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High above the city, on a tall column, stands the statue of the Happy Prince. He is gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he has two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glows on his sword hilt. He is very much admired by the town officials, yet a lot of poor people suffer here.

One day a swallow who was left behind after his flock flew off to Egypt for the winter stops to sleep under the statue of the Happy Prince and forms a lasting friendship with the Happy Prince, who helps the swallow discover the meaning of true happiness.

Read in English, unabridged.

Public Domain (P)2015 Sovereign

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