DANSK

Pigen uden hænder

ENGLISH

The girl without hands


Der var engang en møller, som i tidens løb var blevet meget fattig og til sidst ikke ejede andet end sin mølle og en stor frugthave bagved. En dag, da han var gået ud i skoven for at hente brænde, mødte han en gammel mand, der sagde til ham: "Hvorfor vil du have alt det mas med at gå og hente brænde. Jeg vil gøre dig rig, hvis du vil give mig det, der står lige bagved møllen." Manden tænkte, at det måtte være et af hans æbletræer og sagde ja. Da slog den gamle mand en høj latter op og sagde: "Om tre år kommer jeg og henter min ejendom," og gik derpå sin vej. Da mølleren kom hjem, kom hans kone løbende imod ham og sagde: "Hvorfra kommer dog al den rigdom, der pludselig er her. Alle kister og kasser er fulde, uden at et menneske har lagt noget i dem, jeg kan ikke begribe, hvordan det er gået til." - "Det kommer altsammen fra en mand, jeg mødte i skoven," svarede mølleren, "han lovede at gøre mig rig, hvis han måtte få det, der stod bagved møllen, og jeg syntes dog nok, at det så kunne lønne sig at fælde det store æbletræ." - "Alle gode magter stå os bi," råbte konen forfærdet, "det har været djævelen, og han har slet ikke ment æbletræet, men vores datter, der stod og fejede gården."
A certain miller had little by little fallen into poverty, and had nothing left but his mill and a large apple-tree behind it. Once when he had gone into the forest to fetch wood, an old man stepped up to him whom he had never seen before, and said, "Why dost thou plague thyself with cutting wood, I will make thee rich, if thou wilt promise me what is standing behind thy mill?" - "What can that be but my apple-tree?" thought the miller, and said, "Yes," and gave a written promise to the stranger. He, however, laughed mockingly and said, "When three years have passed, I will come and carry away what belongs to me," and then he went. When the miller got home, his wife came to meet him and said, "Tell me, miller, from whence comes this sudden wealth into our house? All at once every box and chest was filled; no one brought it in, and I know not how it happened." He answered, "It comes from a stranger who met me in the forest, and promised me great treasure. I, in return, have promised him what stands behind the mill; we can very well give him the big apple-tree for it." - "Ah, husband," said the terrified wife, "that must have been the devil! He did not mean the apple-tree, but our daughter, who was standing behind the mill sweeping the yard."


Møllerdatteren var en smuk og gudfrygtig pige, som førte et fromt og godt liv. Da den dag kom, hvor djævelen skulle hente hende, vaskede hun sit ansigt og sine hænder, og tegnede med kridt en kreds udenom sig. Djævelen kom ganske tidlig, men han kunne ikke komme hende nær. Rasende sagde han til mølleren: "Sørg for, at alt vand bliver smidt væk, så hun ikke kan vaske sig, for ellers har jeg ingen magt over hende." Mølleren blev bange og gjorde, som han havde sagt. Den næste dag kom djævelen igen, men hendes tårer var faldet på hendes hænder, så de var ganske rene. Djævelen kunne heller ikke komme hende nær den dag, og ude af sig selv af vrede sagde han til mølleren: "Hug hænderne af hende, ellers kan jeg ikke få bugt med hende." - "Jeg kan da ikke hugge hænderne af mit eget barn," sagde mølleren bedende. Men da djævelen sagde: "Hvis du ikke gør det, tager jeg dig selv," blev han bange og lovede at adlyde ham. Han gik nu ud til sin datter og sagde: "Hvis jeg ikke hugger begge hænder af dig, har djævelen truet med at tage mig med sig, og i min angst har jeg lovet ham det. Hjælp mig i min nød og tilgiv mig det onde, jeg gør dig." - "Gør med mig, hvad du vil, kære far," sagde pigen blidt, rakte hænderne frem og lod dem hugge af. Da djævelen kom næste dag, havde hun grædt så meget, at tårerne havde vasket armstumperne ganske rene. Så måtte djævelen gå med uforrettet sag og havde tabt al ret til hende.
The miller's daughter was a beautiful, pious girl, and lived through the three years in the fear of God and without sin. When therefore the time was over, and the day came when the Evil-one was to fetch her, she washed herself clean, and made a circle round herself with chalk. The devil appeared quite early, but he could not come near to her. Angrily, he said to the miller, "Take all water away from her, that she may no longer be able to wash herself, for otherwise I have no power over her." The miller was afraid, and did so. The next morning the devil came again, but she had wept on her hands, and they were quite clean. Again he could not get near her, and furiously said to the miller, "Cut her hands off, or else I cannot get the better of her." The miller was shocked and answered, "How could I cut off my own child's hands?" Then the Evil-one threatened him and said, "If thou dost not do it thou art mine, and I will take thee thyself." The father became alarmed, and promised to obey him. So he went to the girl and said, "My child, if I do not cut off both thine hands, the devil will carry me away, and in my terror I have promised to do it. Help me in my need, and forgive me the harm I do thee." She replied, "Dear father, do with me what you will, I am your child." Thereupon she laid down both her hands, and let them be cut off. The devil came for the third time, but she had wept so long and so much on the stumps, that after all they were quite clean. Then he had to give in, and had lost all right over her.


"Du har nu skaffet mig stor rigdom," sagde mølleren til hende, "og du skal få det så godt som det er muligt resten af dit liv." Men pigen rystede på hovedet. "Her kan jeg ikke blive," sagde hun, "jeg vil gå ud i den vide verden. Der er nok medlidende mennesker, som giver mig, hvad jeg behøver." Derpå lod hun de lemlæstede arme binde på ryggen, og ved solopgang begav hun sig på vej og gik, lige til det var mørk nat. Da kom hun til en dejlig have, og ved månelyset kunne hun se, at træerne hang fulde af herlige frugter, men hun kunne ikke komme derind, for der var vand rundtom. Hun havde gået hele dagen uden at smage mad, og nu pinte sulten hende, og hun tænkte: "Blot jeg var derinde og kunne spise et par af frugterne, ellers dør jeg vist af sult." Hun lagde sig på knæ og bad, om Gud ville hjælpe hende, og pludselig så hun en engel, der rakte sin hånd ud over vandet, så det veg tilbage, og der blev en tør vej. Hun gik så ind i haven og englen fulgte hende. Derinde stod et dejligt pæretræ, alle pærerne derpå var talte, men hun gik hen og spiste en af dem, mens den hang på træet. Gartneren så det hele, men troede, pigen var en ånd, fordi englen fulgte hende, og turde ikke tale til hende. Da hun havde spist pæren, lagde hun sig til at sove under nogle buske. Da kongen, hvem haven tilhørte, kom derned næste morgen, talte han pærerne og så, at der manglede en. Da den heller ikke lå under træet, kaldte han på gartneren og spurgte, hvor den var blevet af. "I nat kom der en ånd herind," svarede han, "den havde ingen hænder, men spiste pæren, mens den hang på træet." - "Hvordan kom den overvandet?" spurgte kongen. "Og hvor gik den hen, dåden havde spist pæren." - "Der kom en skikkelse i hvide klæder og lavede en vej gennem vandet," svarede gartneren, "og da den så ud som en engel, turde jeg ikke tale til den. Men ånden gik sin vej igen, da den havde spist." - "Jeg vil våge her i nat," sagde kongen, "og se, om det virkelig er, som du siger."
The miller said to her, "I have by means of thee received such great wealth that I will keep thee most delicately as long as thou livest." But she replied, "Here I cannot stay, I will go forth, compassionate people will give me as much as I require." Thereupon she caused her maimed arms to be bound to her back, and by sunrise she set out on her way, and walked the whole day until night fell. Then she came to a royal garden, and by the shimmering of the moon she saw that trees covered with beautiful fruits grew in it, but she could not enter, for there was much water round about it. And as she had walked the whole day and not eaten one mouthful, and hunger tormented her, she thought, "Ah, if I were but inside, that I might eat of the fruit, else must I die of hunger!" Then she knelt down, called on God the Lord, and prayed. And suddenly an angel came towards her, who made a dam in the water, so that the moat became dry and she could walk through it. And now she went into the garden and the angel went with her. She saw a tree covered with beautiful pears, but they were all counted. Then she went to them, and to still her hunger, ate one with her mouth from the tree, but no more. The gardener was watching; but as the angel was standing by, he was afraid and thought the maiden was a spirit, and was silent, neither did he dare to cry out, or to speak to the spirit. When she had eaten the pear, she was satisfied, and went and concealed herself among the bushes. The King to whom the garden belonged, came down to it next morning, and counted, and saw that one of the pears was missing, and asked the gardener what had become of it, as it was not lying beneath the tree, but was gone. Then answered the gardener, "Last night, a spirit came in, who had no hands, and ate off one of the pears with its mouth." The King said, "How did the spirit get over the water, and where did it go after it had eaten the pear?" The gardener answered, "Some one came in a snow-white garment from heaven who made a dam, and kept back the water, that the spirit might walk through the moat. And as it must have been an angel, I was afraid, and asked no questions, and did not cry out. When the spirit had eaten the pear, it went back again." The King said, "If it be as thou sayest, I will watch with thee to-night."


Da det blev mørkt gik kongen ned i haven med en præst, som skulle tale til englen. Ved midnatstid kom pigen ud fra buskene og spiste igen en pære, og englen stod ved siden af hende. Præsten trådte nu frem og sagde: "Er du kommet fra himlen eller fra jorden, er du en ånd eller et menneske?" - "Jeg er kun et stakkels menneske, der står ganske ene i verden," svarede pigen. "Hvis du er ganske alene, skal du være hos mig," sagde kongen, og hun fulgte så med ham op på slottet. Han lod lave sølvhænder til hende. Og da hun var så smuk og god, kom han til at holde af hende og giftede sig med hende.
When it grew dark the King came into the garden and brought a priest with him, who was to speak to the spirit. All three seated themselves beneath the tree and watched. At midnight the maiden came creeping out of the thicket, went to the tree, and again ate one pear off it with her mouth, and beside her stood the angel in white garments. Then the priest went out to them and said, "Comest thou from heaven or from earth? Art thou a spirit, or a human being?" She replied, "I am no spirit, but an unhappy mortal deserted by all but God." The King said, "If thou art forsaken by all the world, yet will I not forsake thee." He took her with him into his royal palace, and as she was so beautiful and good, he loved her with all his heart, had silver hands made for her, and took her to wife.


Et årstid efter måtte kongen drage i krig, men før han tog af sted, sagde han til sin mor: "Når dronningen føder et barn, så plej hende godt og skriv straks til mig og fortæl mig det." Kort efter fødte dronningen en dejlig dreng, og den gamle mor sendte straks et bud af sted med et brev til kongen. Men da budet engang sad og hvilede sig ved en bæk, faldt han i søvn, og djævelen der stadig pønsede på at gøre den fromme dronning fortræd, ombyttede brevet med et andet, hvori der stod, at dronningen havde født en skifting. Kongen blev meget bedrøvet, da han læste brevet, men skrev til svar, at de skulle sørge for at pleje dronningen godt, til han kom hjem. På hjemvejen faldt budet i søvn på det samme sted, og djævelen puttede igen et andet brev i hans lomme, og deri stod, at både dronningen og barnet skulle dræbes. Den gamle mor blev så bedrøvet og kunne ikke tro, at det var sandt. Hun skrev igen til kongen, men djævelen lagde stadig falske breve i stedet for, og i det sidste stod der oven i købet, at dronningens tunge og øjne skulle gemmes, til kongen kom hjem, for at han kunne se, at hans befaling var adlydt.
After a year the King had to take the field, so he commended his young Queen to the care of his mother and said, "If she is brought to bed take care of her, nurse her well, and tell me of it at once in a letter." Then she gave birth to a fine boy. So the old mother made haste to write and announce the joyful news to him. But the messenger rested by a brook on the way, and as he was fatigued by the great distance, he fell asleep. Then came the Devil, who was always seeking to injure the good Queen, and exchanged the letter for another, in which was written that the Queen had brought a monster into the world. When the King read the letter he was shocked and much troubled, but he wrote in answer that they were to take great care of the Queen and nurse her well until his arrival. The messenger went back with the letter, but rested at the same place and again fell asleep. Then came the Devil once more, and put a different letter in his pocket, in which it was written that they were to put the Queen and her child to death. The old mother was terribly shocked when she received the letter, and could not believe it. She wrote back again to the King, but received no other answer, because each time the Devil substituted a false letter, and in the last letter it was also written that she was to preserve the Queen's tongue and eyes as a token that she had obeyed.


Den gamle mor græd over det uskyldige blod, der skulle flyde, og hentede om natten et lille rådyr og skar tungen og øjnene ud af det. Så kaldte hun på dronningen og sagde: "Jeg kan ikke lyde kongen og dræbe dig, men du kan ikke blive her længere. Tag dit barn og gå ud i den vide verden, og kom aldrig mere tilbage." Den unge kone bandt barnet fast på ryggen og gik grædende ud i den mørke nat. Hun kom ind i en stor skov, og der lagde hun sig på knæ og bad til Gud. Englen kom da igen til hende og viste hende hen til et lille hus, hvorpå der stod skrevet: "Her bor enhver frit." En snehvid jomfru kom ud og sagde: "Velkommen, dronning," og førte hende ind i huset. Så løste hun det lille barn og lagde det til moderens bryst, for at det kunne få noget at drikke. "Hvoraf ved du dog, at jeg er dronning?" spurgte den unge kone. "Jeg er en engel, som Gud har sendt for at hjælpe dig og dit barn," svarede den hvide jomfru. I syv år boede de i det lille hus, og fordi dronningen var så from og god, voksede hendes hænder ud igen.
But the old mother wept to think such innocent blood was to be shed, and had a hind brought by night and cut out her tongue and eyes, and kept them. Then said she to the Queen, "I cannot have thee killed as the King commands, but here thou mayst stay no longer. Go forth into the wide world with thy child, and never come here again." The poor woman tied her child on her back, and went away with eyes full of tears. She came into a great wild forest, and then she fell on her knees and prayed to God, and the angel of the Lord appeared to her and led her to a little house on which was a sign with the words, "Here all dwell free." A snow-white maiden came out of the little house and said, 'Welcome, Lady Queen," and conducted her inside. Then they unbound the little boy from her back, and held him to her breast that he might feed, and laid him in a beautifully-made little bed. Then said the poor woman, "From whence knowest thou that I was a queen?" The white maiden answered, "I am an angel sent by God, to watch over thee and thy child." The Queen stayed seven years in the little house, and was well cared for, and by God's grace, because of her piety, her hands which had been cut off, grew once more.


Da kongen kom hjem fra krigen, forlangte han straks at se sin kone og sit barn. Den gamle mor græd og sagde: "Jeg har gjort, som du befalede, og dræbt de to uskyldige sjæle," og hun viste ham brevene og tungen og øjnene. Kongen blev ude af sig selv af fortvivlelse, og den gamle kone fik ondt af ham og trøstede ham. "De lever begge to," sagde hun, "jeg har taget tungen og øjnene af et rådyr, men din kone og dit barn er vandret ud i den vide verden og tør aldrig vende tilbage." - "Jeg vil gå til verdens ende for at finde dem," råbte kongen, "og hverken spise eller drikke, før jeg har min egen hustru og mit lille barn igen."
At last the King came home again from the war, and his first wish was to see his wife and the child. Then his aged mother began to weep and said, "Thou wicked man, why didst thou write to me that I was to take those two innocent lives?" and she showed him the two letters which the Evil-one had forged, and then continued, "I did as thou badest me," and she showed the tokens, the tongue and eyes. Then the King began to weep for his poor wife and his little son so much more bitterly than she was doing, that the aged mother had compassion on him and said, "Be at peace, she still lives; I secretly caused a hind to be killed, and took these tokens from it; but I bound the child to thy wife's back and bade her go forth into the wide world, and made her promise never to come back here again, because thou wert so angry with her." Then spoke the King, "I will go as far as the sky is blue, and will neither eat nor drink until I have found again my dear wife and my child, if in the meantime they have not been killed, or died of hunger."


I syv år drog kongen omkring mellem klipper og bjerge, men fandt dem ikke, og troede til sidst, de var døde af sult. Han hverken spiste eller drak, men Gud gav ham kraft til at leve. Han kom til sidst ind i den store skov og fandt det lille hus, hvor der stod: "Her bor enhver frit." Den hvide jomfru kom ud og førte ham ind i huset. "Velkommen, herre konge," sagde hun, og spurgte ham, hvorfra han kom. "I syv år har jeg søgt efter min hustru og mit barn," svarede han bedrøvet, "og jeg har ikke fundet ringeste spor af dem." Englen satte mad og drikke frem for ham, men han rørte det ikke. Han ville blot hvile sig lidt, før han drog videre, og lagde sig til ro og bredte et tørklæde over sit ansigt.
Thereupon the King travelled about for seven long years, and sought her in every cleft of the rocks and in every cave, but he found her not, and thought she had died of want. During the whole of this time he neither ate nor drank, but God supported him. At length he came into a great forest, and found therein the little house whose sign was, "Here all dwell free." Then forth came the white maiden, took him by the hand, led him in, and said, "Welcome, Lord King," and asked him from whence he came. He answered, "Soon shall I have travelled about for the space of seven years, and I seek my wife and her child, but cannot find them." The angel offered him meat and drink, but he did not take anything, and only wished to rest a little. Then he lay down to sleep, and put a handkerchief over his face.


Englen gik nu ind i det værelse, hvor dronningen sad med sin søn, som hun havde kaldt Hjertesorg, og sagde til hende: "Gå ind i stuen med dit barn. Din kongelige husbond er derinde." Da hun kom derind gled tørklædet ned fra hans ansigt, og hun sagde: "Gå hen og læg tørklædet over din fars ansigt, Hjertesorg." Drengen gjorde det, men kongen, der halvt i søvne havde hørt, hvad hun sagde, lod tørklædet falde igen. Nu blev drengen utålmodig og sagde: "Jeg kan da ikke lægge tørklædet over min fars ansigt, for jeg har jo ingen far. Du har selv lært mig, at Gud i himlen er min far, så kan den fremmede mand da ikke også være det." Da kongen hørte det, rejste han sig op og spurgte, hvem hun var: "Jeg er din hustru," svarede hun, "og det er din søn Hjertesorg." Han så på hendes hænder og sagde: "Min hustru havde sølvhænder." - "Den gode Gud har ladet mine hænder vokse ud igen," svarede hun, og englen viste ham sølvhænderne. Da så han, at det var hans elskede hustru og barn og omfavnede og kyssede dem. "Nu er en tung sten faldet fra mit hjerte," sagde han, og de drog straks hjem til hans gamle mor. Der blev stor glæde i riget, og kongen og dronningen fejrede deres bryllup endnu en gang og levede lykkelig til deres dages ende.
Thereupon the angel went into the chamber where the Queen sat with her son, whom she usually called "Sorrowful," and said to her, "Go out with thy child, thy husband hath come." So she went to the place where he lay, and the handkerchief fell from his face. Then said she, "Sorrowful, pick up thy father's handkerchief, and cover his face again." The child picked it up, and put it over his face again. The King in his sleep heard what passed, and had pleasure in letting the handkerchief fall once more. But the child grew impatient, and said, "Dear mother, how can I cover my father's face when I have no father in this world? I have learnt to say the prayer, 'Our Father, which art in Heaven,' thou hast told me that my father was in Heaven, and was the good God, and how can I know a wild man like this? He is not my father." When the King heard that, he got up, and asked who they were. Then said she, "I am thy wife, and that is thy son, Sorrowful." And he saw her living hands, and said, "My wife had silver hands." She answered, "The good God has caused my natural hands to grow again;" and the angel went into the inner room, and brought the silver hands, and showed them to him. Hereupon he knew for a certainty that it was his dear wife and his dear child, and he kissed them, and was glad, and said, "A heavy stone has fallen from off mine heart." Then the angel of God gave them one meal with her, and after that they went home to the King's aged mother. There were great rejoicings everywhere, and the King and Queen were married again, and lived contentedly to their happy end.





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