
 
CONTENTS
THEHAPPYPRINCE
THENIGHTINGALE AND THEROSE
THESELFISHGIANT
THEDEVOTEDFRIEND
THEREMARKABLEROCKET
 
 
 
 
 
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LIST OF COLOUR PLATES
THEKING OF THEMOUNTAINS OF THEMOON THEPALACE OFSANS-SOUCI THELOVELIEST OF THEQUEENSMAIDS OF HONOUR THERICHMAKINGMERRY INTHEIRBEAUTIFUL HOUSES WHILE THEBEGGARS WERE SITTING AT THEGATES SHE WILLPASS ME BY HISLIPS ARESWEET ASHONEY IN EVERYTREE HE COULD SEE THERE WAS A LITTLECHILD THELITTLEBOY HE HADLOVED THEGREENLINNET HANS IN HISGARDEN THERUSSIANPRINCESS106 “LET THEFIREWORKSBEGIN,” SAID THEKING122
THE HAPPY
 
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THE HAPPY PRINCE
IGH 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. “How do you know?” said the Mathematical Master, “you have never seen one.” “Ah! but we have, in our dreams,” answered the children; and the Mathematical Master frowned and looked very severe, for he did not approve of children dreaming. One night there flew over the city a little Swallow. His friends had gone away to Egypt six weeks before, but he had stayed behind, for he was in love with the most beautiful Reed. He had met her early in the spring as he was flying down the river after a big yellow moth, and had been so attracted by her slender waist that he had stopped to talk to her.
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