Prince Fickle and Fair Helena

Every day she drove the cattle to pasture, and all the time she thought of nothing but her faithless bridegroom.  She was very devoted to a certain little calf in the herd, and made a great pet of it, feeding it out of her own hands.  She taught it to kneel before her, and then she whispered in its ear:

“Kneel, little calf, kneel;

Be faithful and leal,

Not like Prince Fickle

Who once on a time

Left his fair Helena

Under the lime.”

–from Andrew Lang, The Green Fairy Book


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