11] This is the story of Sleeping Beauty, the daughter of a king and queen for whose christening they invited twelve of the thirteen wise women known in the realm. However, the thirteenth showed up unexpectedly just as the twelfth was to give her gift to the baby. Outraged at the snub, the thirteenth, uninvited guest set a curse on the girl: at fifteen years old she would die by accidentally pricking her finger on a spindle. The twelfth wise woman could not remove the curse, but she ameliorated it so that the girl would fall into a one-hundred-years sleep. So it came to pass. And who should wake the girl, at the end of that time, but a handsome prince who woke her with a kiss. They then got married and lived ... happily ever after.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: S. M. B. Piatt, "The Christening," Atlantic Monthly 53.320 (June 1884): 779.
First publication date: 1884
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/4/15
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