Now, you would think that being the King, he had nothing to worry about and lived his life in perfect happiness but you would be wrong. Even though the King had all the riches he could possibly imagine and loyal and loving subjects, he lived with a great sadness. His only child was blind.
‘I would give anything to anyone who can make my little princess see again,’ came an announcement from the King one day.
The subjects of the kingdom were very excited. They had forever been unhappy that their princess was blind and now finally they had a chance to do something about it.
So they tried. Day after day a long queue of people formed outside the palace, all wanting to try their luck at restoring the princess sight and earning the gratitude and riches of the King. But no matter what they tried, no matter how many potions the princess drank, she remained sightless as ever.
‘Is their no one in this big, huge kingdom of mine, that can give my daughter her sight back?’ wailed the King.
‘There might be one possibility your majesty,’ said the Grand Vizier one day.
‘What possibility, O Grand Vizier?’ said the King.
‘There is this boy I hear, who lives in the neighboring kingdom,’ said the Grand Vizier, bowing down so low that his nose touched the ground. ‘He is said to have magical powers.’
‘Bring this boy to me at once!’ commanded the King.
The boy was summoned to the Palace.
‘What can I do for you, your majesty?’ said the boy.
‘Boy, I shall give you your weight in gold if you use your magical powers to restore the sight of my daughter, the princess,’ said the King.
‘I shall certainly try your majesty. But should I be successful, I ask not for your gold, but for your kingdom,’ said the boy with a small bow.
The King gasped. The Grand Vizier and all the courtiers gasped. How dare this boy show such impudence?
The King regarded the boy thoughtfully, then with a wave of his hand said, ‘You shall have what you ask. Nothing is more important to me than the princess. But if you fail, I shall have your head.’
The boy was led into the princess’ chambers. He gazed upon her as she lay fast asleep. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.
He closed his eyes and murmured an incantation. In an instant, the sleeping girl awoke and looked at her father.
‘Father, Father, I can see!’ she said.
The King shouted for joy and ran to hug his daughter.
The boy stood in one corner, smiling to himself.
‘Who is it Father, that has restored my eyesight?’ asked the princess when she had hugged and kissed her father for all she was worth.
‘It is I, O princess,’ said the boy, stepping forward. As he did so, the King’s mouth fell open in horror. The boy’s eye sockets were empty. He had transferred his own gaze to the princess.
The King regarded the boy standing before him, thoughtfully scratching his chin. Never in his life had he met anyone so kind and generous.
‘My boy, you are the kindest soul I have ever met,’ said the King, with tears in his eyes. ‘I would give you my Kingdom gladly but you are blind. How will a blind King be able to rule such a vast kingdom and protect its boundaries from enemies?’
‘Marry me your daughter, your majesty,’ said the blind boy, ‘With my magical powers, we shall be able to share the gift of sight I have given her and together we shall rule this kingdom.’
The King smiled.
And as you might already have guessed, the blind boy was crowned King and together with his Queen, he ruled the vast kingdom and they lived happily ever after.