日本語

なでしこ

ENGLISH

The pink


昔、神様が子供を与えないお后がいました。毎朝、お后は庭に行き、息子か娘を授けてくださるようにと天国の神様にお祈りしました。すると、天国から天使がやってきて、「あんしんしてください。願掛けの力をもった息子が授かりますよ。そのためその子がこの世で望んだことはなんでもかなうでしょう。」と言いました。それでお后は王様のところに行き、うれしい便りを知らせ、時が来ると、息子を産みました。それで王様は喜びでいっぱいでした。

毎朝、お后は動物が飼われている庭に子供と一緒に行き、そこのきれいな流れで水浴しました。あるとき子供が少し大きくなったとき、お后は子供を腕に抱いたまま、眠ってしまいました。すると、としとったコックがやってきて、子供が願掛けの力を持っていると知っていたので、さらっていきました。そしてニワトリをとって切り刻むとその血をお后のエプロンとドレスに落としました。それから、子供を秘密の場所に運んで、乳母に乳を飲ませるようにさせ、王様のところに走っていくと、お后は動物に子供をとられてしまったとお后を非難しました。王様はエプロンの血を見るとこれを信じ、とても怒って、中からは太陽も月も見えないような高い塔を作らせ、妻をそこにいれさせ、閉じ込めてしまいました。お后はここで7年間食べ物も飲み物も無く暮らすか飢え死にすることになりました。>しかし、神様は2人の天使を天から白い鳩の姿で送り、日に2回飛んできて、7年が過ぎるまで食べ物を運びました。

ところが、コックは、もし子供が願掛けの力をもっていて、おれがここにいるなら、とても簡単に自分を面倒に巻き込むかもしれない、と考えました。それで宮殿を去り、男の子のところに行き、もう口を言えるくらい大きくなっていたので、「自分のために庭やいろいろ付いた美しい宮殿を願え」と言いました。男の子の口から言葉が出た途端、願ったあらゆるものがそこにありました。しばらくしてコックは「お前がそんなに一人でいるのは良くないよ。友達としてかわいい女の子を願え。」と言いました。それで王様の息子はそれを願い、すぐに女の子が目の前に立っていて、どんな絵描きが描くよりもきれいでした。

二人は一緒に遊び、心からお互いを好きでした。年とったコックは貴族のように猟にでかけました。しかし、王様の息子はいつか父親に会いたがるかもしれない、そして自分はかなり危険になるかもしれない、という思いが起こりました。それで出て行って、娘をわきに連れてきて、「今夜、男の子が眠ったら、ベッドに行き、ナイフを心臓に突き刺せ。そして心臓と舌をおれに持ってこい。もしやらなければお前の命はないぞ。」と言いました。 それからコックは行ってしまいました。次の日戻った時、娘はやっていなくて、「どうして誰も傷つけなかった罪のない男の子の血を流さなければいけないの?」と言いました。コックはもう一度「やらなければ、お前の命はないぞ。」と言いました。

コックが行ってしまうと、娘は小さな雌鹿を連れて来てもらい、殺すように命じて、心臓と舌をとり、さらにのせました。コックがやってくるのを見たとき、男の子に、「ベッドにねて、布団をかぶせていて」と言いました。それから悪党が入って来て、「男の子の心臓と舌はどこだ?」と言いました。娘は皿をのべましたが、王様の息子はキルトをはぎ取って、「この罪人め、なぜ僕を殺そうとした?今判決を言い渡す、お前は黒いプードルになり首に金の首輪をし、喉から炎がとび出てくるまで燃えている炭を食べるのだ」と言いました。これらの言葉を言うとすぐ、コックはプードルに変えられ、首に金の首輪をしていました。そして、他のコックたちは燃えている炭を持ってくるように命令され、その炭を犬は食べ、とうとう喉から炎が噴き出しました。

王様の息子はそこにもう少しそこにとどまりましたが、母親のことが思い起こされ、まだ生きているのかなと思いました。とうとう王子は娘に「私は自分の国に帰ります。一緒に来る気があるなら、君を養うよ。」と言いました。「ああ、道のりはとても長いし、私のことを知らないよその土地で私はどうしましょう。」と娘は答えました。娘はあまり気がすすまないようだし、二人はお互い別れられないので、王子は願をかけて娘を美しいなでしこに変え、身につけて持ちました。それから自分の国にでかけ、プードルはあとを追いかけさせました。

王子は母親が閉じ込められている塔に行き、とても高いので、てっぺんまで届く梯子を願掛けしました。それから上へ登って中を覗き、「愛するお母様、お后さま、まだ生きていらっしゃいますか、それとも亡くなってるんですか?」と叫びました。お后は「今食べたばかりでまだおなかがいっぱいよ。」と答えました。というのは、天使たちがそこにいるのだと思ったからです。「私はあなたの愛する息子です。けものがあなたの腕から引き裂いたと言われていますが、まだ生きてますよ。そしてすぐにあなたを自由にします。」と王子は言いました。

それからまた降りて、父親のところにいき、他人の猟師として取り次がせ、王様にお仕えできないかと尋ねました。王様は「いいだろう、お前が腕がたち、私に獲物を捕ってこれるなら、使ってやろう。だがどの地方でも国中で鹿は一度も住んだことはなかったぞ。」と言いました。それで猟師は王様の食卓で使えるだけたくさんの獲物をもってこようと約束しました。それで、王子は猟師たちを呼び集め、森へ一緒に出かけるよう命じました。そして王子は猟師たちと一緒に行き、猟師たちを大きな輪にさせ、自分がいる方を開けさせ、願をかけ始めました。

二百頭以上の鹿がすぐに輪の中へ走って来て、猟師たちは撃ち、鹿は全部六十台の荷車に積まれ、王様のもとへ運ばれました。そして何年も獲物が何もなかったあとで一度王子は王様の食卓を獲物で飾ることができました。

さあ王様はこれにとてもよろこび、次の日に宮廷のみんなが一緒に食べるようにと命じ、大宴会を開きました。みんなが集まると王様は猟師に「お前はとても賢いから、私の隣にすわるがよい」と言いました。王子は「王様、陛下は私にお許しを願います。私は貧しい猟師です。」と答えましたが、王様は承知しなくて「隣に座るがよい」となんども言うので、とうとう座りました。そこに座っている間に愛する母親のことを考えて願掛けをし、王様の偉い家来の一人がお后のことを話し始め、塔の中でお后はいかがかおすごしか、まだ生きていらっしゃるかそれとも亡くなられたかと尋ねますように、と心の中でいいました。

願掛けをするとすぐに長官が始めて、「陛下、私たちはここで楽しく暮らしていますが、塔にいるお后さまはいかがでしょうか?まだ生きていらっしゃるのですか?それともお亡くなりに?」と言いました。しかし王様は、「妃は愛する息子をけものに引き裂かせたのだ、妃の話は聞きたくない。」と答えました。それで、猟師は立ちあがって、「お父様、お妃さまはまだ生きています、そして私はお后の息子です。私はけものにではなくあの悪党の年寄りのコックにさらわれたのです。コックはお后が眠っている時腕から私をさらい、ニワトリの血をエプロンにつけておいたのです。」と言いました。 そこで王子は金の首輪をしている犬を連れて来て、「これがその悪党です。」と言って、燃えている炭をもってこさせ、みんなが見ている前でその炭を食べさせ、ついに炎がのどから噴き出ました。こうして猟師は王様に犬の本当の姿を見たいか尋ね、元のコックの姿に戻す願をかけました。それで、すぐにコックが白いエプロンをかけわきに包丁をさげて立っていました。王様をコックを見ると、とても怒って、一番深い地下牢へ入れろと命令しました。

それから猟師はさらに、「お父様、私をとてもやさしく育て、あとで私を殺さねばならなくなって、自分の命がかかっていたのにそうしなかった娘にあいませんか」と言いました。王様は「ああ、会いたいものだ」と答えました。息子は、「娘を美しい花の姿で見せましょう。」と言って、ポケットに手をいれ、なでしこを出し、王様のテーブルに置きました。それはとても美しく、王様がこれまでに見たこともないくらいきれいななでしこでした。それから息子は「さあ、本当の姿をお見せしましょう。」と言って、娘になるようにと願をかけました。すると、娘はどんな絵描きもこれ以上描けないように美しくそこに立っていました。

そして王様は二人の侍女と二人の家来を塔に送り、お后を王様のテーブルに連れてくるよう命じました。ところが、お后は連れてこられても何も食べず、「塔の中で私を養ってくださった恵み深い神様がもうすぐ私を自由にしてくださいます。」と言いました。お后はそれから三日生きたあと、安らかに亡くなり、埋められたとき、塔に食べ物を運んだ、天国の天使の、二羽の白い鳩が、あとについてきて、お墓の上にとまりました。

年とった王様はコックを4つに切り裂くように命じましたが、悲しみのため心が憔悴してまもなく王様は亡くなりました。息子はポケットに花にして連れてきた娘と結婚しました。二人がまだ生きているかどうかは神様がご存知です。
There was once on a time a Queen to whom God had given no children. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heaven to bestow on her a son or a daughter. Then an angel from heaven came to her and said, "Be at rest, thou shalt have a son with the power of wishing, so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for, that shall he have." Then she went to the King, and told him the joyful tidings, and when the time was come she gave birth to a son, and the King was filled with gladness. Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wild beasts were kept, and washed herself there in a clear stream. It happened once when the child was a little older, that it was lying in her arms and she fell asleep. Then came the old cook, who knew that the child had the power of wishing, and stole it away, and he took a hen, and cut it in pieces, and dropped some of its blood on the Queen's apron and on her dress. Then he carried the child away to a secret place, where a nurse was obliged to suckle it, and he ran to the King and accused the Queen of having allowed her child to be taken from her by the wild beasts. When the King saw the blood on her apron, he believed this, fell into such a passion that he ordered a high tower to be built, in which neither sun nor moon could be seen, and had his wife put into it, and walled up. Here she was to stay for seven years without meat or drink, and die of hunger. But God sent two angels from heaven in the shape of white doves, which flew to her twice a day, and carried her food until the seven years were over.
The cook, however, thought to himself, "If the child has the power of wishing, and I am here, he might very easily get me into trouble." So he left the palace and went to the boy, who was already big enough to speak, and said to him, "Wish for a beautiful palace for thyself with a garden, and all else that pertains to it." Scarcely were the words out of the boy's mouth, when everything was there that he had wished for. After a while the cook said to him, "It is not well for thee to be so alone, wish for a pretty girl as a companion." Then the King's son wished for one, and she immediately stood before him, and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her. The two played together, and loved each other with all their hearts, and the old cook went out hunting like a nobleman. The thought, however, occurred to him that the King's son might some day wish to be with his father, and thus bring him into great peril. So he went out and took the maiden aside, and said, "To-night when the boy is asleep, go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart, and bring me his heart and tongue, and if thou dost not do it, thou shalt lose thy life." Thereupon he went away, and when he returned next day she had not done it, and said, "Why should I shed the blood of an innocent boy who has never harmed any one?" The cook once more said, "If thou dost not do it, it shall cost thee thy own life." When he had gone away, she had a little hind brought to her, and ordered her to be killed, and took her heart and tongue, and laid them on a plate, and when she saw the old man coming, she said to the boy, "Lie down in thy bed, and draw the clothes over thee." Then the wicked wretch came in and said, "Where are the boy's heart and tongue?" The girl reached the plate to him, but the King's son threw off the quilt, and said, "Thou old sinner, why didst thou want to kill me? Now will I pronounce thy sentence. Thou shalt become a black poodle and have a gold collar round thy neck, and shalt eat burning coals, till the flames burst forth from thy throat." And when he had spoken these words, the old man was changed into a poodle dog, and had a gold collar round his neck, and the cooks were ordered to bring up some live coals, and these he ate, until the flames broke forth from his throat. The King's son remained there a short while longer, and he thought of his mother, and wondered if she were still alive. At length he said to the maiden, "I will go home to my own country; if thou wilt go with me, I will provide for thee." - "Ah," she replied, "the way is so long, and what shall I do in a strange land where I am unknown?" As she did not seem quite willing, and as they could not be parted from each other, he wished that she might be changed into a beautiful pink, and took her with him. Then he went away to his own country, and the poodle had to run after him. He went to the tower in which his mother was confined, and as it was so high, he wished for a ladder which would reach up to the very top. Then he mounted up and looked inside, and cried, "Beloved mother, Lady Queen, are you still alive, or are you dead?" She answered, "I have just eaten, and am still satisfied," for she thought the angels were there. Said he, "I am your dear son, whom the wild beasts were said to have torn from your arms; but I am alive still, and will speedily deliver you." Then he descended again, and went to his father, and caused himself to be announced as a strange huntsman, and asked if he could give him a place. The King said yes, if he was skilful and could get game for him, he should come to him, but that deer had never taken up their quarters in any part of the district or country. Then the huntsman promised to procure as much game for him as he could possibly use at the royal table. So he summoned all the huntsmen together, and bade them go out into the forest with him. And he went with them and made them form a great circle, open at one end where he stationed himself, and began to wish. Two hundred deer and more came running inside the circle at once, and the huntsmen shot them. Then they were all placed on sixty country carts, and driven home to the King, and for once he was able to deck his table with game, after having had none at all for years.

Now the King felt great joy at this, and commanded that his entire household should eat with him next day, and made a great feast. When they were all assembled together, he said to the huntsmen, "As thou art so clever, thou shalt sit by me." He replied, "Lord King, your majesty must excuse me, I am a poor huntsman." But the King insisted on it, and said, "Thou shalt sit by me," until he did it. Whilst he was sitting there, he thought of his dearest mother, and wished that one of the King's principal servants would begin to speak of her, and would ask how it was faring with the Queen in the tower, and if she were alive still, or had perished. Hardly had he formed the wish than the marshal began, and said, "Your majesty, we live joyously here, but how is the Queen living in the tower? Is she still alive, or has she died?" But the King replied, "She let my dear son be torn to pieces by wild beasts; I will not have her named." Then the huntsman arose and said, "Gracious lord father, she is alive still, and I am her son, and I was not carried away by wild beasts, but by that wretch the old cook, who tore me from her arms when she was asleep, and sprinkled her apron with the blood of a chicken." Thereupon he took the dog with the golden collar, and said, "That is the wretch!" and caused live coals to be brought, and these the dog was compelled to devour before the sight of all, until flames burst forth from its throat. On this the huntsman asked the King if he would like to see the dog in his true shape, and wished him back into the form of the cook, in the which he stood immediately, with his white apron, and his knife by his side. When the King saw him he fell into a passion, and ordered him to be cast into the deepest dungeon. Then the huntsman spoke further and said, "Father, will you see the maiden who brought me up so tenderly and who was afterwards to murder me, but did not do it, though her own life depended on it?" The King replied, "Yes, I would like to see her." The son said, "Most gracious father, I will show her to you in the form of a beautiful flower," and he thrust his hand into his pocket and brought forth the pink, and placed it on the royal table, and it was so beautiful that the King had never seen one to equal it. Then the son said, "Now will I show her to you in her own form," and wished that she might become a maiden, and she stood there looking so beautiful that no painter could have made her look more so.

And the King sent two waiting-maids and two attendants into the tower, to fetch the Queen and bring her to the royal table. But when she was led in she ate nothing, and said, "The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower, will speedily deliver me." She lived three days more, and then died happily, and when she was buried, the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower, and were angels of heaven, followed her body and seated themselves on her grave. The aged King ordered the cook to be torn in four pieces, but grief consumed the King's own heart, and he soon died. His son married the beautiful maiden whom he had brought with him as a flower in his pocket, and whether they are still alive or not, is known to God.




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