What the Rose did to the Cypress is a Persian folktale. Andrew Lang included it in The Brown Fairy Book (1904), with the note Translated from two Persian MSS. in the possession of the British Museum and the India Office, and adapted, with some reservations, by Annette S. Beveridge. A king had three sons. The oldest went hunting and chased a deer, giving orders that it should be captured rather than killed. It led him to a sandy waste where his horse died. He found a tree with a spring beneath it and drank. A faqir asked him what he did there. He told him his story and asked the faqir's, repeating when the faqir put him off, until the faqir told him he had been a king, and his seven sons had all tried to win a princess whose hand could only be won by answering the riddle, What did the rose do to the cypress? and died for their failure. His grief sent him into the desert. Who is Rose, Who is Cypress, Who will win the princess and how? To know, read on…
About the author
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), a poet, novelist and literary critic, is best known as one of the important collectors of folk and fairy tales. Educated at St. Andrews University and Balliol College, Oxford, he soon made a reputation as one of the most versatile writers of the day. Besides his twelve books of fairies, Lang has to his credit a long list of books, the important being Custom and Myth, Myth, Ritual and Religion, Making of Religion, Social Origins, The Book of Dreams and Ghosts, and Magic and Religion.
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