THE GRATEFUL PRINCE 95
were refreshing themselves with food and drink. Suddenly the maiden looked up. ' Something has happened,' said she. ' The ball has nearly jumped out of my bosom! Some one is certainly following us, and the danger is near, but the trees hide our enemies from us.'
As she spoke she took the ball
in her hand, and said :
' Listen to me, my ball, my ball. Be quick and change me into a breeze, And make my lover into a midge.'
An instant, and the girl was dissolved into thin air, while the prince darted