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AND OTHER TALES
THE BROTHERS GRIMM"
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY E. H. WEHNERT
GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS
LONDON: BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL
NEW YORK: 416 BROOME STREET
THE GRIMM LIBRARY.
With manly Zllustrations, and Coloured Fronlispieces, by
E. H. WEHNERT.
THE THREE BROTHERS.
THE DONKEY CABBAGES.
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED.
THE HOUSE IN THE WOOD.
THE OLD WOMAN IN THE WOOD.
THE GOOSE GIRL.
THE ALMOND TREE.
THE SOARING LARK.
THE SOARING LARK 5
THE GIANT AND THE TAILOR 15
THE TRUE BRIDE .19
THE SPINDLE, THE SHUTTLE, AND THE NEEDLE 30
THE MASTER-THIEF 35
THE ROBBER AND HIS SONS .48
WISE HANS 60
THE DRUMMER 62
THE EARS OF WHEAT 77
THE GRAVE-MOUND 79
OLD RINKRANK .86
THE COUNTRYMAN AND THE EVIL SPIRIT 90
THE BALL OF CRYSTAL. .92
JUNGFRAU MALEEN 97
THE BOOTS MADE OF BUFFALO-LEATHER 106
THE GOLDEN KEY. 112
THE LEGEND OF SAINT JOSEPH IN THE FOREST .113
HUMILITY AND POVERTY LEAD TO HEAVEN. II
THE THREE GREEN TWIGS 121
THE OLD WIDOW 125
THE ROSE 127
THERE was once a man who had to go a very long
journey, and on his departure he asked his three
daughters what he should bring them. The eldest
chose pearls, the second diamonds, but the third said,
"Dear father, I wish for a singing, soaring lark."
The father promised her she should have it if he could
meet with one; and then, kissing all three, he set
When the time came round for his return, he had
bought the pearls and the diamonds for the two elder
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sisters, but the lark he had sought in vain everywhere;
and this grieved him very much, for the youngest
daughter was his dearest child. By chance his road
led through a forest, in the middle of which stood a
noble castle, and near that a tree, upon whose top-
most bough he saw a singing, soaring lark. "Ah!
I happen with you in the very nick of time !" he
exclaimed, and bade his servant climb the tree and
catch the bird. But as soon as he stepped up to the
tree a Lion sprang from behind, shaking his mane,
and roaring so that the leaves upon the branches
trembled. "Who will steal my singing, soaring
lark ?" cried the beast; "I will eat you up "
"I did not know," replied the man, "that the
bird belonged to you; I will repair the intended
injury, and buy myself off with gold; only let me
have my life."
Nothing can save you," said the Lion, "except
you promise me the first person who meets you on
your return home; if you do that, I will give you
not only your life, but also the bird for your
This condition the man refused, saying, "That
might be my youngest daughter, who is dearest to me,
and will most likely run to meet me on my return."
But the servant was anxious, and said, It does not
follow that your daughter will come; it may be a cat
or a dog. At length the man let himself be persuaded
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and, taking the singing, soaring lark, he promised the
Lion whatever should first meet him.
Soon he arrived at home, and on entering his house
the first who greeted him was no other than his dear-
est daughter, who came running up, kissed and em-
braced him, and when she saw the lark in his hand
was almost beside herself with joy. The poor father,
however, could not rejoice, but began to weep, and
said, My dearest child, this bird I have bought very
dear; I was forced to promise you for it to a wild
Lion, and when he gets you he will tear you in pieces
and eat you." Then he told her all that had passed,
and begged her not to go away, let what might be
the consequences. But his daughter consoled him
and said, My dear father, what you have promised
you must perform; I will go and soften the heart
of this Lion, so that I shall soon return to you."
The next morning she had the way shown to her,
and, taking leave, she went boldly into the forest.
But this Lion was an enchanted Prince, who by day
with all his attendants, had the forms of lions, and
by night they resumed their natural human figure.
On her arrival, therefore, the maiden was received
kindly, and led into the castle; and when night came
on, and the Lion took his natural form, the wedding
was celebrated with great splendour. Here they
lived contented with each other, sleeping by day.and
watching by night. One day the Prince said to his
8 The Soaring Lark.
wife, "To-morrow is a feast-day in your father's
house, because your eldest sister is to be married,
and if you wish to go, my lions shall accompany
She replied that she should like very much to see
her father again, and went, accompanied by the lions.
On her arrival there was great rejoicing, for all had
believed that she had been torn in pieces by the lions,
and killed long ago. But she told them what a hand-
some husband she had, and how well she fared, and
stopped with them so long as the wedding lasted;
after which she went back into the forest.
Not many weeks afterwards the second daughter
was to be married, and the youngest was again invited
to the wedding but she said to the Lion, This time
I will not go alone, for you must accompany me."
But the Lion said it would be dangerous for him ;
for should a ray from a burning light touch him, then
he would instantly be changed into a pigeon, and in
that form fly about for seven long years.
"Oh! do go with me!" entreated his bride; "I
will protect you and ward off all light."
So at last they went away together, taking their
little child with them; and the Princess caused a
room to be built, strong and thick, so that no ray
could pierce through, wherein her husband was to sit
when the bridal lights were put up. But the door was
made of green wood, which split and left a little chink
The Soaring Lark. 9
which no one perceived. Now the marriage was per-
formed, but, as the train returned from church with
its multitude of torches and lights passing by the door,
a ray pierced through the chink and fell like a hair
line upon the Prince, who, in the same instant that it
touched him, was changed into a Dove. When, then,
the Princess entered the room she found only a white
Dove, who said to her, "For seven years must I fly
about in the world, but at every seventh mile, I will
let fall a drop of red blood and a white feather, which
shall .show you the way; and, if you follow in their
track, ultimately you may save me."
With these words the Dove flew out of the doors,
and she followed it; and at every seventh mile it let
fall a drop of blood and a feather, which showed her
its path. Thus she travelled further and further over
the world, without looking about or resting, so that
the seven years were at length almost spent; and
the prospect cheered her heart, thinking that so soon
they would be saved; and yet were they far enough
off it. Once while she walked on no feather fell,
and not even a drop of blood, and when she cast her
eyes upwards the Dove had disappeared. Then she
thought to herself, "No man can help you now;" so
she mounted up to the Sun, and asked, Hast thou
seen a white Dove on the wing, for thou shinest into
every chasm and over every peak ?"
"No, I have not seen one," replied the Sun; "but
10 The Soari'zng Lark.
I will give you this little casket; open it if you stand
in need of help."
She thanked the Sun and walked on till evening,
when the Moon shone out, and then she asked it,
" Hast thou seen a white Dove on the wing, for thou
shinest over every field and through every wood all
night long ?"
"No, I have not seen one," replied the Moon;
"but I will give you this egg; break it if ever you
fall into trouble."
She thanked the Moon and walked on till the
North Wind passed by, and she asked again, Hast
thou not seen a white Dove, for thou passes
through all the boughs, and shakest every leaf under
No, I have not seen one," replied the North Wind;
"but I will ask the three other Winds, who may,
perhaps, have seen him you seek."
So the East and West Winds were asked, but they
had seen nothing; but the South Wind said, "I have
seen the white Dove; it has flown to the Red Sea,
where it has again become a Lion, for the seven years
are up; and the Lion stands there in combat with a
caterpillar, who is really an enchanted Princess."
At these words the North Wind said to her, "I
will advise you; go to the Red Sea; on the right
shore thereof stand great reeds; count them, and cut off
the eleventh, and beat the caterpillar therewith. The
The Soaring Lark. 11
Lion will then vanquish it, and both will take again
their human forms. This done, look round, and you
will see the griffin which sits on the Red Sea, and
upon its back leap with your beloved Prince, and the
bird will bear you safely to your home. There, I
give you a nut to let fall when you are in the midst
of the sea; for a large nut-tree will then grow out of
the water, upon which the griffin will rest; and if it
cannot rest there you will then know that it is not
strong enough to carry you over; but if you forget
to let the nut drop, you will both fall into the
So the Princess set out, and found everything as
the North Wind had said. She counted the reeds on
the shore, and cut off the eleventh one, wherewith
she beat the caterpillar till it was conquered by the
lion, and immediately both took their human forms.
But, as soon as the Princess who had been a cater-
pillar regained her nature, she seized the Prince, and
leapt with him on to the back of a griffin, and so
flew away. Thus the poor wanderer was again for-
saken, and sat down to weep, but soon she recovered
herself and said, So far as the wind blows, and so
long as the cock crows, I will travel, until I find my
With this resolve she travelled on further and
further, till she at length arrived at the place where
they had lived together. Here she heard that a
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festival would soon be held, when the marriage of
her husband and the Princess would be performed,
and in her distress she opened the casket which the
Sun had given her, and found a dress in it as glitter-
ing as the Sun himself. She took it out, and, putting
it on, went up to the castle, and everybody, the
Princess included, regarded her with wonderment.
The dress pleased the intended bride so much that
she thought it would make a magnificent bridal gar-
ment, and inquired if it were for sale.
Not for gold or silver," was the reply, "but for
flesh and blood!"
The Princess asked the stranger what she meant,
and she replied, Let me for one night sleep in the
chamber of the bridegroom ?"
To this request the bride would not at first accede,
but for love of the dress she consented, and ordered
her servant to give the Prince a sleeping-draught.
Then when night came the stranger was led into the
room where the Prince was already fast asleep.
There she sat herself down upon the bed, and said,
For seven long years have I followed you, the Sun
and the Moon have I visited and inquired after you,
and at the Red Sea I helped you against the cater-
pillar: will you, then, quite forget me ?"
But the Prince slept so soundly that her words
appeared only like the rushing of the wind through
the fir-trees; and so at daybreak she was conducted
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out of the chamber, and had to give up the golden
dress. Then thinking how little it had helped her,
she became very sad, and going away to a meadow,
sat down there and wept. While she did so she
suddenly bethought herself of the egg which the
Moon had given her, and on cracking it there came
out a hen with twelve chickens : all of gold, which
ran about to peck, and crept under the old hen's
wing, so that nothing in the world could be prettier.
She got up and drove them before her on the
meadow, till the bride saw them out of her window,
and they pleased her so much that she even came down
and asked if they were not for sale. Not for gold
or silver, but for flesh and blood," replied the stranger:
" let me sleep once more in the chamber where the
The bride consented, and would have deceived her
as the night before, but the Prince, on going to bed,
asked the servant what the rustling and murmuring
he had heard the previous night had been caused by.
The servant told him all that had happened, and that
he had given him a sleeping-draught, because a poor
maiden had slept that night in his room, and would
again do so. The Prince bade him pour out the
sleeping-draught, and when the maiden came at
night, and began to tell her sorrowful tale as she had
done before, he recognized the voice of his true wife,
and sprang up, exclaiming, Now am I saved! all
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this has passed to me like a dream, for the strange
Princess has bewitched me, so that I must have for-
gotten everything, had not you been sent at the right
time to deliver me."
Then as quickly as possible they both went out of
the palace, for they were afraid of the father of the
Princess, who was an enchanter. They set them-
selves upon the griffin, who carried them over the
Red Sea, and as soon as they were in the middle of
it, the Princess let drop her nut. Thereupon a great
nut-tree grew up, whereon the bird rested, and then it
carried them straight to their home, where they
found their child grown tall and handsome, and with
him they ever afterwards lived happily to the end of
THE GIANT AND THE TAILOR.
A CERTAIN Tailor, who was a large boaster but
very small performer, took it once into his head
to go and look about him in the world. As soon as he
could, he left his workshop, and travelled away over
hills and valleys, now on this, and now on that; but
still onwards. After he had gone some way, he per-
ceived in the distance a steep mountain, and behind
it a lofty tower, which rose from the midst of a wild
dense forest. "Good gracious cried the Tailor,
" what is this ?" and driven by his curiosity, he went
rapidly towards the place. But he opened his mouth
and eyes wide enough when he got nearer; for the
tower had legs, and sprang in a trice over the steep
16 The Giant and the Tailor.
hill, and stood up a mighty Giant before the Tailor.
"What are you about here, you puny fly-legs?"
asked the Giant in a voice which rumbled on all sides
like thunder. "I am trying to earn a piece of bread
in this forest," whispered the Tailor.
Well, then, it is time you entered my service,"
said the Giant fiercely.
"If it must be so, why not?" said the Tailor,
humbly; "but what will you give me ?" "What
wage shall you have?" repeated the Giant contemp-
tuously; "listen and I will tell you: every year,
three hundred and sixty-five days, and one besides,
if it be leap-year. Is that right ?"
Quite," said the Tailor; but thought to himself,
"one must cut according to his cloth; I will seek to
make myself free very soon."
Go, little rascal, and fetch me a glass of water,"
cried the Giant.
"Why not the whole well, and its spring too?"
said the Tailor, but fetched as he was bid. "What!
the well and its spring too?" bellowed the Giant,
who was rather cowardly and weak, and so began to
be afraid, thinking to himself, "This fellow can do
more than roast apples; he has a heap of courage.
I must take care, o6'i he will be too much of a servant
for me." So, when the Tailor returned with the
water, the Giant sent him to fetch a couple of
bundles of faggots from the forest, and bring them
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home. "Why not the whole forest at one stroke,
every tree, young and old, knotty and smooth?"
asked the Tailor, and went away. "What! the
whole forest, and the well, too, and its spring!"
murmured the frightened Giant in his beard; and he
began to be still more afraid, and believed that the
Tailor was too great a man for him, and not fit for
his servant. However, when the Tailor returned
with his load of faggots, the Giant told him to shoot
two or three wild boars for their supper. Why not
rather a thousand at one shot, and the rest after-
wards ?" cried the boaster. "What, what!" gasped
the cowardly Giant, terribly frightened. Oh, well !
that is enough for to-day, you may go to sleep
The poor Giant, however, was so very much afraid
of the little Tailor, that he could not close his eyes
all the night, but tossed about thinking how to get
rid of his servant, whom he regarded as an enchanter
conspiring against his life. With time comes counsel.
The following morning the Giant and the Dwarf
went together to a marsh where a great many willow-
trees were growing. When they got there the Giant
said, Sit yourself on one of these willow rods,
Tailor ; on my life I only wish to see if you are in a
condition to bend it down."
The boasting Tailor climbed the tree, and perched
himself on a bough, and then, holding his breath, he
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made himself heavy enough thereby to bend the tree
down. Soon, however, he had to take breath again,
and immediately, having been unfortunate enough to
come without his goose in his pocket, the bough flew
up, and to the great joy of the Giant, carried with it
the Tailor so high into the air that he went out of
sight. And whether he has since fallen down again,
or is yet flying about in the air, I am unable to tell
THE TRUE BRIDE.
ONCE upon a time there lived a Girl, young and
pretty, who lost her Mother at an early age,
and her Stepmother behaved very cruelly to her.
Although she sometimes had to do work beyond her
years, she was left to herself, and forced to do,
unpitied, more than her strength would allow. She
could not by any means touch the heart of the
wicked woman, who was always discontented and
unsatisfied. The more industriously she worked the
more was laid upon her, and the Stepmother was
always contriving how to inflict an additional
burden, and make her daughter's life more intoler-
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One day the Stepmother said to the Girl, Here
are twelve pounds of quills for you to strip, and
remember if you are not ready with them by this
evening, you will get a good beating. Do you think
you are to idle all day ?" The poor Girl set to work,
while the tears rolled fast down her cheeks, for she
saw that it was impossible to finish her work by the
time. Every now and then as the heap of feathers
before her increased, she sighed and clasped her
hands, and then, recollecting herself, stripped the
quills quicker than before. Once she put her elbows
on the table, and burying her face in her hands,
exclaimed, "Alas! then, is there nobody on earth
who will pity me ?" As she spoke she heard a soft
voice. reply, Comfort yourself, my child; I am come
to help you." The Girl looked up and saw an Old
Woman standing by her side, who took her hand, and
said to her, "Trust me and tell me what are your
troubles." Encouraged by her kind voice, the Girl
told the Old Woman of her sad life, how one burden
was heaped upon another, until she could make no
end even with the most unremitting labour. She
told her also of the beating promised by her Step-
mother if she did not finish the feathers that evening.
Her tears began to flow again as she concluded her
tale, but the Old Woman said to her, "Dry your
tears and rest yourself while I go on with your
work." The Girl lay down upon a bed and went to
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sleep; and the Old Woman sat down at the table,
and made such short work with her thin fingers that
the twelve pounds of feathers were soon ready.
When the girl awoke she found a great heap of snow-
white feathers before her, and everything in the room
put in order, but the Old Woman had disappeared.
So the Girl thanked God, and waited till evening,
when the Stepmother, coming into the room, was
astonished to see the work finished. Do you not
see, simpleton," she cried, "what one can do when
one is industrious ? But was there nothing else that
you could have begun, instead of sitting there with
your hands in your lap ?" and she went out mutter-
ing, "The Girl can eat more than bread; I must set
her some harder job."
The next morning, accordingly, she called the
Girl and gave her a spoon, saying, Take this, and
empty the pond at the bottom of the garden with it,
and mind, you know what will follow if you have not
finished by the evening." The Girl took the spoon,
and perceived that it had a hole in it, and even if there
had not been, she never could have emptied the pond
in time. However, she fell on her knees by the side
of the water, and began to scoop it out. Soon the
Old Woman appeared again, and as soon as she
heard the cause of the Girl's grief, she said to her,
"Well, never mind; do you go and lay down in yon
thicket, and let me do your work." The Girl did as
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she was bid, and the good Old Woman, when she
was alone, only touched the pond, and immediately
all the water ascended in the form of vapour, and
mingled with the clouds. The pond was then com-
pletely dry, and when the sun set, the Girl awoke,
and saw nothing but the fishes skipping about in the
mud. So she went and told her Stepmother she had
done her work. "You ought to have been ready
long ago," she said pale with rage, and turned away,
to think of some fresh device.
The next morning she said to the Girl, You must
build me a fine palace in yon plain, and get it ready
by the evening," The poor Maiden was terrified
when she heard this, and asked, How can I possibly
complete such a work ?" I will take no refusal,"
screamed the Stepmother; "if you can empty a pond
with a spoon with a hole in it, you can also build a
palace. And I require it done to-day, and should
it be wanting in one kitchen or cellar you will catch
what you well deserve."
So saying, she drove the Girl out-of-doors, who
went on till she came to the valley where the stones
lay piled up; but they were all so heavy that she
could not move the very smallest of them. The
poor Maiden sat down and cried, but hoped still the
good Old Woman would came to her assistance. In
a short time she did make her appearance, and bade
the Maiden go and sleep in the shade while she
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erected the castle for her, in which she told her she
might dwell when she was happy. As soon as the
Old Woman was alone, she touched the stones, and
immediately they raised themselves and formed the
walls as if giants were building. Then the scaffold-
ing raised itself, and it seemed as if countless hands
were laying stone upon stone. The tiles were laid
on in order on the roofs by invisible hands, and by
noonday, a large weathercock, in the shape of a
figure with a turning wand, appeared on the summit
of the tower. The interior of the castle was also
completed by the evening,-how the Old Woman
did it, I know not,-but the walls of the various
rooms were hung with silk and velvet, and highly
ornamented chairs were also placed in them, and
richly-carved armchairs by marble tables, while
crystal chandeliers hung in the halls, and mirrored
themselves in the smooth walls ; green parrots also
were there in golden cages, and many other peculiar
birds, which sang charmingly; and about everything
there was a magnificence as if a king were to inhabit
The sun was just about to sink when the Maiden
awoke and perceived the light of a thousand lamps
shining from the castle. With hasty steps she
entered it through the open door, passing up a flight
of steps covered with red cloth, and adorned with
flowers on the gilt balustrade. As soon as she
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entered the room, and saw its magnificence, she stood
aghast; and how long she might have remained so
I know not, had she not thought of her Stepmother.
"Ah!" said she to herself, "perhaps if she were
established' here she would be contented, and harass
me no more." With this thought she ran to her
Stepmother and pointed to the finished palace. "I
will go and see it," said she, and hastened off; but as
soon as sh 'entered the hall she was forced to cover
her eyes for fear of being blinded by the glare of the
You see, now," she said to the Maiden, "how easily
it is done; I wish I had set you something harder to
do !" and then, going into every room, she peered
about in all corners to find out something that was
wanting, but she could not. "Now we will go up-
stairs," said she, with an envious look at the Maiden;
" I must also inspect the kitchens and cellars, and if
there is anything forgotten, you shall suffer for it."
There was the fire, however, burning on the hearth,
the meat cooking in the pots, nippers and scales
hanging on the wall, and the bright copper utensils
ranged in rows. Nothing was wanting, not even the
coal-scuttle or the water-pails "Where is the door
to the cellar ?" exclaimed the old woman, after she
had looked all round. "I warn you; you will catch
it, if it is not well filled with wine-casks !" So say-
ing, she raised the trap-door herself and went down
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the steps; but before she got down very far the
heavy door fell upon her. The Maiden heard a cry,
and raised the door up as quickly as she could to
render assistance, but before she reached the bottom
of the stairs, she found the old woman lying dead
upon them. The noble castle belonged now to the
Maiden, who dwelt there all alone, and felt quite
bewildered with her good fortune. For in every
closet the most beautiful dresses were hung upon the
walls, with their trains powdered with gold and
silver, or with pearls and precious stones; and,
moreover, she had not a wish which was not im-
mediately fulfilled. Soon the fame of her beauty and
riches went abroad through the whole world, and
every day suitors introduced themselves to her
presence, but none of them pleased her. At length,
however, came a young Prince, who touched her
heart, and to whom she betrothed herself. Now, in
the castle garden stood a green, linden-tree, under
which they were one day sitting engaged in conversa-
tion. "I will go home and obtain my father's
consent to our marriage," said the young Prince to
his companion; "wait here for me under this tree,
for I shall be back in a few hours." The Maiden
kissed him first on his left cheek, and said, "Keep
true to me, and let nobody kiss you on this cheek,
till you return. I will wait for you here."
So she remained under the tree until the sun went
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down, but the Prince did not return; and although
she waited three days afterwards, from morning till
evening, he came not. When the fourth day passed
with the same result, the Maiden thought that some
misfortune had fallen upon him, and she resolved to
go out and search for him till she found him. So
she packed up three of her most beautiful dresses;
the one powdered with stars of gold, the second with
silver moons, and the third with golden suns; she
took also a handful of jewels in a handkerchief, and,
thus furnished, began her travels. At every place
she came to she inquired after her betrothed lover,
but nobody had seen him or knew him. So she
wandered on, far and wide, over the world, but with
no result; and at last, in despair, she hired herself to
a farmer as a Shepherdess, and concealed her clothes
and jewels under a stone.
Thus she lived for a couple of years, tending her
flocks in sadness, and ever thinking of her beloved
Prince. At this time she possessed a calf, which
would feed out of her hands, and if she said to it the
following rhyme, it would kneel down while she
Little calf, little calf, kneel you down,
Forget not your Mistress, deary !
Like the King's son, who his sweetheart left
Under the linden dreary."
When two years had passed, a report was spread
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everywhere, that the King's daughter was about to
be married. Now, the road to the city passed
through the village where the Maiden dwelt, and so
it happened that one day as she was watching her
flocks, the Bridegroom of the Princess passed by.
He was sitting proudly upon his horse and did not
observe the Shepherdess, who recognized him at
once as her former lover. The shock was, as it were,
like a sharp knife thrust into her heart. "Alas!"
she cried, I thought he was true to me, but he has,
indeed, forgotten me."
The next day he rode by her again: as he passed
Little calf, little calf, kneel you down,
Forget not your Mistress, deary !
Like the Iing's son, who his sweetheart left
Under the linden dreary."
The Prince looked round when he heard the voice,
and stopped his horse. He looked earnestly at the
face of the Shepherdess, and pressed his hand to his
forehead, as if trying to recollect something; but in
a minute or two, he rode on and disappeared.
"Alas! alas !" cried the Maiden, "he knows me no
Soon after this occurrence, a great festival of three
days' duration was appointed to be held at the royal
court, and all the King's subjects were invited to it.
" Now I will make a last trial," thought the Maiden;
28 The True Bride.
and on the evening of the first day she went to the
stone under which she had buried her treasures. She
drew out the dress adorned with the golden suns, and
putting it on, bedecked herself also with the jewels.
Her hair, which till now she had hidden under a cap,
she allowed to fall down in its natural curls, and, thus
apparelled, she went to the city unperceived in the
dusky twilight. As soon, however, as she entered
the well-lighted ball-room, all were struck with her
beauty, but nobody knew who she was. The Prince
went up to her, but did not recognize her; and after
he had danced with her, her manners so enchanted
him, that he altogether slighted the other bride. As
soon as the ball was over, she disappeared in the
crowd, and, hastening back to the village, put on her
shepherd's dress before the day broke.
The second evening she took out the dress with
the silver moons, and adorned her hair with a cres-
cent of precious stones. As soon as she appeared in
the ball-room all eyes were turned on her, and the
Prince, intoxicated with love, danced with her alone,
quite forgetful of any other person. Before she went
away, he made her promise to come again on the
When she thus appeared for the third time, she
wore her star dress, which glittered with every step
she took, not to mention her girdle and head-dress,
which were stars of diamonds. The Prince took her
The True Bride. 29
arm as soon as she entered the room, and asked her
whom she was, "For," said he, "it seems to me as if
I had known you before."
Have you forgotten what I did when you parted
from me ?" asked the Maiden, at the same time
kissing him on his left cheek. As soon as she did
this, a mist, as it were, fell from his eyes, and he
recognized his true Bride. Come," he said, "I
must remain here no longer;" and taking her by the
hand, he led her out to his carriage. As if the wind
were pulling, the horses galloped to the wonderful
castle, whose windows were already lighted up, and
shone to a long distance. As the carriage passed
beneath the linden-tree, innumerable glow-worms
swarmed among the boughs, so that the leaves were
shaken and sent down their fragrance. On the castle
steps bloomed the flowers, and from the aviaries
came the songs of many rare birds; but in the hall
the whole court stood assembled, and the priests to
celebrate the marriage of the young Prince and the
THE SPINDLE, THE SHUTTLE, AND THE
THERE was once upon a time a little Girl whose
father and mother died when she was quite
young. At the end of the village where she lived,
her Godmother dwelt in a small cottage, maintain-
ing herself by spinning, weaving, and sewing, and she
took the poor child to maintain, teaching her to work
and educating her piously. Just when the girl had
reached the age of fifteen, the Godmother fell ill,
and calling her to her bedside said to her, My dear
daughter, I feel my end approaching. I leave you
this cottage, where you will be protected from wind
and weather, and also this Spindle, Shuttle, and
Needle, with which you may earn your living."
The Spindle, SjZttle, and Needle. 31
With these words she laid her hands on the Girl's
head and blessed her, saying, "So long as you
remember God, everything will prosper with you."
Soon afterwards the good Godmother closed her eyes
in death, and when she was carried to the grave, the
poor Maiden followed the coffin, weeping bitterly, to
pay her the last respect.
The little Girl now lived alone in her cottage,
industriously spinning, weaving, and sewing, and
upon everything that she did rested the blessing of
God. It seemed as if the flax in her room in-
creased by itself; and when she wove a piece of
cloth or tapestry, or hemmed a shirt, she always
found a purchaser readily, who paid her so hand-
somely, that she had enough for herself and could
spare a little for others who were poorer.
Now about this time the Son of the King of this
country was looking about him for a bride, and as he
was not allowed to marry a poor wife, he would not
have a rich one. So he said, "She shall be my bride
who is at once the richest and the poorest." When
he came to the village where the Maiden dwelt, he
asked, as was his custom, who was the richest and
poorest maiden in the place. The people first named
the richest, and then told him that the poorest was
the Maiden who dwelt in the cottage at the end of
the village. The young Prince therefore went first
to the rich Maiden, and found her sitting before her
32 The S zindle, Shutlle, and Needle.
door in full dress: but as soon as she saw him ap-
proaching, she got up and made him a very low
curtsey. He looked at her once, and then, without
speaking a word, rode away to the house of the poor
Maiden, whom he found not standing at the door,
but sitting in her kitchen. He stopped his horse,
and, looking through the window into the kitchen,
perceived how brightly the sun shone into it, and
how industriously the girl herself was engaged at
her Spinning-wheel. She looked up, but as soon as
she saw the Prince peeping at her, she blushed as
red as a rose, and looked down again, industriously
turning her wheel round. Whether the thread just
then was quite even or not, I know not, but she spun
on till the Prince rode away. Then she stepped to
the window and opened it, saying, It is so hot in
this kitchen!" but she remained at the window look-
ing out as long as she could see the white feathers
upon the Prince's hat.
After this she sat down again to her work, and
presently a sentence came into her head which her
Godmother had often repeated whilst she was work-
ing. She sang:-
Spindle, Spindle, out with you,
And bring a wooer home."
Scarcely had she spoken the words when the
Spindle sprang from her hands and out of the door,
The Spindle, SihA lle, and Needle. 33
and as she sprang up and looked after it, she saw it
merrily dancing along over the field, leaving a golden
thread behind it. In a short time it was out of
sight, and then the Maiden, having no other Spindle,
took the Shuttle in her hand and began to weave.
Meanwhile the Spindle still danced on, and as the
thread came to an end it reached the King's son.
"What do I see ?" exclaimed he; "the Spindle
showing me the way?" and turning his horse's head
round, he rode back guided by the golden thread.
At the same time the Girl sitting at work, sang:-
Shuttle, Shuttle, out with you,
And bring a wooer home."
Immediately it sprang out of her hands and
through the door, before which it began to weave a
carpet more beautiful than was ever before seen. On
both borders were represented roses and liliesblooming
and in the middle, on the golden ground, green vine-
branches; hares and rabbits, too, were represented
jumping about, and fawns and does rubbing their
heads against trees, on whose boughs were sitting
pretty birds, who wanted nothing but the gift of
song. And all this pattern the Shuttle wove so
quickly that it seemed to grow by itself.
But, because the Shuttle had run away, the Maiden
sat down to her sewing; and while she stitched her
work she sang:-
34 The Spindle, Shttle, and Needle.
Needle, Needle, sharp and fine,
Fit the house for wooer mine."
As soon as she had said this, the Needle flew out of
her fingers, and sprang all about the room like a flash
of lightning. It seemed as if invisible spirits were
at work, for in a few minutes the table and bench
were covered with green cloths, the chairs with
velvet, and on the walls were hung silken curtains.
And scarcely had the Needle put the last stitch to
them when the Maiden saw through the window the
white feathers on the hat of the Prince, who was
coming towards her cottage drawn by the golden
thread of the Spindle. As soon as he approached
the door he dismounted, and walked upon the carpet
into the cottage, and as soon as he entered the room
there stood the Maiden in her shabby clothes glowing
like a rose in a bush.
You are the poorest, and yet the richest, Maiden,"
said the Prince to her ; "come with me, and you
shall be my Bride."
She said nothing, but held out her hand, which
the Prince took, and giving her a kiss, he led her out
of the cottage and seated her behind him on his
horse. He took her to the King's castle, where the
wedding was performed with great magnificence, and
afterwards the Spindle, the Shuttle, and the Needle,
were placed in the treasure-chamber and held in
AN old man and his Wife were, many years ago,
sitting one day before their miserable hut,
resting for a while from their work. All at once a
handsome carriage, drawn by four black steeds, drew
up at the door, and out of it stepped a well-dressed
Man. The Peasant got up and asked the seeming
Lord what he wanted, and how he could serve him.
The stranger offering his hand to the Peasant, said,
"I desire nothing more than to enjoy a homely
repast with you. Cook some potatoes in your usual
fashion, and when they are ready I will sit down at
your table and eat them."
The Peasant laughed, and replied, "You are some
36 The Master-Thief
Count, or Prince, or perhaps some Archduke; dis-
tinguished Lords like you have often such fancies;
but your will shall be done."
The Peasant's Wife thereupon went into the
kitchen, and began to wash the potatoes, peel
them, and make them into dumplings, as they were
used to prepare them. While she thus proceeded
with her work, the Peasant invited the Lord to come
and look round his garden, which yet yielded a little
produce. Now, in the garden he had dug holes, in
order to set trees.
"Have you no children to help you in your
work ? asked the Stranger.
"No!" replied the Peasant; "but I once had a
son, but he wandered out into the world a long
while ago. He was a wild youth, and very spirited,
and so, instead of learning anything, he was always
up to some tricks ; at last he ran away from me, and
I have heard nothing of him since."
As the Man spoke he took a young tree, and
placing it in one of the holes, planted a pole beside
it. Then, as he filled in the soil, and pressed it
down, he tied the stem at the bottom, middle, and
top to the pole, with a straw band.
"But tell me," suddenly said the Stranger, why
do you not bind the crooked, knotty stem, in yon
corner, which is almost bent to the ground, likewise
to a pole that it may grow straight ? "
The Master- Thief. 37
"My Lord," replied the Peasant, with a laugh," you
talk as you know; one may easily see that you
understand nothing of gardening. Yon tree is old
and knotted by age, and nobody could make it
straight again. Trees should be trained while they
are young." "So it is with your son," said the
Stranger; "had you trained him when he was young
in right ways, he would not have run away; now,
he will also grow hardened and knotted."
"Truly, it is long since he went away," replied the
Old Man, "but perhaps he is changed."
"Would you know him again if he came back ?"
asked the Stranger abruptly.
"Not by his face, indeed," replied the Peasant;
"but he has a mark upon him, a mole upon his
shoulder as large as a bean."
At these words the Stranger drew off his coat,
and, baring his shoulder, showed his father the mole.
"You are indeed my son," said the old Man, and
all his love returned for his child; "but yet, how
can you be my son ? you have become a great Lord,
rolling in riches and abundance ; by what path have
you arrived at this ? "
"Alas! my Father," replied the Son, "the young
tree was bound to no pole, and grew crooked ; now
is it too old to become straight again. How have I
gained this, you ask; I have been a Thief. But do
not be frightened; I am a Master-Thief. Neither
38 The Master-Thief.
locks nor bolts avail against me; whatever I wish
for is mine. Think not that I steal like a common
thief; no, I only take from the abundance of the
rich. The poor are safe, for I rather give to them
than take from them. So also'I touch not what I
can obtain without craft or skill."
"Alas! my son," replied the old Man, "I can
have no pleasure in this; a thief is a thief, whether
clever or not, and, I warn you, comes not to any good
end." So saying, he led him to his mother, and
when she heard that he was her son, she wept for
joy, but when she was also told that he had become
a thief, two rivers, as it were, of tears flowed from
her eyes. At length she said, He is still my son,
although become a Master-Thief, and mine eyes have
seen him once more.
The three then sat down to table, and he ate again
with his parents the coarse fare which he had not
tasted for so long. During the meal the old Peasant
said to his son, "If our master, the Count of the
castle above there, knew who you were, and what
you were doing, he would not, methinks, take you in
his arms and rock you, as he once did, at your
christening; he would rather cause you to be hung
on the gallows."
Do not be afraid, my dear Father, he will do
nothing to .me; I understand my trade too well.
To-day even I will go to him."
The Master- Tief. 39
So when it was evening, the Master-Thief got into
his carriage and drove to the castle, where the Count
received him with courtesy, because he took him for
some noble personage. But when the Stranger dis-
closed his real character, the Count turned pale, and
sat in silence for some time. At last he said,
" Since you are my godson, I will forego justice for
mercy, and show forbearance to you. But because
you profess to be a Master-Thief, I will put your
art to the proof, and if then you fail, you must keep
your wedding with the hangman's daughter, and the
cawing of the rooks shall be the music to cele-
My lord Count," replied the Master-Thief, "think
of three as difficult tasks as you can, and if I do not
fulfil my pretensions, do with me as you will."
The Count considered for some minutes, and then
said, "For the first task you shall steal out of its
stable my favourite horse; for the second you shall
take away from my wife and me, when we are asleep,
the counterpane under which we lie, without our
knowledge, and also the ring off my wife's finger.
For the third and last task, you shall steal out of the
church the parson and the clerk. Now mark all
this well, for your neck depends upon its due per-
Thereupon the Master-Thief went to the nearest
town, and there purchased the old clothes of a
40 The Master- Thief
country-wife, and put them on. Then he dyed his
face a deep brown, and fashioned wrinkles on it so
that nobody could have recognized him. Lastly, he
filled a small cask with old Hungary wine, in which he
mixed a powerful sleeping drug. Then, laying the
cask in a basket which he carried upon his shoulder,
he walked with wavering and tottering steps to the
castle of the Count. It was quite dark when he
arrived there, and so, sitting down upon a stone in
the courtyard, he began to cough like an asthmatic
old woman, and rubbed his hands together as if they
were cold. Now, before the door of the stables,
soldiers were lying round a fire, and one of them
remarking the old Woman, called to her to come
nearer and warm herself. The seeming old Woman
tottered up to the group, and taking her basket from
her head, sat down near them. "What have you
got in your basket, old Woman ?" cried one. "A
good taste of wine," she replied ; "I maintain my-
self by trading with it; for some money and your
fair words I will give you a glassful." Come along,
then," returned the Soldier; but as soon as he had
drunk what was given him, he said, "Ah this wine
is very good; I would rather have two glasses than
one and so he took a second glass, and then his
comrades followed his example.
"Holloa, there!" exclaimed one of the soldiers to
another inside the stable, "here is an old Woman
The Master-Thief. 41
with some wine so good, that it will warm your chest
more than all the fire." As he spoke she carried her
cask into the stable, and saw there three Soldiers;
one of whom sat on the saddled horse. Another
had the bridle in his hand, and a third held on by
the tail. The old Woman served out to them the
wine as long as it lasted, and then its effects began
to show themselves. He who held the bridle let it
drop from his hand, and, sinking to the ground, soon
began to snore; the other let go the tail and fell
asleep, snoring louder than the other; and the
soldier who was sitting on the horse bent his head
upon its neck, and so fell asleep, and snored like the
noise of a smith's bellows. The Soldiers outside,
also, had long before fallen asleep, and were lying
motionless as stones round their fire. When the
Master-Thief saw himself so favoured, he gave to
him who held the bridle a rope in his hand, and to
the other who held the tail a wisp of straw; but
what to do with him who sat upon the horse's back
puzzled him. He could not throw him off, for that
would have awakened him, and he would have called
for help, so he was obliged to adopt a stratagem.
He unbuckled the saddle girths, and knotted fast to
the saddle a couple of ropes, which passed through
rings in the wall. This done, he drew the sleeping
rider, saddle and all, up in the air, and then made
the ropes secure to the posts of the stable. He next
42 The Master- Thief.
unchained the horse, but before he led him over the
stone floor of the yard, he wrapped his hoofs round
with old rags, so that they might not make any
noise-which could awaken the watchers. Then he
led his prize out cautiously, and swinging himself
upon his back rode off in haste.
As soon as the day broke, the Master-Thief
returned to the castle, mounted on the stolen steed.
The Count was up already, and looking out of his
"Good morning, sir Count," said the Thief; "here
is your horse, which I have luckily taken from his
stable. Look around, and see your soldiers lying
in the yard fast asleep; and if you go into the
stable you will find them equally well occupied
The Count was forced to laugh, and said, "Well,
for once you have succeeded ; but this second time
you will not come off so easily. And, I warn you,
if you meet me as a Thief, I shall treat you as a
By-and-by night came, and the Countess went to
bed, with her wedding ring held fast in her closed
hand. All the doors are locked and bolted," said
the Count, "and I shall keep avwake and watch for
this Thief, that, if he makes his appearance at the
window, I may shoot him."
The Master-Thief, however, went in the dark to
The 1Mfster- Tief. 43
the gallows, and cutting down from the rope a poor
criminal who been hung there that day, carried him
on his back to the castle. There he placed a ladder
up to the sleeping-chamber of the Count, and hoist-
ing the dead man upon his shoulders, began to
mount. As soon as he had got so high that the head
of the dead man was on a level with the window, the
Count, concealed by the curtain, pointed a pistol at
it and fired. Immediately the Master-Thief pitched
the corpse over, and then, rapidly descending the
ladder, concealed himself in a corner. The night
was bright, with a clear moonshine, and the Master-
Thief plainly saw the Count descend the ladder, and
bear the dead man away into the garden, where he
began to dig a hole in which to bury him. "Now is
the lucky moment! said the Thief to himself; and
slipping from his hiding-place, he ran up the ladder,
and entered the sleeping-room. Dear wife," he
began, imitating the Count's voice, "the Thief is
dead, but he is nevertheless my godson, and more of
a rogue than a criminal; I do not wish, therefore, to
put his family to shame, for I pity his poor parents.
I wish, therefore, before daybreak, to bury him in
the garden, that the affair may be kept quiet. Give
me the bed-covering, that I may wrap his body in it,
and bury him decently."
The Countess gave him the counterpane readily,
and as she did so, the Thief continued, Do you know,
44 The Master- Thief.
I have a fit of magnanimity; give me your ring;
since this unfortunate fellow has perilled his life for
it, I will bury it with him."
The Countess did not wish to disoblige the Count,
and so, drawing off her ring, though unwillingly, she
handed it to him. Thereupon the Thief made off
with both his prizes, and luckily reached his home
before the Count had finished his grave-digging.
You may fancy what a long face the Count pulled
the next morning when the Master-Thief brought him
the bed covering and the ring. "Are you a wizard ?'
he said to him. "Who has fetched you out of the
grave, in which I myself laid you, and who has brought
you to life again ?"
"You did not bury me," replied the Thief, "but a
poor criminal from the gallows;" and then he related
circumstantially all that had occurred, so that the
Count was compelled to believe that he was a clever
and crafty fellow.
But your tasks are not ended yet," said the
Count; you have still the third to do, and if you
do not manage that all your former work will be use-
The Master-Thief laughed, but made no answer;
and when night came he went to the village-church
with a long sack on his back, a bundle under his arm,
and a lantern in his hand. In the sack he had some
crabs, and in the bundle some short wax-lights,
The Master- Thief. 45
When he got into the churchyard he stopped and
took a crab from his sack, and fixing one of his wax-
lights upon its back he placed it on the ground and
made it crawl about. Then he took out a second,
and a third, and so on, till he had emptied the sack.
After that he put on a long black cloak, like a monk's
gown, and fastened a grey beard with wax to his
chin. Then, being thus completely disguised, he
took the sack in which the crabs had been, and
going to the church, proceeded up the chancel. At
the same moment the steeple-clock struck twelve,
and as soon as the last stroke had rung, the Master-
Thief began to cry with a clear, loud voice, Hear,
all you sinners hear, hear! the end of the world is
come, the eternal day is near; hear, hear Whoever
will go to heaven with me, let him creep into this
sack. I am Peter, who opens and shuts the gate of
heaven. See out there in the churchyard the dead
wandering about, collecting their bones together.
Come, come, come, and creep into the sack, for the
world passes away."
His words resounded through the whole village;
but the Parson and Clerk, who lived close to the
Church, first understood what he said ; and when
they perceived the lights wandering about in the
churchyard, they believed that something uncommon
was happening, and went into the church. They
listened for a while to the preacher; and at length
46 The Aiaster- Thief.
the Clerk nudged the Parson, and said to him, It
would not be a bad plan if we made use of this oppor-
tunity, before the dawning of the eternal day, to get
to heaven in an easy way."
"Oh, certainly!" replied the Parson, ."that is
exactly what I think; if you desire it, we will forth-
with enter on the journey."
"Yes !" said the Clerk; "but you have the prece-
dence, Mr. Parson; I will follow you."
So the Parson mounted the chancel steps, and
crept into the sack, which the Master-Thief held
open, closely followed by the Clerk. Immediately
the Thief drew the neck of the sack tight, and, swing-
ing it round, dragged it down the steps, and so often
as the heads of the poor fellows in it knocked against
the floor, he cried to them, Ah, now we are going
over the mountains !" When they were out of the
church he dragged them in the same manner through
the village, and called the puddles which the sack
went into "the clouds." By-and-by they came to
the castle, and as he dragged the sack up the steps
he named them as those which led to the gate of
heaven, and said he, "We shall soon be in the
entrance-court now." As soon as he got to the top,
he pushed the sack into the dove-cote; and when the
doves fluttered about he told the Parson and the
Clerk to listen to the angels fluttering their wings.
Then he pushed the bolt to and went away.
The Malster- Tief. 47
The next morning the Master-Thief presented
himself before the Count, and told him that he had
performed the third task, and drawn the Parson and
Clerk out of the church. Where have you left
them then?" asked the Count.
"They are lying in a sack in the dove-cote," said
the Thief, "and fancy themselves in heaven."
The Count went himself and saw that the Thief had
spoken the truth; but he freed the poor men from
their imprisonment. After he had done so he said to
the Thief, You are indeed an arch thief, and have
won your wager. For this time you may escape with
a whole skin, but take care to keep away from my
provinces ; for if you venture again into my power,
you shall be elevated on the gallows."
The Master-Thief then took his leave; and after
he had said good-bye to his parents, he went away to
a distant country, and nobody has seen or heard of
THE ROBBER AND HIS SONS.
ONCE upon a time there lived in a large forest a
Robber and his band, who concealed themselves
in caves and clefts of rocks; and when any princes,
nobles, or rich merchants, passed near them, they
started out and robbed them of their money and
other property. But in course of time the head
Robber grew old ; and then he took an aversion to
his employment, and repented of the many bad
actions he had done. He determined, therefore, to
lead a better life, like an honest man, doing good
wherever he could. People wondered to see him
change so quickly, but they were nevertheless glad of
it. Now, he had three Sons, whom, when they had
The Robber and His Sons. 49
grown up, he called to him, and bade them choose
what trade or profession theywould be, that theymight
earn their living honestly. The Sons consulted with
one another, and then answered, The apple falls not
far from its tree ; we will maintain ourselves as you
did, we will become Robbers. A business whereat
we must work from morning till night, and yet earn
a scanty living and little gains, does not please us at
"Alas! my dear children," replied the Father,
"why will you not live quietly, and be content with
little ? Honest gains last the longest. Robbery is a
wicked and godless trade, which leads to bad end-
ings; in the riches which you may acquire, you will
have no peace, for that I know from my own experi-
ence. I tell you again it has an evil ending; the
jug is taken once too often to the well, and gets
broken ; you will be caught at last and hung on the
His Sons, however, paid no attention to his warn-
ings, but remained unconvinced. So the three youths
resolved to make a trial, and because they knew that
the Queen had a fine horse of great value in her
stables, they determined to steal it. They were aware
that the horse ate no other fodder than a tender kind
of grass, which grew in a certain marshy wood.
Thither they went and cut some of this grass, which
they made into a large bundle, and in the middle
50 The Robber and Hi-s Sons.
thereof the two elder brothers hid the younger so
cleverly, that he could not be seen. This bundle they
carried to the market, and the Queen's stable-keeper
purchased it, caused it to be carried to the stable of
the horse, and there thrown down. As soon as mid-
night came, and everybody was fast asleep, the boy
made his way out of the bundle of grass, and, untying
the horse, bridled it with its golden bridle, and laid
across it the cloth picked out with gold, which formed
the saddle, and the bells which hung from it he
stopped with wax, that they might not make any
sound. This done he opened the stable door and
rode away in great haste back to his brothers. The
watchmen in the town, however, remarked the thief
and pursued him ; and catching him, together with his
brothers, they took all three prisoners, and carried
them off to gaol.
The next morning they were taken before the
Queen, and when she saw how young they were, she
made inquiries about their parentage, and learnt that
they were the three sons of an old Robber, who had
changed his mode of life, and was now living an
obedient subject. She caused them to be taken back
to prison, and asked the Father if he would release
his Sons. The Old Man said, "My Sons are not
worthy of a penny being spent to release them."
You are a well-known and notable Robber,"
replied the Queen to him; tell me the most remark-
T/e Robber and His Sons. 5
able adventure which you have met with in your life,
and I will release your Sons."
Thus bidden, the old Robber replied, "My lady
Queen, hear my tale of an occurrence which fright-
ened me more than fire or water. While travelling
about, I learnt that in a wild wooded ravine between
two hills, twenty miles distant from any human habita-
tion, there dwelt a Giant in possession of an immense
treasure of many thousand pieces of gold and silver.
So I selected for my companions as many as a
hundred men, and we set out together to the place.
It was a long and toilsome road- among rocks and
precipices, and when we came to the spot, to our
great joy we did not find the Giant at home, so we
took as much as we could carry of the gold and
silver. Just as were making our way home with this
treasure, and fancied ourselves quite safe, we were
unawares surrounded and taken prisoners by the
Giant, who was accompanied by nine others. They
divided us amongst them, each taking ten, and I with
nine others fell to the lot of the Giant from whom we
had taken the treasure. He bound our hands behind
our backs and carried us like sheep to a rocky cave,
and when we offered to ransom ourselves with money
or property, he replied, 'I do not want your treasures ;
I shall keep you and devour you, for that is what I
reckon upon.' So saying, he felt of us all, and,
singling out one, said, 'This is the fattest of you all,
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and I will make a beginning with him.' Then he
struck him down, and putting his flesh in morsels
into a kettle full of water, he set it on the fire till it
was boiled through, and afterwards made his meal of
it. Thus every day he devoured one of us, and
because I was the leanest, I was the last. So when
my nine companions were devoured, I bethought
myself of a stratagem to escape my turn, and at
length I said to the Giant, 'I see you have bad eyes,
and suffer with pain in your face; I am a physician,
and well experienced in my profession, and therefore
if you will spare my life, I will heal your eyes.'
"He promised me my life if I were able to do
what I said, and gave me everything that I asked
for. I put oil in a vessel and mixed it with sulphur,
pitch, salt, arsenic, and other destructive ingredients,
and then I put it over the fire, as if I were preparing
a plaster for his eyes. As soon then as the oil boiled
I caused the Giant to lie down, and I then poured
over his eyes, head, and body, the whole contents of
the vessel, so that he fully lost his sight, and the
whole skin of his body was blistered and burnt.
With a fearful howl he jumped up, threw himself
then on the ground again, and wallowed here and
there, uttering dreadful cries, and roaring like a bull
or lion. Then again, springing up in his rage, he
caught up a large club which was lying on the
ground, and ran all over the cave striking now
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against the floor and then on the walls, thinking
each time to hit me. I could not escape, for the
cave was everywhere surrounded with high walls,
and the doors were closed with iron bolts. I jumped
from one corner to the other, and at last, because I
knew not what else to do, I mounted by a ladder to
the roof and hung thereon by both hands. There I
remained a day and a night, and then, because I
could bear it no longer, I climbed down again and
mixed with the sheep. There I was obliged to be
very active and always run between the Giant's legs
with the flock that he might not notice me. At
length, I found in one corner of the sheepfold a
ram's skin, and managed to draw it on so well that
the beast's horns came where my head was. Now
the Giant was accustomed 'when the sheep were
going to the meadows to make them run between his
legs, by which means he counted them, and also
picked out the fattest one, whom he caught and
cooked for his dinner. On this occasion I thought
I should easily escape by pressing through his legs
as the sheep did ; but he caught me, and finding me
heavy, said, 'You are fat, and shall fill my belly to-
day." I gave one leap and sprang out of his hands,
and he caught me again. I escaped a second time,
but he caught me again; and seven times I thus
alternately eluded and fell into his grasp. Then he
flew into a passion and said to me, 'You may run
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away, and may the wolves devour you, for you
have fooled me enough !' As soon as I was outside
the cave I threw off the skin which disguised me,
and shouted in a mocking tone to him that I had
escaped him in spite of-all. While I did so he drew a
ring from his finger and held it out to me, saying,
'Take this ring as a pledge from me; you have well
deserved it. It would not be becoming either, that
so crafty and clever a man should go unrewarded by
me.' I took the gold ring and put it on my finger,
not knowing that it was enchanted, and that it com-
pelled me to utter, whether I wished or not, the
words, Here I am! here I am !' In consequence of
this the Giant was made aware where I was, and
pursued me into the forest. But there, because he
was blind, he ran every moment against some roots
or trunks of trees, and fell down like an immense
rock. Each time, however, he quickly raised himself,
and, as he had such long legs, and could make such
enormous strides, he gained on me very soon, while
I still cried, without cessation, Here I am! here I
am !' I was well aware that the ring was the cause
of my exclamations, and I tried to draw it off, but
without success. At last, as there was no other
resource, I bit off my finger with my own teeth, and, at
the same time, I ceased to cry, 'Here I am!' and so
luckily escaped the Giant. Certainly I thus lost one
of my fingers, but I preserved my life by doing so."
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Here the Robber broke off and said to the Queen,
"Madam, if it please you, I have told you this
adventure to ransom one of my Sons; and now, to
liberate the second, I will narrate what further hap-
pened to me:-
"As soon as I had escaped from the Giant, I
wandered about the wilderness totally unable to tell
which way to turn. I climbed to the tops of the firs,
and up all the hills, but wherever I looked, far and
wide, there was no house, nor field, nor a single trace
of a human habitation: the whole country was one
terrible wilderness. From mountains, which reached
up to heaven, I reached valleys which were only to
be compared with abysses. I encountered lions,
bears, buffaloes, zebras, poisonous snakes, and fearful
reptiles; I saw two wild uncouth men, people with
horns and beaks, so frightful, that I shudder even
now when I think of them. I hurried on and on,
impelled by hunger and thirst, though I feared every
minute I should sink with exhaustion. At last, just
as the sun was going down, I came to a high moun-
tain, from whence I saw in a deserted valley a column
of smoke rising, as it were, from a baker's oven. I
ran out as quickly as I could down the mountain in
the direction of the smoke, and when I got below I
saw three dead men hanging on the bough of a
tree. The sight terrified me, for I supposed I had
fallen into the power of some other Giant. and I
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feared for my life. However, taking courage, I went
on, and soon came to a cottage whose door stood
wide open; and by the fire on the hearth, sat a
woman with her child. I entered, greeted her, and
asked her why she sat there alone, and where her
husband was; I asked, too, if it were far from any
human habitation. She told me, in reply, that any
country where there were men's dwellings was at a
very great distance; and she related, with tears in
her eyes how, on the previous night, the wild men of
the wood had entered her house and stolen her away
with her child from the side of her husband, and
carried her to this wilderness. She said, too, that
that morning the monsters, before going out, had
commanded her to kill and dress her own child, that
they might devour it on their return. As soon as I had
heard this tale I felt great pity for the poor woman
and her child, and resolved to rescue them from their
situation. So I ran away to the tree, on which hung
the three thieves, and, taking down the middle one,
who was the stoutest, carried him into the house. I
cut him in pieces and told the woman to give them
to the robbers to eat. Her child I concealed in a
hollow tree, and then I hid myself behind the house,
where I could see when the wild men arrived, and if
it were necessary, hasten to the relief of the woman.
As soon as the sun set, the three Giants came down
from the mountain ; they were fearful objects to look
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at, being similar to apes in their stature and figure.
They were dragging behind them a dead body, but I
could not see what it was. As soon as they entered
the house, they lighted a large fire, and, tearing the
body to pieces with their teeth, devoured it uncooked.
After that they took the kettle, in which was cooked
the flesh of the thief, off the fire, and divided the
pieces among them for their supper. As soon as
they had done, one of them, who appeared to be the
head, asked the woman if what they had eaten were
the flesh of her child. She said 'Yes.' And then
the monster said, I believe that you have concealed
your child, and given us to eat one of the thieves off
the tree.' So saying, he told his companions to run
off and bring him a piece of the flesh of each of the
three thieves that he might assure himself they were
all there. As soon as I heard this I ran and hung
myself by the hands between the two thieves on the
rope which had been round the neck of the third.
When the monsters came, they cut a piece of flesh
from the side of each of us, and I endured the pain
without suffering any cry to escape me. I have
even now the scar for a witness of the truth of the
Here the Robber again ceased, and told the Queen
that what he had said was intended as a ransom for
his second Son, and for the third he would narrate
the conclusion of his tale. Then he went on thus :-
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As soon as the wild people had gone away with
these three pieces of flesh, I let myself down again,
and bound up my wound as well as I could with
strips of my shirt, but I could not stop the blood
which streamed down me still. I paid no attention
to that, however, but kept thinking still how to per-
form my promise of saving the woman and her child.
I hastened back, therefore, to my concealment, and
listened to what was passing in the cottage. I could
scarcely keep my attention fixed, however, for I felt
so much pain from my wound, and besides, I was
quite worn out with hunger and thirst. I observed
nevertheless, the Giant trying the three pieces of flesh
which were brought to him, and when he took up the
third, which was mine, he exclaimed to his three
comrades, 'Run at once and fetch me the middle
thief, for his flesh seems to me the best flavoured !'
As soon as I heard this I hurried to the gallows and
suspended myself again by the rope between the two
thieves. Soon the monsters came, and pulling me
down, dragged me over the thorns and stones to the
house, where they threw me on the floor. Then,
sharpening their knives, they prepared to slay and
devour me, but just as they were about to begin,
there suddenly rolled such a clap of thunder, accom-
panied by lightning, over the house, that the
monsters themselves trembled and paused in their
work. The thunder and lightning continued and the
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rain fell in torrents, while the wind blew as if the
whole cottage would be swept away. In the midst
of the noise and confusion the monsters fled out of
the cottage through the window and roof, and left
me lying on the ground. The storm lasted for three
hours, and then daylight appeared, and soon the sun
shone out. I got up, and seeking the woman and
her child, we left the ruined hut, and for fourteen
days wandered about the wilderness, subsisting on
nothing but roots, herbs, and berries, which grew on
our path. At length we arrived in a civilized
country, and I found the husband, whose joy you
may easily imagine on the return of his wife and
Here the robber ended his tale, and as soon as he
had concluded, the Queen said to him, "You have
atoned for much evil by your restoration of this poor
woman to her husband, and, therefore, I now liberate
your three Sons."
H OW happy is the man, and how well his affairs
go on at home, who has a wise boy who listens
to every word that is said to him, and then goes and
acts according to his own discretion! Such a wise
Hans was once sent by his Master to look for a lost
cow. He remained a long while absent; but the
Master thought, My trusty Hans spares himself no
trouble in his work !" When, however, a still longer
time had elapsed, and the Boy did not return, his
Master began to fear something had happened, so he
made himself ready to go in search of him. He
looked about for a long while, and at length found
Hans running up and down in a wide field. "Now,
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my good Hans," cried his Master when he had over-
taken him, "have you found the cow which I sent
you after ?"
"No, Master," he replied, "I have not found the
cow, for I have not looked for it."
"What have you been looking for, then, Hans?"
asked the Master.
"Something better, and I have found it, too,
"What is it, Hans ?"
"Three Blackbirds," answered the Boy.
"And where are they ?" continued his Master.
"One I hear, the second I see, and the third I am
hunting," said the Boy.
Take now example by this ; do not trouble your-
self with your Master's business or his orders ; but
do rather whatever may please you at the moment,
and then you will be reckoned as fine a fellow as this
QNE evening a young Drummer was walking all
alone on the sea-shore, and as he went along
he perceived three pieces of linen lying on the sand.
"What fine linen said he ; and, picking up one of
the pieces, he put it in his pocket and went home,
thinking no more of his discovery. By-and-by he
went to bed, and just as he was about to fall asleep,
he fancied he heard some one call his name. He
listened, and presently distinguished a gentle voice,
calling, Drummer, Drummer awake !" He could
see nothing, for it was quite dark ; but he felt, as it
were, something flitting to and fro over his bed.
"What do you want? he asked at length. "Give
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me back my shirt," replied the voice, "which you
found yesterday on the sea-shore."
"You shall have it again if you tell me who you
Alas I am the Daughter of a mighty King ; but
I have fallen into the power of a Witch, who has con-
fined me on the glass mountain. Every day I am
allowed to bathe with my two sisters in the sea ; but
I cannot fly away again without my shirt. Yester-
eve my sisters escaped as usual, but I was obliged to
stay behind, so I beg you to give me my shirt
"Rest happy, poor child," replied the Drummer,
"I will readily give it back;" and feeling for it in his
pocket, he handed it to her. She hastily snatched it,
and would have hurried away, but the Drummer ex-
claimed, "Wait a moment, perhaps I can help you!"
"That you may do," said the voice, "if you climb
up the glass mountain and free me from the Witch;
but you cannot get there, nor yet ascend, were you
"Where there's a will there's a way," said the
Drummer. "I pity you, and I fear nothing; but I
do not know the way to the glass mountain."
"The path lies through the large forest, where the
Giants are," said the child; "more I dare not tell
you ;" and so saying, she flew away.
At break of day the Drummer arose, and hanging
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his drum round him, walked straight away without
fear into the forest. After he had traversed some
distance without perceiving any Giant he thought to
himself he would awake the sleepers ; and so, steady-
ing his drum, he beat a roll upon it, which disturbed
all the birds so much that they flew off. In a few
minutes a Giant raised himself from the ground, where
he had been lying asleep on the grass, and his height
was that of a fir-tree. "You wretched wight !", he
exclaimed, what are you drumming here for, awak-
ing me out of my best sleep ?"
I am drumming," he replied, to show the way to
the many thousands who follow me."
What do they want here in my forest ?" asked
"They are coming to make a path through, and
rid it of such monsters as you," said the Drummer.
Oho ? I shall tread them down like ants."
"Do you fancy you will be able to do anything
against them ?" said the Drummer. "Why, if you
bend down to catch any of them, others will jump
upon your back; and then when you lie down to sleep,
they will come from every bush and creep upon you.
And each one has a steel hammer in his girdle, with
which he means to beat out your brains."
The Giant was terribly frightened to hear all this,
and he thought to himself, "If I meddle with these
crafty people they will do me some injury. I can
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strangle wolves and bears, but these earthworms I
cannot guard against." Then, speaking aloud, he
said, Here, you little fellow, I promise for the future
to leave you and your comrades in peace; and if you
have a wish tell it to me, for I will do anything to
"Well, then," replied the Drummer, "you have got
long legs, and run quicker than I, so carry me to the
glass-mountain, and I will beat a retreat-march to my
companions, so that for this time you shall not be
Come hither, you worm," said the Giant, "set
yourself on my shoulder, and I will bear you whither
The Giant took him up, and the Drummer -began
to beat with all his might and main. "That is the
sign," thought the Giant, for the others to go back."
After a while a second Giant started up on the road,
and took the Drummer from the shoulders of the first,
and put him in his button-hole. The Drummer took
hold of the button, which was as big as a plate, to
hold on by, and looked round in high spirits. By-and-
by they met with a third Giant, who took him out of
the button-hole and placed him on the rim of his hat.
Here the Drummer walked round and round observ-
ing the country; and, perceiving in the blue distance
a mountain, he supposed it to be the glass mountain,
and so it was. The Giant took only a couple more
66 The Drummer.
strides and arrived at the foot of the mountain, where
he set down the Drummer. The latter desired to be
taken to the summit, but the Giant only shook his
head and went away, muttering something in his
So there the poor Drummer was left standing before
the mountain, which was as high as if three hills had
been placed upon each other, and, withal, as smooth
as a mirror, so that he knew not how he should ascend
it. He began to climb, but it was in vain, he slipped.
back every step. Oh that I were a bird !" he ex-
claimed; "but of what use was wishing wings never
grew for that." While he ruminated, he saw at a little
distance two men hotly quarrelling. He went up to
them and found that their dispute related to a saddle,
which lay on the ground before them, and for the
possession of which they were contending. What
fools you are," he exclaimed, "to quarrel about a
saddle, for which you have no horse!"
"The saddle is worth fighting about," replied one,
"for whoever sits upon it may wish himself where he
will, and may even go to the end of the world if
he so desire. The saddle belongs to us in common;
but it is now my turn to ride, and this other will not
"I will soon end your quarrel!" exclaimed the
Drummer, walking a few steps forward, and planting
a white wand in the ground ; "run both of you to
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that point, and whoever gets there first shall ride
The two men started off at once, but they had
scarcely gone two steps when the Drummer sat him-
self hastily down on their saddle, and, wishing himself
on the top of the glass mountain, was there before
one could turn his hand round. On the summit was
a large plain, whereon stood an old stone mansion,
and before its door a fish-pond, and behind, a dark
wood. The Drummer saw neither man nor beast, all
was still, but the noise of the wind among the trees ;
while, close above his head, the clouds were rolling
along. He stepped up to the door of the house and
knocked thrice, and after the third time, an old
Woman, with red eyes and a brown face, opened it.
She had spectacles upon her nose, and looked at him
very sharply before she asked what his business was.
"Entrance, a night's lodging, and provisions,"
replied the Drummer boldly.
That you shall have, if you promise to perform
three tasks said she.
"And why not ?" he replied. "I am not afraid of
work, be it ever so hard !"
So the old Woman let him come in, and gave him
supper, and afterwards a good bed.
The next morning when the Drummer arose, the
old Woman handed him a thimble off her withered
finger, and said, Now, go to work and empty the
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pond out there with this thimble, but you must finish
it before night; and, besides that, you must take out
all the fishes, and range them according to their
species upon the bank."
That is a queer job!" said the Drummer; but,
going to the pond, he began to thimble out the water.
He worked all the morning, but what could he do
with a single thimble, if he had kept at work for a
thousand years? When noonday came he stopped
and sat down; for, as he thought, "It is no
use, and all the same whether I work or not." Just
then a Girl came from the house, and brought him a
basket of provisions. "What do you want," she
asked, "that you sit there so sorrowful ? "
The Drummer looked up, and, seeing that she
was very beautiful, he replied, Alas! I cannot per-.
form the first task, and how I shall do the others, I
cannot tell! I have come here to seek a King's
Daughter, who lives hereabouts, but I have not found
her, and I must go further."
"Stop here !" said the Girl, "I will assist you out
of your trouble. You are tired, so lay your head in
my lap and go to sleep ; when you awake again the
work will be done !"
The Drummer needed not twice telling; and as soon
as his eyes were closed, the Maiden pressed a wishing-
ring, which she had, and said, Out water, out fishes."
Immediately the water rose in the air like a white
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vapour, and rolled away with the other clouds; while
the fishes all jumped out and arranged themselves on
the banks according to their size and species.
By-and-by the Drummer awoke, and saw, to his
astonishment, the work completed. "One of the
fishes," said the Maiden, "does not lie with his com-
panions, but quite alone; and so, when the old
Woman comes this evening and sees all that is done
she will ask why this fish is left out, and you must
take it up and throw it in her face, saying, "That is
for you, old Witch."
So when it was evening the old Woman came and
asked the question, and he immediately threw the
fish in her face. She did not appear to notice it,
but only looked silently and maliciously at him.
The next morning she said to him, You got off too
easily yesterday, I must give you a harder task; to-
day you must cut down all my trees, split the wood
into faggots, and range them in bundles, and all must
be ready by night."
With these words she gave him an axe, a mallet,
and two wedges; but the first was made of lead, and
the others of tin. When, therefore, he began to
chop, the axe doubled quite up, while the mallet and
wedges stuck together. He knew not what to do;
but at noon the Maiden came again with his dinner
and comforted him. Lay your head in my lap,"
said she, and when you awake the work will be
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done." Thereupon she turned her wishing-ring, and
at the same moment the whole forest fell down with
a crash, the timber split of itself, and laid itself
together in heaps, as if innumerable giants were at
work. As soon as the Drummer awoke, the Maiden
said to him. See, here is all your wood properly cut
and stacked, with the exception of one bough which,
if the old Woman, when she comes this evening,
asks the reason of, give her a blow with it, and say,
"That is for the old Witch."
Accordingly, when the old Woman came, she said,
"See, how easy the work is; but for whom is this
bough left out ?"
For you, old Witch!" he replied, giving her a
blow. But she appeared not to feel it, and, laughing
fiendishly, said to him, To-morrow you shall lay all
the wood in one pile, and kindle and burn it."
At daybreak he arose again and, began to work;
but how could a single man pile up a whole forest ?
The work proceeded very slowly. The Maiden,
however, did not forget him in his troubles, and
brought him as usual his midday meal, after eating
which he laid his head in her lap and slept. On his
awaking he found the whole pile burning in one
immense flame, whose tongues of fire reached up to
heaven. "Attend to me," said the Maiden to him;
"when the Witch comes she will demand something
singular, but do what she desires without fear, and
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you will take no harm ; but if you are afraid, the fire
will catch and consume you. Lastly, when you have
fulfilled her demands, take her with both hands and
throw her into the midst of the flames."
Thereupon the Maiden left him, and presently the
old Woman slipped in, crying, "Hu! hu! how I
freeze! but there is fire to warm me and my old
bones; that is well; but," she continued, turning to
the Drummer, "there is a log which will not burn,
fetch it out for me ; come, if you do that, you shall
be free and go where you will, only be brisk."
The Drummer plunged into the flames without a
moment's consideration; but they did him no harm,
not even singeing a single hair. He bore the faggot
off and laid it beside the old Witch; but as soon as
it touched the earth it changed into the beautiful
Maiden, who had delivered him from his troubles,
and he perceived at once by her silken shining robes
that she was the King's daughter. The old Woman
laughed fiendishly again, and exclaimed, "Do you
think you have her? not yet, not yet!" And, so
saying, she would have seized the Maiden; but the
Drummer, catching her with both his hands, threw her
into the middle of the burning pile, and the flames
closed in around her, as if rejoicing in the destruction
of such a Witch.
When this was done the Maiden looked at the
Drummer, and, seeing that he was a handsome
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youth, and that he had ventured his life to save hers,
she held out her hand to him, and said, "You have
dared a great deal for me, and I must do something
for you ; promise me to be true and faithful, and you
shall be my husband. For wealth we shall not want;
we have enough here in the treasure which the old
Witch has gathered together."
Thereupon she led him into the house and showed
him chests upon chests, which were filled with
treasures. They left the gold and silver, and took
nothing but diamonds and pearls; and then, as they
no longer wished to remain on the glass mountain,
the Drummer proposed that they should descend on
the wishing-saddle. The old saddle does not please
me," said the Maiden, and I need only turn the
ring on my finger and we shall be at home."
"Well, then, wish ourselves at the city gate,"
replied the Drummer; and in the twinkling of an
eye they were there. I will go and take the news
to my parents first," said the Drummer; "wait here'
for me, for I shall soon be back."
Ah! I pray you, then, take care not to kiss your
parents when you arrive on the right cheek, else will
you forget everything, and I shall be left here all
alone in this field." How can I forget you ?" said
he, and promised her faithfully to return in a very
short time. When he entered his father's house
nobody knew him, he was so altered, for the three
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days which he had imagined he had spent oil the
glass mountain were three long years. He soon
recalled himself to their remembrance, and his
parents hung round his neck, so that, moved by
affection, he entirely forgot the Maiden's injunctions,
and kissed them on both cheeks. Every thought con-
cerning the Princess at once faded from his mind,
and, emptying his pockets, he laid handfuls of
precious stones upon the table. The parents could
not tell what to do with so much wealth, till at length
they built a noble castle, surrounded by gardens,
woods, and meadows, and fit for a prince to inhabit.
When it was done the mother of the Drummer said
to him, I have looked out for a wife for you, and
you shall be married in three days' time."
Now, the Drummer was quite content with all that
his parents proposed; but the poor Princess was
very disconsolate. For a long time after he first left
her she waited for him in the fields; but when even-
ing fell she believed that he had kissed his parents
on the right cheek, and forgotten all about her. Her
heart was full of grief, and she wished herself in
some solitary forest that she might not return to her
father's court. Every evening she went to the city
and passed by the Drummer's house, but although
he saw her many times he never recognized her. At
last she heard one day the people talking of the
wedding of the Drummer, and she thereupon resolved
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to make a trial if she could regain his love. As soon
as the first festival day was appointed, she turned
her wishing-ring, saying, "A dress as shining as the
sun." Immediately the dress laybefore her, and seemed
as if wove out of the purest sunbeams! Then, as soon
as the guests had assembled, she slipped into the
hall, and everybody admired her beautiful dress; but
most of all the Bride elect, who had a passion for
fine dresses, and went up to her and asked if she
would sell it. "Not for money," she replied, "but
for the privilege of sleeping for one night next to the
chamber of the Bridegroom."
The Bride elect could not resist her wish for the
dress, and so she consented; but first of all she mixed
in the sleeping draught of the Bridegroom a strong
potion, which prevented him from being awakened.
By-and-by, when all was quiet, the Princess crept to
the chamber-door, and, opening it slightly, called
Drummer, Drummer, 0 list to me,
Forget not what I did for thee;
Think of the mountain of glass so high,
Think of the Witch and her cruelty;
Think of my plighted troth with thee :
Drummer Drummer 0 list to me "
She cried all in vain, the Drummer did not awake,
and when day dawned the Princess was forced to
leave. The second evening she turned her wishing-
ring, and said, "A dress as silvery as the moon."
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As soon as she had spoken it lay before her; and
when she appeared in it at the ball, the Bride elect
wished to have it as well the other, and the Princess
gave it to her for the privilege of passing another
night next the chamber of the Bridegroom. And
everything passed as on the first night.
The servants in the house, however, had overheard
the plaint of the strange Maiden, and they told the
Bridegroom about it. They told him, also, that it was
not possible for him to hear anything about what was
said because of the potion, which was put into his
The third evening the Princess turned her ring and
wished for a dress as glittering as the stars. As soon
as she appeared in the ball-room thus arrayed, the
Bride elect was enchanted with its beauty, and
declared rapturously, I must and will have it."
The Maiden gave it up, like the former, for a night's
sleep next the Bridegroom's chamber. This time he
did not drink his wine as usual, but poured it out
behind the bed; and so, when all the house was quiet,
he heard a gentle voice repeating,-
Drummer, Drummer, 0 list to me,
Forget not what I did for thee;
Think of the mountain of glass so high,
Think of the Witch and her cruelty;
Think of my plighted troth with thee :
Drummer Drummer 0 list to me !"
All at once his memory returned, and he exclaimed,
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"Alas! Alas! how could I have treated you so
heartlessly ? but the kisses which I gave my parents
on the right cheek, in the excess of my joy, they
have bewildered me." He jumped up, and, taking
the Princess by the hand, led her to the bedside of
his parents. This is my true Bride," said he; and
if I marry the other I shall do a grievous wrong."
When the parents heard all that had happened, they
gave their consent, and thereupon the lights in the
hall were rekindled, the drums and trumpets refetched,
the friends and visitors invited to come again, and
the true wedding was celebrated with great pomp
But the second Bride received the three splendid
dresses, and was as well contented as if she had been
THE EARS OF WHEAT.
A GES upon ages ago, when the angels used to
wander on earth, the fruitfulness of the ground
was much greater than it is now. Then the Ears of
Wheat bore, not fifty or sixty-fold, but four-times
five-hundred-fold. Then the corn grew from the
bottom of the stalk to the top ; and so long as the
stalk was, so long were the Ears. But as men
always do in the midst of their abundance, they
forgot the blessing which came from God, and became
idle and selfish.
One day a Woman went to a corn-field, and her
little child who accompanied her fell into a puddle
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and soiled her frock. The Mother tore off a handful
of Wheat-ears and cleaned her Daughter's dress with
them. Just then an Angel passed by, and saw her.
He became very angry, and declared to her that
henceforth the Wheat-stalks should no longer produce
Ears, for, said he, "You mortals are not worthy of
heaven's gifts." The bystanders who heard him, fell
on their knees, weeping and praying him to leave the
Wheat-stalks alone, if not for themselves, yet for the
poor fowls, who must otherwise perish with hunger.
The Angel pitied their distress and granted part of
their prayer; and from that day the Ears of Wheat
have grown as they do now.
ONCE upon a time a rich Farmer was standing in
his yard, looking out over his fields and gardens,
where the corn was growing quite yellow, and the
trees hanging down with fruit. The produce of the
previous year lay yet in his granaries, and its weight
was so great that the beams could scarcely support
it. Next he went into his stables, and there stood
stall-fed oxen, fat cows, and sleek horses. Lastly, he
went back to his kitchen and his parlour, where stood
the iron chests in which his gold was contained.
Whilst he stood meditating upon his riches he heard
suddenly a knock close to him. It was not the door
of his house, but at his heart. He listened, and heard
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a voice which said to him, Have you done good with
your wealth ? have you cared for the troubles of the
poor? have you shared your bread with the hungry ?
have you been contented with what you possess, or
have you desired more ?" His heart replied without
delay, "I have been hard and unmerciful to all; I
have done good to no one; when a poor man has
come to my door I have turned away my eyes; nor
have I concerned myself about a God, but thought
only how to increase my riches, and had all that
heaven covered been mine, I should not even then
have been satisfied !" As soon as these answers had
passed through his mind, he became terribly
frightened; and his knees trembled so much that he
was forced to sit down. Then a second knock was
heard by him, but this time it was not at his heart,
but at the door. It was his neighbour, a poor Man,
who had a great many children, more than he could
satisfy. "I know that my neighbour is rich," the
poor fellow had thought to himself; "but he is also
very stingy: I do not believe that he will help me,
but my children cry so for bread, I will venture it !"
When the Rich Man answered the knock, the Poor
Man said to him; "You are not accustomed, I know,
to give readily to the poor; but I stand here like one
whose head is nearly under water; my children are
hungry, lend me four measures of meal ?"
The Rich Man looked at him for some time, and
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soon the first sunbeam of compassion began to melt
the ice of his selfishness. "I will not lend you four
measures," he replied; "but I will give you eight
measures, on one condition!"
What is that ?" asked the Poor Man.
"When I am dead, you must' watch three nights
by my grave."
This condition caused the Poor Man much secret
uneasiness; still on account of the necessity in
which he was, he consented; and promising all, he
carried the corn home with him.
It seemed as if the Rich Man had a presentiment
of what was to happen, for after three days he
suddenly fell dead on the ground; nobody knew the
cause of his decease, but no suspicion was excited.
After he was buried, the Poor Man remembered his
agreement, from which he wished he could have
released himself; but he thought, "The man behaved
very compassionately to me, and I satisfied my
children's hunger with his corn; and, besides, I pro-
mised, and must perform."
As soon, then, as night fell, he went to the church-
yard and sat down on a grave-mound. All was still,
only the moon was shining on the hillocks, and many
times an owl flew by, making her doleful cries. As
soon as the sun again rose, the Poor Man returned
home wearied out; and in due time passed the
second night in similar quiet. But on the third
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evening he felt a peculiar terror; it seemed as if
something stood before him. As soon as he got out
he perceived a man on the wall of the churchyard,
whom he had never seen before. He was by no
means young, for his face was full of wrinkles ; but
his eyes shown with a bright light. He was quite
enveloped by a large cloak, and only his large jack-
boots were to be seen. "What are you seeking
here?" asked the Peasant; "are you not afraid of
the lone churchyard ?"
"I fear nothing and desire nothing," replied the
Man. "I am like the youth who travelled to learn
what shivering meant, and wearied himself in so
doing, but still received a Princess for his wife, and
great riches; but I have always been poor; I am
nothing but a discharged Soldier, and want to pass
the night here, because I have no other shelter."
"If you have no fear, then," said the Peasant,
"remain with me, and assist me to watch this grassy
"Keeping guard is part of the Soldier's business,"
replied the stranger; "so whatever meets us here,
whether bad or good, we will bear in common."
To this the Peasant assented, and the pair sat
down by the grassy mound. Everything was
quiet till midnight; and then all at once a cutting
sound was heard in the air, and the two watchers
perceived an Evil Spirit standing before them.
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"Away, you rascals !" he cried, "away! the man
who lies in this grave belongs to me; I am come to
fetch him, and if you do not take yourselves off I
will break your necks." Captain with the red
feather 1" replied the Soldier, "you are not my cap-
tain; I need not obey you; and to fear I have never
learnt. Go your way we shall stop here."
When the Soldier had spoken this, the Evil Spirit
began to think to himself that perhaps he could
manage the two watchers better by offering them
money; and so, moderating his tune, he asked
civilly whether they would not be satisfied to go
home on the receipt of a purse of gold.
"That deserves consideration," said the Soldier;
"but we shall not be sufficiently rewarded with one
purseful of gold: if, however, you will give us as
much as will fill one of my jack-boots, we will leave
the field to you and go away."
I have not so much with me," replied the Evil
Spirit; "but I will fetch it. In the neighboring
town lives a banker, who is an intimate friend of
mine, and he will readily lend me all I require."
So saying, the Spirit disappeared ; and as soon as
he was gone, the Soldier, drawing off his left boot,
said to his companion, "Ah now see how we will
pull the nose of this coal-burner; only give me your
He first cut off the sole and then set the boot
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upright in the long grass on the edge of a half-dug
grave, near the one they were watching. "That is
well done," he said: "now the chimney-sweeper may
come as soon as he likes."
The pair sat down again to watch, and in a short
time the Spirit returned, carrying a bag of gold in
"Shoot it in !" said the Soldier, raising the boot
up a little as he approached ; "but that lot will not
be enough." The Spirit emptied the bag; but the
gold fell through the boot of course, so that there
remained nothing of it. "Stupid Spirit !" exclaimed
the Soldier; "it is nothing at all, did I not tell you
so ? You must return and fetch more." Shaking
his head, the Spirit went and returned in an hour
with a much larger bag under his arm. "Shoot it
in!" said the Soldier again, "but I doubt there is
still not enough." The gold clinked as it fell, but
the boot was still empty, and the Spirit himself,
looking in with fiery eyes, convinced himself of the
fact. "You have shamefully big calves !" exclaimed
the Spirit, making a wry face.
"Did you think," answered the Soldier, "that I
had hoofs like you ? Since when have you been so
illiberal! Come, make haste, and fetch some more
gold, or our bargain will be at an end."
The Evil Spirit trotted off a third time, and after
some long while returned with a sack upon his
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shoulders which nearly bent him double. He shot
its contents quickly into the boot, but still it remained
as empty as before. Thereupon he flew into a
dreadful passion, and tried to snatch the boot out of
the ground ; but at the same moment the first dawn
of daylight appeared, and the sun began to rise, so
that the Evil Spirit was forced to fly away with loud
shrieks. And the body of the Rich Man thenceforth
rested in peace.
The Peasant would have shared the gold which the
Spirit had left behind him: but the Soldier said, "No!
give to the poor what should belong to me, and I will
return with you to your cottage, and there we will
spend the remainder of our days in quiet happiness,
so long as it shall please God to spare us."
T HERE was once a King who had a Daughter;
and he had a glass mountain built, and said
that whoever could run over it without tumbling
should have his Daughter for his wife. Then there
was one who was so fond of the King's Daughter
that he asked the King whether he might not marry
her. Yes," said the King, if you can run over the
mountain without tumbling, then you shall have her."
The King's Daughter said she would run over with
him, so that she might hold him up if he were going
to fall; so they ran over together, but when they got
up to the middle the King's Daughter slipped and fell
and the glass mountain opened itself, and she tumbled
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right into it. Her Sweetheart couldn't see a bit where
she had gone through, for the mountain had closed
again directly. Then he fretted and cried so much,
and the King too was so wretched, that he had the
mountain broken down again, thinking he would get
his Daughter out again; but they could never find
the place where she had tumbled through. In the
meantime the King's Daughter had got quite deep
into the ground, in a great cave. There, there came
to her an old fellow with a tremendous long grey
beard, and he told her that if she would be his servant
and do all he bade her, she should remain alive; if not
he would make away with her. So she did all he
told her. In the morning he took his ladder out of
his pocket and placed it against the mountain, and
climbed up out of it. Then he pulled the ladder up
after him. She had then to cook his dinner, to make
his bed, and to do all his work; and when .he came
home again he always brought great heaps of gold
and silver with him.
Now, when she had been many years with him, and
had already grown quite old, he called her Mother
Mansrot, and she had to call him Old Rinkrank. One
day, when he was out again, she made his bed, and
washed his dishes, and then she shut up all the doors
and windows quite close ; but there was a little loop-
hole, through which the light shone into the house,
and that she left open. When Old Rinkrank came
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home again he knocked at his door, and called out,
"Open the door for me." Nay, Old'Rinkrank,"
said she; "I shan't open the door." Then he said :
Here stand I, poor Rinkrank,
Upon my seventeen long shanks;
Mother Mansrot, wash my dishes !"
"I have already washed your dishes," said che.
Then he said again:
Here stand I, poor Rinkrank,
Upon my seventeen long shanks;
Mother Mansrot, make my bed !"
"I have already made your bed," said she. Then
he said again:
Here stand I, poor Rinkrank,
Upon my seventeen long shanks;
Mother Mansrot, open the door !"
Then he ran all round about the house, and saw
that the little loophole was open, so he thought, "I
will just look in there to see what she is about that
she won't open the door for me." So he went and
tried to look in, but he couldn't get his head through
on account of his long beard; so he poked his beard
through the loophole first, and when he had got it
quite through Mother Mansrot ran up, and fastened
the trap-door with a band which she had tied to it,
and so the beard was fastened in quite tight. Then
he began to scream most miserably, it hurt him so;
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and he begged and prayed she would let him loose;
but she said, not before he gave her the ladder on
which he climbed out of the mountain. Then,
whether he willed or not, he was obliged to say
where the ladder was. So she tied a very long band
to the trap-door, and placed the ladder against the
mountain, and climbed up out of it; and when she
was at the top she pulled the trap-door open. She
went then to her father and narrated all that had
happened to her. The King was greatly rejoiced;
and her Sweetheart was there still ; so they went and
dug up the mountain, and found old Rinkrank with
all his gold and silver. Then the King had old Rink-
rank killed, and took home all his silver and gold.
And the King's Daughter married her old Sweet-
heart, and they lived right merrily in splendour and
THE COUNTRYMAN AND THE EVIL
ONCE there lived a bold and cunning Countryman,
whose tricks are too numerous to be told
entire ; but one of the best tales is that showing how
he managed to over-reach an Evil Spirit and make a
fool of him.
It was growing quite dusky one day, when, having
ploughed over his fields, he was preparing to return
home. Just then he perceived in the middle of his
field a heap of red-hot coals, and as he approached it,
full of wonder, he observed a little Black Spirit
sitting on the top. "You are sitting upon some
treasure? said the Countryman, inquiringly. "Yes,
indeed," replied the Spirit; "a treasure containing
more gold aud silver than you ever saw in your life."
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"Then the treasure belongs to me, because it lies
on my field," said the Countryman, boldly.
"It shall be thine," replied the Spirit, "if you give
me for the next two years half the produce of your
land. Of gold I have more than enough, and I wish
for some of the fruits of the earth."
To this bargain the Countryman agreed; but first
stipulated that to avoid dispute in the division of'the
produce, what was above ground should belong to the
Spirit, and what was beneath the surface to himself.
To this, the Spirit readily consented, but the crafty
Countryman sowed turnip-seed. So when the harvest
time arrived, the Spirit appeared to claim his fruits; but
he found nothing but withered yellow stalks, while
the Countryman contentedly dug up his turnips. For
once you have got the advantage of me," exclaimed
the angry Spirit, but it shall not happen so again;
mine is what grows under the ground and yours what
grows above it." "Very well, I am satisfied," said
the Countryman ; and when sowing time came round,
he put maize seed in the ground instead of turnips.
The corn ripened -in due course, and the Spirit
appeared to fetch away his crops. Just before he
came, the Countryman had cut and carried all his
corn, and so when the Evil Spirit arrived he found
nothing else but stubble, and. thereupon he hurried
off in a terrible rage. "So must one toss foxes in
blankets!" cried the Countryman when the Evil
Spirit was gone, and went and fetched the treasure.
THE BALL OF CRYSTAL.
T HERE was once upon a time an Enchantress
who had three sons, who loved one another
dearly, but yet their mother would not trust them,
and was always suspecting that they would rob her
of her power: so she changed the eldest into an
Eagle, and condemned him to dwell on the tops of a
rocky chain of mountains, where one might see him
many times wheeling round and round in the air in
great circles. The second brother she changed into
a Whale, and he dwelt in the deep sea, where one
might see him now and then throwing up a huge
stream of water. These two could retake their human
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form for two hours a-day. The third son, however,
fearing that he might be changed into some wild
beast, bear or lion, secretly took his departure, for he
had heard that in the Castle. of the Golden Sun sat
an enchanted Princess awaiting a deliverer. Many a
youth had felt bound to venture his life in her cause,
but already had- three-and-twenty met with horrible
deaths, and only one remained to tell the dreadful
tale. Our hero drove away all fear from his mind,
and resolved to search out this wonderful castle.
For a very long time he had wandered about, when
one day he unexpectedly arrived in a large forest,
from which he could not get out. He received, how-
ever, in the distance, two Giants, who beckoned him
with their hands. He went towards them, and they
told him that they were fighting for the possession
of a hat ; but, as they were both equally strong, nei-
ther could gain the mastery, and they wished, there-
fore, to leave the decision to him, since men of his
size were generally very wise and crafty.
"What can induce you to fight for an old hat ?"
asked the Youth.
"You do not know the wonderful properties which
belong to it," answered the Giants ; "it is a wishing
hat, and whoever wears it may go instantly whither
Give me the hat," said the Youth ; "I will go a
short way, then do you both run as if for a wager,
94 The Ball of Ciystal.
and whoever comes up to me first shall have the hat."
With these words he put the hat on and walked off;
but, beginning to think of the Princess, he forgot the
Giants, and walked on and on. All at once he
heaved a sigh from the bottom of his heart, and
exclaimed, Ah that I were near the Castle of the
Golden Sun." Scarcely had the words passed his
lips when he found himself standing on a high
mountain before the very place. He entered the
castle by the door and passed through all the rooms
till he came to the last, where he found the Princess.
But how startled he was when he saw her! Her
face was full of wrinkles, her eyes were sunk deep in
her head, and her hair was red. "Are you the
King's Daughter of whose beauty all the world
talks?" asked the Youth. "Alas!" she replied,
"this is not my form; the eyes of mortal men can
only see me in this hateful guise; but that you may
know how beautiful is the reality, look in this mirror
which cannot err, that will show you my face as it is
in reality." She gave him a mirror, and he beheld
in it the portrait of the most beautiful Maiden the
earth could contain, and over her cheeks he could
even see the tears of sorrow rolling. How can I
save you ? he asked; "no danger will appal me."
The Princess replied, "He who can obtain possession
of the Crystal Ball, and hold it before the Enchanter,
will, thereby, break his power, and I shall return to
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my original shape. But, alas! already many a one
has met death for me, and I shall grieve for your
youthful blood if you dare these great perils."
"Nothing can keep me from the attempt," said
the Youth ; "but what must I do ?"
You shall know all," said the Princess : "if you
descend the mountain on which this castle stands
you will find a wild Ox, with which you must fight;
and if you are lucky enough to kill it, a Fiery Bird
will rise from its carcase, in whose body is a red-hot
egg, the yolk of which forms the Crystal Ball. This
Bird will not drop the egg till it is compelled; but if
it falls to the ground it will burn and consume what-
ever is near it, and then the iron will melt, and with
it the Crystal Ball, and all your trouble will be
The Youth, thereupon, descended to the bottom
of the mountain, where he saw the Ox, who com-
menced, as soon as he appeared, to bellow and run at
him. After a long fight the Youth plunged his
sword into its body, so that it fell dead to the
ground. At the same instant the Fiery Bird rose
from the carcase, and was about to fly away, when
the Eagle, the brother of the Youth, who was just
then passing over the spot swooped down and struck
the Bird towards the sea, so that in its endeavours to
escape it let fall the egg. The egg, however, did not
fall into the sea, but on the roof of a Fisherman's
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hut which stood on the shore. The roof began to
burn, for the egg instantly blazed up; but at the
moment, immense waves dashed out of the sea,
and, rolling quite over the hut, extinguished the
fire. It was the other brother, the Whale, who had
caused this, having luckily swum there at the right
time. As soon as the fire was out, the Youth
searched for the egg, and found it very quickly; it
was not quite molten, but the shell was so cracked
by the sudden cooling of the cold sea-water, that he
managed easily to extract the Crystal Ball.
The Youth took it at once to show to the En-
chanter, who, as soon as he saw it, said, "My power
is destroyed, and you are henceforth King of the
Castle of the Golden Sun. Your brothers, also, can
now return to their human forms."
The Youth then hastened to the Princess, and as
soon as he entered the room her former beauty
returned in all its glory, and they both exchanged
rings with great joy, which means to say, I suppose,
that they married and were very happy.
HERE was once upon a time a King's Son, who
went a-wooing the Daughter of another
mighty King, and her name was Jungfrau Maleen.
Her father, however, refused his permission to the
match, because he wished her to marry some one
else. But they both still loved one another so
dearly, that Jungfrau Maleen told her father she
could not and would not marry any one except this
Prince. When she said so, her father flew into a
great passion, and caused a gloomy tower to be
built, into which no ray of either sun or moon could
penetrate. When it was completed he said to his
Daughter, "For seven years you shall sit therein;