88 THE LIGHT PRINCESS.
do your majesty? Please to remember that the oracle says the victim must offer himself."
" Well, you have offered yourself," retorted the king.
" Yes, upon one condition."
" Condition again!" roared the king, once more drawing his sword. " Begone ! Somebody else will be glad enough to take the honour off your shoulders."
" Your majesty knows it will not be easy to get Another to take my place."
"Well, what is your condition?" growled the king, feeling that the prince was right.
"Only this," replied the prince: "that, as I must on no account die before I am fairly drowned, and the waiting will be rather wearisome, the princess, your daughter, shall go with me, feed me with her own hands, and look at me now and then to comfort me; for you must confess it is rather