The sculpture of the Happy Prince, covered in gold and precious stones, stood on a column above the city. Everyone admired the beautiful statue. Once the Starling flew over the city, he left his beloved Reed, which was a homebody and did not share the love of travel, but only flirted with the Wind; he settled himself on an overnight stay between the Prince’s shoes. Suddenly the bird felt the tears of the Prince, he wept, for he saw all the tribulation and poverty of the city, although he had a tin heart. At the Prince’s request, the Swallow did not fly to Egypt, but for a few days wore help to poor people in the form of jewels from sculpture: a seamstress, who had a son of a ruby with a sword, a poor young playwright sapphire, a girl who dropped matches for sale in a ditch a second sapphire.
Winter came, but the Swallow decided to stay with the Prince and told him, already blind, about Egypt, where the bird so sought. After the Swallowtail leaflet after the leaflet handed out all the gold that covered the sculpture, the winged helper died. The prince’s tin heart split in two.
An ugly statue was removed and melted. The head of the city decided that it was time to put a monument to himself, but the advisers did not agree, everyone quarreled. The tin heart and the dead bird were thrown into the dump, where they were taken by the Angel, whom the Lord had asked to bring the most precious thing he would find in this city.