Dancing Princess Turns Into Stone Queen -- Part 4
All good things come to a stop.
Dawn breaks the magic of the night.
Princesses and princes – hot and ruffled –
Rush to their boats; away, to the other shore.
Back in their room, their hearts still
Pounding in delight, the princesses
Believe their secret to be safe.
But the soldier runs to the king.
For three nights he followed the princesses.
He snapped a silver twig on the first night,
And took a golden leaf and a diamond apple
On the second. On the third, he snatched
A gold cup from the castle of enchanted
There you have it – your princesses
Dance all night long. Twelve princes
Attend to their pleasure in the enchanted
Castle beyond the dark lake.