In a certain city there lived a king and queen , who had three daughters of surpassing beauty . Though the elder two were extremely pleasing , still it was thought they were only worthy of mortal praise ; but the youngest girl’s looks were so delightful , so dazzling , no human speech in its poverty could celebrate them , or even rise to adequate description .
Erant in quadam civitate rex et regina : hi tres numero filias forma conspicuas habuere , sed maiores quidem natu , quamvis gratissima specie , idonee tamen celebrari posse laudibus humanis credebantur , at vero puellae iunioris tam praecipua , tam praeclara pulchritudo nec exprimi ac ne sufficienter quidem laudari sermonis humani penuria poterat .
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who had three very beautiful daughters . They were so beautiful , in fact , that it was only just possible to find words of praise for the elder two , and to express the breath-taking loveliness of the youngest , the like of which had never been seen before , was beyond all power of human speech .