The Nightingale and the Rose

 "The young Student was still lying on the grass, where she had left him, and the tears were not yet dry in his beautiful eyes.
     'Be happy,' cried the Nightingale, 'be happy; you shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart's-blood. All that I ask of you in return is that you will be a true lover, for Love is wiser than Philosophy, though she is wise, and mightier than Power, though he is mighty. Flame-coloured are his wings, and coloured like flame is his body. His lips are sweet as honey, and his breath is like frankincense.'
     The Student looked up from the grass, and listened, but he could not understand what the Nightingale was saying to him, for he only knew the things that are written down in books."

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3 Responses Mar 15, 2009

It is my favourite fairytale. I adore it.

I have a book of his plays, and found I liked one of them considerably better than the others. I really enjoyed his wit in "The Importance of Being Earnest", but wasn't as impressed with "Lady Windermere's Fan", and had a hard time finishing "Salome". I think there's something in my personality that has a hard time reading dark works that hit close to home. I love "Dracula", but dislike "To Kill a Mockingbird", for example. I guess that's why the writers of the world need more than one reader! :-)

That's sad. Books have great wisdom, but life has more. I hope the Student learns.