"The Happy Prince" is a short story by Creator/OscarWilde about a romantic swallow and the statue of a prince, who, after spending all his life in luxury, is turned into a statue who watches all the misery outside his palace.
It's currently in public domain, and can be read in full [[http://www.online-literature.com/poe/177/ here]].
!!This tale provides examples of the following tropes:
%%* BitterSweetEnding: %% Zero Context
* ButNowIMustGo: Subverted. Happy Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the later's repeated remarks.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:"for in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore, and in my city of gold the Happy Prince shall praise me."]]
* DoubleEntendre: The description of the Reed is full of these.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Happy Prince oversees human's suffering and sympathizes for them all.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Happy Prince sacrifice all his gold leaves. The Swallow helps him delivering them to death as he can't stand the cold weather. And nobody finds them of any value afterward.]]
* HumansAreFlawed: Given Wilde's sarcastic tone seen in the descriptions of the human characters. Also provoked in the end where the humans do not acknowledge Happy Prince's sacrifices and see him as an old, ugly statue decorated with a dead swallow, [[DramaticIrony all while the readers know what's really going on.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: The swallow is in love with a reed plant early in the story.
* InLoveWithLove: The Swallow.
-->"Who are you?" [The Swallow] said.
-->"I am the Happy Prince."
-->"Why are you weeping then?"
* StealthPun: The description of the reed, which is full of double entendres about plants
-->[...]''The Reed shook her head, she was so attached to her home.''
* SpoiledSweet: Happy Prince's back story is depicted as an absolute happy person who knows no sadness and hardship, and retain his kindness even after death.
* TakeThat: Toward human teachers, philosophers, and those who are attached to logic and judge things by the covers.
* TalkingAnimal: The Swallow.
* TheSeer: Happy Prince