No sooner had the Snake beheld this reverend figure, than the King began to speak, and asked: "Whence comest thou?" "From the chasms where the gold dwells," said the Snake. "What is grander than gold?" inquired the King. "Light," replied the Snake. "What is more refreshing than light?" said he. "Speech," answered she.
Quote from: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily. Translated by Thomas Carlyle (1832)
Illustrations from: The Memory of the Netherlands