ENGLISH

Mother Hulda

DANSK

Mor Hulda


A widow had two daughters; one was pretty and industrious, the other was ugly and lazy. And as the ugly one was her own daughter, she loved her much the best, and the pretty one was made to do all the work, and be the drudge of the house. Every day the poor girl had to sit by a well on the high road and spin until her fingers bled. Now it happened once that as the spindle was bloody, she dipped it into the well to wash it; but it slipped out of her hand and fell in. Then she began to cry, and ran to her step-mother, and told her of her misfortune; and her stepmother scolded her without mercy, and said in her rage: "As you have let the spindle fall in, you must go and fetch it out again!" Then the girl went back again to the well, not knowing what to do, and in the despair of her heart she jumped down into the well the same way the spindle had gone. After that she knew nothing; and when she came to herself she was in a beautiful meadow, and the sun was shining on the flowers that grew round her. And she walked on through the meadow until she came to a baker's oven that was full of bread; and the bread called out to her: "Oh, take me out, take me out, or I shall burn; I am baked enough already!" Then she drew near, and with the baker's peel she took out all the loaves one after the other. And she went farther on till she came to a tree weighed down with apples, and it called out to her: "Oh, shake me, shake me, we apples are all of us ripe!" Then she shook the tree until the apples fell like rain, and she shook until there were no more to fall; and when she had gathered them together in a heap, she went on farther. At last she came to a little house, and an old woman was peeping out of it, but she had such great teeth that the girl was terrified and about to run away, only the old woman called her back. "What are you afraid of, my dear child? Come and live with me, and if you do the house-work well and orderly, things shall go well with you. You must take great pains to make my bed well, and shake it up thoroughly, so that the feathers fly about, and then in the world it snows, for I am Mother Hulda." As the old woman spoke so kindly, the girl took courage, consented, and went to her work. She did everything to the old woman's satisfaction, and shook the bed with such a will that the feathers flew about like snow-flakes: and so she led a good life, had never a cross word, but boiled and roast meat every day. When she had lived a long time with Mother Hulda, she began to feel sad, not knowing herself what ailed her; at last she began to think she must be home-sick; and although she was a thousand times better off than at home where she was, yet she had a great longing to go home. At last she said to her mistress: "I am homesick, and although I am very well off here, I cannot stay any longer; I must go back to my own home." Mother Hulda answered: "It pleases me well that you should wish to go home, and, as you have served me faithfully, I will undertake to send you there!" She took her by the hand and led her to a large door standing open, and as she was passing through it there fell upon her a heavy shower of gold, and the gold hung all about her, so that she was covered with it. "All this is yours, because you have been so industrious," said Mother Hulda; and, besides that, she returned to her her spindle, the very same that she had dropped in the well. And then the door was shut again, and the girl found herself back again in the world, not far from her mother's house; and as she passed through the yard the cock stood on the top of the well and cried:
Der var engang en enke, som havde to døtre, den ene var smuk og flittig og den anden grim og doven. Hun holdt imidlertid mest af den grimme, der var hendes rigtige datter, og den anden måtte gøre alt arbejdet og være Askepot derhjemme. Den stakkels pige sad hver dag på gaden ved en brønd og spandt og spandt, så blodet sprang hende ud af neglerødderne. En dag, da tenen var blevet helt blodig, bukkede hun sig ned for at skylle den i brønden, og hun var da så uheldig at tabe den i vandet. Hun løb grædende hjem og fortalte det til sin stedmor, som blev meget vred og sagde: "Når du har smidt den i vandet, må du gå ned og hente den." Pigen gik tilbage til brønden og vidste ikke, hvad hun skulle gøre, og i sin angst sprang hun ned i brønden for at hente tenen. Da hun kom til sig selv igen, lå hun på en eng med dejlige blomster, og den klare sol skinnede. Hun gik ned over engen, og på vejen kom hun forbi en bagerovn fuld af brød. "Tag mig ud, tag mig ud, ellers brænder jeg op," råbte brødet. Hun skyndte sig at gøre det og gik derpå videre. Kort efter kom hun til et æbletræ, der råbte til hende: "Ryst mig, ryst mig, alle mine æbler er modne." Hun gik straks hen og rystede træet og æblerne regnede ned til alle sider. Da hun havde samlet dem sammen i en bunke, gik hun videre, og kom snart til et lille hus. I vinduet sad der en gammel kone, med store hugtænder ud af munden. Pigen blev bange og ville løbe sin vej, men den gamle råbte til hende: "Du skal ikke være bange, min pige, bliv kun hos mig. Hvis du vil være flittig og flink, skal du få det godt. Du skal bare rede min seng og ryste dynerne, så fjerene flyver op, så sner det oppe på jorden. Jeg hedder mor Hulda." Pigen blev beroliget og tog tjeneste hos den gamle kone. Hun gjorde sit arbejde ordentligt og rystede dynerne, så fjerene fløj. Derfor havde hun det også godt og fik dejlig mad hver dag. Da hun havde været i nogen tid hos mor Hulda, begyndte hun at blive i dårligt humør. Først kunne hun ikke forstå, hvad det kom af, men så mærkede hun, at hun havde hjemve, skønt hun havde det tusind gange bedre her end hjemme. Til sidst sagde hun det til mor Hulda. "Det er rigtig pænt af dig, at du længes efter dit hjem," svarede den gamle kone, "og siden du har tjent mig så trofast, skal du nok få dit ønske opfyldt." Hun gik nu med hende hen under en stor port, og der begyndte det at regne med guld, så pigen blev forgyldt fra top til tå. "Det skal du have, fordi du har været så flink," sagde mor Hulda og gav hende også tenen, hun havde tabt. Så gik de udenfor porten, og i samme nu stod pigen oppe på jorden, ikke ret langt fra sin mors hus. Hun gik derhen, og da hun kom ind i gården, sad hanen på brønden og galede:


"Cock-a-doodle doo!
"Kykeliky!

Our golden girl has come home too!"
den gyldne jomfru er kommen til by."


Then she went in to her mother, and as she had returned covered with gold she was well received.
Hun gik nu ind i stuen til sin mor, og fordi hun havde alt det guld på sig, tog de godt imod hende.


So the girl related all her history, and what had happened to her, and when the mother heard how she came to have such great riches she began to wish that her ugly and idle daughter might have the same good fortune. So she sent her to sit by the well and spin; and in order to make her spindle bloody she put her hand into the thorn hedge. Then she threw the spindle into the well, and jumped in herself. She found herself, like her sister, in the beautiful meadow, and followed the same path, and when she came to the baker's oven, the bread cried out: "Oh, take me out, take me out, or I shall burn; I am quite done already!" But the lazy-bones answered: "I have no desire to black my hands," and went on farther. Soon she came to the apple-tree, who called out: "Oh, shake me, shake me, we apples are all of us ripe!" But she answered: "That is all very fine; suppose one of you should fall on my head," and went on farther. When she came to Mother Hulda's house she did not feel afraid, as she knew beforehand of her great teeth, and entered into her service at once. The first day she put her hand well to the work, and was industrious, and did everything Mother Hulda bade her, because of the gold she expected; but the second day she began to be idle, and the third day still more so, so that she would not get up in the morning. Neither did she make Mother Hulda's bed as it ought to have been made, and did not shake it for the feathers to fly about. So that Mother Hulda soon grew tired of her, and gave her warning, at which the lazy thing was well pleased, and thought that now the shower of gold was coming; so Mother Hulda led her to the door, and as she stood in the doorway, instead of the shower of gold a great kettle full of pitch was emptied over her. "That is the reward for your service," said Mother Hulda, and shut the door. So the lazy girl came home all covered with pitch, and the cock on the top of the well seeing her, cried:
Pigen fortalte nu, hvordan det var gået hende, og da moderen hørte, hvordan hun var kommet til al den rigdom, ville hun gerne forsøge, om det ikke kunne gå hendes egen datter ligesådan. Hun måtte nu også sætte sig ved brønden og spinde, og for at hendes ten skulle blive blodig, stak hun sig i fingeren og rev sig på en tornebusk. Så kastede hun tenen i brønden og sprang selv bagefter. Hun vågnede også op nede på engen og gav sig til at gå hen ad stien. Da hun kom til bagerovnen råbte brødet: "Tag mig ud, tag mig ud, ellers brænder jeg." - "Det manglede bare, jeg skulle grise mine hænder til," svarede den dovne pige og gik videre. Lidt efter kom hun til æbletræet, der råbte: "Ryst mig, ryst mig, alle mine æbler er modne." - "Jeg skulle stå der og lade æblerne dratte ned i hovedet på mig," sagde hun, "det kunne aldrig falde mig ind." Da hun kom til mor Huldas hus, var hun ikke bange, fordi hun allerede havde hørt om hugtænderne, og tog straks tjeneste hos hende. Den første dag gjorde hun sig umage og var flittig, fordi hun tænkte på alt det guld, hun så ville få, den anden dag gik det allerede trevent, og den tredie morgen ville hun aldeles ikke stå op. Det blev mor Hulda snart ked af og sagde hende op. Den dovne pige var meget tilfreds med det og tænkte, at nu kom guldet vel. Mor Hulda tog hende også med hen til porten, men i stedet for guld faldt der en hel masse beg ned over hende. "Der har du lønnen for din tjeneste," sagde mor Hulda og slog døren i. Den dovne pige kom nu op på jorden igen, men hun var helt bedækket af beg, og da hanen på brønden så hende, galede den:


"Cock-a-doodle doo!
"Kykeliky!

Our dirty girl has come home too!"
den skidne jomfru er kommen til by."


And the pitch remained sticking to her fast, and never, as long as she lived, could it be got off.
Og beget blev siddende på hende, så længe hun levede.





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