Front Cover
 Title Page
 The frog king, or iron Henry
 The twelve brothers
 Brother and sister
 The three little men in the...
 The three spinners
 Hansel and Gretel
 The valiant little tailor
 The Bremen Town-musicians
 The elves
 The godfather
 Fitcher's bird
 King Thrushbeard
 The three feathers
 The pink
 The king of the golden mountai...
 The three little birds
 The water of life
 The Jew among thorns
 The cunning little tailor
 The blue light
 The iron stove
 The old woman in the wood
 The devil and his grandmother
 One-eye, Two-eyes, and Three-e...
 The shoes that were danced...
 The three black princesses
 The star money
 The donkey
 Maid Maleen
 The master-thief
 The true sweetheart
 Back Cover

Group Title: Altemus' young people's library
Title: Fairy tales
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Title: Fairy tales
Series Title: Altemus' young people's library
Physical Description: 2 p. l., 7-255 p. : col. front., illus. ; 17 x 13 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859 ( joint author )
Henry Altemus Company ( Publisher )
Publisher: H. Altemus
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publication Date: [1898]
Subject: Fairy tales   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Juvenile literature -- 1898   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' catalogues -- 1898   ( rbgenr )
Fairy tales -- 1898   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1898
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Publishers' catalogues   ( rbgenr )
Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Statement of Responsibility: by the brothers Grimm ; with sixty-five illustrations.
General Note: Includes 16 p. publisher's catalog.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Title Page
        Page 4
        Page 5
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    The frog king, or iron Henry
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
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    The twelve brothers
        Page 14
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    Brother and sister
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    The three little men in the wood
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    The three spinners
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    Hansel and Gretel
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    The valiant little tailor
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    The Bremen Town-musicians
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    The elves
        Page 93
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    The godfather
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    Fitcher's bird
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    King Thrushbeard
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    The three feathers
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    The pink
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    The king of the golden mountain
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    The three little birds
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    The water of life
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    The Jew among thorns
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    The cunning little tailor
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    The blue light
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    The iron stove
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    The old woman in the wood
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    The devil and his grandmother
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    One-eye, Two-eyes, and Three-eyes
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    The shoes that were danced to pieces
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    The three black princesses
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    The star money
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    The donkey
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    Maid Maleen
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    The master-thief
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    The true sweetheart
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    Back Cover
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Full Text


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Grimm's Fairy Tales



With Sixty-five Illustrations


Copyright 1898


ACOB LEWIS GRIMM and his brother, William
Carl Grimm, were two learned Germanis, who de-
voted the whole of their lives to the study of the
German language and literature, and the antiquities,
poetry, and laws of the German people.
Jacob was born at Hanau, in 1785. William was
born in 1786. The two brothers were educated at the
University of Marburg, and were "associated through
life in their studies and labours. From youth to old
age they had all things in common-books, money, and
dwelling. They studied together, and wrote together
in the same works, so that their respective shares can
scarcely be distinguished in the great result of the
united task, and the 'Brothers Grimm' became a
recognized duality in literature." Jacob died in 1863,
and William in 1859.
They collected all the popular tales they could find,
partly from the mouths of the people, partly from
manuscripts and books, and published in 1812-15 the
first edition of these Tales, which have carried the
names of the brothers Grimm into every household of
the civilized world, and founded the science of what is
now called folklore. The tales are a wonderful collec-
tion, as interesting, from a literary point of view, as
they are delightful as stories.

The Frog King, or Iron Henry.

IN old times when wishing still helped one, there
lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful,
but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun
itself, which has seen so much, was astonished when-
ever it shone in her face. Close by the King's castle
lay a great dark forest, and under an old lime-tree in
the forest was a well, and when the day was very warm,
the King's child went out into the forest and sat down
by the side of the cool fountain, and when she was
dull she took a golden ball, and threw it up on high
and caught it, and this ball was her favorite plaything.
Now it so happened that on one occasion the
princess's golden ball did not fall into the little hand
which she was holding up for it, but on to the ground
beyond, and rolled straight into the water. The King's
daughter followed it with her eyes, but it vanished,
and the well was deep, so deep that the bottom could

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not be seen. On this she began to cry, and cried
louder and louder, and could not be comforted. And
as she thus lamented, some one said to her:
What ails thee, King's daughter? Thou weepest
so that even a stone would show pity."
She looked round to the side from whencethe voice
came, and saw a frog stretching forth its thick, ugly
head from the water. Ah old water-splasher, is it
thou?" said she; "I am weeping for my golden ball,
which has fallen into the well."
Be quiet, and do not weep," answered the frog,
"I can help thee, but what wilt thou give me if I
bring thy plaything up again? "
Whatever thou wilt have, dear frog," said she-
" my clothes, my pearls and jewels, and even the golden
crown which I am wearing."
The frog answered, "I do not care for thy clothes,
thy pearls and jewels, or thy golden crown, but if thou
wilt love me and let me be thy companion and play-
fellow, and sit by thee at thy little table, and eat off thy
little golden plate, and drink out of thy little cup, and
sleep in thy little bed-if thou wilt promise me this I
will go down below, and bring thee thy golden ball up
Oh, yes," said she, "I promise thee all thou
wishest, if thou wilt but bring me my ball back again."
She, however, thought, How the silly frog does talk !
He lives in the water with the other frogs and croaks,
and can be no companion to any human being!"
But the frog when he had received this promise,
put his head into the water and sank down, and in a

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short time came swimming up again with the ball in
his mouth, and threw it on the grass. The King's
daughter was delighted to see her pretty plaything once
more, and picked it up and ran away with it. Wait,
wait," said the frog, "Take me with thee. I can't
run as thou canst." But what did it avail him to
scream his croak, croak, after her, as loudly as he
could ? She did not listen to it, but ran home and soon
forgot the poor frog, who was forced to go back into
his well again.
The next day when she had seated herself at table
with the King and all the courtiers, and was eating
from her little golden plate, something came creeping
splish splash, splish splash, up the marble staircase,
and when it had got to the top, it knocked at the door
and cried, "Princess, youngest princess, open the door
for me." She ran to see who was outside, but when
she opened the door, there sat the frog in front of it.
Then she slammed the door to, in great haste, sat down
to dinner again and was quite frightened. The King
saw plainly that her heart was beating violently, and
said, "My child, what art thou so afraid of? Is there per-
chance a giant outside who wants to carry thee away?"
Ah, no," replied she, "it is no giant, but a dis-
gusting frog."
"What does the frog want with thee?" "Ah, dear
father, yesterday when I was in the forest sitting by
the well, playing, my golden ball fell into the water.
And because I cried so the frog brought it out again
for me, and because he insisted so on it, I promised
him he should be my companion, but I never thought

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he would be able to come out of his water! And now
he is outside there, and wants to come in to me."
In the meantime it knocked a second time, and
"Princess! youngest princess!
Open the door for me!
Dost thou know what thou saidst to me
Yesterday by the cool waters of the fountain?
Princess, youngest princess!
Open the door for me!"

Then said the King, "That which thou hast prom-
ised must thou perform. Go and let him in." She
went and opened the door, and the frog hopped in and
followed her, step by step to her chair. There he sat
still and cried, "Lift me up beside thee." She delayed,
until at last the King commanded her to do it. When
the frog was once on the chair he wanted to be on the
table, and when he was on the table he said, "Now,
push thy little golden plate nearer to me that we may
eat together." She did this, but it was easy to see that
she did not do it willingly. The frog enjoyed what he
ate, but almost every mouthful she took choked her.
At length he said, "'I have eaten and am satisfied; now
I am tired, carry me into thy little room and make thy
little silken bed ready, and we will both lie down and
go to sleep."
The King's daughter began to cry, for she was
afraid of the cold frog which she did not like to touch,
and which was now to sleep in her pretty, clean little
bed. But the King grew angry and said, "He who

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helped thee when thou wert in trouble ought not after-
wards to be despised by thee." So she took hold of
the frog with two fingers, carried him upstairs, and put
him in a corner. But when she was in bed he crept to
her and said, I am tired, I want to sleep as well as
thou, lift me up or I will tell thy father." Then she
was terribly angry, and took him up and threw him
with all her might against the wall. Now, thou wilt
be quiet, odious frog," said she. But when he fell down
he was no frog but a king's son with beautiful kind
eyes. He by her father's will was now her dear com-
panion and husband. Then he told her how he had
been bewitched by a wicked witch, and how no one
could have delivered him from the well but herself, and
that to-morrow they would go together into his king-
dom. Then they went to sleep, and next morning
when the sun awoke them, a carriage came driving up
with eight white horses, which had white ostrich
feathers on their heads, and were harnessed with golden
chains, and behind stood the young King's servant,
faithful Henry. Faithful Henry had been so unhappy
when his master was changed into a frog, that he had
caused three iron bands to be laid round his heart, lest
it should burst with grief and sadness. The carriage
was to conduct the young King into his kingdom.
Faithful Henry helped them both in, and placed him-
self behind again, and was full of joy because of this
deliverance. And when they had driven a part of the
way, the King's son heard a cracking behind him as if
something had broken. So he turned round and cried,
" Henry, the carriage is breaking."

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"No, master, it is not the carriage. It is a band
from my heart, which was put there in my great pain
when you were a frog and imprisoned in the well."
Again and once again while they were on their way
something cracked, and each time the King's son
thought the carriage was breaking; but it was only the
bands which were springing from the heart of faithful
Henry because his master was set free and was happy.

The Twelve Brothers.

THERE were once on a time a king and a queen
who lived happily together and had twelve chil-
dren, but they were all boys. Then said the
King to his wife, "If the thirteenth child which thou
art about to bring into the world, is a girl, the twelve
boys shall die, in order that her possessions may be
great, and that the kingdom may fall to her alone."
He caused likewise twelve coffins to be made, which
were already filled with shavings, and in each lay the
little pillow for the dead, and he had them taken into
a locked-up room, and then he gave the Queen the
key of it, and bade her not to speak of this to any
The mother, however, now sat and lamented all
day long, until the youngest son, who was always with
her, and whom she had named Benjamin, from the
Bible, said to her, "Dear mother, why art thou so
"Dearest child," she answered, "I may not tell
thee." But he let her have no, rest until she went and

The Twelve Brothers. 15
unlocked the room, and showed him the twelve coffins
ready filled with shavings. Then she said, "My
dearest Benjamin, thy father has had these coffins
made for thee and for thy eleven brothers, for if I
bring a little girl into the world, you are all to be
killed and buried in them." And as she wept while
she was saying this, the son comforted her and said,
"Weep not, dear mother, we will save ourselves, and
go hence." But she said, "Go forth into- the forest
with thy eleven brothers, and let one sit constantly
on the highest tree which can be found, and keep
watch, looking towards the tower here in the castle.
If I give birth to a little son, I will put up a white
flag, and then you may venture to come back, but if
I bear a daughter, I will hoist a red flag, and then fly
hence as quickly as you are able, and may the good
God protect you. And every night I will rise up and
pray for you-in winter that you may be able to
warm yourself at a fire, and in the summer that you
may not faint away in the heat.
After she had blessed her sons therefore, they went
forth into the forest. They each kept watch in turn,
and sat on the highest oak and looked towards the
tower. When. eleven days had passed and the turn
came to Benjamin, he saw that a flag was being
raised. It was, however, not the white, but the blood-
red flag which announced that they were all to die.
When the brothers heard that they were very angry, and
said, "Are we all to suffer death for the sake of a
girl?- We swear that we will avenge ourselves!-
wheresoever we find a girl, her red blood shall flow."

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Thereupon they went deeper into the forest, and in
the midst of it, where it was the darkest, they found a
little bewitched hut, which was standing empty. Then
said they, "Here we will dwell, and thou Benjamin,
who art the youngest and weakest, thou shalt stay
at home and keep house, we others will go out and
get food." Then they went into the forest and
shot hares, wild deer, birds and pigeons, and what-
soever there was to eat; this they took to Benjamin,
who had to dress it for them in order that they
might appease their hunger. They lived together
ten years in the little hut, and the time did not
appear long to them.
The little daughter which their mother the Queen
had given birth to, was now grown up; she was good
of heart, and.fair of face, and had a golden star on her
forehead. Once, when it was the great washing, she
saw: twelve men's shirts among the things, and asked
her-mother, "To whom do these twelve shirts belong,
for they are far 'too small for father?" Then the
Queen answered with a heavy heart,. "Dear child,
these belong to thy twelve brothers." Said the maiden,
"Where are my twelve brothers, I have never yet
heard of them?" She replied, "God knows where
they are, they are wandering about the world." Then
she took the maiden and opened the chamber for her,
and showed her the twelve coffins with the shavings,
and pillows for the head. "These coffins," said she,
"were destined for thy brothers, but they went away
secretly before thou wert born," and she related to her
how everything had happened; then said the maiden,




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"Dear mother, weep not, I will go and seek n.y
So she took the twelve shirts and went' fit Lit, and
straight into the grcat forest, She walked the whole
day, and in the evening she came to the bewitched!
hut. Then she entered it and found a young boy, who
asked, "From whence comest tlh.:i, and whither art
thou bound?" and was astonished that she was so
beautiful, and wore royal garments, and had a star on
her forehead. And she answe;vred, "I am a king's
daughter, and am sLcJlinIg my twlivc brothers, and I
will walk as far as the sky is blue until I find them."
She likewise showed him the twelve shirts which be-
longed to them. Then Benjamin saw that she was
his sister, and said, "I am Blenjainin, thy youngest
brother." And she began to weep for joy, and Ben-
jamin wept also, and they kissed and embraced each
other with the greatest love. But after this he
said, "Dear sister, there is still one difficulty. We
have agreed that every maiden whom we meet shall
die, because we have been obliged to leave our king-
dom on account of a girl." Then said she, "I will
willingly die, if by so doing, I can deliver my twelve
"No," answered he, "thou shalt not die, seat thy-
self beneath this tub until our eleven brothers come,
and then I will soon come to an agreement with
She did so, and when it was night the others camt
from hunting, and their dinner was ready. And as
they were sitting at table, and eating,, they asked,

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"What news is there?" Said Benjamin, "Don't you
know anything?" "No," they answered. He con-
tinued, "You have been in the forest and I have
stayed at home, and yet I know more than you do."
"Tell us then," they cried. He answered, "But
promise me that the first maiden who meets us shall
not be killed." "Yes," they all cried, "she shall have
mercy, only do tell us."
Then said he, "Our sister is here," and he lifted
up the tub, and the King's daughter came forth in her
royal garments with the golden star on her forehead,
and she was beautiful, delicate, and fair. Then they
were all rejoiced, and fell on her neck, and kissed and
loved her with all their hearts.
Now she stayed at home with Benjamin and helped
him with the work. The eleven went into the forest
and caught game, and deer, and birds, and wood-pig-
eons that they might have food, and the little sister
and Benjamin took care to make it ready for them.
She sought for the wood for cooking and herbs for
vegetables, and put the pans on the fire so that the
dinner was always ready when the eleven came. She
likewise kept order in the little house, and put
beautifully white clean coverings on the little beds, and
the brothers were always contented and lived in great
harmony with her.
Once on a time the two at home had prepared a
beautiful entertainment, and when they were all to-
gether, they sat down and ate and drank and were full
of gladness. There was, however, a little garden be-
longing to the bewitched house wherein stood twelve

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lily flowers, which are likewise called students. She
wished to give her brothers pleasure, and plucked the
twelve flowers, and thought she would present each
brother with one while at dinner. But at the self-same
moment that she plucked the flowers the twelve
brothers were changed into twelve ravens, and flew
away over the forest, and the house and garden van-
ished likewise. And now the poor maiden was alone
in the wild forest, and when she looked around, an old
woman was standing near her who said, "My child,
what hast thou done? Why didst thou not leave the
twelve white flowers growing? They were thy
brothers, who are now for evermore changed into
ravens." The maiden said weeping, "Is there no way
of delivering them ?"
"No," said the woman, "there is but one in the
whole world, and that is so hard that thou wilt not de-
liver them by it, for thou must be dumb for seven
years, and mayst not speak or laugh, and if thou speak-
est one single word, and only an hour of the seven
years is wanting, all is in vain, and thy brothers will
be killed by the one word."
Then said the maiden in her heart, I know with
certainty that I shall set my brothers free," and went
and sought a high tree and seated herself in it and
span, and neither spoke nor laughed. Now it so hap-
pened that a king was hunting in the forest, who had
a great greyhound which ran to the tree on which the
maiden was sitting, and sprang about it, whining, and
barking at her. Then the King came by and saw the
beautiful King's daughter with the golden star on her

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brow, and was so charmed with her beauty that he
called to ask her if she would be his wife. She made
no answer, but nodded a little with her head. So he
climbed up the tree himself, carried her down, placed
her on his horse, and bore her home. Then the wed-
ding was solemnized with great magnificence and re-
joicing, but the bride neither spoke nor smiled. When
they had lived happily together for a few years, the
King's mother, who was a wicked woman, began to
slander the young Queen, and said to the Kil:.-, "This
is a common beggar girl whom thou hast brought back
with thee. Who knows what impious, tricks -he
practises secretly Even if she be dumb, and not able
to speak, she still might laugh for once; but those
who do not laugh have bad consciences." A first
the King would not believe it, but the old woman
urged this so long, and accused her of so mn in
evil thini.g, that at last the King let himself be per-
suaded and sentenced her to death.
And now a great fire was lighted in the courtyard
in which she was to be burned, and the Kin~ stood
above at the window and looked on with .:i.rlil .yes,
because he still loved her so much. And when she
was bound fast to the stal-e, and the fire was icingg
at her clothes with its red tongue, the last instant of
the seven year expired. Then a ,..hirrin'g -ioii was
heard in the air, and twelve ravens came flying towards
the place, and sank downwards, and when they touched
the earth they were her twelve i-r.ltbhr-., whom she
had delivered. They tore the fire a-und:-r, extin-
tuished the flames, set their dear sister free, and kissed

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and embraced her. And noiv as she dared to open her
mouth and speak, she told the King why she had been
dumb, and had never laughed. The King rejoiced
when he heard that she was innocent, and they all
lived in great unity until their death. The wicked
step-mother was taken before the judge, and put into
a barrel filled with boiling oil and venomous snakes,
and died an evil death.

Brother and Sister.

LITTLE brother took his little sister by the hand
and said, Since our mother died we have had
no happiness; our step-mother beats us every
day, and if we come near she kicks us away with her
foot. Our meals are the hard crusts of bread that are
left over; and the little dog under the table is better
off, for she often throws it a nice bit. May Heaven
pity us. If our mother only knew !. Come, we will
go forth together into the wide world."
They walked the whole day over meadows, fields,
and stony places; and when it rained the little sister
said, Heaven and our hearts are weeping together."
In the evening they came to a large forest, and they
were so weary with sorrow and hunger and the long
walk, that they lay down in a hollow tree and fell
The next day when they awoke, the sun was already
high in the sky, and shone down hot into the tree.

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Then the brother said, "Sister, I am thirsty; if I
knew of a little brook I would go and just take a
drink; I think I hear one running." The brother
got up and took the little sister by the hand, and they
set off to find the brook.
But the wicked step-mother was a witch, and had
seen how the two children had gone ,away, and had
crept after them privily, as witches do creep, and
had bewitched all the brooks in the forest.
Now when they found a little brook leaping brightly
over the stones, the brother was going to drink out of
it, but the sister heard how it said as it ran, Who
drinks of me will be a tiger; who drinks of me will
be a tiger." Then the sister cried, "Pray, dear
brother, do not drink, or you will become a wild
beast, and tear me to pieces." The brother did not
drink, although he was so thirsty, but said, "I will
wait for the next spring."
When they came to the next brook the sister heard
this also say, "Who drinks of me will be a wolf;
who drinks of. me will be a wolf." Then the sister
cried out, "Pray dear brother, do not drink, or you
will become a wolf, and devour me." The brother did
not drink, and said, "I will wait until we come to the
next spring, but then I must drink, say what you
like; for my thirst is too great."
And when they came to the third brook the sister
heard how it said as it ran, "Who drinks of me
will be a roebuck: who drinks of me will be a roe-
buck." The sister said, Oh, I pray you, dear brother,
do not drink, or you will become a roebuck, and


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run away from me." But the' brother had knelt
down at once by the brook, and had bent down and
drank some of the water, and as soon as the first drop
touched his lips he lay there a young roebuck.
And now the sister wept over her poor bewitched
brother, and the little roe wept also, and sat sorrow-
fully near to her. But at last the girl said, "Be quiet,
dear little roe, I will never, never leave you."
Then she untied her golden garter and put it round
the roebuck's neck, and she plucked rushes and wove
them into a soft cord. With this she tied the little
beast and led it on, and she walked deeper and deeper
into the forest.
And when they,had gone a very long way they
came at last to a little house, and the girl looked in;
and as it was empty, she thought, "We can stay here
and live." Then she sought for leaves and moss to
make a soft bed for the roe; and every morning she
went out and gathered roots and berries and nuts for
herself, and brought tender grass for the roe, who ate
out of her hand, and was content and played round
about her. In the evening, when the sister was tired,
and had said her prayer, she laid her head upon the
roebuck's back: that was her pillow, and she slept
softly on it. And if only the brother had had his
human form it would have been a delightful life.
For some time they were alone like this in the
wilderness. But it happened that the King of the
country held a great hunt in the forest. Then the
blasts of the horns, the barking of dogs, and the
merry shouts of the huntsmen rang through the trees.

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and the roebuck heard all, and was only too anxious
to be there. Oh," said he to his sister, "let me be
off to the hunt, I cannot bear it any longer;" and
he begged so much that at last she agreed. But
said she to him, come back to me in the evening;
I must shut my door for fear of the rough huntsmen,
so knock and say, My little sister, let me in !" that
I may know you; and if you do not say that, I shall
not open the door." Then the young roebuck sprang
away; so happy was he and so merry in the open
The King and the huntsmen saw the pretty crea-
ture, and started after him, but they could not catch
him, and when they thought that they surely had him,
away he sprang through the bushes and could not
be seen. When it was dark he ran to the cottage,
knocked, and said, My little sister, let me in." Then
the door was opened for him, and he jumped in, and
rested himself the whole night through upon his soft
The next day the hunt went on afresh, and when
the roebuck again heard the bugle-horn, and the ho!
ho! of the huntsmen, he had no peace, but said, "Sis-
ter, let me out, I must be off." His sister opened the'
door for him, and said, But you must be here again
in the evening and say your pass-word."
When the King and his huntsmen again saw the
young roebuck with the golden collar, they all chased
him, but he was too quick and nimble for them. This
went on for the whole day, but at last by the evening
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wounded him a little in the foot, so that he limped and
ran slowly. Then a hunter crept after him to the cot-
tage and heard how he said, My little sister, let me
in," and saw that the door was opened for him, and
was shut again at once. The huntsman took notice
of it all, and went to the King and told him what he
had seen and heard. Then the King said, "To-morrow
'we will hunt once more."
The little sister, however, was dreadfully frightened
when she saw that her fawn was hurt. She washed
the blood off him, laid herbs on the wound and said,
"Go to your bed, dear roe, that you may get well
again." But the wound was so slight that the roe
buck, next morning, did not feel it any more. And
when he again heard the sport outside, he said, "I
cannot bear it, I must be there; they shall not find it
so easy to catch me." The sister cried, and said,
"This time they will kill you, and here I am alone in
the forest and forsaken by all the world. I will not
let you out." Then you will have me die of grief,"
answered the roe; when I hear the bugle-horns I feel
as if I must jump out of my skin." Then the sister
could not do otherwise, but opened the door for him
with a heavy heart, and the roebuck, full of health and
joy, bounded into the forest.
When the King saw him, he said to his huntsman
"Now chase him all day long till night-fall, but take
care that no one does him any harm."
As soon as the sun had set, the King said to the
huntsmen, "Now come and show me the cottage in
the wood; and when he was at the door, he knocked

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and called out, "Dear little sister, let me in." Then
the door opened, and the King walked in, and there
stood a maiden more lovely than any he had ever seen.
The maiden was frightened when she saw, not her
little roe, but a man come in who wore a golden crown
upon his head. But the King looked kindly at her,
stretched out his hand, and said, Will you go with
me to my palace and be my dear wife?" "Yes, in-
deed," answered the maiden, "but the little roe must
go with me, I cannot leave him." The King said,
" It shall stay with you as long as you live, and shall
want nothing." Just then he came running in, and
the sister again tied him with the cord of the rushes,
took it in her own hand, and went away with the King
from the cottage.
The King took the lovely maiden upon his horse
and carried her to his palace, where the wedding wa?
held with great pomp. She was now the Queen, and
they lived for a long time happily together; the roe-
buck was tended and cherished, and ran about in the
But the wicked step-mother, because of whom the
children had gone out into the world, thought all the
time that the sister had been torn to pieces by the wild
beasts in the wood, and that the brother had been shot
for a roebuck by the huntsmen. Now when she heard
that they were so happy, and so well off, envy and
hatred rose in her heart and left her no peace, and
she thought of nothing but how she could bring
them again to misfortune. Her own daughter, who
was as ugly as night, and had only one eye, grumbled

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at her and said, "A Queen! that ought to have been -
my luck."
"Only be quiet," answered the old woman, and
comforted her by saying, "when the times comes I
shall be ready."
As time went on, the Queen had a pretty little
boy, and it happened that the King was out hunt-
ing; so the old witch took the form of the chamber-
maid, went into the room where the Queen lay, and
said to-her, "Come the bath is ready: it will do you
good, and give you fresh strength; make haste before
it gets cold."
The daughter also was close by; so they carried the
weakly Queen into the bath-room, and put her into the
bath; then they shut the door and ran away. But in
the bath-room they had made a fire of such deadly
heat that the beautiful young Queen was soon suffo-
When this was done the old woman took her daugh-
ter, put a nightcap on her head, and laid her in bed in
place of the Queen. She gave her too the shape and
look of the Queen, only she could not make good the
lost eye. But in order that the King might not see
it, she was to lie on the side on which she had no
In the evening when he came home and heard that
he had a son he was heartily glad, and was going to
the bed of his dear wife to see how she was. But the
old woman quickly called out, "For your life leave
the curtains closed; the Queen ought not to see the
light yet, and must have rest." The King went away,

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and did not find out that a false Queen was lying in the
But at midnight, when all slept, the nurse, who
was sitting in the nursery by the cradle, and who was
the only person awake, saw the door open and the true
Queen walk in. She took the child out of the cradle,
laid it on her arm, and suckled it. Then she shook up
its pillow, laid the child down again, and covered it
with the little quilt. And she did not forget the roe-
buck, but went into the corner where it lay, and
stroked its back. Then she went quite silently out of
the door again. The next morning the nurse asked
the guards whether any one had come into the palace
during the night, but they answered, "No, we have
seen no one."
She came thus many nights and never spoke a
word: the nurse always saw her, but she did not dareto
tell any one about it.
When some time had passed in this manner, the
Queen began to speak in the night, and said-
How fares my child, how fares my roe ?
Twice shall I come, then never more."
The nurse did not answer, but when the Queen had
come again, went to the King and told him all. The
King said, Ah heavens! what is this? To-morrow
night I will watch by the child." In the evening he
went into the nursery, and at midnight the Queer
again appeared and said-
How fares my child, how fares my roe 7
Once will I come, then never more."

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And she nursed the child as she was wont to do
before she disappeared. The King dared not speak to
her, but on the next night he watched again. Then
she said-
ow fares my child, how fares my roe I
This time I come, then never more."
Then the King could not restrain himself; he sprang
towards her, and said, "You can be none other than
my dear wife."
She answered, "Yes, I am your dear wife," and at
the same moment she received life again, and by God's
grace became fresh, rosy, and full of health.
Then she told the King the evil deed which the
wicked witch and her daughter had been guilty of to-
wards her. The King ordered both to be led before
the judge, and judgment was delivered against them.
The daughter was taken into the forest where she was
torn to pieces by wild beasts, but the witch was cast
into the fire and miserably burned. And as soon as she
was burned the roebuck changed his shape, and received
his human form again, so the sister and brother lived
happily together all their lives.



THERE were once a man and a woman who haG
long in vain wished for a child. At length the
woman hoped that God was about to grant her
desire. These people had a little window at the back of
their house from which a splendid garden could be seen,
which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs.
It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one
dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchant-
ress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the
world. One day the woman was standing by this win-
dow and looking down into the garden, when she saw
a bed which was planted with the most beautiful
rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green
that she longed for it, and had the greatest desire to
eat some. This desire increased every day, and as she
knew that she could not get any of it, she quite pined
away, and looked pale and miserable. Then her hus-
band was alarmed, and asked, What aileth thee, dear

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wife?" "Ah," she replied, "if I can't get some of
the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, to
eat, I shall die." The man, who loved her, thought,
"Sooner than let thy wife die, bring her some of the
rampion thyself, let it cost thee what it will." In the
twilight of evening, he clambered down over the wall
into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a
handful, of rampion, and took it to his wife. She at
once made herself a salad of it, and ate it with much
relish. She, however,' liked it so much-so very
much, that the next day she longed for it three times
as much as before. If he was to have any rest, her
husband must once more descend into the garden. In
the gloom of evening, therefore, he let himself down
again; but when he had clambered down the wall he
was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress stand-
ing before him. "How canst thou dare," said she
with angry look, to descend into my garden and steal
my rampion like a thief? Thou shalt suffer for it!"
" Ah," answered he, "let mercy take the place of jus.
tice, I only made up my mind to do it out of neces.
sity. My wife saw your rampion from the window,
and felt such a longing for it that she would have died
if she had not got some to eat." Then the enchant,
ress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him,
" If the case be as thou sayest, I will allow thee to take
away with thee as much rampion as thou wilt, only I
make one condition, thou must give me the child
which thy wife will bring into the world; it shall be
well treated, and I will care for it like a mother." The
man in his terror consented to everything, and when

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the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress ap-
peared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel,
and took it away with her.
Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child be


neath the sun. When she was twelve years old, the
enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a

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forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the
top was a little window. When the enchantress
wanted to go in, she placed herself beneath this, and
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down thy hair to me."
Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold,
and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she
unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one
the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell
twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it.
After a year or two, it came to pass that the King's
son rode through the forest and went by the tower.
Then he heard a song, which was so charming that he
stood still and listened. This was Rapunzel, who in
her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice
resound. The King's son wanted to climb up to her,
and looked for the door of the tower, but none was to
be found. He rode home, but the singing had so
deeply touched his heart, that every day he went out
into the forest and listened to it. Once when he was
thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress
came there, and he heard how she cried,
Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down thy hair."
Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and
the enchantress climbed up to her. "If that is the
ladder by which one mounts, I will for once try my
fortune," said he, and the next day when it began to
grow dark, he went to the tower and cried,

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Rapunzel, eRaunzl,
Let down thy hair."

Immediately the hair fell down and the King's son
climbed up.
At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a
man such as her eyes had never yet beheld, came to
her; but the King's son began to talk to her quite like
a friend, and told her that his heart had been so stirred
that it had let him have no rest, and he had been forced
to see her. Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he
asked her if she would take him for her husband, and
she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought,
"He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does;"
and she said yes, and laid her hand in his. She said, I
will willingly go away with thee, but I do not know
how to get down. Bring with thee a skein of silk
every time that thou comest, and I will weave a ladder
with it, and when that is ready I will descend, and thou
wilt take me on thy horse." They agreed that until
that time he should come to her every evening, for the
old woman came by day. The enchantress remarked
nothing of this, until once Rapunzel said to her, "Tell
me, Dame Gothel, how it happens that you are so much
heavier for me to draw up than the young King's son
-he is with me in a moment"
Ah! thou wicked child," cried the enchantress,
"What do I hear thee say I thought I had separated
thee from all the world, and yet thou.hast deceived
me!" In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful
tresses, wrapped them once round her left hand, seized

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a pair of scissors with her right, and snip, snap, they
were cut off, and the lovely braids lay on the ground.
And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel
into a desert where she had to live in great grief and
The same day, however, that she cast out Rapunzel,
the enchantress in the evening fastened the braids of
hair that she had cut off to the hook of the window,
and when the King's son came and cried,
Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down thy hair."
she let the hair down. The King's son ascended, but
he did not find his dearest Rapunzel above, but the
enchantress, who gazed at him with wicked and venom-
ous looks. Aha!" she cried mockingly, "Thou
wouldst fetch thy dearest, but the beautiful bird sits no
longer singing in the nest; the cat has got it and will
scratch out thy eyes as well. Rapunzel is lost to thee;
thou wilt never see her more."
The King's son was beside himself with pain, and
in his despair he leaped down from the tower. He
escaped with his life, but the thorns into which he fell,
pierced his eyes. Then he Wandered quite blind about
the forest, ate nothing but roots and berries, and did
nothing but lament and weep over the loss of his
dearest wife. Thus he roamed about in misery for
some years, and at length came to the desert where
Rapunzel, with the twins to which she had given birth,
a boy and a girl, lived in wretchedness. He heard a
voice, and it seemed so familiar to him that he went

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towards it, and when he approached, Rapunzel knew
him and fell on his neck and wept. Two of her tears
wetted his eyes and they grew clear again, and he could
see with them as before. He led her to his kingdom
where he was joyfully received, and they lived for along
time afterwards, happy and contented.

The Three Little Men in the Wood.

THERE was once a man whose wife died, and a
woman whose husband died, and the man had a
daughter, and the woman also had a daughter.
The girls were acquainted with each other, and went
out walking together, and afterwards came to the
woman in her house. Then said she to the man's
daughter, Listen, tell thy father that I would like to
marry him, and then thou shalt wash thyself in milk
every morning, and drink wine, but my own daughter
shall wash herself in water and drink water." The
girl went home, and told her father what the woman
had said. The man said, "What shall I do? Marriage
is a joy and also a torment." At length as he could
come to no decision, he pulled off his boot, and said,
" Take this boot, it has a hole in the sole of it. Go
with it up to the loft, hang it on the big nail, and
then pour water into it. If it holds the water, then I
will again take a wife, but if runs through, I will not."
The girl did as she was ordered, but the water drew
the hole together, and the boot became full to the top.
She informed her father how it had turned out. Then
he himself went up, and when he saw that she'was
right, he went to the widow and wooed her, and the
wedding was celebrated.
The next morning, when the two girls got up,
there stood before the man's daughter, milk for her to
wash in and wine for her to drink, but before the
woman's daughter stood water to wash herself with and

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water for drinking. On the second morning, stood
water for washing and water for drinking before the
man's daughter as well as before the woman's daugh-
ter. And on the third morning stood water for wash-
ing and water for drinking before the man's daughter,
and milk for washing and wine for drinking, before
the woman's daughter, and so it continued. The
woman became bitterly unkind to her step-daughter,
and day by day did her best to treat her still worse.
She was envious too because her step-daughter was
beautiful and lovable, and her own daughter ugly and
Once, in winter, when everything was frozen as
hard as a stone, and hill and vale lay covered with
snow, the woman made a frock of paper, called her
step-daughter, and said, "Here, put on this dress, and
go out into the wood, and fetch me a little basketful
of strawberries,-I have a fancy for some." "Good
heavens!" said the girl, "no strawberries grow in
winter! The ground is frozen, and besides the snow
has covered everything. And why am I to go in this
paper frock? It is so cold outside that one's very
breath freezes! The wind will blow through the
frock, and the thorns will tear it off my body." "Wilt
thou contradict me again?" said the stepmother, "See
that thou goest, and do not show thy face again until
thou hast the basketful of strawberries !" Then she
gave her a little piece of hard bread, and said, This
will last thee the day," and thought, "Thou wilt die
of cold and hunger outside, and wilt never be seen
again by me."

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Then the maiden was obedient, and put on the
paper frock, and went out with the basket. Far and
wide there was nothing but snow, and not a green
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blade to be seen. When she got into the wood she saw
a small house out of which peeped three little dwarfs.
She wished them good day, and knocked modestly at

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the door. They cried, "Come in," and she entered
the room and seated herself on the bench by the stove,
where she began to warm herself and eat her break-
fast. The elves said, "Give us, too, some of it."
"Willingly," said she, and divided her bit of bread in
two, and gave them the half. They asked, "What
dost thou here in the forest in the winter time, in thy
thin dress ?" Ah," she answered, "I am to look for
a basketful of strawberries, and am not to go home un-
til I can take them with me." When she had eaten
her bread, they gave her a broom and said, Sweep
away the snow at the back door with it." But when
she was outside, the three little men said to each other,
"What shall we give her as she is so good, and has
shared her bread with us ?" Then said the first, My
gift is, that she shall every day grow more beautiful."
The second said, My gift is, that gold pieces shall
fall out of her mouth every time she speaks." The
third said, My gift is, that a king shall come and
take her to wife."
The girl, however, did as the little men had bidden
her, swept away the snow behind the little house with
the broom, and what did she find but real ripe straw-
berries, which came up quite dark-red out of the snow !
In her joy she hastily gathered her basket full, thanked
the little men, shook hands with each of them, and ran
home to take her step-mother what she had longed for
so much. When she went in and said good-evening,
a piece of gold at once fell out of her mouth. There-
upon she related what had happened to her in the
wood, but with every word she spoke, gold pieces fell

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from her mouth, until very soon the whole room was
covered with them. Now look at her arrogance,"
cried the step-sister, "to throw about gold in that
way !" but she was secretly envious of it, and wanted
to go into the forest also to seek strawberries. The
mother said, No, my dear little daughter, it is too
cold, thou mightest die of cold." However, as her
daughter let her have no peace, the mother at last
yielded, made her a magnificent dress of fur, which she
was obliged to put on, and gave her bread-and-butter
and cake with her.
The girl went into the forest and straight up to
the little house. The three little elves peeped out
again, but she did not greet them, and without look-
ing round at them and without speaking to them, she
went awkwardly into the room, seated herself by the
stove, and began to eat her bread-and-butter and cake.
"Give us some of it," cried the little men; but she re
plied, "There is not enough for myself, so how can I
give it away to other people?" When she had done
eating, they said, "There is a broom for thee, sweep
all clean for us outside by the back-door." "Humph!
Sweep for yourselves," she answered, "I am not your
servant" When she saw that they were not going to
give her anything, she went out by the door. Then
the little men said to each other, "What shall we give
her as she is so naughty, and has a wicked envious
heart, that will never let her do a good turn to any
one?" The first said, "I grant that she may grow
uglier every day." The second said-, "I grant that at
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mouth." The third said, "I grant that she may die
a miserable death." The maiden looked for straw-
berries outside, but as she found none, she went
angrily home. And when she opened her mouth, and
was about to tell her mother what had happened to
her in the wood, with every word she said, a toad
sprang out of her mouth, so that every one was seized
with horror of her.
Then the step-mother was still more enraged, and
thought of. nothing but how to do every possible in-
jury to the man's daughter, whose beauty, however,
grew daily greater. At length she took a cauldron,
set it on the fire, and boiled yarn in it. When it was
boiled, she flung it on the poor girl's shoulder, and
gave her an axe in order that she might go on the
frozen river, cut a hole in the ice, and rinse the yarn.
She was obedient, went thither and cut a hole in the
ice; and while she was in the midst of her cutting, a
splendid carriage came driving up, in which sat the
King. The carriage stopped, and the King asked,
"My child, who art thou, and what art thou doing
here?" "I am a poor girl, and I am rinsing yarn."
Then the King felt compassion, and when he saw that
she was so very beautiful, he said to her, "'Wilt thou
go away with me?" "Ah, yes, with all my heart,"
she answered, for she was glad to get away from the
mother and sister.
So she got into the carriage and drove away with
the King, and when they arrived at his palace, the
wedding was celebrated with great pomp, as the little
men had granted to the maiden. When a year was

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over, the young Queen bore a son, and as the step-
mother had heard of her great good-fortune, she came
with her daughter to the palace and pretended that
she wanted to pay her a visit. Once, however, when
the King had gone out, and no one else was present,
the wicked woman seized the Queen by the head, and
her daughter seized her by the feet, and they lifted her
out of the bed, and threw her out of the window into
the stream which flowed by. 'Then the ugly daughter
laid herself in the bed, and the old woman covered
her up over her head. When the King came home
again and wanted to speak to his wife, the old woman
cried, "Hush, hush, that can't be now, she is lying in
a violent perspiration; you must let her rest to-day."
The King suspected no evil, and did not come back
again till next morning; and as he talked with his
wife and she answered him, with every word a toad
leaped out, whereas formerly a piece of gold had fallen
out. Then he asked what that could be, but the old
woman said that she had got that from the violent
perspiration, and would soon lose it again. During
the night, however, the scullion saw a duck come
swimming up the gutter, and it said,
"XKing. what art thou doing now?
Sleepest thou, or wakest thou ?"
And as he returned no answer it said,
"And my guests, What may they do?"
The scullion said,
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Then it asked again,
What does little baby mine f"
He answered,
"Sleepeth in her cradle fine."
Then she went upstairs in the form of the Queen,
nursed the baby, shook up its little bed, covered it
over, and then swam away again down the gutter in
the shape of a duck. She came thus for two nights;
on the third, she said to the scullion, "Go and tell the
King to take his sword and swing it three times over
me on the threshold." Then the scullion ran and told
this to the King, who came with his sword and swung
it thrice over the spirit, and at the third time, his wife
stood before him strong, living, and healthy as she had
been before. Thereupon the King was full of great
joy, but he kept the Queen hidden in a chamber until
the Sunday, when the baby was to be christened. And
when it was christened he said, "What does a person
deserve who drags another out of bed and throws him
in the water ?" "The wretch deserves nothing better,"
answered the old woman, "than to be taken and put
in a barrel stuck full of nails, and rolled down hill into
the water." "Then," said the King, "thou hast pro-
nounced thine own sentence;" and he ordered such a
barrel to be brought, and the old woman to be put
into it with her daughter, and then the top was ham-
mered on, and the barrel rolled down hill until it went
into the -iver.

The Three Spinners

THERE was once a girl who was idle and would
not spin, and let her mother say what she would,
she could not bring her to it. At last the mother
was once so overcome with anger and impatience, that
she beat her, on which the girl began to weep loudly.
Now at this very moment the Queen drove by, and
when she heard the weeping she stopped her carriage,
went into the house and asked the mother why she
was beating her daughter so that the cries could be
heard out on the road? Then the woman was ashamed
to reveal the laziness of her daughter and said, "I can-
not get her to leave off spinning. She insists on spin-
ning for ever and ever, and I am poor, and cannot
procure the flax." Then answered the Queen, "There
is nothing that I like better to hear than spinning, and
I am never happier than when the wheels are hum-
ming. Let me have your daughter with me in the
palace, I have flax enough, and there she shall spin as
much as she likes." The mother was heartily satis-
fied with this, and the Queen took the girl with her.
When they had arrived at the palace, she led her up
into three rooms which were filled from the bottom to
the top with the finest flax. "Now spin me this flax,"
said she, "and when thou hast done it, thou shalt have
my eldest son for a husband, even if thou art poor. I
care not for that, thy indefatigable industry is dowry
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not have spun the flax, no, not if she have lived till
she was three hundred years old, and had sat at it
every day from morning till night When therefore
she was alone, she began to weep, and sat thus for
three days without moving a finger. On the third day
came the Queen, and when she saw that nothing had
been spun yet, she was surprised; but the girl excused
herself by saying that she had not been able to begin
because of her great distress at leaving her mother's
house. The Queen was satisfied with this, but said
when she was going away, "To-morrow thou must
begin to work."
When the girl was alone again, she did not know
what to do, and in her distress went to the window.
Then she saw three women coming towards her, the
first of whom had a broad flat foot, the second had
such a great underlip that it hung down over her chin,
and the third had a broad thumb. They remained
standing before the window, looked up, and asked the
girl what was amiss with her ? She complained of her
trouble and then they offered her their help and said,
" If thcu wilt invite us to the wedding, not be ashamed
of us, and wilt call us thine aunts, and likewise wilt
place us at thy table, we will spin up the flax for thee,
and that in avery short time." "With all my heart,"
she replied, "do but come in and begin the work at
once." Then she let in the three strange women, and
cleared a place in the first room, where they seated
themselves and began their spinning. The one drew
the thread and trod the wheel, the other wetted the
thread, the third twisted it, and struck the table with

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her finger, and as often as she
struck it, a skein of thread fell
to the ground that was spun in
the finest manner possible. The
girl concealed the three spinners
from the Queen, and showed her
whenever she came the great
quantity of spun thread, until
the latter could not praise her
enough. When the first room
was empty she went to the sec-
ond, and at last to the third, and
that too was quickly cleared.
Then the three women took leave
and said to the girl, "Do not for-
get what thou hast promised us
-it will make thy fortune."
When the maiden showed
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and the great heap of yarn, she gave orders for the
wedding, and the bridegroom rejoiced that he was
to have such a clever and industrious wife, and praised
her mightily. "I have three aunts," said the girl,
"and as they have been very kind to me, I should not
like to forget them in my good fortune; allow me to
invite them to the wedding, and let them sit with us
at table." The Queen and the bridegroom said, Why
should we not allow that? Therefore when the feast
began, the three women entered in strange apparel,
and the bride said, "Welcome, dear aunts." "Ah,"
said the bridegroom, how comest thou by these odious
friends?" Thereupon he went to the one with the
broad flat foot, and said, How do you come by such a
broad foot?" "By treading," she answered, "by
treading." Then the bridegroom went to the second,
and said, How do you come by your falling lip ? "
"By licking," she answered, "by licking." Then he
asked the third, "How do you come by your broad
thumb?" "By twisting the thread," she answered,
"by twisting the thread." On this the King's son
was alarmed and said, Neither now nor ever shall my
beautiful bride touch a spinning-wheel." And thus
she got rid of the hateful flax-spinning.

Hansel and Grethel.

HARD by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter
with his wife and his two children. The boy
was called Hansel and the girl Grethel. He had
little to bite and to break, and once when great scarcity
fell on the land, he could no longer procure daily bread.
Now when he thought over this by night in his bed,
and tossed about in his anxiety, he groaned and said to
his wife, "What is to become of us? How are we to
feed our poor children, when we no longer have any.
thing even for ourselves? "
I'll tell you what, husband," answered the woman,
Early to-morrow morning we will take the children
out into the forest to where it is the thickest, there we
will light a fire for them and give each of them one
piece of bread more, and then we will go to our work
and leave them alone. They will not find the way
home again, and we shall be rid of them."
"No wife," said the man, "I will not do that; how
can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?-
the wild animals would soon come and tear them to
thou fool!" said she, "Then we must all four
die of hunger, thou mayest as well plane the planks for
our coffins," and she left him no peace until he con-
"But I feel very sorry for the poor children all the
same," said the man.
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for hunger, and had heard what their step-mother had
said to their father. Grethel wept bitter tears, and said
to Hansel, "Now all is over with us." "Be quiet,
Grethel," said Hansel, "do not distress thyself, I will
soon find a way to help us." And when the old folks
had fallen asleep, he got up, put on his little cuat,
opened the door below, and crept outside. The moon
shone brightly and the white pebbles which lay in
front of the house glittered like real silver pennies.
Hansel stooped and put as many of them in the little
pocket of his coat as he could possibly get in. Then
he went back and said to Grethel, Be comforted, dear
little sister, and sleep in peace, God will not forsake
us," and he lay down again in his bed. When day
dawned, but before the sun had risen, the woman came
and awoke the two children, saying, "Get up, you
sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch
wood." She gave each a little piece of bread, and
said, "There is something for your dinner, but do not
eat it up before then, for you will get nothing else."
Grethel took -the bread under her apron, as Hansel
had the stones in his pocket. Then they all set out
together on the way to the forest. When they had
walked a short time, Hansel stood still and peeped
back at the house, and did so again and again. His
father said, "Hansel, what art thou looking at there
and staying behind for? Mind what thou art about,
and do not forget how to use thy legs." "Ah, father,"
said Hansel, "I am looking at my little white cat,
which is sitting up on the roof, and wants to say
good-bye to me." The wife said, "Fool, that is not

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thy little cat, that is the morning sun which is shin-
ning on the chimneys." Hansel, however, had not
been looking back at the cat, but had been constantly


throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his
pocket on the road.
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the father said, "Now, children, pile up some wood,
and I will light a fire that you may not be cold."
Hansel and Grethel gathered brushwood together, as
high as a little hill. The brushwood was lighted, and
when the flames were burning very high the woman
said, "Now, children, lay yourselves down by the fire
and rest, we will go into the forest and cut some
wood. When we have done, we will come back and
fetch you away."
Hansel and Grethel sat by the fire, and when noon
came, each ate a little piece of bread, and as they heard
the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their
father was near. It was, however, not the axe it was
a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree
which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards.
And as they had been sitting such a long time, their
eyes shut with fatigue, and they fell fast asleep.
When at last they awoke, it was already dark night
Grethel began to cry and said, "How are we to get
out of the forest now?" But Hansel comforted her
and said, "Just wait a little, until the moon has risen,
and then we will soon find the way." And when the
full moon had risen, Hansel took his little sister by
the hand, and followed the pebbles which shone like
newly-coined silver pieces, and showed them the way.
They walked the whole night long, and by break
of day came once more to their father's house. They
knocked at the door, and when the woman opened it
and saw that it was Hansel and Grethel, she said,
"You naughty children, why have you slept so long in
the forest?-we thought you were never coming back

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at all !" The father, however, rejoiced, for it had- cut
him to the heart to leave them behind alone.
Not long afterwards, there was once more great
scarcity in all parts, and the children heard their
mother saying at night to their father, "Everything is
eaten again; we have one half loaf left, and after that
there is an end. The children must go, we will take
them farther into the wood, so that they will not find
their way out again; there is no other means of saving
ourselves!" The man's heart was heavy, and he
thought it would be better for thee' to share, the last
mouthful with thy children." The woman, however,
would listen to nothing he had to say, but scolded and
reproached him. He who says A must say B, likewise,
and as he had yielded the first time, he had to do so
a second time also.
The children were, however, still awake and had
heard the conversation. When the old folks were
asleep, Hansel again got up, and wanted to go out and
pick up pebbles, but the woman had locked the door,
and Hansel could not get out. Nevertheless he com- -
forted his little sister, and said, "Do not cry, Grethel,
go to sleep quietly, the good God will help us."
Early in the morning came the woman, and took
the children out of their beds. Their bit of bread was
given to them, but it was still smaller than the time
before. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled
his in his pocket and often stood still and threw a
morsel on the ground. "Hansel, why dost thou stop
and look round?" said the father, "go on." "I am
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the roof, and wants to say, good-bye to me," answered
Hansel. "Simpleton! sid the woman, "that is not
thy little pigeon, that is the morning sun that is
shining on the chimney." Hansel, however, little by
little, threw all the crumbs on the path.
The woman led the children still deeper into the
forest, where they had never in their lives been before.
Then a great fire was again made, and the mother
said, "Just sit there, you children, and when you are
tired you may sleep a little; we are going into the for-
est to cut wood, and in the evening when we are done,
we will come and fetch you away." When it was
noon, Grethel shared her piece of bread with Hansel,
who had scattered his by the way. Then they fell
asleep and evening came and went, but no one came to
the poor children. They did not awake until it was
dark night, and Hansel comforted his little sister and
said, "Just wait, Grethel, until the moon rises, and
then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have
strewn about, they will show us our way home again."
When the moon came they set out, but they found no
crumbs, for the many thousands of birds which fly
about in the woods and fields, had picked them all up.
Hansel said to Grethel, "We shall soon find the way,"
but they did not find it. They walked the whole night
and all the next day too from morning till evening,
but they did not get out of the forest, and were very
hungry, for they had nothing to eat but two or
three berries, which grew on the ground. And as they
were so weary that their legs would carry them no
longer, they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep.

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It was now three mornings since they had left their
father's house. They began to walk again, but they
always got deeper into the forest, and if help did not
come soon, they must die of hunger and weariness.
When it was mid-day, they saw a beautiful snow-white
bird sitting on a bough, which sang so delightfully
that they stood still and listened to it. And when it
had finished its song, it spread its wings and flew away
before them, and they followed it until they reached a
little house, on the roof of which it alighted; and
when they came quite up to the little house they saw
that it was built of bread and covered with cakes, but
that the windows were of clear sugar. "We will set
to work on that," said Hansel, "and have a good
meal. I will eat a bit of the roof, and thou, Grethel,
canst eat some of the window, it will taste sweet"
Hansel reached up above, and broke off a little of the
roof to try how it tasted, and Grethel leaned against the
window and nibbled at the panes. Then a soft voice
cried from the room,
Nibble, nibble, gnaw,
Who is nibbling at my little house ?"
The children answered,
"' The wind, the wind,
The heaven-born wind,"
and went on eating without disturbing themselves.
Hansel, who thought the roof tasted very nice, tore
down a great piece of it, and Grethel pushed out the
whole of one round window-pane, sat down, and en-
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a very, very old woman, who supported herself on
crutches, came creeping out. Hansel and Grethel
were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they
had in their hands. The old woman, however, nodded
her head, and said, Oh, you dear children, who has
brought you here? Do come in, and stay with me.
No harm shall happen to you." She took them by
the hand, and led them into her little house. Then
good food was set before them, milk and pancakes,
with sugar, apples, and nuts. Afterwards two pretty
little beds were covered with clean white linen, and
Hansel and Grethel lay down in them, and thought
they were in heaven.
The old woman had only pretended to be so kind;
she was in reality a wicked witch, who lay in wait
for children, and had only built the little bread house
in order to entice them there. When a child fell into
her power, she killed it, cooked and ate it, and that
was a feast day with her. Witches have red eyes, 'and
cannot see far, but they have a keen scent like the
beasts, and are aware when human beings draw near.
When Hansel and Grethel came into her neighbor-
hood, she laughed maliciously, and said mockingly,
" I have them, they shall not escape me again !" Early
in the morning, before the children were awake, she
was already up, and when she saw both of them sleep-
ing and looking so pretty, with their plump red
cheeks, she muttered to herself, "That will be a
dainty mouthful !" Then she seized Hansel with her
shrivelled hand, carried him into a little stable, and
shut him in with a grated door. He might scream as

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he liked, -that was of no use. Then she went to
Grethel, shook her till she awoke, and cried, "Get up,
lazy thing, fetch some water, and cook something good
for thy brother, he is in the stable outside, and is to be
made fat When he is fat, I will eat him." Grethel be-
gan to weep bitterly, but it was all in vain, she was
forced to do what the wicked witch ordered her.
And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel,
but Grethel got nothing but crab-shells. Every morn-
ing the woman crept to the little stable and cried,
" Hansel, stretch out thy finger that I may feel if thou
wilt soon be fat."
Hansel, however, stretched out a little bone to her,
and the old woman, who had dim eyes, could not see
it, and thought it was Hansel's finger and was aston-
ished that there was no way of fattening him. When
four weeks had gone by and Hansel still continued
thin, she was seized with impatience and would not
wait any longer.
"Hola, Grethel," she cried to the girl, "be active,
and bring some water. Let Hansel be fat or lean, to-
morrow I will kill him and cook him." Ah, how the
poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the
water, and how her tears did flow down over her
Dear God, do help us," she cried. "If the wild
beasts in the forest had but devoured us, we should at
any rate have died together."
"Just keep thy noise to thyself," said the old woman,
"all that won't help thee at all."
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hang up the cauldron with the water, and light the
fire. "We will bake first," said the old woman, "I
have already heated the oven and kneaded the dough."
She pushed poor Grethel out to the oven, from which
flames of fire were already darting. "Creep in," said
the witch, "and see if it-is properly heated, so that we
can shut the bread in." And when once Grethel was
inside, she intended to shut the oven and let her bake
in it, and then she would eat her, too. But Grethel
saw what she had in her mind, and said, I do not
know how I am to do it; how do you get in? "
"Silly goose," said the old woman. "The door is
big enough; just look, I can get in myself! and she
crept up and thrust her head into the oven. Then
Grethel gave her a push that drove her far into it, and
shut the iron door, and fastened the bolt. Oh! then
she began to howl quite horribly, but Grethel ran
away, and the godless witch was miserably burnt to
Grethel, however, ran as quick as lightning to
Hansel, opened his little stable and cried, Hansel,
we are saved The old witch is dead !" Then Hansel
sprang out like a bird from its cage when the door is
opened for it. How they did rejoice and embrace each
other, and dance about and kiss each other And as
they had no longer any need to fear her, they went into
the witch's house, and in every corner there stood
chests full of pearls and jewels. "These are far better
than pebbles!" said Hansel, and thrust into his pockets
whatever could be got in, and Grethel said, "I, too,
will take something home with me," and filled her

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pinafore full. "But now we will go away," said Han-
sel, "that we may get out of- the witch's forest."
When they had walked for two hours they came to
a great piece of water. We cannot get over," said
Hansel, "I see'no foot-plank and no bridge." "And
no boat crosses either," answered Grethel; but a white
duck is swimming there; if I ask her, she will help us
over." Then she cried:
"Little duck, little duck, dost thou see,
Hansel and Grethel are waiting for thee 9
There's never a flank, or bridge in sight,
Take us across on thy back so white."
The duck came to them and Hansel seated himself
on its back and told his sister to sit by him. "No,"
replied Grethel, "that will be too heavy for the little
duck; she shall take us across, one after the other."
The good little duck did so and when they were once
safely across and had walked for a short time, the
forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them
and at length they saw from afar their father's house.
Then they began to run, rushed into the parlor and
threw themselves into their father's arms. The man
had not known one happy hour since he had left the
children in the forest; the woman, however, was dead.
Grethel emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious
stones ran about the room and Hansel threw one hand-
ful after another out of his pocket to add to them.
Then all anxiety was at an end and they lived together
in perfect happiness. My tale is done, there runs a
mouse, whoever catches it, may make himself a big
fur cap out of it

The Valiant Little Tailor.

ONE summer's morning a little tailor was sitting
on his table by the window; he was in good
spirits, and sewed with all his might. Then
came a peasant woman down the street crying, Good
jams, cheap! Good jams, cheap!" This rang pleas-
antly in the tailor's ears; he stretched his delicate head
out of the window, and called, Come up here, dear
woman; here you will get rid of your goods." The
woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her
heavy basket, and he made her unpack the whole of the
pots for him. He inspected all of them, lifted them
up, put his nose to them, and at length said, "The jam
seems to me to be good, so weigh me out four ounces,
dear woman, and if it is a quarter of a pound that is
of no consequence." The woman who had hoped to
find a good sale, gave him what he desired, but went
away quite angry and grumbling. "Now, God bless
the jam to my use," cried the little tailor, "and give
me health and strength;" so he brought the bread out
of the cupboard, cut himself a piece right across the
loaf and spread the jam over it. "This won't taste
bitter," said he, "but I will just finish the jacket before
I take a bite. He laid the bread near him, sewed on,
and in his joy, made bigger and bigger stitches. In
the meantime the smell of the sweet jam ascended so
to the wall, where the flies were sitting in great

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numbers, that they were attracted and descended on it
in hosts. "Hola! who if ited you?" said the little
tailor, and drove the unbidden guests away. The flies,
however, who understood no German, would not be
turned away, but came back again in ever-increasing
companies. Then the little tailor at last lost all
patience, and got a bit of cloth from the hole under
his work-table, and saying, "Wait, and I will give it
to you," struck it mercilessly on them. When he
drew it away and counted, there lay before him no
fewer than seven, dead and with legs stretched out
" Art thou a fellow of that sort? said he, and could
not help admiring his own bravery. "The whole
town shall know of this!" And the little tailor
hastened to cut himself a girdle, stitched it and
embroidered on it in large letters, "Seven at one
stroke!" "What, the town!" he continued, "The
whole world shall hear of it!" and his heart wagged
with joy like a lamb's tail. The tailor put on the
girdle, and resolved to go forth into the world, because
he thought his workshop was too small for his valor.
Before he went away, he sought about in the house to
see if there was anything which he could take with
him; however, he found nothing but an old cheese,
and that he put in his pocket. In front of the door
he observed a bird which had caught itself in the
thicket. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese.
Now he took to the road boldly, and as he was light
and nimble, he felt no fatigue. The road led him up
a mountain, and when he had reached the highest
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him quite comfortably. The little tailor went bravely
up, spoke to him, and said, "Good day, comrade, so
thou art sitting there overlooking the wide-spread
world I am just on my. way thither, and want to try
my luck. Hast thou any inclination to go with'me?"
The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor, and
said, "Thou ragamuffin Thou miserable creature !"
Oh, indeed?" answered the little tailor and un-
buttoned his coat and showed the giant the girdle.
" There mayst thou read what kind of a man I am!"
The giant read, Seven at one stroke," and thought
that they had been men whom the tailor had killed
and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow.
Nevertheless, he wished to try him first and took a
stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that the
water dropped out of it.
"Do that likewise," said the giant, "if thou hast
strength?" "Is that all?" said the tailor, "that is
child's play with us and put his hand into his pocket,
brought out the soft cheese and pressed it until the
liquid ran out of it. "Faith," said he, "that was a
little better, wasn't it? The giant did not know what
to say'and could not believe it of the little man. Then
the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that
the eye could scarcely follow it.
"Now, little mite of a man, do that likewise."
"Well thrown," said the tailor, but after all the stone
came down to earth again; I will throw you one which
shall never come back at all," and he put his hand into
his pocket, took out the bird and threw it into the air.
The bird, delighted with its liberty, rose, flew away

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and did not come back. "How does that shot please
you, comrade "' asked the tailor.
"Thou canst certainly throww" said the

giant, "but now we will see if thou art able
to carry anything properly." He took the little
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felled on the ground and said, "If thou art strong
enough, help me to carry the tree out of the forest."
"Readily," answered the little man; "take thou the
trunk on thy shoulders and I will raise up the
branches and twigs; after all, they are the heaviest."
The giant took the trunk on his shoulder, but the
tailor seated himself on a branch, and the giant who
could not look round, had to carry away the whole
tree, and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind,
was quite merry and whistled the song, "Three tailors
rode forth from the gate," as if carrying the tree were
child's play. The giant, after he had dragged the
heavy burden part of the way, could go no further, and
cried, "Hark you, I shall have to let the tree fall!"
The tailor sprang nimbly down, seized the tree with
both arms as if he had been carrying it, and said to the
giant, "Thou art such a great fellow, and yet canst not
even carry the tree !"
They went on together, and as they passed a cherry-
tree, the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where
the ripest fruit was hanging, bent it down, gave it into
the tailor's hand and bade him eat. But the little
tailor was much too weak to hold the tree, and wnen
the giant let it go, it sprang back again, and the tailor
was hurried into the air with it. When he had fallen
down again without injury, the giant said, "What is
this ? Hast thou not strength enough to hold the weak
twig?" "There is no lack of strength," answered the
little tailor. Dost thou think that could be anything
to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I
leaped over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting

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down there in the thicket. Jump as I did, if thou canst
do it." The giant made the attempt, but could not
get over the tree, and remained hanging in the
branches, so that in this also the tailor kept the upper
The giant said, "If thou art such a valiant fellow,
come with me into our cavern and spend the night
with us." The little tailor was willing, and followed
him. When they went into the cave, other giants were
sitting there by the fire, and each of them had a roasted
sheep in his hand and was eating it. The little tailor
looked round and thought, It is much more spacious
here than in my workshop." The giant showed him
a bed, and said he was to lie down in it and sleep. The
bed was, however, too big for the little tailor; he did
not lie down in it, but crept into a corner. When it
was midnight, and the giant thought that the little
tailor was lying in sound sleep, he got up, took a great
iron bar, cut through the bed with one blow, and
thought he had given the grasshopper his finishing
stroke. With the earliest dawn the giants went into
the forest, and had quite forgotten the little tailor,
when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily
and boldly. The giants were terrified, they were afraid
that he would strike them all dead, and ran away in a
great hurry.
The little tailor went onwards, always following
his own pointed nose. After he had walked for a long
time, he came to the court-yard of a royal palace, and
as he felt weary, he lay down on the grass and fell
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inspected him on all sides, and read on his girdle,
"Seven at one stroke." "Ah !" said they, "What does
the great warrior here in the midst of peace ? He
must be a mighty lord." They went and announced
him to the King, and gave it as their opinion that if
war should break out, this would be a weighty and
useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to
depart. The counsel pleased the King, and he sent
one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him
military service when he awoke. The ambassador
remained standing by the sleeper, waited until he
stretched his limbs and opened his eyes, and then
conveyed to him this proposal. For this very reason
have I come here," the tailor replied, "I am ready to
enter the King's service. He was therefore honorably
received, and a separate dwelling was assigned him.
The soldiers, however, were set against the little
tailor, and wished him a thousand miles away. What
is to be the end of this?" they said amongst them-
selves. "If we quarrel with him, and he strikes about
him, seven of us will fall at every blow; not one of us
can stand against him. They came therefore to a
decision, betook themselves in a body to the King,
and begged for their dismissal. "We are not pre-
pared," said they, to stay with a man who kills seven
at one stroke." The King was sorry that for the sake
of one he should lose all his faithful servants, wished
that he had never set eyes on the tailor, and would
willingly have been rid of him again. But he did not
venture to give him his dismissal, for he dreaded lest he
should strike him and all his people dead, and place

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himself on the royal throne. He thought about it for
a long time, and at last found good counsel. He sent
to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that
as he was such a great warrior, he had one request to
make to him. In a forest of his country lived two
giants, who caused great mischief with their robbing,
murdering, ravaging, and burning, and no one could
approach them without putting himself in danger of
death. If the tailor conquered and killed these two
giants, he would give him his only daughter to wife,
and half of his kingdom as a dowry, likewise one
hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him.
"That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like
me!" thought the little tailor. One is not offered a
beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of
one's life!" "Oh, yes," he replied, "I will soon
subdue the giants, and do not require the help of the
hundred horsemen to do it; he who can hit seven at
one blow, has no need to be afraid of two."
The little tailor went forth and the hundred horse-
men followed him. When he came to the outskirts of
the forest, he said to his followers, Just stay waiting
here, I alone will soon finish off the giants." Then he
bounded into the forest and looked about right and
left. After a while he perceived both giants. They
lay sleeping under a tree, and snored so that the
branches waved up and down. The little tailor, not
idle, gathered two pocketfuls of stones, and with these
climbed up the tree. When he was half way up, he
slipped down by :a branch, until he sat just above the
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the breast of one of the giants. For a long time the
giant felt nothing, but at last he awoke, pushed his
comrade, and said, "Why art thou knocking me?"
"Thou must be dreaming," said the other, "I am not
knocking thee." They laid themselves down to sleep
again, and the tailor threw a stone down on the second.
"What is the meaning of this?" cried the other.
"Why art thou pelting me?" "I am not pelting
thee," answered the first, growling. They disputed
about it for a time, but as they were weary they let
the matter rest, and their eyes closed once more. The
little tailor began his game again, picked out the
biggest stone and threw it with all his might on the
breast of the first giant. "That is too bad!" cried he,
and sprang up like a madman, and pushed his com-
panion against the tree until it shook. The other paid
him back in the same coin, and they got into such a
rage that they tore up trees and belabored each other
so long, that at last they both fell down dead on the
ground at the same time.. Then the little tailor leaped
down. "It is a lucky thing," said he, "that they did
not tear up the tree on which I was sitting, or I should
have had to spring on to.another like a squirrel; but
we tailors are nimble." He drew out his sword and
gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast,
and then went out to the horsemen and said, "The
work is done; I have given both of them their
finishing stroke, but it was hard work! They tore
up trees in their sore need, and defended themselves
with them, but all that is to no purpose when a man
like myself comes, who can kill seven at one blow."

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"'But are you not wounded?" asked the horsemen.
"You need not concern yourself about that," answered
the tailor, "They have not bent one hair of mine."
The horsemen would not believe him, and rode into
the forest; there they found the giants swimming in
their blood, and all round about, lay the torn-up trees.
The little tailor demanded of the King the promised
reward; he, however, repented of his promise, and
again bethought himself how he could get rid of the
hero. "Before thou receives my daughter, and the
half of my kingdom," said he to him, "thou must
perform one more heroic deed. In the forest roams a
unicorn which does great harm, and thou must catch
it first.' I fear one unicorn still less than two giants.
Seven at one blow, is my kind of affair." He took a
rope and an axe with him, went forth into the forest,
and again bade those who were sent with him to wait
outside. He had not to seek long. The unicorn soon
came towards him, and rushed directly on the tailor, as
if it would spit him on its horn without more ceremony.
"Softly, softly; it can't be done as quickly as that,"
said he, and stood still and waited until the animal
was quite close, and then sprang nimbly behind the
tree. The unicorn .ran against the tree with all its
strength, and struck its horn so fast in the trunk that
it had not strength enough to draw it out again, and
thus it was caught. "Now, I have got the bird," said
the tailor, and came out from behind the tree and put
the rope round its neck, and then with his axe he
hewed the horn out of the tree, and when all was
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The King still would not give him the promised
reward, and made a third demand. Before the wedding
the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great
havoc in the forest, and the huntsman should give him
their help. "Willingly," said the tailor, "that is
child's play!" He did not take the huntsmen with
him into the forest, and they were well pleased that he
did not, for the wild boar had several times received
them in such a manner that they had no inclination
to lie in wait for him. When the boar perceived the
tailor, it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted
tusks, and was about to throw him to the ground, but
the active hero sprang into a chapel which was near,
and up to the window at once, and in one bound out
again. The boar ran in after him, but the tailor ran
round outside and shut the door behind it, and then
the raging beast, which was much too heavy and
awkward to leap out of the window, was caught. The
little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they
might see the prisoner with their own eyes. The
hero, however, went to the King, who was now,
whether he liked it or not, obliged to keep his
promise, and gave him his daughter and half of his
kingdom. Had he known that it was no warlike
hero, but a little tailor who was standing before him,
it would have gone to his heart still more than it did.
The wedding was held with great magnificence and
small joy, and out of a tailor a king was made.
After some time the young Queen heard. het
husband say in his dreams at night, Boy, make me the
doublet, and patch the pantaloons, or else I will rap the

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yard-measure over thine ears." Then she discovered
in what state of life the young lord had been born,
and next morning complained of her wrongs to her.
father, and begged him to help her to get rid of her
husband, who was nothing else but a tailor. The
King comforted her and said, "Leave thy bed-room
door open this night, and my servants shall stand
outside, and when he has fallen asleep shall go in,
bind him, and take him on board a ship which shall
carry him into the wide world." The woman was
satisfied with this; but the King's armor-bearer, who
had heard all, was friendly with the young lord, and
informed him of the whole plot. "I'll put a screw
into that business," said the little tailor. At night he
went to bed with his wife at the usual time, and when
she thought that he had fallen asleep, she got up,
opened the door, and then lay down again. The little
tailor, who was only pretending to be asleep, began to
cry out in a clear voice, "Boy, make me the doublet
and patch me the pantaloous, or I will rap the yard-
measure over thine ears. I smote seven at one blow,
I killed two giants, I brought away one unicorn, and
caught a wild boar, and am I to fear those who are
standing outside the room." When these men heard
the tailor speaking thus, they were overcome by a
great dread, and ran as if the wild huntsman was
behind them, and none of them would venture any-
thing further against him. So the little tailor was a
king and remained one, to the end of his life.


T HE wife of a rich man fell sick, and as she felt that
her end was drawing near, she called her only
daughter to her bedside and said, Dear child, be
good and pious, and then the good God will always
protect thee, and I will look down on thee from heaven
and be near thee." Thereupon she closed her eyes
and departed. Every day the maiden went out to her
mother's grave and wept, and she remained pious and
good. When winter came the snow spread a white
sheet over the grave, and when the spring sun had
drawn it off again, the man had taken another wife.
The woman had brought two daughters into the
house with her, who were beautiful and fair of face,
but vile and black of heart. Now began a bad time
for the poor step-child. Is the stupid goose to sit in
the parlor with us ?" He who wants to eat bread
must earn it; out with the kitchen-wench." They
took her pretty clothes away from her, put an old
grey bedgown on her, and gave her wooden shoes.
"Just look at the proud princess, how decked out she
is!" they cried, and laughed, and led her into the
kitchen. There she had to do hard work from morn-
ing till night, get up before day-break, carry water,
light fires, cook and wash. Besides this, the sisters
did her every imaginable injury-they mocked her
and emptied her peas and lentils into the ashes, so that
she was forced to sit and pick them out again. In the
evening when she had worked till she was weary she


had no bed to go to, but had to sleep by the fireside in
the ashes. And as on that account she always looked


dusty and dirty, they called her Cinderella. It hap-
pened that the father was once going to the fair, and
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back for them. Beautiful dresses," said one, "Pearls
and jewels," said the second. And thou Cinderella,"
said he, "what wilt thou have ?" Father, break off
for me the first branch which knocks against your hat
on your way home." So he bought beautiful dresses,
pearls and jewels for his two step-daughters, and on his
way home, as he was riding through a green thicket,
a hazel twig brushed against him and knocked. off his
hat. Then he broke off the branch and took it with
him. When he reached' home he gave his step-daugh-
ters the things which they had wished for, and to
Cinderella he gave the branch from the hazel-bush.
Cinderella thanked him, went to her mother's grave
and planted the branch on it, and wept so much that
the tears fell down on it and watered it. It grew,
however, and became a handsome tree. Thrice a day
Cinderella went and sat beneath it, and wept and
prayed, and a little white bird always came on the
tree, and if Cinderella expressed a wish, the bird threw
down to her what she had wished for.
It happened, however, that the King appointed a
festival which was to last three days, and to which all
the beautiful young girls in the country were invited,
in order that his son might choose himself a bride.
When the two step-sisters heard that they too were to
appear among the number, they were delighted, called
Cinderella and said, Comb our hair for us, brush our
shoes and fasten our buckles, for we are going to the
festival at the King's palace." Cinderella obeyed, but
wept, because she too would have liked to go with
them to the dance, and begged her step-mother to


allow her to do so. "Thou go, Cinderella !" said she;
" Thou art dusty and dirty, and wouldst go to the fes-
tival? Thou hast no clothes and shoes, and yet
wouldst dance !" As, however, Cinderella went on
asking, the step-mother at last said, I have emptied
a dish of lentils into the ashes for thee, if thou hast
picked them out again in two hours, thou shalt go
with us." The maiden went through the back-door
into the garden, and called, "You tame pigeons, you
turtle-doves, and all you birds beneath the sky, come
and help me to pick
"The good into the pot,
The bad into the crop."
Then two white pigeons came in by the kitchen-
window, and afterwards the turtle-doves, and at last all
the birds beneath the sky came whirring and crowding
in, and alighted amongst the ashes. And the pigeons
nodded with their heads and began pick, pick, pick,
pick, and the rest began also pick, pick, pick, pick, and
gathered all the good grains into the dish. Hardly
had one hour passed before they had finished and all
flew out again. Then the girl took the dish to her
step-mother and was glad, and believed that now she
would be allowed to go with them to the festival. But
the step-mother said, "No, Cinderella, thou hast no
clothes and thou canst not dance; thou wouldst only
be laughed at." And as Cinderella wept at this, the
step-mother said, "If thou canst pick two dishes of
lentils out of the ashes for me in one hour, thou shalt
go with us." And she thought to herself, That she
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emptied the two dishes of lentils amongst the ashes,
the maiden went through the back-door into the gar-
den and cried, "You tame pigeons, you turtle-doves, and
all you birds under heaven, come and help me to pick
The good into the pot,
The bad into the crop."
Then two white pigeons came in by the kitchen-win-
dow and afterwards the turtle-doves, and at length all
the birds beneath the sky, came whirring and crowd-
ing in, and alighted amongst the ashes. And the doves
nodded with their heads and began pick, pick, pick,
pick, and the others began also pick, pick, pick, pick,
and gathered all the good seeds into the dishes and
before half an hour was over they had already finished,
and all flew out again. Then the maiden carried the
dishes to the step-mother and was delighted, and be-
lieved that she might now go with them to the fes-
tival. But the step-mother said, "All this will not
help thee; thou goest not with us, for thou hast no
clothes and canst not dance; we should be ashamed of
thee! On this she turned her back on Cinderella,
and hurried away with her two proud daughters.
As no one was now at home, Cinderella went to her
mother's grave beneath the hazel-tree and cried,
Shiver and quiver, little tree,
Silver and gold throw down over me."
Then the bird threw a gold and silver dress down to
her and slippers embroidered with silk and silver. She
put on the dress with all speed and went to the festival.
Her step-sisters and the step-mother however did not
know her and thought she must be a foreign princess,


for she looked so beautiful in the golden dress. They
never once thought of Cinderella and believed that she
was sitting at home in the dirt, picking lentils out of the
ashes. The prince went to meet her, took her by the
hand and danced with her. He would dance with no
other maiden and never left loose of her hand, and if any
one else came to invite her, he said, "This is my partner."
She danced till it was evening and then she wanted
to go home. But the King's son said, "I will go with
thee and bear thee company," for he wished to see to
whom the beautiful maiden belonged. She escaped
from him, however, and sprang into the pigeon-house.
The King's son waited until her father came and then
he told him that the stranger maiden had leaped into
the pigeon house. The old man thought, Can it be
Cinderella?" and they had to bring him an axe and a
pickaxe that he might hew the pigeon-house to pieces,
but no one was inside it. And when they got home
Cinderella lay in her dirty clothes among the ashes, and
a dim little oil-lamp was burning on the mantle-piece,
for Cinderella had jumped quickly down from the back
of the pigeon-house and had run to the little hazel-tree
and there she had taken off her beautiful clothes and
laid them. on the grave, and the bird had taken them
away again, and then she had placed herself in the
kitchen amongst the ashes in her grey gown.
Next day when the festival began afresh, and her
parents and the step-sisters had gone once more, Cin-
derella went to the hazel-tree and said-
"Shiver and quiver, my little tree,
Silver and gold throw down over me."

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Then the bird threw down a much more beautiful
dress than on the preceding day. And when Cinder-
ella appeared at the festival in this dress, every one was
astonished at her beauty. The King's son had waited
until she came and instantly took her by the hand and
danced with no one but her. When others came and
invited her, he said, "She is my partner." When even-
ing came she wished to leave and the King's son fol-
lowed her and wanted to see into which house she
went. But she sprang away from him and into the
garden behind the house. Therein stood a beautiful
tall tree on which hung the most magnificent peals.
She clambered so nimbly between the branches like a
squirrel, that the King's son did not know where she
was gone. He waited until her father came and said
to him, "The stranger-maiden has escaped from me,
and I believe she has climbed up the pear-tree." The
father thought, "Can it be Cinderella?" and had an
axe brought and cut the tree down, but no one was on
it. And when they got into the kitchen, Cinderella
lay there among the ashes, as usual, for she had
jumped down on the other side of the tree, had taken
the beautiful dress to the bird on the little hazel-tree,
and put on her grey gown.
On the third day, when the parents and sisters had
gone away, Cinderella once more went to her mother's
grave and said to the little tree-
"Shiver and quiver, my little tree,
Silver and gold throw down over me."
And now the bird threw down to her a dress which
was more splendid and magnificent than any she had

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yet had, and the slippers were golden. And when she
went to the festival in the dress no one knew how to
speak for astonishment. The King's son danced with
her only and if any one invited her to dance, he said,
"She is my partner."
When evening came, Cinderella wished to leave,
and the King's son was anxious to go with her, but
she escaped from him so quickly that he could not fol-
low her. The King's son had, however, used a strate-
gem and had caused the whole staircase to be smeared
with pitch and there, when she ran down, had the
maiden's left slipper remained sticking. The King's
son picked it up and it was small and dainty and all
golden. Next morning he went with it to the father
and said to him, "No one shall be my wife but she
whose foot this golden slipper fits." Then were the
two sisters glad for they had pretty feet. The eldest
went with the shoe into her room and wanted to try it
on, and her mother stood by. But she could not get
her big toe into it and the shoe was too small for her.
Then her mother gave her a knife and said, Cut the
toe off; when thou art Queen thou wilt have no more
need to go on foot." The maiden cut the toe off,
forced the foot into the shoe, swallowed the pain and
went out to the King's son. Then he took her on his
horse as his bride and rode away with her. They
were, however, obliged to pass the grave and there, on
ite hazel-tree, sat the two pigeons and cried-
Turn and peep, turn and peep,
There's blood within the shoe,
The shoe it is too small for her,
The true bride waits for you."


Then he looked at her foot and saw how the blood was
streaming from it. He turned his horse round and took
the false bride home again and said she was not the
true one and that the other sister was to put the shoe
on. Then this one went into her chamber and got
her toes safely into the shoe, but her heel was too
large. So her mother gave her a knife and said, "Cut
a bit off thy heel; when thou art Queen thou wilt have
no more need to go on foot." The maiden cut a bit
off her heel, forced her foot into the shoe, swallowed
the pain, and went out to the King's son. He took
her on his horse as his bride and rode away with her,
but when they passed by the hazel-tree, two little
pigeons sat on it and cried,
"Turn and peep, turn and peep,
There's blood within the shoe,
The shoe it is too small for her,
The true bride waits for you."
He looked down at her foot and saw how the blood
was running out of her shoe, and how it had stained
her white stocking. Then he turned his horse and
took the false bride home again. This also is not
the right one," said he, have you no other daugh-
ter?" "No," said the man, "There is still a little
stunted kitchen-wench which my late wife left behind
her, but she cannot possibly be the bride." The
King's son said he was to send her up to him; but
the mother answered, "Oh no, she is much too dirty,
she cannot show herself !" He absolutely insisted on
it, and Cinderella had to be called. She first washed
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down before the King's son, who gave her the golden
shoe. Then she seated herself on a stool, drew her
foot out of the heavy wooden shoe, and put it into
the slipper, which fitted like a glove. And when
she rose up and the King's son looked at her face he
recognized the beautiful maiden who had danced with
him and cried, "That is the true bride!" The step-
mother and the two sisters were terrified and became
pale with rage; he, however, took Cinderella on his
horse and rode away with her. As they passed by the
hazel-tree, the two white doves cried,
Turn and peep, turn and peep,
No blood is in the shoe,
The shoe is not too small for her,
The true bride rides with you."
and when they had cried that, the two came flying
down and placed themselves on Cinderella's shoulders,
one on the right, the other on the left, and remained
sitting there.
When the wedding with the King's son had to be
celebrated, the two false sisters came and wanted
to get into favor with Cinderella and share her good
fortune. When the betrothed couple went to church,
the elder was at the right side and the younger at the
left, and the pigeons pecked out one eye of each of
them. Afterwards as they came back, the elder was
at the left, and the younger at the right, and then the-
pigeons pecked out the other eye of each. And thus,
for their wickedness and falsehood, they were punished
with blindness as long as they lived.

The Bremen Town-Musicians.

A CERTAIN man had a donkey, which had carried
the corn-sacks to the mill indefatigably for
many a long year; but his strength was going, and
he was growing more and more unfit for work. Then
his master began to consider how he might best save
his keep; but the donkey, seeing that no good wind
was blowing, ran away and set out on the road to
Bremen. "There," he thought, "I can surely be
.town-musician." When he had walked some distance,
he found a hound lying on the road, gasping like one
who had run till he was tired. What are you gasp-
ing so for, you big fellow?" asked the donkey.
"Ah," replied the hound, "as I am old, and daily
grow weaker, and no longer can hunt, my master
wanted to kill me, so I took to flight; but now how
am I to earn my bread?"
I tell you what, "said the donkey, I am going to

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Bremen, and shall be town-musician there; go with
me and engage yourself also as a musician. I will
play the lute, and you shall beat the kettledrum."
The hound agreed, and on they went.
Before long they came to a cat, sitting on the path,
with a face like three rainy days! Now then, old
shaver, what has gone askew with you?" asked the
Who can be merry when his neck is in danger?"
answered the cat. Because I am now getting old,
and my teeth are worn to stumps, and I prefer to sit
by the fire and spin, rather than hunt about after
mice, my mistress wanted to drown me, so I ran
away. But now good advice is scarce. Where am I
to go?"
Go with us to Bremen. You understand night-
music, so you can be a town-musician."
The cat thought well of it and went with them.
After this the three fugitives came to a farm-yard
where the cock was sitting upon the gate, crowing
with all his might. Your crow goes through and
through one," said the donkey. "What is the mat-
I have been foretelling fine weather, because it is
the day on which Our Lady washes the Christ-child's
little shirts and wants to dry them," said the cock;
"but guests are coming for Sunday, so the housewife
has no pity, and has told the cook that she intends to
eat me in the soup to-morrow and this evening I am to'
have my head cut off. Now I am crowing at full pitch
while I can."

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"Ah, but red-comb," said the donkey, "you had
better come away with us. We are going to Bremen;
you can find something better than death everywhere;
you have a good voice and if we make music together
it must have some quality- "
The cock agreed to this plan and all four went on
together. They could not, however, reach the city of
Bremen in one day, and in the evening they came to a
forest where they meant to pass the night. The donkey
and the hound laid themselves down under a large
tree, the cat and the cock settled themselves in the
branches; but the cock flew right to the top, where he
was most safe. Before he went to sleep he looked
round on all the four sides and thought he saw in the
distance a little spark burning; so he called out to his
companions that there must be a house not far off, for
he saw a light. The donkey said, "If so, we had
better get up and go on, for the shelter here is bad."
The hound thought that a few bones with some meat
on would do him good too!
So they made their way to the place where the ligh,
was and soon saw it shine brighter and grow large;,
until they came to a well-lighted robber's house. The
donkey, as the biggest, went to the window and
looked in.
"What do you see, my grey-horse?" asked the cock.
"What do I see?" answered the.donkey; "a table
covered with good things to eat and drink and robbers
sitting at it enjoying themselves."
"That would be the sort of thing for us," said the

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"Yes, yes; ah, how I wish we were there!" said
the donkey.
Then the animals took counsel together how they
should manage to drive away the robbers, and at last
they thought of a plan. The donkey was to place
himself with his fore-feet upon the window-ledge, the.
hound was to jump on the donkey's back, the cat was
to climb upon the dog, and lastly the cock was to fly
up and perch upon the head of the cat.
When this was done, at a given signal, they began
to perform their music together; the donkey brayed,
the hound barked, the cat mewed, and the cock crowed;
then they burst through the window into the room, so
that the glass clattered! At this horrible din, the rob-
bers sprang up, thinking no otherwise than that a
ghost had come in,' and fled in a great fright out into
the forest. The four companions now sat down at the
table, well content with what was left, and ate as if
they were going to fast for a month.
As soon as the four minstrels had done, they put
out the light, and each sought for himself a sleeping-
place according to his nature and to what suited him.
The donkey laid himself down upon some straw in the
yard, the hound behind 'the door, the cat upon the
hearth near the warm ashes, and the cock perched him-
self upon a beam of the roof; and being tired with
their long walk, they soon went to sleep.
When it was past midnight and the robbers saw
from afar that the light was no longer burning in
their house and all appeared quiet, the captain said,
We ought not to have-let ourselves be frightened out

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of our wits;" and or-
dered one of them to
go and examine the
The messenger
finding all' still, went il
into the kitchen to
light a candle, and,
taking the glistening i
fiery eyes of the cat for
live coals, he held a 1i11
lucifer-match to them
to light it. But the
cat did not understand
the joke, and flew in
his face, spitting and
scratching. He was
dreadfully frightened
and ran to the back-
door, but the dog, who
lay there, sprang up 0!
and bit his leg; and as
he ran across the yard
by the straw-heap, the
donkey gave him a
smart kick with its
hind foot. The cock,
too, who had been
awakened by the noise
and had become lively,

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cried down from the beam, Cock-a-doodle-doo !"
Then the robber ran back as fast as he could to his
captain and said, Ah, there is a horrible witch sitting
in the house, who spat on me and scratched my face
with her long claws; and by the door stands a man
with a knife, who stabbed me in the leg; and in the
yard there lies a black monster, who beat me with a
wooden club; and above, upon the roof, sits the judge,
who called out, 'Bring the rogue here to me!' so I
got away as well as I could."
After this the robbers did not trust themselves in
the house again; but it suited the four musicians of
Bremen so well that they did not care to leave it any
more. And the mouth of him who last told this story
is still warm.

The Elves.


A shoemaker, by no fault of his own, had become
so poor that at last he had nothing left but
leather for one pair of shoes. So in the evening,
he cut out the shoes which he wished to make the
next morning, and as he had a good conscience, he lay
down quietly in his bed, commended himself to God,
and fell asleep. In the morning, after he had said his
prayers, and was just going to sit down to work, the
two shoes stood quite finish on his table. He was
astounded, and did not know what to say to it. He
took the shoes in his hands to observe them closer,
and they were so neatly made that there was not one
bad stitch in them, just as if they were intended as a
masterpiece. Soon after, too, a buyer came in, and as
the shoes pleased him so well, he paid more for them
than was customary, and, with the money, the shoe.

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maker was able to purchase leather for two pairs of
shoes. He cut them out at night, and next morning
was about to set to work with fresh courage; but he
had no need to do so, for, when he got up, they were
already made, and buyers also were not wanting, who
gave him money enough to buy leather for four pairs
of shoes. The following morning, too, he found the
four pairs made; and so it went on constantly, what
he cut out in the evening was finished by the morning,
so that he soon had his honest independence again,
and at last became a wealthy man. Now it befell that
one evening not long before Christmas, when the man
had been cutting out, he said to his wife, before going
to bed, What think you if we were to stay up to-night
to see who it is that lends us this helping hand?"
The woman liked the idea, and lighted a candle, and
then they hid. themselves in a corner of the room,
behind some clothes which were hanging up there, and
watched. When it was midnight, two pretty little
naked men came, sat down by the shoemaker's table,
took all the work which was cut out before them and
began to stitch and sew, and hammer so skillfully and
so quickly with their little fingers that the shoemaker
could not turn away his eyes for astonishment. They
did not stop until all was done, and stood finished on
the table, and then they ran quickly away.
Next morning the woman said, "The little .men
have made us rich, and we really must show that we
are grateful for it. They run about so, and have
nothing on, and must be cold. I'll tell thee what I'll
do: I will make them little shirts, and coats, and

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vests, and trousers, and knit both of them a pair of
stockings, and do thou, too, make them two little
pairs of shoes." The man said, "I shall be very glad
to do it;" and one night, when everything was ready,
they laid their presents all together on the table instead
of the cut-out work, and then concealed themselves to
see how the little men would behave. At midnight
they came bounding in, and wanted to get to work at
once, but as they did not find any leather cut out, but
only the pretty little articles of clothing, they were at
first astonished, and then they showed intense delight.
They dressed themselves with the greatest rapidity,
putting the pretty clothes on, and singing,
Now we are boys so fine to see,
Why should we longer cobblers be 7 "
Then they danced and skipped and leaped over chairs
and benches. At last they danced out of doors.. From
that time forth they came no more, but as long as the
shoemaker lived all went well with him, and all his
undertakings prospered.
There was once a poor servant' girl, who was
industrious and cleanly, and swept the house every
day, and emptied her sweepings on the great heap in
front of the door. One morning when she was just
going back to her work, she found a letter 'on this
heap, and as she could not read, she put her broom in
the corner, and took the letter to her master and
mistress, and behold it was an invitation from the

The Elves.

elves, who asked the girl to hold a child for them at
its christening. The girl did not know what to do,
but at length, after much persuasion, and as they told
her that it was not right to refuse an invitation of thiP
kind, she consented. Then three elves came and
conducted her to a hollow mountain, where the little
folks lived. Everything there was small, but more
elegant and beautiful than can be described. The
baby's mother lay in a bed of black ebony ornamented
with pearls, the coverlids were embroidered with gold,
the cradle was of ivory, the bath of gold. The girl
stood as godmother, and then wanted to go home
again, but the little elves earnestly entreated her to
stay three days with them. So she stayed, and passed
the time in pleasure and gaiety, and the little folks did
all they could to make her happy. At last she set out
on her way home. Then first they filled her pockets
quite full of money, and after that they led her out of
the mountain again. When she got home, she wanted
to begin her work, and took the broom, which was still
standing in the corner, in her hand and began to
sweep. Then some strangers came out of the house,
who asked her who she was, and what business she
had there? And she had not, as she thought, been
three days with the little men in the mountains, but
seven years, and in the meantime her former masters
had died.
A certain mother's child has been taken away out
of its cradle by the elves, and a changeling with a large

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head and staring eyes, which would do nothing but
eat and drink, laid in its place. In her trouble she
went to her neighbor, and asked her advice. The
neighbor said that she was to carry the changeling
into the kitchen, set it down on the hearth, light a
fire, and boil some water in two egg-shells, which
would make the changeling laugh, and if he laughed,
all would be over with him. The woman did every-
Sthing that her neighbor bade her. When she put the
egg-shells with water on the fire, the imp said, I am
as old now as the Wester forest, but never yet have I
seen any one boil anything in an egg-shell !" And he
began to laugh at it. Whilst he was laughing, sud-
denly came a host of little elves, who brought the right
child, set it down on the hearth, and took the change-
ling away with them.

The Godfather.

A POOR man had so many children that he had
already asked every one in the world to be god-
father, and when still another child was born,
no one else was left whom he could invite. He knew
not what to do, and, in his perplexity, he lay down
and fell asleep. Then he dreamed that he was to go
outside the gate, and ask the first person who met him
to be godfather. When he awoke, he determined to
obey his dream, and went outside the gate, and asked
the first person who came up to him to be godfather.
The stranger presented him with a little glass of water,
and said, "This is a wonderful water, with it thou
canst heal the sick, only thou must see where Death is
standing. If he is standing by the patient's head,
give the patient some of the water and he will be
healed, but if Death is standing by his feet, all trouble
will be in vain, for the sick man must die." From
this time forth, the man could always say whether a
patient could be saved or not, and became famous fox

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his skill, and earned a great deal of money. Once
he was called in to the child of the King, and when he
entered, he saw Death standing by the child's head and
cured it with the water, and he did the same a second
time, but the third time Death was standing by its
feet, and then he knew the child was forced to die.
Once the man thought he would visit the godfather,
and tell him how he had succeeded with the water.
But when he entered the house, it was such a strange
establishment! On the first flight of stairs, the.broom
and shovel were disputing, and knocking each other
about violently. He asked them, "Where does the
godfather live!" The broom replied, "One flight of
stairs higher up." When he came to the second
flight, he saw a heap of dead fingers lying. He
asked, "Where does the godfather live?" One of the
fingers replied, "One flight of stairs higher." On
the third flight lay a heap of dead heads, which again
directed him to a flight beyond. On the fourth
flight, he saw fishes on the fire, which frizzled in the
pans and baked themselves. They, too, said, "One
flight of stairs higher." And when he had ascended
the fifth, he came to the door of a room and peeped
through the keyhole, and there he saw the godfather
who had a pair of long horns. When he opened the
door and went in, the godfather got into bed
in a great hurry and covered himself up. Then
said the man, "Sir godfather, what a strange house-
hold you have! When I came to your first flight of
stairs, the shovel and broom were quarreling, and
beating each other violently."

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