While stalking deer in the forest late at night

The unwitting Prince enters the domain of the Dark Knight

Who has the power to control the minds of people

And turns them to stone to make an example

Suddenly the Spirit of the Golden Apple Tree

Awakens though the evil Magician would disagree

And saves the Prince who is confused but alive

Schemes about capturing the Firebird with his new ally

Firebird is not afraid of foolish mortals wanting to burn at millidegree

Nourishes on golden apples and travels mostly carefree

The Spirit and the Prince catch her during a feeding spree

However the Prince takes pity and sets her free

In gratitude, the Firebird gives the Prince one of her feathers

Then promises to reappear and return the favor, to help him in a crisis

The Prince then arrives to the courtyard of an enchanted castle

Where he finds the thirteen maidens; captives of the heartless Sorcerer

One in particular steals the heart of the young Prince

She tells him about the immortal Wizard’s secret in a moving bliss

While the dawn seals their kiss and takes them apart

The Princess warns him about the danger of following his sweetheart

The Prince ignores her advice and goes through the gate

Bells ring out, hell breaks loose, the horrible servants aggravate

The wicked Wizard advances on the prince to annihilate

But the Spirit waves the Firebird’s plume in his face, invoking her aid

She resurfaces and forces the crowd to dance frantically till they all fall asleep

The Prince thieves the great egg that contains the Wizard’s soul from its keep

He throws it to the ground, the evil’s spell is broken and he perishes

The princesses are rescued, including the thirteenth, whom the Hero marries

The Firebird, Infernal Dance.