ENGLISH

The singing bone

DANSK

Det syngende ben


In a certain country there was once great lamentation over a wild boar that laid waste the farmer's fields, killed the cattle, and ripped up people's bodies with his tusks. The King promised a large reward to anyone who would free the land from this plague; but the beast was so big and strong that no one dared to go near the forest in which it lived. At last the King gave notice that whosoever should capture or kill the wild boar should have his only daughter to wife.
Der var engang et land, hvor der levede et vildsvin, som gjorde stor skade. Det ødelagde bøndernes marker, dræbte kvæget og sønderrev mange mennesker. Kongen udlovede en stor belønning til den, der kunne befri landet fra denne grusomme plage, men dyret var så stort og stærkt, at ingen turde vove sig ind i den skov, hvor det havde sit tilhold. Til sidst lod kongen bekendtgøre, at han ville give sin datter til den, der kunne fange eller dræbe vildsvinet.


Now there lived in the country two brothers, sons of a poor man, who declared themselves willing to undertake the hazardous enterprise; the elder, who was crafty and shrewd, out of pride; the younger, who was innocent and simple, from a kind heart. The King said, "In order that you may be the more sure of finding the beast, you must go into the forest from opposite sides." So the elder went in on the west side, and the younger on the east. When the younger had gone a short way, a little man stepped up to him. He held in his hand a black spear and said, "I give you this spear because your heart is pure and good; with this you can boldly attack the wild boar, and it will do you no harm." He thanked the little man, shouldered the spear, and went on fearlessly. Before long he saw the beast, which rushed at him; but he held the spear towards it, and in its blind fury it ran so swiftly against it that its heart was cloven in twain. Then he took the monster on his back and went homewards with it to the King.
I hans land boede der to brødre, som var sønner af en fattig mand. De meldte sig hos kongen og ville vove forsøget. Den ældste, der var klog og listig, gjorde det af ærgerrighed, den yngste, der var uskyldig og enfoldig, gjorde det af sit gode hjerte. For at de kunne være sikre på at træffe dyret befalede kongen, at de skulle gå ind i skoven hver fra sin side. Den ældste gik da fra den vestlige rand og den yngste fra den østlige. Da den yngste havde gået en tid, kom der en lille mand hen til ham med et stort spyd i hånden, gav ham det og sagde: "Det skal du have, fordi du har sådan et godt hjerte. Gå du kun løs på vildsvinet, det vil ikke gøre dig fortræd." Han takkede den lille mand mange gange, tog spydet og gik videre, uden at være den mindste smule bange. Kort tid efter kom dyret styrtende imod ham, men han holdt spydet frem og i blindt raseri løb vildsvinet lige mod det, så det trængte ind i hjertet og dræbte det. Derpå tog han dyret på skulderen og gik hjemefter for at bringe kongen det.


As he came out at the other side of the wood, there stood at the entrance a house where people were making merry with wine and dancing. His elder brother had gone in here, and, thinking that after all the boar would not run away from him, was going to drink until he felt brave. But when he saw his young brother coming out of the wood laden with his booty, his envious, evil heart gave him no peace. He called out to him, "Come in, dear brother, rest and refresh yourself with a cup of wine." The youth, who suspected no evil, went in and told him about the good little man who had given him the spear wherewith he had slain the boar.
Ved udkanten af skoven lå der et hus, hvor der blev holdt lystige dansegilder. Der var den ældste bror gået ind for at styrke sig ved et bæger vin, og tænkte, at vildsvinet løb vel ikke fra ham. Da han nu så sin bror komme ud af skoven med sit bytte, fyldtes han hjerte af misundelse. "Kom ind og hvil dig og få en slurk vin," råbte han til ham.


The elder brother kept him there until the evening, and then they went away together, and when in the darkness they came to a bridge over a brook, the elder brother let the other go first; and when he was half-way across he gave him such a blow from behind that he fell down dead. He buried him beneath the bridge, took the boar, and carried it to the King, pretending that he had killed it; whereupon he obtained the King's daughter in marriage. And when his younger brother did not come back he said, "The boar must have killed him," and every one believed it.
Den anden, der ikke nærede ringeste mistanke, gik derind og fortalte, hvordan det var gået ham. Hans bror fik ham til at blive der lige til om aftenen. Da de på hjemvejen skulle over en bro, lod den ældste sin bror gå i forvejen, og pludselig gav han ham et slag, så han tumlede død om. Han begravede ham nu under broen, tog svinet og bragte det til kongen, og fejrede sit bryllup med kongedatteren. Da hans bror ikke kom tilbage sagde han: "Svinet har nok revet maven op på ham," og alle mennesker troede det samme.


But as nothing remains hidden from God, so this black deed also was to come to light. Years afterwards a shepherd was driving his herd across the bridge, and saw lying in the sand beneath, a snow-white little bone. He thought that it would make a good mouth-piece, so he clambered down, picked it up, and cut out of it a mouth-piece for his horn. But when he blew through it for the first time, to his great astonishment, the bone began of its own accord to sing:
Men ingenting er skjult for Gud, og denne onde gerning kom til sidst for en dag. Mange år efter så en hyrde, der drev sine får over broen, at der stak et gulligt ben op af jorden, og tog det, fordi han tænkte, det kunne blive et godt mundstykke til en fløjte. Men da han ville begynde at blæse i det, gav det sig til hans store forundring til at synge af sig selv:


"Ah, friend,
"Hyrde, hyrde, lyt til min sang.

Thou blowest upon my bone!
Menneske var jeg som du engang.

Long have I lain beside the water;
Min broder mig dræbte

My brother slew me for the boar,
på denne bro,

And took for his wife
for at vinde

The King's young daughter."
kongedatterens tro."


"What a wonderful horn!" said the shepherd; "it sings by itself; I must take it to my lord the King." And when he came with it to the King the horn again began to sing its little song. The King understood it all, and caused the ground below the bridge to be dug up, and then the whole skeleton of the murdered man came to light. The wicked brother could not deny the deed, and was sewn up in a sack and drowned. But the bones of the murdered man were laid to rest in a beautiful tomb in the churchyard.
"Det var da en underlig fløjte, som kan synge," tænkte hyrden, "jeg vil bringe kongen den." Da han kom op til kongen, begyndte fløjten at synge den samme sang. Kongen forstod straks, hvad det betød, og da jorden under broen blev taget væk, kom den myrdedes skelet til syne. Den ældste bror blev tvunget til at gå til bekendelse og blev derefter puttet i en sæk og druknet. Men den døde brors skelet blev lagt til hvile i en smuk grav på kirkegården.





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