DANSK

Om hønens død

ENGLISH

The death of the little hen


Hønen og hanen gik en dag ud på nøddebjerget, og de blev enige om, at når de fandt en nøddekerne, skulle de dele den. Hønen fandt en vældig stor en, men sagde ikke noget om det, og ville spise den alene. Den var imidlertid så stor, at den blev siddende fast i halsen, og hønen blev bange for, at den skulle blive kvalt, og råbte til hanen: "Skynd dig at hente mig noget vand, ellers dør jeg." Hanen løb så stærkt den kunne ned til brønden og sagde: "Giv mig noget vand. Hønen ligger oppe på nøddebjerget og er ved at blive kvalt, fordi hun har spist for stor en kerne." - "Løb først hen til bruden og hent mig noget rød silke," svarede brønden. Hanen for af sted hen til bruden: "Giv mig noget rød silke," sagde den, "det skal brønden have, også skal den give mig noget vand til hønen, som ligger oppe på nøddebjerget og er ved at blive kvalt, fordi den har spist for stor en nøddekerne." - "Løb først hen og hent min krans, den er blevet hængende på et piletræ," sagde bruden. Hanen løb ud og hentede kransen og bragte den til bruden, fik den røde silke og skyndte sig så hen til brønden og fik vand. Men da den kom op på bjerget med det, var hønen kvalt og lå ganske stille uden at røre sig. Hanen blev så bedrøvet at den gav sig til at græde højt, og alle dyrene kom løbende og sørgede også over den stakkels høne. Seks mus lavede en lille vogn, hvori hønen skulle køres hen og begraves, og da den var færdig, blev de spændt for, og hanen satte sig op på bukken. På vejen mødte de en ræv. "Hvor skal du hen?" spurgte den. "Jeg skal hen og begrave hønen." - "Må jeg køre med?"

"Ja, men sæt dig helt tilbage,
ellers er mine heste for svage."

Den satte sig op og nu kom også ulven, bjørnen og løven og alle dyr i skoven, og de kørte af sted til de kom til en bæk. "Hvordan skal vi nu kommer over?" sagde hanen. Ved bredden lå et halmstrå, og det sagde: "Jeg skal lægge mig tværs over, så kan I bruge mig som bro." Men da musene kom ud på det, gled det ned i vandet og de druknede alle seks. Nu var nøden lige stor, men så kom der en gnist og sagde: "Jeg er stor nok. Nu lægger jeg mig her, så kører I over mig. "Den lagde sig nu overvandet, men kom uheldigvis til at dukke så langt ned i det, at den hvislende sluktes og døde. En sten, der lå dernede, fik ondt af hanen og ville hjælpe den, og lagde sig tværs over vandet. Hanen trak nu selv vognen og kom op på land med den døde høne, men ville nu også trække de andre op, der sad bagpå. Men de var alt for tunge, vognen gled tilbage og de faldt allesammen i vandet og druknede. Nu var hanen alene med hønen og den gravede en grav og rejste en høj over den. Så satte den sig på toppen og der sad den og døde af sorg og så var de allesammen døde.
Once upon a time the little hen went with the little cock to the nut-hill, and they agreed together that whichsoever of them found a kernel of a nut should share it with the other. Then the hen found a large, large nut, but said nothing about it, intending to eat the kernel herself. The kernel, however, was so large that she could not swallow it, and it remained sticking in her throat, so that she was alarmed lest she should be choked. Then she cried, "Cock, I entreat thee to run as fast thou canst, and fetch me some water, or I shall choke." The little cock did run as fast as he could to the spring, and said, "Stream, thou art to give me some water; the little hen is lying on the nut- hill, and she has swallowed a large nut, and is choking." The well answered, "First run to the bride, and get her to give thee some red silk." The little cock ran to the bride and said, "Bride, you are to give me some red silk; I want to give red silk to the well, the well is to give me some water, I am to take the water to the little hen who is lying on the nut-hill and has swallowed a great nut-kernel, and is choking with it." The bride answered, "First run and bring me my little wreath which is hanging to a willow." So the little cock ran to the willow, and drew the wreath from the branch and took it to the bride, and the bride gave him some water for it. Then the little cock took the water to the hen, but when he got there the hen had choked in the meantime, and lay there dead and motionless. Then the cock was so distressed that he cried aloud, and every animal came to lament the little hen, and six mice built a little carriage to carry her to her grave, and when the carriage was ready they harnessed themselves to it, and the cock drove. On the way, however, they met the fox, who said, "Where art thou going, little cock?" - "I am going to bury my little hen." - "May I drive with thee?" - "Yes, but seat thyself at the back of the carriage, for in the front my little horses could not drag thee." Then the fox seated himself at the back, and after that the wolf, the bear, the stag, the lion, and all the beasts of the forest did the same. Then the procession went onwards, and they reached the stream. "How are we to get over?" said the little cock. A straw was lying by the stream, and it said, "I will lay myself across, and you shall drive over me." But when the six mice came to the bridge, the straw slipped and fell into the water, and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. Then they were again in difficulty, and a coal came and said, "I am large enough, I will lay myself across and you shall drive over me." So the coal also laid itself across the water, but unhappily just touched it, on which the coal hissed, was extinguished and died. When a stone saw that, it took pity on the little cock, wished to help him, and laid itself over the water. Then the cock drew the carriage himself, but when he got it over and reached the other shore with the dead hen, and was about to draw over the others who were sitting behind as well, there were too many of them, the carriage ran back, and they all fell into the water together, and were drowned. Then the little cock was left alone with the dead hen, and dug a grave for her and laid her in it, and made a mound above it, on which he sat down and fretted until he died too, and then every one was dead.




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