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49o             SNOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
there stood before them a handsome young man, with beautiful, gold-embroidered clothes.
"I am a king's son," he said; "and that wicked dwarf, aftet robbing me of all I possessed, changed me into a bear; and I have been obliged to wander about the woods, watching my treasures, but not able to catch the dwarf and kill him till to-day. His death has set me free, and he has met with a well-deserved fate."
Not many years after this Snow-white was married to the prince, and Red-rose to his brother, with whom he had shared the riches and treasures which the dwarf had stolen, and had concealed in his den till the prince recovered them at his death.
There was great joy in the village when these weddings took place, and Snow-white and Red-rose sent for their mother, who lived for many years in great happiness with her children.
The two rose-trees were brought to the castle and planted in the garden near the windows of the two sisters; and every year they bore the same beautiful red and white roses as they had done in the cottage garden at home.
A king was once taken seriously ill, and everyone expected he would die. On hearing this, his three sons were so full of sorrow that they went into the garden of the castle, and wept bitterly.
In the midst of their sorrow they saw an old man approaching, who asked them the cause of their grief. They replied that their father was ill and expected to die; and that they wished to help him, and knew not how.
The old man replied, " There is a way in which your father can be cured, if you do not mind trouble. He must drink a draught ol the water of life. He will soon be well; but to find it is a very difficult task."
"I will try," said the eldest son, and he went at once to the sick king and begged for permission to go and seek this wonderful water, which could alone heal him.