286 THE DAUGHTER OF BUK ETTEMSUCII
been told, and he fell down straight upon the ground, and lay there seven days and seven nights. But the flowers in the garden withered, for there was no one to water them.
When the prince came into his garden he found nothing but yellow stalks ; in the midst of them the ox was lying. With a blow from his sword he killed the animal, and, turning to his attendants, he said, ' Go and fetch another ox! ' And they brought in a great beast, and he drew the water out of the well, and the flowers revived, and the grass grew green again. Then the prince called his attendants and went away.
The next morning the girl heard the noise of the water-wheel, and she opened the lattice and looked out of the window.
'Good morning, O daughter of Buk Ettemsuch!' said the new ox. ' Your father is feeding you up till you are nice and fat, and then he will put you on a spit and cook you.'
And the maiden answered: 'My father is feeding me up till I am nice and fat, but he does not mean to eat me. If I had one of your eyes I would use it for a mirror, and look at myself before and behind; and your girths should be loosened, and you should be blind — seven days and seven nights.'
Directly she uttered these words the ox fell to the ground and lay there, seven days and seven nights. Then he arose and began to draw the water from the well. He had only turned the wheel once or twice, when the prince took it into his head to visit his garden and see how the new ox was getting; on. When he entered the ox was working busily; but in spite of that the flowers and grass were dried up. And the prince drew his sword, and rushed at the ox to slay him, as he had done the other. But the ox fell on his knees and said:
' My lord, only spare my life, and let me tell you how it happened.'