1. She was a Russian Princess, and had driven all the way from Finland in a sledge drawn by six reindeer. The sledge was shaped like a great golden swan, and between the swan’s wings lay the little Princess herself. Her long ermine cloak reached right down to her feet, on her head was a tiny cap of silver tissue, and she was as pale as the Snow Palace in which she had always lived.
- Oscar Wilde, ‘The Remarkable Rocket’ from The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) illustrated by Charles Robinson [full text]

    She was a Russian Princess, and had driven all the way from Finland in a sledge drawn by six reindeer. The sledge was shaped like a great golden swan, and between the swan’s wings lay the little Princess herself. Her long ermine cloak reached right down to her feet, on her head was a tiny cap of silver tissue, and she was as pale as the Snow Palace in which she had always lived.

    - Oscar Wilde, ‘The Remarkable Rocket’ from The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) illustrated by Charles Robinson [full text]

     
  2. If I bring her a red rose, I shall hold her in my arms, and she will lean her head upon my shoulder, and her hand will be clasped in mine. But there is no red rose in my garden, so I shall sit lonely, and she will pass me by. She will have no heed of me, and my heart will break.
- Oscar Wilde, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ from The Happy Prince  and  Other Tales (1888) illustrated by Charles Robinson [full text]

    If I bring her a red rose, I shall hold her in my arms, and she will lean her head upon my shoulder, and her hand will be clasped in mine. But there is no red rose in my garden, so I shall sit lonely, and she will pass me by. She will have no heed of me, and my heart will break.

    - Oscar Wilde, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ from The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) illustrated by Charles Robinson [full text]