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Hans in Luck
The Travelling Musicians
The Golden Bird
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Tom-Tit and the Bear
The Twelve Dancing princesses
The Grateful Beasts
Jorinda and Jorindel
The Waggish Musician
The Queen Bee
The Dog and the Sparrow
Frederick and Catherine
The Three Children of Fortune
The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Lady and the Lion
The Jew in the Bush
The King of the Golden Mountain
The Golden Goose
Hansel and Grettel
The Giant with the Three Golden Hairs
The Fox and the Horse
GERMAN POPULAR STORIES,
Now you must imagine me to., sit bya good fire,
amongst a company of good fellowes, over a well spiced
wassel bowl of Christmas ale, telling of these merrie tales
vi chi hlieraftir toll i', e."-Pref. to Hist. of" Tomn Thuunbe
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THE Translators were first induced to compile
this little work by the eager relish with which a
few of the tales were received by the young friends
to whom they were narrated. In this feeling the
Translators, however, do not hesitate to avow
their own participation. Popular fictions and
traditions are somewhat gone out of fashion ; yet
most will own them to be associated with the
brightest recollections of their youth. They are,
like the Christmas Pantomimes, ostensibly brought
forth to tickle the palate of the young, but often
received with as keen an appetite by -those of
graver years. ,
There is, at least, a debt of gratitude due to
these ancient friends and comforters. To follow
the words of the author from whom the motto in
the title-page is selected, "They have been the
revivers of drowzy age at midnight; old and young
have with such tales chimed mattins till the cock
crew in the morning; batchelors and maides have
compassed the Christmas fire-block till the curfew
bell rang candle out; the old shepherd and the
young plow-boy after their daye's labor, have carold
out the same to make them merrye with; and who
but they have made long nights seem short, and
heavy toyles easie ?"
But the amusement of the hour was not the
translators' only object. The rich collection from
which the following tWles are selected, is very in-
teresting in a literary point of view, as affording
a new proof of the wide and early diffusion of these
gay creations of the imagination, apparently flow-
ing from some great and mysterious fountain head,
whence: Calmuck, Russian, Celt, Scandinavian,
and German, in their various ramifications, have"
imbibed their earliest lessons of moral instructions.
The popular tales of England have been too
much neglected. They are nearly discarded from
the libraries of childhood. Philosophy is made the
companion of the nursery: we have lisping che-
mists and leading-string mathematicians : this is:
the age of reason, not of imagination; and the
loveliest dreams of fairy innocence are consider-
ed as vain and frivolous. Much might be urged
against this rigid and philosophic (or rather unphi-
losophic) exclusion of works of fancy and fiction.
Our imagination is surely as susceptible of im-
provement by exercise, as our judgement or our
memory; and so long as such fictions only are
presented to the young mind as do not interfere
with the important department of moral edu-
cation, a beneficial effect must be produced by the
pleasurable employment of a faculty in which so
much of our happiness in every period of life con-
It is, however, probably owing merely to acci-
dental causes that some countries have carefully
preserved their ancient stores of fiction, while here
they have been suffered to pass to oblivion or
corruption, notwithstanding the patriotic example
of a few such names as Hearne, Spelman, and Le
Neve, who did not disdain to turn towards them
the light of their carefully trimmed lamp, scanty
and ill-furnished as it often was. A very interest-
ing and ingenious article in the Quarterly Review,,
(No. XLI.) to which the Translators readily ac-
knowledge, their particular obligations, recently at-
tracted attention to the subject, and has shown
how ,wide a- field is open, interesting to the anti-
quarian as well as to. the reader who only seeks
The collection from which the following Tales
are taken is one of great extent, obtained for the
most part from the mouths of German peasants
by the indefatigable exertions of John and William
Grimm, brothers in kindred and taste.-The re-
sult of their labours ought to be peculiarly interest-
ing to English readers, inasmuch as many of their
national tales are proved to be of the highest North-
ern antiquity, and common to the parallel classes
of society in countries whose populations have been
long and widely disjoined. Strange to say, "Jack,
commonly called the Giant-killer, and Thomas
Thumb," as the reviewer observes, "landed in
England from the very same hulls and war ships
which conveyed Hengist and Horsa, and Ebba the
Saxon." Who would have expected that Whit-
tington and his Cat, whose identity and London
citizenship appeared so certain;-Tom Thumb,,
Whose parentage Hearne had traced, and whose
monumental honours were the boast of Lincoln; -
or the Giant-destroyer of Tylney, whose bones
were supposed to moulder in his native village in
Norfolk, should be equally renowned among the
humblest inhabitants of Munster and Paderborn
A careful comparison would probably establish
many other coincidences. The sports and songs
of children, to which MM. Grimm have directed
considerable attention, often excite, surprise at
their striking resemblance to the usages of our
own country. We wish, with Leucadio Doblado,
speaking of Spanish popular sports," that anti-
quarians were a more jovial and volatile race, and
that some one would trace up these amusements
to their common source," if such a thing were
possible, or at any rate would point out their af-
finities. A remarkable- coincidence occurs in the
German song to the Lady-bird or Marien-wiirm-
chen." The second verse alone has been preserved
in England; but it is singular that the burthen of
the song should have been so long preserved in
countries whose inhabitants have been so com-
pletely separated. The whole song, which is to be
found in munderhorn, i. 235, may be thus trans-
Lady-bird! Lady-bird! pretty one! stay!
Come sit on my finger, so happy and gay;
With me shall no mischief betide thee;
No harm would I do thee, no foeman is near,
I only would gaze on thy beauties so dear,
Those beautiful winglets beside thee.
Lady-bird! Lady-bird i fly away home !
Thy house is a-fire, thy children will roam;
List! list! to their cry and bewailing :
The pitiless spider is weaving their doom, *
Then, Lady-bird! Lady-bird! fly away home!
Hark! hark to thy children's bewailing.
Fly back again, back again, LJady-bird dear !
Thy neighbours will merrily welcome thee here;
With them shall no perils attend thee:
They'll guard thee so safely from danger or care,
They'll gaze on thy beautiful winglets so fair,
And comfort, and love, and befriend thee.
The valuable notes and dissertations added by
MM. Grimm to their work, have ,principally for
their object to establish the connexion between
many of these traditions and the ancient mytho-
logical fables of the Scandinavian and Teutonic
nations. In these popular stories," they are
sanguine enough to believe, "is concealed the
pure and primitive mythology of the Teutons,
which has been considered as lost for ever; and
they are convinced, that if such researches are con-
tinued in the different districts of Germany, the
traditions of this nature which are now neglected,
will change into treasures of incredible worth, and
assist in affording a new basis for the study of the
origin of.their ancient poetical fictions." On these
points their illustrations, though sometimes over-
strained, are often highly interesting and satisfac-
tory. Perhaps more attention might have been
directed to illustrate the singular .admixture of
Oriental incidents of fairy and romance, with the
ruder features of Northern fable; and particularly
to inform us how far the well-known vehicles of
the lighter Southern fictions were current at an
early periodin Germany. It often seems difficult
to account for the currency, among the peasantry
on the shores of the Baltic and the forests of the
Hartz, of fictions which would seem to belong to
the Entertainments of the Arabians, yet involved
in legends referable to the highest Teutonic origin..
But it is curious to observe that this connexion
between the popular tales of remote and uncon-
nected regions, is equally remarkable in the rich-
est collection of. traditionary narrative which any
country can boast; we mean the ." Pentamerone,
over Trattenemiento de li Piccerille,' ('Fun for
the Little Ones,') published by Giov. Battista Ba-
sile, -very early in the 17th century, froni the old
stories current among the Neapolitans. It is sin-
gular that the German and the Neapolitan tales
(though the latter were till lately quite unknown
to foreigners, and never translated out of the
Italian tongues,) bear the strongest and most
minute resemblances. The French fairy tales, that
have become so popular, were chiefly taken from
" The Nights (Notti piacevoli) of Strapparola,"
published first in 1550; but in his collection such
fictions occupy no prominent and apparently only
an accidental station, the bulk of the tales being of
what may be called the Classical Italian School.
The Pentamerone was drawn from original sources,
and probably compiled without any knowledge of
Strapparola, although the latter is precedent in
date. The two works have only four pieces in
common. Mr. Dunlop would add greatly to the
value of his excellent work on Fiction, if he would
include in his inquiries this most interesting branch
of popular entertainment, to which Sir Walter Scott
has already pointed in his notes to The Lady of
SAmong the most pleasing of the German tales
are those in -*which animals support tlhe lead-
ing characters. They are perhaps more vene-
rable in their origin than the heroic and fairy
tales. They are not orily amusing by their playful
and dramatic character, but instructive by the pu-
rity of their morality. None bear more strongly
the impress of a remote Eastern original, both in
their principles and their form of conveying in-
struction. Justice always prevails, active talent
is every where successful, the amiable and gene-
rous qualities are brought forward to excite the
sympathies of the reader, and in the end are con-
stantly rewarded by triumph over lawless power.
It will be observed as a peculiarity of the Ger-
man fables, that they introduce even inanimate
objects among their actors, a circumstance some-
times; attended with considerable effect. Even
the sun,' the modri, and the winds, form part of
the dramatic person,
:The Translators can do little more than di-
rect the attention of the curious reader to the
source whence they have selected their. mate-
rials. The nature and immediate design: of the
present publication exclude the introduction of
some of those stories which would, in a literary
point of view, be most curious. With a view to
variety, they have wished rather to avoid, than
to; select those, the leading incidents of which are
already familiar to the English reader, and have
therefore often deprived themselves of the interest
which comparison would afford. There were also
many stories of great merit, and tending highly to
the elucidation of ancient mythology, customs, and
opinions, which the scrupulous fastidiousness of
modern taste, especially in works likely to attract
the attention of youth, warned them tp pass by.
If they should ever be encouraged to resume their
task, they might undertake it with different and
more serious objects. In those tales which they
have selected they had proposed to make no al-
teration whatever; but in a few instances they
have been compelled to depart in some degree
from their purpose. They have, however, endea-
voured to notice these variations in the notes, and
in most cases the alteration consists merely in the
curtailment of adventures or circumstances not af-
fecting the main plot or character of the story.
SA few brief notes are added; but the Translators
trust it will always be borne in mind, that their little
work makes no literary pretensions that its im-
mediate design precludes the subjects most at-
tractive asmatters of research and that professedly
critical dissertations would therefore be out of
place. Their object in what they have done in this
department, has been merely to direct attention to
a subject little noticed, and to point, however im-
perfectly, at a source of interesting and amusing
HANS IN LUCK.
HANS had served his master seven years,
and at last said to him, Master, my time is
up, I should like to go home and see my mo-
ther; so give me my wages." And the mas-
ter said, You have been a faithful and good
servant, so your pay shall be handsome." Then'
he gave him a piece of siJver that was'as big
as his head.
Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief, put
the piece of silver into it, threw it over his
shoulder, and jogged off homewards. As he
went lazily on, dragging one foot after another,
a man came in sight, trotting along gaily on
a capital horse. "Ah!" said, Hans aloud,
" what a fine thingit is to ride o:n horsi'eacl
2 HANS IN LUCK.
there he sits as if he was at home in his chair;
he trips against no stones, spares his shoes,
and yet gets on he hardly knows how." The
horsemani heard this, and said. "Well, Hans,
why do you go on foot then?" "Ah! said he,
"I have thisloadto carry; tobe sureitis silver,
but it is so heavy that I can't hold up my head,
and it hurts my shoulder sadly." What do
you say to changing?" said the horseman; I
will give you my horse, and you shall give me
the silver." With all myheart," said Hans:
"" but I tell you one thing,-you'll have aweary
task to drag it along." The horseman got off,
took the silver, helped Hans up, gave him the
bridle into his hand and said, When you
want to go very fast, you must smack your
,lips loud, and cry 'Jip.'"
Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse,
and rode merrily dn. After a time he thought
lie -hluld like to go a little faster, so he smack-
ed his lips, and cried Jip." Away went the
horse full gallop; and before Hans knew what
he was about, he was thrown off, and lay in
a ditch bythe road side;, and.his horse would
have run off, ,if a shepherd who was; coming
I-ANS IN LUCK.
by, driving a cow, had not stopt it. Hans
soon came to himself, and got upon his legs,
again. He was sadly vexed, and said to the
shepherd, This riding is no joke when a man
gets onabetst like thi., that stumblesand flings
him off as if he would break his neck. How-
ever, I'm off now once for all: I like your
cow a great deal better; one can walk along
at one's leisure behind her, and have milk,
butter, and cheese, every day into the bargain.
What would I give to have such a cow!"
" Well," said the shepherd, "if youare sofond
of her, I will change my cow for your horse."
."Done!" said Hans merrily. The shepherd
jumped upon.the horse, and away he rode.
Hans drove off his cow quietly, and thought
his bargain a very lucky one. "If I have only
a piece of bread (and I certainly shall be able
to get that), I can, whenever Ilike, eatmybutter
and cheese with it; and when I am thirsty I can
milk my cow and drink the milk: what can I
wish for more?" When he came to an inn,
he halted, ate up all his bread, and gave away
his last penny for a glass of beer: then he
drove his cow towards his mother's village; and
HANS IN LUCK.
the heat grew greater as noon came on, till at
last hefound himself on a wide heath thatwould
take him more than an hour to cross, and he
began to be Wo hot and parched that his tongue
clave to the roof of his mouth. I can find
a cure for this," thought he; now will I
milk my cow and quench my thirst;" so
he tied her to the stump of a tree, and held
his leather cap to milk into; but not a drop
was to be had.
While he was trying his luck and managing
the matter very clumsily, the uneasy beast gave
him akick on the head that knocked him down,
and there he lay a long while senseless. Lucki-
ly a butcher, soon came by driving a pig in a
wheel-barrow." What is thematter withyou?"'
said the butcher as he helped him up. Hans
told him what had happened, and the butcher
gave him a flask, saying, There, drink and
refresh yourself; your cow will give you no
milk, she is an old beast good for nothing
'but the slaughter-house." "Alas, alas!" said
Halns, who would have thought it? If I kill
her, what will lIie bI good for? I hate cow-
beef, it is not tender enough for me. If it were
HANS IN LUCK. -5
a pig now, one could do something with it,
it would at any rate n'ake some sausages."
Well," said the butcher, to please you, I'll
change, and give you the pig for the cow."
"Heaven rewardyou for yourkindness!" said
Hans as he gave the butcher the cow, and
took the pig off the wheel-bari'ow, and drove it
off; holding it by the string that was tied to its
So on he jogged, and all seemed now to go
right with him; he had met with some mis-
fortunes, to be sure; but he was now well re-
paid for all. lThe next person he met was a
Ctiumtryimln carrying a fine white goose'under
his arm. The countryman stopped to ask what
was o'clock; and Hans told him all his luck,
and how he had made so many good bargains.
The countryman said he was going to take the
goose to a christening; "Feel," said he, "how
heavy it is, and yet it is only eight weeks old.
Whoever roasts and eats it many cutplenty of
fat offit, it has lived so well!" You're right,"
said Hans as he weighed it in his hand; but
my pig is no trifle." Meantime the country-
man began to look grave, and shook his head.
HANS IN LUCK.
" Hark ye," said he, "my good friend; your
pig may get you into a scrape; in the village
I just come from, the squire has had a pig sto-
len out of his stye. I was dreadfully afraid,
when I saw you, that you had got the squire's
pig; it will be a bad job if they catch you;
the least they'll do, will be to throw you into
Poor Hans was sadly frightened. Good
man," cried he, "prayget me outof this scrape;
you know this country better than I, take my
pig and give me the goose." I ought to have
something into the bargain," said the country-
man; however, I will not bear hard upon
you, as you are in trouble." Then he took the
string in his hand, and drove off the pig by a
side path; while Hanswent on the way home-
wards free from care. "After all," thought he,
SI have the best of the bargain: first there
will be a capital roast; then the fat will find me
in goose grease for six months; and then there
are all the beautiful white feathers; I will put
them into my pillow, and then I am sure I
shall sleep soundly without rocking. How
happy my mother will be!"
HANS IN LUCK.
As he. came to the last village, he saw a.
scissar-griindt-r, %with hiis wheel, working awiy,
O'er hill and o'er dale so happy I roam,
Work light and live well, all the world is my home;
Who so blythe, so merry as I?
Hans stood looking for a while, and at last
said, You must be well off, master grinder,.
you seem so happy at your work." Yes," said
the other, '- mine is a golden trade; a good
grinder never puts his hand in his pocket with-
out findingmoneyin it:-but where did you get
that beautiful goose?" I did not buy it, but
changed a pig for it." "And where did you get
the pig?" "Igave a cowforit." "And thecow?"
"I gave a horse for it." "And the horse?" "I
gave a piece of silver asbig asmyheiadfor that."
" And the silver?" "Oh! I worked hard for
that seven long years." You have thriven
well in the world hitherto," said the grinder;
"now if you could find money in your pocket
whenever you put your hand into it, your for-
tune would be made." Very true: but how
is that to be managed?" P You must turn
HANS IN LUCK.
grinder like me," said the other; "you only
want a grindstone; the rest will come of itself.
Here is one that is a-little the worse for wear:
I would not ask more than the value of your
goose for it;-will you buy?" How can you
ask such a question?" replied Hans; Ishould
be the happiest man in the world, if I could
have money whenever I put my hand in my
pocket; what could I want more ? there's the
goose!"" "Npw," said the grinder as he gave
him a common n rough stone that lay by his side,
" this is a most capital stone; do butmanage it
cleverly, and you can make an old nail cut
Hans took the stone and went off with a
light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy, and he
said to himself, "I must have been born in a
lucky hour; every thing that I want or wish
for comes to me of itself."
Meantime he began to be tired, for he had
been travelling ever since day-break; he was
hungry too, for he had given away his last
penny in his joy at getting the cow. At last
be could go no further, and the stone tired him
terribly; he dragged himself to the side of a
THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS.
pond, that he might drink some water, and rest
a while; so he laid the stone carefully by his
side on the bank: but as he stooped down to
drink, he forgot it, pushed it a little, and down
it went plump into the pond. For a while he
watched it sinking in the deep clear water, then
sprangup forjoy, and again fell upon his knees,
and thanked Heaven with tears in his eyes for
its kindness in taking away his only plague, the
ugly heavy stone. How happy am I!" cried
he: "no mortal was eyer so lucky as I am."
Then up he got with a light and merry heart,
and walked on free from all:his troubles, till
he reached his mother's house.
THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS,
OR THE WAITS OF BREMEN.
AN honest farmer had once an ass, that had
been a faithful servant to him a great many
years, but was now growing old and every day
more and more unfit fbr work. His master
therefore was tired of keeping him and began
10 THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS,
to think of putting an end to him; but the ass,
who saw that some mischief was in the wind,
took himself slyly off, and began his journey
towards Bremen, "for there," thought he,
"i I may chance to be chosen town-musician."
After he had travelled a little way, he spied
a dog lying by the road-side and panting as
ifhe were very tired. "What makes you pant
so, my friend?" said the ass. "Alas !" said
the dog, "my master was going to knock me
on the 1head, because I am old and weak, and
can no longer make myself useful to him in
hunting; so I ran away: but what can I do
to earn,my livelihood?" "Hark ye!" said
the ass, "I am going to Bremen to turn musi-
cian: suppose you go with me, and try what
you can do in the same way?" The dog said he
,was willing, and they jogged on.together.
They had not gone far before they saw a cat
sitting in the middle of the road and making a
most rueful face. Pray, my good lady," said
the ass, what's the matter with you? you look
quite out of spirits !" Ah me! said the cat,
"how can one be in good spirits when one's
life is in danger ? Because I am beginning to
O'R THE WAITS OFBREMEN.
grow old, and had rather lie at my ease by the
fire than run about the house after the mice,
my mistress laid hold of me, and was going to
drown me; and though I have been lucky
enough to get away from her, I do not know
what I am to live upon." "Oh !" said the ass,
"by all means go with us to Bremen; you are
a good night singer, and may make your for-
tune as one of the waits." The cat was pleased
with the thought, and joined the party.
Soon afterwards, as they were passing by a
farm-yard, they saw a cock perched.upon a
gate, and screaming out with all his might
and main." Bravo i" said the ass; "upon my
word you make a famous noise; pray what is
all this about?" "Why," said the cock, "I
was just now saying that we should have fine
weather for our washing-day, and yet my mis-
tress and the cook don't thank me for mypains,
but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow,
and make broth of me for the guests that are
coming on Sunday!" Heaven forbid!" said
the ass; ( come with us, Master Chanticleer:
it will be better, at any rate, than staying here
to haveyourhead cut off! Besides, whoknows?
12 THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS,
If we take care to sing in tune, we may get up
a concert of our own: so come along with
us." "With all my heart," said the cock:
so they all four went on jollily together.
They could not, however, reach the town
the, first day; so when night came on, they
went into a wood to sleep. The ass and the
dog laid themselves down under a great tree,
and the cat climbed up into thebranches; while
the cock, thinking that the higher he sat the
saferhe should be, flew upto the very top of the
tree, and then, according to his custom, before
he went to sleep, looked out on all sides of him
tosee that every thing was well. In going this,
he,saw afar off something bright, and shining;
and calling to his companions said, There
must be a house no great way off, for I see a
light." "If that be the case," said the ass,
"we had better change our quarters, for our
lodging is nqt the bestin the world!" "Besides,"
added the dog, I should not be the worse for
a bone or two,. or a bit of meat." So they
walked off together towards the spot where
:Chanticleer had: seen the light; and as they
drew near, it became larger and brighter, till
OR THE WAITS OF BREMEN.
they at last came close to a house in which a
gang of robbers lived.
The ass, being the tallest of the company,
marched up to the window and peeped in.
" Well, Donkey," said Chanticleer, "what do
you see?" "What do I see?" replied the ass,
"why I see a table spread with all kinds of
good things, and robbers sitting round it
making merry." "That would be a noble
lodging for us," said the cock. "Yes," said
the ass,. "if we could only get in:" so they
consulted together how they should contrive to
get the robbers out; and at last they hit upon
a plan. The ass placed himself upright on his
hind-legs, with his fore-feet resting against the
window; the dog got upon his back; the cat
scrambled up to the dog's shoulders, and the
cock flew up and sat upon the cat's head.
When all was ready, a signal was given, and
they began their music. The ass brayed, the
dog barked, the cat mewed, and the cock
screamed; and then they all broke through the
window at once, and came tumbling into the
room, amongst the broken glass, with a most
14b THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS,
hideous clatter The robbers, who had been
not a little frightened by the opening concert,
had now no doubt that some frightful hobgob-
lin had broken in upon them, and scampered
away as fast as they could.
The coast once clear, our travellers soon sat
down, and dispatched what the robbers had
left, with as much eagerness as if they had not
expected to eat again for a month. As soon
as they had satisfied themselves, they put out
the lights, and each once more sought out a
resting-place to his own liking. The donkey
laid himself down upon a heap of straw in
the yard; the dog stretched himself upon a
mat behind the door; the cat rolled herself up
on the hearth before the warm ashes; and the
cock perched upon a beam on the top of the
house; and, as they were all rather tired with
their journey, they soon fell asleep.
But about midnight, when the robbers saw
from afar that the lights were out and that all
seemed quiet, they began to think that they
had been in too great a- hurry to run away;
and one of them, who was bolder than the rest,
OR THE WAITS OF BREMEN.
went to see what was going on. Finding every
thing still, he marched into the kitchen, and
groped about till he found a match in order to
light a candle; and then, espying the glittering
fiery eyes of the eat, he mistook them for live
coals, and held the match to them to light it.
Butthe cat, not understanding this joke, sprung
at his face, and spit, and scratched at him.
This frightened him dreadfully, and away he
ranto theback door; but there the dog jumped
up and bit him in the leg; and as he was
crossing over the yard the ass kicked him; and
the cock, who had been awakened by the noise,
crowed with all his might. At this the robber
ran back as fast as he could to his comrades,
and told the captain "how a horrid witch
had got into the house, and had spit at him and
scratched his face with her long bony fingers;
how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden
himself behind the door, and stabbed him in
the leg: how a black monster stood in the yard
and struck him with a club; and how the devil
sat upon the top of the house and cried out,
'Throw the rascal up here !'" After this the
robbers never dared to go back to the house:
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
but the musicians were so pleased with their
quarters, that they took up their abode there;
and there they are, I dare say, at this very day.
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
A CERTAIN king had a beautiful garden, and
in the garden stood a tree which bore golden
apples. These' apples were always counted,
and about the time when they began to grow
ripe it was found that every night one of them
was gone. The king became very angry at this,
and ordered the gardener to keep watch all
night under the tree: The gardener set his
eldest son to watch; but about twelve o'clock
he fell asleep, and in the morning another of
the apples was missing.. Then the second son
was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too
felf asleep, and in the morning another apple
was gone. Then the third son offered to keep
watch; but the gardener at first would not let
him, for fear some harm should come to him:
however, at last lie consented, and the young
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.TE GOLDEN BIRD. 17
man laid ,himself under the tree to watch. As
the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling
noise in the air, and a bird came flying that
was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at
one of the apples with its beak, the gardener's
son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But,
the arrow did thebird no harm; onlyit dropped
a golden feather from its tail, and then flew
. .'-. -The golden feather was brought to
the kinh in the morning, and all the council
v as called together. Every one agreed thatit
was worth more than all the wealth of the
kingdom: but the king said, One feather is
of no use to me, I must have the whole bird."
Then the gardener's eldest son set out and
thought to find thegoldenbird very easily; and
when he had gone but a little way, he cameto
a wood, and by the side of the wood he saw
a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made
ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, "Do
not shoot me, for I will give you good coun-
sel; I know what your business is, and that
you want to find the golden bird. You will
reach a village in the evening; and when you
get there, you will see, two inns opposite to
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
each other, one of which is very pleasant and
beautiful to look at: go not in therebut rest
for the night in the other, though it may ap-
pear to you to be very poor and mean." But
the son thought to himself, What can such a
beast as this know about the matter?" Sohe
shot hisarrow at the fox; but he missed it, and
it set up its tail above its back and ran into
the wood. Then he went his way, -and in
the evening came to the village where the
two inns were; and in one of these were peo-
ple singing, and dancing, and feasting; but
the other looked very dirty, and poor. I
should be very silly," said he, if I went to
that shabby house, and left this charming
place;" so he went into the smart house, and
ate and drank at his ease, and forgot the bird,
and his country too.
Time passed on; and as the eldest son did
not come back, and no tidings were heard of
him, the second son set out, and the same
thing happened to him. He met the fox, who
gave him the same good advice: but when he
came to the two inns, his eldest brother was
standing at the window where the merry-
THE GOLDEN BIRD. 19
making was, and called to him to come in;
and he could not withstand the temptation,
but went in, and forgot the golden bird and
his country in the same manner.
Time passed on again, and the youngest son
too wished to set out into the wide world to
seek for the golden bird; but his father would
not listen to it for a long while, for he was very
fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill
luck might happen to him also, and prevent
his coming back. However, at last it was
agreed he should go, for he would not rest at
home; and as he came to the wood, he met the
fox, and heard the same good counsel. But
he was thankful to the fox, and did not attempt
his life as his brothers had done; so the fox
said, Sit upon my tail, and you will travel
faster." So he sat down, and the fox began to
run, and away they went over stock and stone
so quick that their hair whistled in the wind.
When they came to the village, the son fol-
lowed the fox's counsel, and without looking
about him went to the shabby inn, and rested
there all night at his ease. In the morning
came the fox again, and met him as h1 was
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
beginning his journey, and said, "Go straight
forward till you come to a castle, before which
lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and
snoring: takenonotice of them, but go into the
castle andpass on and on tillyou cometoaroom,
where the golden bird sits in a wooden' cage;
close by it stands a beautiful golden-cage; but
do not try to take the bird out of the shabby
cage and put it into the handsome one, other-
wise you will repent it." Then the fox st r- 1 -
ed out his tail again, and the young man sat
himself down, and away they went over stock
and stone till their hair whistled in the wind.-
Before the castle gate all was as the fox had
said: so the son went in and found the chamber
where the golden bird-hung in a wooden cage,
and below stood thegolden cage; and the ihrl-
golden apples that had been lost were lying
close by it. Then thought he to himself;" It
will be a very droll thing to bring away such
a fine bird in this shabby cage;" so he opened
the door and took hold of it and put it into
the golden cage. But the bird set up such a
loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and
they took him prisoner and carried him before
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
the king. The next morning the court sat to
judge him; and when all was heard, it sen-
tenced him to die, unless he should bring the
king the golden horse which could run as
swiftly as the wind; and if he did this, he was
to have the golden bird given him for his own.
So he set out once more on his journey,
sighing, and in great despair, when on a sud-
den his good friend the fox met him, and said,
'You see now what has happened on account
of your not listening to my counsel. I will
still, however, tell you how to find the golden
horse, if you will do as I bid you. You must
go straight on till you come to the castle where
the horse stands in his stall: by his side will
lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take
away the horse quietly, but be sure to put the
old leather saddle upon him, and not the
golden one that is close by it." Then the son
sat down on the fox's tail, and away they-went
over stock and stone till their hair whistled in
All went right, and the groom lay snoring
iith his hand upon the golden saddle. But
when the son looked at the horse, he thought
22 THE GOLDEN BIRD.
it a great pity to put the leather saddle upon it.
" I will give him the good one," said he; "I
am sure he deserves it." As he took up the
golden saddle, the groom aoke and cried out
so loud, that all the guards ran in and took
himn prisoner, and inthe morning he was again
brought before the court to be judged, and was
sentenced to die. But it was agreed, that, if
he could bring thither the beautiful princess,
he should live, and have the bird and the
horse given him for his own.
Then he went his way again very sorrowful;
but the old fox came and said, "Why did not
you listen to me ? If you had, you would have
carried away both the bird and the horse; yet
will Ionce more give you counsel. Go t ri igh t
on, and in the evening you will arrive at a
castle. At twelve o'clock at night the prin-
cess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her
and.give her a kiss, and she will let you lead
her away; but take care you do not suffer her
to go and take leave of her father and mo-
ther." Then the fox stretched out his tail,
and so away they went over stock and stone
till their hair whistled-again.
. THE GOLDEN BIRD.
As they came to the castle, all was as the fox
had nsid, and at twelve o'clock the young man
met the princess going to the bath, and gave
her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with
him, but begged with many tears that he
would let her take leave of her father. At
first he refused, but she wept still more and
more, and fell at his feet, till at last he con-
sented; but the moment she came to her fa-
ther's house, the guards awoke and; he was
talked prisoner again.
Then he was brought before the king, and
the king aid You shall never havemydaugh-
ter, unless in eight days you dig away the hill
that stops the view from my window." Now
this hill was so big that the whole world could
not take it away: and when he had worked
for seven days, and had done very little, the
fox came and said, Lie down and go to sleep;
I will work for you." And in the morning he
awoke and the hill was gone; so he went mer-
rily to the king, and told him that now that it
was removed he must give him the princess.
SThen the king was obliged to keep his word,
and away went the young man and the prin-
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
cess; and the fox came and said to him, We
will have all three, the princess, the horse, and
the bird." Ah said the young man, that
would be a great thing, but how can you con-
"If you will only listen," said'the fox, it
can soon be done. When you come to the king,
and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must
say Here she is Then he will be veryjoy-
ful; and you will mount the golden horse that
they are to give.you, and put out your hand to
take leave of them; but shake hands with the
princess last. Then lift her quickly on to the
horse behind you; clap your spurs to his side,
and gallop away as fast as you ean."
All went right: then the fox said, "When
you come to the castle where the bird is, I
will stay with the princess at the door, and
you will ride in and speak to the king; and
when he sees that it is the right horse, he will
bring out the bird; but you must sit still, and
say that you want to look at it, to see whether
it is the true golden bird; and when you get
it into your hand, ride away."
This, too, happened as the fox -:a.id; they
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
carried off the bird, the princess mounted
again, and they rode on to a greatwood. Then
thefox came, and said, Pray kill me, and cut
off my head and my feet." But the young
.man refused to do it: so the fox said, I will
at any rate give you good counsel: beware of
two things; ransom n'o one from the gallows,
and sit down by the side of no river." Then
away he went. "Well," thought the young
man, "it is no hard matter to take that ad-
He rode on with the princess, till at last he
came to the village where he had left his two
brothers. And there he heard a great'noise
and uproar; and when he asked what was the
matter, the people said, Two men are going
to be hanged." As he came nearer, he saw
that the two men were his brothers, who had
turnedrobbers; sohesaid, "Cannot they in any
way be saved?" But the people said "No,"
unless he would bestow all his money upon the
rascals and buy their liberty. Then he did not
stay to think about the matter, but paid what
was asked, and his brothers were given up,
and went on with him towards their home.
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
And as they came to the wood where the
fox first met them, it was so cool and pleasant
that the two brothers said, "Let us sit down
by tlhe side of.the river, and rest a while, to eat
and drink." Very well," said he, and forgot.
the fox's counsel, and sat down on the side of
the river; and while he suspected nothing,
they came behind, and threw him down the
bank, and took the princess, the horse, and the
bird, and went home to the king their master,
and said, All this have we won by our exer-
tions." Then there was great rejoicing made;
but the horse would not eat, the bird would
not sing, and the princess wept.
The youngest son fell to the bottom of the
river's bed: luckily it was nearly dry, but his
bones were almost broken, and the bank was
so steep that he could find no way to get out.
Then the old fox came once more, and scolded
him for not following his advice; otherwise no
evil would have befallen him: Yet," said he,
f I cannot leave you here, so lay hold of my
tail and hold fast." Then he pulled him out
of the river, and said to him, as he got upon
the bank, Your brothers have set watch to
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE. 27
kill you, if they find you in the kingdom."
:So he dressed himself as a poor man, and came
secretly to the king's court, and, was scarcely
within the doors when the horse began to eat,
and the bird to sing, and the princess left off
weeping. He went straight to the king, and told
him all his brothers' roguery; and they were
seized and punished, and he had the princess
given to him again; and after the king's death
he was heir to his kingdom.
A long while after, he went to walk one day
in the wood, and the old fox met himi, and be-
sought him with tears in his eyes to :kh him,
and cut off his head and feet. And.at last he
did so, and in a moment the fox was changed
into a man, and turned out to be the brother
of the princess, who had been lost a great many
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
THERE was once a fisherman who lived with
his wife in a ditch, close by.the sea-side., The
fisherman used to go out all daylong a-fishing;
28 ,THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
and one day, as he snt on the shore with hi.. rod,
looking at the shining water and watching his
-line, all on a sudden his float was dragged
away deep under 'the sea: and in drawing it
up he pulled a great fifth out of the water.
The fish said to him, Pray let me live: I
am.not a real fish; I am an enchanted prince,
put me in :te water again, and let me go."
"'Oh!" said the man, youneednot make so
many words about the matter; I wish to have
nothing to do with a fish that can talk; so swim
.away as soon as you please." Then he put
him lIck into the water, and the fish darted
straight down to the bottom, and left a long
streak of blood behind him.
SWhen the fisherman went home to his wife
in the ditch, he told her how he had caught a
great fish, and how it had told him it was an
enchanted prince, and that on hearing it speak
he had let it go again. Did you not ask it
for any thing?" said the wife. No," ,aid the
man, "what should I ask for?" Ah!" said
the wife, ,I we live very retchledly here in this
Int1 stinkingg diicl: do go back, and tell the
fish e wa\\nt ia little cottage."
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE. 29
The fisherman tfid not much like the bu-
siness: however, he went to the sea, and when
he came there the water looked all yellow and
green. And he stood at the water's edge, and
0 man of the sea
Come listen to me,
For Alice my wife,
The plague of my life,
Hath sent me to beg a boon of thee! "
Then the fish came swimming to him, and
said, Well, what does she want?" Ah!"
answered the fisherman,. my wife says that
when I had caught you, I ought to have asked
youfor somethingbefore I letyougo again; she
does not like living any longer in the ditch,
and wants a little cottage." "Go home, then,"
said the fish, she is in the cottage already."
So the man went home, and saw his wife stand-
ing at the door of a cottage. Come in, come
in," said she; "is not this much better than
the ditch?" And there was a parlour, and a
bed-chamber, and a kitchen; and behind the
cottage there was a little garden with all sorts
of flowers and fruits, and a court-yard full of
SO THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
ducks and chickens. A I!" said the fisher-
man, how happily we shall live! "We will
try to do so at least," said his wife.
Every thing went right for a week or two,
and then Dame Alice said, Husband, there is
not room enough in this cottage, the court-yard
and garden are a great deal too small; I should
like to have a large stone castle to live in; so
go to the fish again, and tell him to give us a
castle." "Wife," said the fisherman, "I don't
like to go to him again, for perhaps he will
be angry; we ought to be content with the
cottage." "Nonsense!" said the wife; "he
will do it very willingly; go along, and try."
The fisherman went; but his heart was very
heavy: and when he came to the sea, it looked
blue and gloomy, though it was quite calm,
and he went close to it, and said,
0 man of the sea !
Come listen to me,
For Alice my wife,
The plague of my life,
Hath sent me to beg a boon of thee "
Well, what does she want now?" said the
filh. Ah I said the man very sorrowfully,
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIPE. 31
" my wife wants to live in a stone castle."
" Go home then," said the fish, she is stand-
ing at the door of it already." So away went
the fisherman, and found his wife staidingbe-
fore a great castle. See," said she, "is not
this grand?" With that they went into the
castle together, and found a great many ser-
vants there, and the rooms.all richly furnished
and full of golden chairs and tables; and be-
hind the castle was a garden, and a wood half
a mile long, full of sheep, and goats, and hares,
and deer; and in the court-yard were stables
and cow-houses. "Well!" said the man,
" now will we live contented and happy in
this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives."
" Perhaps we may," said the wife; "but let
us consider and sleep upon it before we make
up our minds:" so they went to bed.
The next morning, when Dame Alice awoke,
it was broad day-light, and she jogged the
fisherman with her elbow, and said, Get up,
husband, and bestir yourself, for we must be
king of all the land." Wife, wife," said the
man, why should we wish to be king? I
will not be king." '" Then I will," said Alice.
32 THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
" But, wife," answered ihe fit.ihrmnn, "how
can you be king? the fish cannot make you a
king." Husband," said she, "say no more
about it, but go and try; I willbeking!" So
tJie nmu went away, quite sorrowful to think
that his wife should want to be king. The
sea looked a dark grey colour, and was cover-
ed with foam as he.cried out,
0 man of the sea
Come listen to me,
For Alice my wife,
The plague of my life,
Hath sent me to beg a boon of thee! "
Well, what would she. have now?" said
the fish. "Alas!" said the man, my wife
wants to be ling." Go home," said the fish;
" she is king already."
Then the fisherman went home; and as he
came close to the palace, he saw a troop of
soldier,, and heard the sound of drums and
trumpets: and whenhe entered in, he saw his
wife sitting on a high throne of gold and dia-
mnonds, with a golden crown upon her.head;
and on each side of her stood six beautiful
miidLem, each a head taller than the other.
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE. S'
"Well, wife,'" said the fisherman, are you
king?" "Yes," said she, "I am king." And
when he had looked at her for a long time, he
said, "-Ah, wife! what a fine thing it is to be
king! now we shall never have any thing more
to wish for." "I don't knomw how that may be,"
said she; neverr is a long time. I am king, 'tis
true, but I begin to be tired of it, and I think
I. should like to be emperor." Alas, wife
why should you wish to be emperor?" said the
fisherman. "Husband,"' said she, "go to the
fish; I say I will be emperor." Ah, wife!"
replied the fisherman, the fish cannot make
an emperor, and I should not like to ask for-
Ssuch a thing." I am king," said Alice, and
youi are my slave, so go directly!" So the
fisherman was obliged to go; and he muttered
"as he went along, "This will come to no good,
it is too much- to ask, the. fish will be tired at
las, and then we shall repent of what we have-
done." He soon arrived at the sea, and the
water was quite black and muddy, and a-
,liughty whirlwind blew over it; but he went tot
the shore, and said,'
84' THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
"Oman of the sea 1
Come listen to me,
For Alice my wife,
The plague ofmy life,
RHath sent me to beg a boon of thee l'"
What would she have now?" said the fish.
G Ah !" said the fisherman,. "she wants to be
emperor." Go home," said the fish; "she
is emperor already."
So he went home again; and as he came
near he saw his wife sitting on a very lofty
.throne nfade of solid gold, with a great crown
on her head full two yards high, and on each
side ofher stood her guards and attendants in a
row, each one smaller than the other, from the
tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger
than my finger. And before her stood princes,
and dukes, and earls: and the fisherman went
up to her and said, "Wife, areyou emperor?'
"Yes," said she, "I am emperor." "Ah!'"
said the man as he gazed upon her, "what a
fine thing it is to be emperor !" ". Husband,"
said she, why should we stay at being empe-
ror ? I will be pope next." 0 wife, wife !"
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE. 85
said he, how can you be pope ? there is but
one pope at a time in Christendom." Hus-
band," said she," I will be pope this very day."
" But," replied the husband, the fish cannot
make you pope." What nosennse !" said
she, "if he can make an emperor, he can make
a pope; go and try him." So the fisherman
went. But when he came to the shore the
wind was raging, and the sea was tossed up
anddownlike boiling water, and the shipswere
in the greatest distress and danced upon the
waves most fearfully; in the middle of the, sky
there was a little blue, but towards the south it
was all red as if a dreadful storm was rising.
At this the fisherman was terribly frightened
and trembled, so that his knees knockedtoge-
ther: but he went to the shore and said,.
0 man of the sea!'
Come listen to me,,
For Alice my wife,.
The plague of my life,
Hath sent me to beg a boon of thee !"'
What does she want now?" said the fish.;
"Ah !" said the fisherman,. "my wife wants to-
36 THE. FISHEIMAN AND HIIS WIFE.
be pope." "Go home," said the fish, she is
' Then the fisherman went home, and fund
his wife sitting on a throne that was two miles
Light i and she had three great crowns on her
head, and around stood all the pomp and power
of thie church; and on each side were two rows
:of burning lights, of all sizes, the greatest as
large as the highest and biggest tower in the
world, :aid the least no larger than asmallrush-
light. Wife," said the fisherman as he look-
ed at all this grandeur, "' are you pope?"
" YesI' said she, I am pope." Well, wife,"
replied he, it is a.grand thing to be pope;
and nw.yoqu.imust be content, for you can be
nothing greater." I. will consider of that,"
said the wife. Then they went to bed: but
Dame Alice could not sleep all night for think-
ing what she should be next. At last morn-
ing came, and the sun rose. "'Ha!" thought
she as she looked at it through the window,
"cannot I prevent the sun rising?" At this
she was very angry, and wakened'her hus-
band, and said, Husband, go to the fish
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE. 3T
and tell him I want to be lord of the sun and
moon." The fisherman was half asleep, but
the thought frightened him so. much, that he
started and fell out of bed. "Alas, wife!"
said he, "cannot you be content to be pope?"
"No," said she, "Iam very uneasy, and can-
not bear to see the sun and moon rise without
my leave.. Go to the fish directly."
Then the man went trembling for fear;
and ashe was going down to the shore a-dread-
ful storm arose; so that-the trees and the rocks
shook;-and the heavens became black, and the
lightning played, and the thunder rolled : and
you might have seen in the sea great:bLick
waves like mountains with a white crown of
foam upon them; and the fisherman said,
Oman of the sea !
Come listen to me,.
For Alice my wife;
The plague of my life,
Hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!"
What does she want now ?" said the fish.
" Al!" said he, "she wants to be lord of the
THE TOM-TIT AND THE BEAR..
sun and moon." Go home," said the fish,
"to your ditch again !" And there they live
to this very day.
THE TOM-TIT AND THE. BEAI.
ON: summer day, as the wolf and the bear
were walking together in a wood, they heard
a bird singing most delightfully. Bother,"
said the bear,, "what can that bird be that is;
singing so sweetly?" "0!" said.the wolf
"that is his majesty the king of the birds; we
must take care to show him all, possible re-
spect.' (Now I should tell you that this bird
was afteall no other than the tom-tit.) If
that is the case," said the bear, "I should like
to see the royal palace; so pray come along
and show it to me." "Gently, my friend," said
the wolf,, "we cannot see it just yet, we must
wait till the queen comes home."
Soon afterwards the queen came with food
im.herbeak, and sheand the king began to feed
THE TOM-TIT AND THE BEAR. 3W
their young ones. "Now for it !" said the,
bear; and was about tqo follow them, to see
what was to be seen. Stop a little, master
Bruin," said the.wolf we must wait now till
their majesties are goneagain." Sotheymarked
the hole where they had seen the nest, and
went away. But the bear, being very eager to
see the- royal palace, soon came back again,
and peeping into the nest, saw five or six young
birds lying at the bottom of it. "What non-
sense! said Bruin, "this is not a royalpalace;
. never saw such a filthy place in my life; and
you are no royal children, you little base-born
brats 1" As soon as the young tom-tits heard
this they were very angry, and screamed out
" We are not base-born, you stupid bear! our
father and mother are honest good sort of
people: and depend upon it you shall suffer
for your insolence I At this the wolf and the
hear grew frightened, and ran away to their
dens. But the young tom-tits kept crying and
screaming; and when their father and mother
camelhome and offered them food, they all said,
" We will not touch a bit; no, not the leg of
a fly, though we should die of hunger, till that
IO THE TOM-TIT AND THE BEAft.
rascal Bruin has been punished for calling us
base-born brats." Make yourselves easy,
my darlings," said the old king, "you may be
sure he shall meet withhis deserts."
So he went out aid stood before'the bear's
den, and cried'out with a. loud' voice, "'Bruin
the bear.! thou hast shamefully insulted our
lawful children: we therefore hereby declare
bloody and cruel war against thee and thine,
which shall never cease until thou hast been
punished as thou so richly deservest" Now
when the bear heard this, he called together
the ox, the ass, the stag, and all the beasts of
th'e earth, in order to consult about the means
of his defence. And the tom-tit also-enlisted
on his side all the birds of the air, both great
and small, and a very large army of hornets,,
gnats, bees, and flies,- and other insects.-
As the time approached when the war- was
to begin, the tom-tit sentout spies to see who
was the commander-ii-chief of the enemy's
i.orces; and the gnat, who was by far tihe cle-
verest spy of them all, flew backwards and for-
wards in the woodl where the enermys troops
were, and -at last hid himself under a leaf on a
THE TOM-TIT AND THE BEAR.
tree, close by which the orders of the day were
given out. And the bear, who was standing so
near the tree that the gnat could hear all he
said, called to the fox and said, Reynard, you
are the cleverest of all the beasts; therefore'
you shall be our general and lead us to battle:
but we must first agree upon some siginil,'by
which we may know what you want us to do."-
" Behold," said the fox, "I have a fine, long,
bushy tail, which is very like a plume of red.
feathers, and gives me a very warlike air:.now
remember, when you see me raise up my tail,
you may be sure that the battle is won, and
you have then nothing to do but to rush down
upon the enemy with all your force. On the
other hand, if I drop my tail, the day is lost,
and you must run away as fast as you can."
Now when the gnat had heard all this, she
flew back to the tom-tit, and told him every
thing that had passed.
At length the day came \\hen thebat.le was.
to be fought; and as soon as it was light, be-
hold! the army of beasts came rushing forward
with such a fearful sound that the earth shook.
And his majesty the tom-tit, with his troops,,
42 THE TOM-TIT AND THE BEAR.
came flying along in warlike array, flapping
and fluttering, and beating the air, so that it
was quite frightful to hear; and both armies set
themselves in order of battle upon the field.
Now the tom-tit gave orders to a troop of hor-
nets that at the first onset they should march
straight towards Captain Reynard, and fixing
themselves about his tail, should sting him with
all their might and main.. The hornets did as
theyweretold: and when Reynard felt the first
sting, he started aside and shook one of his-
legs, but still held up his tail with wonderful
bravery; at the second sting he was forced to
drop his. tail for a moment; but when the third
hornet had fixed itself, he" could bear it no.
longer, but clapped his tail between his legs
and scampered away as fast as he could. As
soon as the beasts saw this, they thought of
course all was lost, and scoured across the
country in the greatest dismay, leaving the
birds masters of the field.
Aknd now the king and queen flew back in
triumph totheirchildren, and said, "Now, chil-
dren, eat, drink, and be merry, tor the victory
is ours But the young birds said, No:
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES. 43
not till Bruin has humbly begged our pardon
for calling us base-born." So the, king flew
back to the bear's den, and cried out, Thou
villain bear! come forthwith to my abode, and
humbly beseech my children to forgive thee
the insult thou hast offered them; for, if thou,
wilt not do this, every bone in thy wretched
body shall bebroken topieces." Then the bear
was forced to crawl out of his den very sulkily,
and do what the king bade him: and after that
the young birds sat down together, and ate
and drank 'and made merry till midnight.
TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.
THERE was a king who had twelve beautiful
daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in
one room; and when they went to bed, the
doors were shut and locked up; but every
morning their shoes were found to be quite
worn through, as if they had been danced in
44 TH-E TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.
all: night; and yet nobody could find outhovw
it happened, or where they had been.
Then the king made it known to all the
land, that if any person could discover the se-
cret, and find out where it was that the'prin-
cesses danced in the night, he shouildhave the
one he liked best for his wife, and should be
king after his death; but whoever tried and did
not succeed, after three days and nights.
should be put to death.
; A king's son soon came. Hie was well en-
tertained, and in the evening was taken to the
chamber next to the one where the piincesses-
lay in their twelve.beds.. There he was to sit
and watch where they went to dance; and in
order that nothing might pass without his
hearing it, the door of his chamber was left
open. But the king's son soon fell asleep; and
when he awoke in the morning he found that
the princesses had all been dancing, for, the,
soles of their shoes were full of holes; :The
same thing happened .the second and third
night:: so the king ordered his head to be cut
aftl After him came several others; but they
'THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES. 4'5
had all the same luck, and all lost their lives
in the same manner.
Now it chanced that an old soldier, who
had been wounded in battle.and could fight no
longer, passed through the country where this
king reigned: and ashe was travelling through
a wood, he met an old woman, who .asked him
where he.was going. ".I hardly know where
I am going, or what I had better do," said the
soldier:; but I think I should like very well
to find out where it is that the princesses dance,
and then in time I might be a king." Well,"
said the old dame, that is no very hard task:
only take care not to drink any of the wine
which one of the princesses will bring to you
in the evening; and as soon as she leaves you
pretend to be fast asleep."
Then she gave him a cloak, and said,." As
soon as you put that on you will become invi-
sible, and you will then be able to follow the
princesses wherever they go." When the sol-
dier heard all this good counsel, he determined
to try his luck: so he went to the king, and
said he was willing to undertake the task.
He was as well received as the others had
46 THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.
been, and the king ordered fine royal robes to
be.given him; and when the evening came, he
was led to the outer chamber. Just as he was
going to lie down, the eldest of the princesses
*brought him a cup of wine; but the soldier
threw it all away secretly, taking care not to
drink a drop. Then he laid himself down on
his bed, and in a little while began to snore
very loud as if he was fast asleep. When the
twelve princesses heard this theylaughedhear-
tily; and the eldest said, "This fellow too might
have done a wiser thing than lose his life in
this way! Then they rose up and opened
their drawers and boxes, and took out all their
"fine clothes, and dressed themselves atthe glass,
and skipped about as if they were eager to be-
gin dancing,. But the youngest said, "I don't
know how it is, while you are so happy I feel
very uneasy; I am sure some mischance will
befall us." "You.simpleton," said the eldest,
"you are always afraid; have you forgotten
how many kings' sons have already watched us
in vain? And as for this soldier, even if I had
not given him his sleeping draught, he would
have slept soundly enough."
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES. 47
When they were all ready, they went and
looked at the soldier: but he snored on, and
did not stir hand or foot: so they.thought they
were quite safe; and the eldest went up to her
own bed and clapped her hands, and the bed
sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open.
The soldier saw them going down through the
:trap-door one after another, the eldest leading
the way; and thinking he had no time to lose,
he jumped up, put on the cloak which the old
yoman had given him, and followed them;
but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the
gown. of the youngest princess, and she cried
,out to her sisters, "All is not right; some one
took hold of my gown." You silly crea-
ture !" said the eldest, it is nothing but a
nail in the wall." Then down they all went,
and at the bottom they found themselves in a
most delightful grove of trees; and the leaves
were all of silver, and glittered and sparkled
beautifully. The soldier wished to take away
some token of the place; so he broke off a lit-
tle branch, and there came a loud noise from
the tree. Then theyoungest daughter said
again, I am sure all is not right-did not
A'8 THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.
you hear that noise ? That never happened
before." But the eldest'said, "It is only the
princes, who are shouting for joy at our ap-
Then they came to another grove of trees,
~O here all the leaves were of gold; and after-
wards to a third, where the leaves were all
glittering diamonds. And the soldier broke a
branch from each; and every time there was a
loud noise, which made the youngest sister
iremble with fear; but the eldest still said,
it was only the princes, who were crying for
joy. So they went on till they came to a
:r'.:a-t lake; and at the side of the lake there
lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome
princes iri them, who seemed to be waiting
there for the princesses.
One of the princesses went into each nor.t,
and the soldier stepped into the same boat with
the youngest. As-they were rowing over the
lake, the prince who was in the boat with the
youngestt princes, and the soldier said, "I do
not know why it is, but though I am rowing
with all my might, we do no: get cn so fast as
usual, and' I am quite tired: the.boat seems.
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES. 49
very heavy to-day." It is only the heat of
the weather," said the princess; I feel it very
On the other side of the lake stood a fine il-
luminated castle, from which came the merry
music of horns and trumpets. There they all
landed, and went into the castle, and each
prince danced with his princess; and the sol-
dier, who was all the time invisible, danced
with them too; and when any of the princesses
had a cup of wine set by her, he drank it all
up, so that when she put the cup to her inouth
it was empty. At this, too, the youngest sister
was terribly frightened, but the eldest always
silenced her. They danced on till three o'clock
in the morning, and then all their shoes were
worn out, so that they were obliged to leave
off. The princes rowed them back again over
the lake; (but this time the soldier placed him-
self in the boat with the eldest princess;) and
on the opposite shore they took leave of each
other, the princesses promising to come again
the next night.
When they came to the stairs, the soldier
ran on before the princesses, and laid himself
50 THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.
down; and as the twelve sisters slowly came
up very much tired, they heard him snoring in
his bed; so they said, "Now all is quite safe1."
then they undressed themselves, put away their
fine clothes, pulled off their shoes, and went to
bed. In the morning the soldier said nothing
about what had happened, but determined to
see more of this strange adventure, and went
again the second and third night; and every
thing happened just as before; the princesses
danced each time till their shoes were worn to
pieces, and then returned home. However,
on the third night the soldier carried away one
of the golden cups as a token of where he had
As soon as the time came when he was to
declare the secret, he was taken before the
king with the three branches and the golden
cup; and the twelve princesses stood listening
behind the door to hear what he would say.
And when theking asked him Where do my
twelve daughters dance atnight?" he answered,
"With twelve princes in a castle under ground."
And then he told theking all that had happened,
and showed him the three branches and. the
golden cup which he had brought with him.
Then the king called for the princesses, and
asked them whether what the soldier said was
true: and when they saw that they were disco-
vered, and that it was of no use to deny what
had happened, they confessed it all. And the
king asked the soldier which of them he would
choose for his wife; and he answered;, "I ai2,
not very youLg, so I will have the eldest."-
And they were married that very day, and the
soldier was chosen to be the king's heir.
ONCE upon a tine there lived a king and
queen who had no children; and this they la-
mented very much. But one day as the queen
was walking by the side of the river, a little
fish lifted its head out of the water, and said,
"Your wish shall be fulfilled, and you shall
soon have a daughter." What the little fish
had foretold o.on came to pass; and the queen
had a little girl that was so very beautiful that
the king could not cease looking on it for joy,
and determined to hold a great feast. So he in-
vited not only his relations, friends, and neigh-
bours, but also all the fairies, that they might
be kind and good to hislittle daughter. Now
there were thirteen fairies in his kingdom, and
he had only twelve golden dishes for them to
eat out of, so that he was obliged to leave one
of the fairies without an invitation. The rest
came, and after the feast was over they gave
all their best gifts to the little princess: one
gave her virtue, another beauty, another riches,
and so on, till she had all that was excellent
in the world. When eleven had done blessing
her, the thirteenth, who had not been invited,
and was very angry on that account, came in,
and determined to take her revenge. So she
cried out, The king's daughter shall in her
fifteenth year be wounded by, a spindle, and
fall down dead." Then the twelfth, who had
not yet given her gift, came forward and said,
that the bad wish must be fulfilled, but that.
she could soften it, and lhat dti. king's daugh-
ter should not die, but fall asleep for a hun-
SBut the king hoped to save his dear child
from the threatened evil, and ordered that all
the spindles in the kingdom should be bought
up and destroyed. All the fairies' gifts were
in the mean time fulfilled; for the princess was
so beautiful, and well-behaved, and amiable,
and wise, that every one who knew her loved
her. Now it happened that on the very day
she was fifteen years old the king and queen
were not at home, and she was left alone in
the palace. So she roved about by herself, and
looked at all the rooms and chambers, till at
last she came to an old tower, to which there
was a narrow staircase ending with a little
door. In the door there was a golden key, and
when she turned it the door sprang open, and
there sat an old lady spinning away very busily.
"Why, how now, good mother," said t he prin-
cess, what are you doing there?" Spin-
ning," said the old lady, and nodded her head.
"How prettily that little thing turns round!"
said the princess, and took the spindle and be-
gan to spin. But scarcely had she touched it,
-before the prophecy was fulfilled, and she fell
down lifeless on the ground.
However, she was not dead, but had only
fallen into a deep sleep; and the king and the
:queen, wh6 just then came home, and :ill their
court, fell asleep too; and the horses slept in
the stables, and the dogs ini the court, the pi-
geon's on the house-top, and the flies on the
walls.. Even the fire on the hearth left off
blazing, and went to sleep; and the meat.that
was roasting stood still; and the cook, who
was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy
by the hair to give him a box on the ear for
something he had done amiss, let him go, and
both fell asleep; and so every thing stood. still,
and slept soundly..
A large hedge of thorns soon grew round
the palace, and every year it became higher
and tllcki-r, till at last the whole palace was
.surrounded and hid, so that not even the roof
or the chimneys could be seen. But there went
a -report through all the land of the beautiful
sleeping Rose-Bud (for so was the king's
daughter called); so that from time to time
several kings' sons came, and tried to break
through the thicket into the palace. This they
could never do; for the thorns and bushes laid
hold of them as it were with hands, and there
they stuck fast and died miserably.
- After many many years there came a king's
son into that land, and an old man told him
the story of the thicket of thorns, and how a
beautiful palace stood behind it, in which was
a wondrous princess,:called Rose-Bud, asleep
with all her court. He told too, how he had
heard from his grandfather that many many
princes had come, and had tried to break
through the thicket, but had stuck fast and
died. Then the young prince said, All this
shall not frighten me, I will go and see Rose-
Bud." The old man tried to dissuade him,
but he persisted in going.
Now that very day were the hundred years
completed; and as the prince came to the
thicket, he saw nothing but beautiful flowering
shrubs, through which he passed with ease,
and they closed after him as firm as ever.
Then he came at last to the palace, and there
in the court lay the dogs asleep, and the horses
in the stables, and on the roof sat the pigeons
fast asleep with their heads under their wings;
and when he came into the palace, the flies
slept on the walls, and the cook in the kitchen
was still holding up her hand as if she would
beat the boy, and the maid sat with a black
fowl in her hand ready to be plucked.
Then he went on still further, and all was
so still that he could hear every breath he
drew; till at last he came to the old tower
and opened the door of the little room in which
Rose-Bud was, and there she lay fast asleep;
and looked so beautiful that he could not take
his eyes off, and he stooped down and gave
her a kiss. But the moment he kissed her she
opened her eyes and awoke, and smiled upon
him. Then they went out together, and pre-.
sently the king and queen also awoke, and all
the court, and they gazed on each other with
great wonder. And the horses got up and
shook themselves, and the dogs jumped about
and bnrked; the pigeons took their heads from
tipder their wings, and looked about and flew
into the fil kd; the flies on the walls buzzed
away; the fire in the kitchen blazed up and
cooked the dinner, and the ioast meat turned
round again; the cook gave the boy the box
on his ear so that he cried out, and the maid
went on plucking the fowl. And then was the
wedding of the prince and Rose-Bud cele-
brated, and they lived happily together all
their lives long.
THERE was once a poor woodman sitting by
the fire in his cottage, and his wife sat by his
side spinning. "Howlonelyit is," said he, "for
you and me to sit here by ourselves, without
any children to play about and amuse us, while
other people seem so happy and merry with
their children!" What you say is very
true," said the wife, sighing and turning round
her wheel, how happy should I be if I had
but one child! and if it were ever so small,
nay, if it were no bigger than my thunb, I
should be very happy, and love it dearly."
Now it came to pass that this good woman'a
wish was fulfilled just as she desired; for, some
time afterwards, she had a little boy who was
quite healthy and strong, but not much bigger
than my thumb. So they said, Well, we
cannot say we have not got what we wished
for, and, little as he is, we will love him dear-
ly;" and they called him Tom Thumb.
They gave him plenty of food, yet he never
grew bigger, but remained just the same size
as when he as born; still his eyes were sharp
and sparkling, and he soon showed himself to
be a clever little fellow, who always knew well
what he was about. One.day, -as the wood-
man was getting ready to go into the wood to
cut fuel, he said, I wish I had some one .to
bring the cart after me, for I want to make
haste." 0 father!" cried Tom, I will
take care of that; the cart shall be in the wood
by the time you want it." Then the wood-
man laughed, and said, How can' that be?
you cannot reach up to the horse's bridle."
" Never mind that, father," said Tom: if my
mother will only harness the horse, I will get
TOM THUMB. 9
into his ear and tell him which way to go."
" Well," said the father, "we will try for
When the time came, the mother harnessed
the horse to the cart, and put Tom into his
ear; and as he sat there, the little man told
the beast how to go, crying out, Go on,"
and Stop," as he wanted: so the horse went
on just: as if the woodman had driven it him-
self into the wood. It happened that, as the
horse was going a little too fast, and Tom was
calling out Gently! gently!" two strangers
came up. What an odd thing that is!" said
one, there is a cart going along, and I hear
a carter talking to the horse, but can see no
one." "That is strange," said the other; "let
us follow the cart and see,where it goes." So
th1ey went on into the wood, till at last they
came to the place where the woodman was.
,Then Tom Thumb, seeing his father, cried
oat, See, father, here I am, with the cart, all
right and safe; now take me down." So his
afftlier took hold of the horse with one hand,
and with the other took his son out of the ear;
then he put him down upon a straw, where
he sat as merry as you please. The two
strangers were all this time looking on, and did
not know what to say for wonder. At last one
took the other aside and said, That little ur-
chin will make our fortune if we can get him
and carry him about from town to town as a
show: we must buy him." So they went to
the woodman' and asked him what he would
take for the little man: He will be better
off," said they, with us than with you." I
won't sell him at all," said the father; "my
own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all
the silver and gold in the world." But Tom,
1iiaring of the bargain they wanted to make,
crept up his father's coat to his shoulder, and
whispered in his ear, Take the money, fa,
other, and let them have me; I'll soon come
back to you."
So the woodman at last agreed to sell Tom-
to the strangers for a large piece of gold.
" Wielr do you like- to sit?" said one of them.
"Oh! put me on the rim of your hat, that will
be a nice gallery for me; I can walk about
there, and see the country as we go along."
So they did as he wished; and when Tom had
taken leave of his father, they took him away
with them. They journeyed on till it began
to be dusky, and then the little man said, Let
me get down, I'm tired." So the man took
off his hat, and set him down on a clod of earth
in a ploughed field by the side of the road.
But Tom ran about amongst the furrows, and
at last slipt into an old mouse-hole. Good
night, masters," said he, "I'm off! mind and
look sharp after me the next time." They ran
directly to the place, and poked the ends of
their sticks into the mouse-hole, but all in vain;
Tom only crawled further and further in, and
at last it became quite dark, so that they were
Obliged to go their way without their prize, as
sulky as you please.
When Tom found they were gone, he came
out of his hiding-place. What dangerous
walking it is," said he, "in this ploughed field!
If I were to fall from one of these great clods,
I should certainly break my neck." At last,
by good luck, he found a large empty snail-
shell. This is lucky," said he, I can sleep
here very well," and in he crept. Just as he
was falling asleep he heard two men passing,
and one said to the other, How shall we ma-
inage to steal that richparson's silver and gold?"
" I'll tell you," cried Tom. What noise was
that?" said the thief, frightened, am sure I
heard some one speak." They stood still list-
ening, and Tom said, "Take me with you, and
I'll soon show you how to get the parson's
money." But where are you?" said they.
" Look about on the ground," answered he,
"and listen where the sound comes from."
At last the thieves found him out, and lifted
him up in their hands. You little urchin !"
said they, what can you do for us? " Why
I can get between the iron window-bars of the
parson's house, and throw you out whatever
you want." That's a good thought," said
the thieves, come along, we shall see what
you can do." .
When they came to the parson's house,
Tom slipt through the window-bars into.the
room, and then called out as loud as he could
bawl, Will you have all that is here?" At
this the thieves were frightened, and said,
'' Softly, softly! Speak low, that you may not
awaken any body." But Tom pretended not
to understand them, and bawled out again,
" How much will you have? Shall I throw it
all out?" Now the.cook lay in the next room,
and hearing a noise she raised herself in her
bed and listened. Meantime the thieves were
frightened, and ran off to a little distance; but
,,at last they plucked up courage, and said,
"-The little urchin is only trying to make fools
of us." So they came back and whispered
softly to him, saying, Now let us have no
more of your jokes, but throw out some of the
money." Then Tom called out as loud as he
could, Very well: hold your hands, here it
comes." The cook heard this quite plain, so
she sprang out of bed and ran to open the door.
The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their
tails;, and the maid, having groped about and
found nothing, went away for a light. By the
time she returned, Tom had slipt off into the
barn; and when the cook had looked about
*and seairched.every hole and corner, and found
nobody, she went to bed, thinking she must
have been dreaming with her eyes open. The
little man crawled about in the hay-loft, and at
last found a glorious place to finish his night's
(5 TOM THUMB.
rest in; so he laid himself down, meaning to
sleep tillday-light, and then find tlis \\a3y iioIne
to his father and mother., But, alas! how
cruelly was he disappointed! what crosses
and sorrows happen in this world! The cook
got up earlybefore day-break to feed the cows:
she went straight to the hay-loft, and carried
away a large bundle of haj:with the little man
in the middle of it fast asleep. He i;ll, hoiw-
ever, slept on, and did not awake till lie fiund
himself in the mouth of the cow, who had
taken him up with a mouthful of hay: Good
lack-a-day!" said he, how did I manage to
tumble into the mill?" But he soon found out
where he really was, and was obliged to laie
all his wits about him in order that he might
not get between the cow's teeth, and so be
crushed to death. At last down he ment into
her stomach. It is rather dark here," said
he; they forgot to build windows in this
room tolet the sun in: a candle would be no
Though he made the best of his bad luck,
he did not like his quarters at all; and the
worst of it was, that more and more hay wan;
always coming down, and the space in which
he was, became smaller and smaller. At last
he cried out as loud as he could, "Don't bring
me any more hay! Don't bring me any more
hay!" The maid happened to be just then
milking the cow, and hearing some one speak
and seeing nobody, and yet being quite sure it
was the same voice that she had heard in the
night, she was so frightened that she fell off
her stooland overset the milk-pail. She ran
off as fast as she could to her master the par-
son, and said, Sir, sir, the-cow is talking'!"
But the iparson said, "Woman, thou art surely
imad !" However, he went with her into the
cow-house to see what was the matter.-
Scarcely had they set their foot on the thresh-
old, when Tom called out, "Don't bring me
any more hay!" Then the parson himself
was frightened; and thinking the cow was
surely bckwitcheld, ordered that she should be
killed directly. So the cow was killed, and
the stomach, in which Tom lay, was thrown
out upon a dunghill.
Tom soon set himself to work to get out,
which was not a very easy, task; but at last,
just as he had made room to get his head out,
a new misfortune befell him: a hungry wolf
sprang out, and swallowed the whole stomach
with Tom in it at a single gulp, and ran away-
Tom, however, was not disheartened; and,
thinking the wolf would not dislike having
some chat with him as he was going along,
he called out, ,"My gord friend, I can show
you a famous treat." "Where's that?" said
the wolf. In such and such a house," said
Tom, describing his father's house, you
can crawl through the drain into the kitchen.
and there you will find cakes, ham, beef, and
every thing your heart cain desire." The wolf'
did not want to be asked twice; so that very
nighthe went tothe house and crawled th ro ugh
the drain into the kitchen, and ate and drank
there to his heart's content. As soon as he
was satisfied, he wanted to get away, but he
had eaten so much that he could not get out
the same way that he came in. This was just
what Tom had reckoned upon; and he now
began to set up a great shout, making all the
noise he could. Will you be quiet ?" said
the wolf: "you'll awaken every body in the
house." "What's that to me?" said the
little man: "you have had your frolic, now
I've a.mind to be merry myself;" and he be-
gan again singing and .shoutiing as loud as he
The woodman and his wife, being awakened
by thi- noise, peeped through a crack in the
door; but when they saw that the wolf was
there, 3oi may wtll i'uppoe that they were
terribly, frightenedd. and the woodman ran
for his axe, and gave his wife a scythe.-
"' Now do you :stay behind," said the wood-
man; "and when I lave knocked him on the
head, do you rip up his belly for him with
the scythe." Tom heard all this, and said,
SFather,' father! I am here, the wolf has
swallowed me:" and his father said, Heaven
be praised! we have found our dear' child
again;" and he told his wife not to use the
scythe, for feor she should hurt him. Then he
aimed a great blow, and struck the wolf on
the head, and killed him-on the spot; and
when hewva dead tlev cut open his body and
,.set Tommy free. "Ah !" said the father,
" what fears we-have had for you!" "Yes,
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father," answered he, "I have travelled all
over the world, since we parted, in one way or
other; and now I am very glad to get fresh air
again." "'Why, where have you been?"
said his father. I have been in a mouse-
hole, in a snail-shell, down a cow's throat, and
in the wolf's belly; and yet here I am again
safe and sound:" Well," said they, "we
will not sell you again for all the riches in the
world." So they hugged and kissed their dear
little son, and gave him plenty tz eat and
drink, and fetched new clothes for him, for his
old ones were quite spoiled on his journey.
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A CERTAIN nin, who had lost almost all his
money, resolved to set off with the little that
was left him, and travel into the wide world.
Then the first place he came to was a village,
where the young people were running about
crying and shouting. What is the matter?"
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asked he. See here," answered they, "wa
have got a mouse that we make dance to please
us. Do look at him: what a droll sight it is .
how he jumps about!" But the man pitied
the poor little thing, and said, "Let the mouse
go, and I will give you money. So he gave
them some, and took the mouse and let it run;
and it soon jumped into a hole that was close
by, and was out of their reach.
Then he travelled on and came to another
village, and there the children had got an ass
that they made stand on its hind legs, and tum-
ble and cut capers, at which they laughed and
shouted, and gave the poor beast no rest. So
the good man gave them some of his money
to let the poor creature go away in peace.
At the next village he came to, the young
people had found a bear that had been taught
to dance, and they were plaguing the poor
thing sadly. Then he gave them too some
money to let the beast go, and the bear was.
very glad to get on his four feet, and seemed
quite at his ease and happy again.
But now he found that he had given away all.
the money bh had in the world, and had not a
70 THE GRATEFUL BEASTS.
shilling in his pocket. Then said he to himself,
"The king has heaps of gold in his treasury
-that he never uses; I cannot die of hunger, I
hope I shall be forgiven, if I borrow a little,
and when I get rich again I will repay it all."
So he managed to get into the treasury, and
took a very little money; but as he came out
the king's guards saw him, and said he was a
thief, and took, him to the judge, and he was
sentenced to be thrown into the water in a
box. The lid of the box was full of holes to
let in air, and a jug of water and a loaf of
bread were given him.
Whilst he was swimming along in the wa-
ter very sorrowfully, he heard something nib-
bling and biting at the lock; and all of a sud-
den it fell off, the lid flew open, and there stood
his old friend the little mouse, who had done
him this service. And then came the ass and
the bear, and pulled the box ashore; arid all
helped him because he had been kind io them.
But now they did not know what to do next;:
and began to consult together; when on a sud-
den a wave threw on the shore a beautiful white, :
stone that looked like an egg. Then the bear
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said,' That's a lucky thing: this is the won-
derful stone, and whoever has it may have
every thing else that he wishes." So the man
went and picked up the stone, and wished for
a palace and a garden, and a stud of horses;
and his wish was fulfilled as soon as he had
made it. And there he lived in his castle and
garden, with fine stables and horses; and all
was so grand and beautiful, that he never could
wonder and gaze at it enough.
After some time, some merchants passed
by that way. See," said they, what a
princely palace! The last time we were here,
it was nothing but a desert waste." They
were very curious to know how all this had
happened, and went in and asked the master of
the palace how it had been so quickly raised.
I have done nothing myself," answered he,
"it is the wonderful stone that did all."-
What a strange stone that must be!" said
they: then he invited them in and showed it
to them. They asked him whether he would
sell it, and offered him all their goods for it;
and the goods seemed so fine and costly, that
he quite forgot that the stone would bring him
72 THE GRlATEFUL BEASTS.
in a moment a thousand better and richer
things, and he agreed to make the bargain.
Scarcely was the stone, however, out of his
hands before all his riches were gone, and he
found himself sitting in his box in the water,
with his jug of water and loaf of bread by his
side. The grateful beasts, the mouse, the ass,
and the bear, came directly to help him; but
the mouse found she could not nibble off the
lock this time, for it was a great deal stronger
than before. Then the bear said, We must
find the wonderful stone again, or all we can
do will be fruitless."
The merchants, meantime, had taken up
their abode in the palace; so away went the
three friends, and when they came near, the
bear said, "Mouse, go in and look through
the key-hole and see where the stone is kept:
you are small, nobody will see you." The
mouse did as she was told, but soon came
back and said, Bad news! I have looked in,
and the -toni hangs under the looking-glass
by a red silk string, and on each side of it sits
a great cat with fiery eyes to watch it."
Then the others took council together, and
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said, Go back ngaii, and wait till the mas-
ter of the palace is in bed asleep, then nip his
nose and pull his hair." Away went the
mouse, and did as they directed her; and the
niaster jumped up very angry, and rubbed his
nose, and cried, "Those: rascally cats are
good for nothing at all, they let the mice eat
my very nose and pull the hair off my head."
Then.he hunted them out of the room; and
so the mouse had the best of the game.
Next night as sooi as the master was asleep,.-
the mouse crept in again, and nibbled at the
red silken string to which the stone hung, till
down it dropped, and she rolled it along to the
door;'but when it got there, the poor little
mouse was quite tired, and said to the ass,
" Put in your foot, and lift it over the thresh-
old." This was soon done: and they took up
the stone, and set off for the water side. Then
the ass said, How shall we reach the box ?"
"That is. easily managed," answered the
bear: "I can swim very well, and do you, don-
key, put your fore feet over my shoulders ;-,
mind and hold fast, and take the stone in your
mouth: as for you, mouse, you can sit in my
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It was all settled thus, and away they swam.
After time, the bear began to brag and boast:
'" We are brave fellows, are not we, ass ?" said
he; "what do you think?" But the ass held
his tongue, and said not a word. Whli don't
you answer me?" said the bear, '" you must
be an ill-mannered brute not to speak when
you're spoken to." When the ass heard this,
he could hold no longer; so.he opened.his
mouth, and'dropped the wonderful stone. I
could not speak," said he; did not you know
I had the stone in my mouth? now 'tis lost,
and that's your fault." Do but hold your
tongue andbe quiet," said the bear; "and let
us think what's to be done."
Then a council was held: and at last they
called together all the frogs, their wives and
families, relations and friends, and said: "A
great enemy is coming to eat you all up; but
never mind, bring us up plenty of stones, and
we'll build a strorig wall to guard you." The
frogs hearing this were dreadfully frightened,
and set to work, bringing up all the stones they
could find. At last came a large fat f'o-og pull-
ing along the wonderful stone by the silken
string: and when the bear saw it, he jumped
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for joy, and said, "Now we have found what
we wanted." So he released the old frog from
his load, and told him to tell his friends they
might go about their business as soon as they
Then the three friends swam off again for
the box ;and the lid flew open, and they found
that they were but just in time, for the bread
was all eaten, and the jug almost empty. But
as soon as the good man had the stone in his
hand, he wished himself safe and sound in his
palace again; and in a moment there he was,
with his garden and his stables and his horses;
and his three faithful friends dwelt with him,
and tlihe3 ll ~pent their time happily and mer-
rily as long as they lived.
JORINDA AND JORINDEL.
THERE was once an old castle that stood
in the middle of a large thick wood, and in
the castle lived an old fairy. All the day long
she. flew about in the form of an owl, or crept
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about the country like a cat; but at night le
always became an old woman again. When
any youth came, within a hundred paces of ier
castle,. he-became quite fixed, and could not
move a step till she came and set him free:
but when any pretty maiden came within that
distance, she was changed into a bird; and the
fairy put her into a cage and hung her up in a
chamber in the castle. There were seven
'hundred of these cages hanging in the castle,
and all with beautiful birds in them.
Now there was once a maiden whose name
wa4 .Joiind a: she was prettier than all the'pretty
girlsthat evei- er see eeand and A shepherd who e
name was Jorindel was very fond of her, and
they were soon to be .arried. One day they
Sent to walk in the wood, that they might be
alone: and Jorindel said, We must take
care that we don't go too near to the castle."
It was a beautiful evening; the last rays of
the setting sun shone bright through the long
stems of the trees upon the green underwood
beneath, and the turtledoves sang plaintively
from the tall birches.
Jo'inda sat down to gaze upon the sun;
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Jorindel sat by her side; and both felt sad,
they knew not why; but it seemed as.if they
were to be parted from one another for ever.
Theyhadwandered a long way; and when they
looked to see which way they should go home,
they found themselves at a loss to know what
path to take.
The sun was setting fast, and already half
of his circle had disappeared behind the hill:
Jorindelon a sudden looked behind him, and as
he saw through the bushes that they had, with-
out knowing it, sat down close under the old
walls of the 'castle, he shrank for fear, turned
pale, and trembled. .Jorinda was singing,
The ring-dove sang from 'the i- i low -pray,
He mourn'd'for the fate
Of his lovely inate,
The song ceased suddenly y. Jorindel turned
to see the reason, and beheld his Jorinda
changed into-a nightingale; so that her song
ended with a mournful jug, jug. An owl with
fiery eyes flew three times round them, and
three times screamed Tu whau Ti whu Tn
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whu! Jorindel could not move: he stood
fixed as a stone, and could neither weep, nor
speak, nor stir hand or foot. And now the
sun went quite down; the gloomy night came;
the owl flew into a bush; and a moment after
the old fairy came forth pale and meager, with
staring eyes, and a nose and chin that almost.
met one another.
She mumbled something to herself,. seized.
the nightingale, and went away with it in her
hand. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was
gone,-but what could he do? he could not
speak, he could not move from the spot where-
he stood. At last the fairy came back, and
sung with a hoarse voice,
Till the prisoner's fast,
And her doom is cast,
There stay Oh, stay !
When the charm is around her,
And the spell has bound her,
Hie away away !
On a sudden Jorindel found himself free.,
Then he fell on his knees before the fairy, and
prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda:
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but she said he should never see her again,
and .went her way.
He prayed, he wept, he sorrowed, but all in
vain. Alas !" he said, "what will become
He could not return to his own home, so
he went to a strange village, -and employed
himself in keeping sheep. Many a time did
he walk round and round as near to the hated
castle as he dared go. At last he dreamt one
night that he found a beautiful purple flower,
and in the middle of it lay a costly pearl;
and he dreamt that he plucked the flower, and
went with it in his hand into the castle, and
that every thing he touched with it was dis-
enchanted, and that there he found his dear
In the morning when he awoke, he began
to search over hill and dale for this pretty
flower; and eight long days he sought for it in
vain: but on the ninth day early in the morn-
-ing he found the beautiful purple flower; and
in the middle of it was a large dew drop as
big as a costly pearl.
Then he plucked the flower, and set out and
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travelled day and night till he came sgain to
the castle. He walked nearer than a hundred
paces to it, and yet he did not become fixed
as before, but found that he could go close up
to the door.
Jorindel was very glad to see this: he touch-
ed the door with the flower, and it sprang
open, so that he went in through the court,
and listened when he heard so many birds
singing. At last he came to the chamber where
the fairy sat, with the seven hundred birds
i iiiug b in the seven hundred cages. And when
she saw Jorindel she was very angry, and
screamed with rage; but she could not come
*within two yards of him; for the flower he
-held in his hand protected him. He looked
around at the birds, but alas! there were
many many nightingales, and how then should
he find his Jorinda? While he was thinking
what to do, he observed that the fairy had
taken down one of the cages, and was making
her escape through the door. He ran or flew
to her, touched the cage with the flower,-
and his Jorinda stood before him. She threw
her arms round his neck and looked as beau-
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