…The king despaired, “Ah! how badly have I rewarded such great fidelity!”.
He had the petrified body of Trusty John lifted and placed in his bedroom beside the royal bed.
As often as his gaze fell upon it he wept openly and declared, “Oh! if I could only restore you to life, my most Trusty John!”
In time the queen gave birth to twins, two small sons, who throve and grew, and were a constant joy to her.
One day when the queen was at church, and the two children sat and played with their father, he gazed again full of grief on the stone statue, and sighing, as was his wont he wailed out aloud, “Oh, if I could only restore you to life, my most Trusty John!”
The stone began to speak, “You can restore me to life again but only if you are prepared to sacrifice what you hold most dear.”
The king replied without thinking, “All I have in the world will I give up for your sake.”
The stone continued, “If you cut off with your own hand the heads of your two children, and smear my petrified body with their blood, I shall come back to life.”
The king was aghast when he heard that he had himself to put his children to death but when he thought of Trusty John’s fidelity, and how he had even died for him, he drew his sword, and with his own hand cut the heads off his children.
And when he had smeared the petrified body with their blood, life returned to it, and Trusty John stood once more, safe and sound and whole before him.