The Prince of Happiness
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful statue of "the Prince of happiness" in a town.
The body of "the Prince of happiness" was coated with glittering gold leaf.
The townspeople wished themselves happiness as this beautiful Prince represented.
a swallow flew to the town.
“Phew! I'm left far behind. I wonder if my fellows have already arrived in Egypt.
The swallow perched on the Prince's foot and tried to sleep there.
Then, some waterdrops fell onto him.
“Is it raining? It’s strange because there’s no cloud in the sky… Oh, the Prince is crying. Hello, what’s the matter?”
The swallow asked and then the Prince answered,
“Since I’ve been up here, I can see the sad things happening all over the town.
“See the small house there? The boy is sick and crying, saying he wants to eat some oranges.
“Oh, poor thing.”
The swallow removed the ruby from the sword on the Prince’s waist and put it beside his pillow.
“I know you’ve been through a hard time, but hang in there.”
The swallow fanned his wings at him and flew back.
“It’s strange. It’s so cold out here but I feel warm.”
“It’s because you did a good deed, Mr. Swallow.”
“Can you bring one of the sapphires in my eyes to a poor and talented young guy?”
“Now I can buy some bread! I can finish writing my book!”
“Prince, I’m going to Egypt where there are my fellows.
“Can you please stay one more night? There is a girl who tries to sell matches in the street.
“In that case, you will be blind, Prince.”
“I don’t care if I go blind or not as long as the girl gets happy.”
Looking at the Prince who had lost his eyes for people’s happiness, the swallow made a decision.
“Prince, I won’t go anywhere. I’ll stay with you.
“Thank you, Mr. Swallow.”
“Then, can you peel off all the gold on my body and give it to the poor people”
As he was told, the swallow peeled off the gold from the Prince’s body and brought it to the poor.
After a while, there was snow falling from the sky.
At last, winter came.
The swallow was so sensitive to the cold that he was chilled to the bone and couldn’t move.
The swallow managed to kiss the Prince, he finally died.
At the same time, the Prince’s heart popped with sorrow.
“Let’s melt the Prince that’s no longer beautiful.
Mysteriously, however, the Prince’s heart wasn’t melted at all no matter what they did.
Then the heart of the Prince was abandoned with the dead swallow beside him.
Later on, God and an angel came to this town.
“Angel, bring the most beautiful thing in this town,” God told the angel.
In fact, what the angel brought was the Prince’s heart and the dead swallow.
“Well done! These are exactly the most beautiful things in this town.
After all, the Prince and swallow who helped people and died went to Heaven and lived happily ever after.