DANSK

Spillehans

ENGLISH

Gambling Hansel


Der var engang en mand, som ikke bestilte andet end at spille, og derfor kaldte folk ham Spillehans. Til sidst havde han sat sit hus og alt, hvad han ejede, over styr. Lige før hans kreditorer skulle komme for at tage hans hus kom Vorherre og St. Peter og bad, om de måtte blive der om natten. "For min skyld gerne," sagde Spillehans, "men jeg kan ikke give jer nogen seng, og jeg har heller ingen mad til jer." Men Vorherre sagde, at når de blot måtte blive der, skulle de nok selv købe sig noget mad, og det havde Spillehans ikke noget imod. Peter gav ham så en mark og sagde, han skulle gå hen til bageren og købe brød. Og Spillehans gik, men da han kom til det hus, hvor de andre spillefugle sad, som havde vundet alt fra ham, kaldte de på ham: "Kom herind, Hans," råbte de. "Ja, det kunne I lide," sagde han, "I vil også vinde den mark fra mig." Men de lod ham ikke slippe og til sidst gik han da derind og spillede pengene bort. Vorherre og St. Peter ventede og ventede, men da det varede så længe, gik de ud for at møde ham. Da de traf ham lod han, som han havde tabt pengene og ledte efter dem alle vegne, men Vorherre vidste godt, at han havde spillet dem bort. Peter gav ham igen en mark, og denne gang modstod han fristelsen og bragte dem brødet. Vorherre spurgte ham nu, om han ingen vin havde, men han svarede, at alle tønderne var tomme. Vorherre befalede ham da at gå ned i kælderen. "Der ligger den dejligste vin, man kan få," sagde han. Han ville først ikke tro det, men til sidst sagde han: "/eg kan jo gerne gå derned, men jeg ved, der ikke er noget." Men da han drejede tappen om løb der den dejligste vin ud af tønden. Han bragte den op til dem, og de blev der så om natten. Næste morgen sagde Vorherre til Spillehans, at han måtte ønske sig tre ting. Vorherre tænkte, at han ville ønske at komme i himlen, men han bad om et spil kort, med hvilke han altid vandt, et træ, der altid bar frugt, og som den, der var krøbet op deri, ikke kunne komme ned af før han befalede det. Vorherre gav ham det og gik sin vej igen med Peter.

Spillehans begyndte nu rigtigt at spille og vandt snart den halve verden. "Det går virkelig ikke an," sagde Peter til Vorherre, "han vinder jo til sidst hele verden. Vi kommer til at sende døden til ham," og det gjorde de så. Da døden kom, sad Hans netop ved spillebordet, og den sagde så til ham: "Kom med udenfor et øjeblik." - "Vent lidt, til spillet er færdig," sagde Hans, "Du kan imens kravle op i det træ og plukke os lidt frugt, så jeg har noget at gnaske på vejen." Døden kravlede derop, og kunne slet ikke komme ned igen. Spillehans lod den sidde deroppe i syv år, og i den tid døde der ikke et eneste menneske.

Da sagde Peter til Vorherre: "Det kan jo slet ikke gå, der dør jo ikke et eneste menneske. Vi må selv derned." De gik da også ned på jorden, og Vorherre befalede Hans at lade døden slippe fri. Han gik straks ud til træet og sagde: "Kom ned," og da døden kom ned, drejede den øjeblikkelig halsen om på ham. De fulgtes så ad til den anden verden, og Spillehans kom til himlens port og bankede på. "Hvem er det?" - "Spillehans." - "Ham har vi ingen brug for, gå din vej." Så gik han til skærsilden og bankede på porten. "Hvem er det?" - "Spillehans." - "Her er såmænd jammer og nød nok, vi har ikke lyst til at spille, gå din vej." Han gik så til helvede, og der kom han ind. Der var ikke andre hjemme end gamle Lucifer og de forkrøblede djævle, (de raske havde nok at gøre oppe på jorden) og Hans satte sig så ned og gav sig til at spille med Lucifer. Men han havde ikke andet at spille om end sine forkrøblede djævle, og dem vandt Hans allesammen, for han havde jo de kort, som han altid vandt med. Han fløj så med sine djævle op på jorden og. Hentede nogle humlestænger og for hen til himlen og gav sig til at slå løs på den. Den knagede og bragede, og Peter sagde til Vorherre: "Det går ikke, vi må lade ham komme ind ellers jager han os ud af himlen," De lod ham da slippe ind. Spillehans gav sig straks til at spille kort, og der blev sådan et spektakel, at man ikke kunne høre, hvad man selv sagde. Da sagde Peter: "Det går skam ikke. Vi må smide ham ud igen, ellers bringer han hele himlen i oprør." De greb ham nu og kastede ham på porten, og hans sjæl rev de i stumper og stykker, og de for ind i alle de spillefugle, der lever endnu den dag i dag.
Once upon a time there was a man who did nothing but gamble, and for that reason people never called him anything but Gambling Hansel, and as he never ceased to gamble, he played away his house and all that he had. Now the very day before his creditors were to take his house from him, came the Lord and St. Peter, and asked him to give them shelter for the night. Then Gambling Hansel said, "For my part, you may stay the night, but I cannot give you a bed or anything to eat." So the Lord said he was just to take them in, and they themselves would buy something to eat, to which Gambling Hansel made no objection. Thereupon St. Peter gave him three groschen, and said he was to go to the baker's and fetch some bread. So Gambling Hansel went, but when he reached the house where the other gambling vagabonds were gathered together, they, although they had won all that he had, greeted him clamorously, and said, "Hansel, do come in." - "Oh," said he, "do you want to win the three groschen too?" On this they would not let him go. So he went in, and played away the three groschen also. Meanwhile St. Peter and the Lord were waiting, and as he was so long in coming, they set out to meet him. When Gambling Hansel came, however, he pretended that the money had fallen into the gutter, and kept raking about in it all the while to find it, but our Lord already knew that he had lost it in play. St. Peter again gave him three groschen, and now he did not allow himself to be led away once more, but fetched them the loaf. Our Lord then inquired if he had no wine, and he said, "Alack, sir, the casks are all empty!" But the Lord said he was to go down into the cellar, for the best wine was still there. For a long time he would not believe this, but at length he said, "Well, I will go down, but I know that there is none there." When he turned the tap, however, lo and behold, the best of wine ran out! So he took it to them, and the two passed the night there. Early next day our Lord told Gambling Hansel that he might beg three favours. The Lord expected that he would ask to go to Heaven; but Gambling Hansel asked for a pack of cards with which he could win everything, for dice with which he would win everything, and for a tree whereon every kind of fruit would grow, and from which no one who had climbed up, could descend until he bade him do so. The Lord gave him all that he had asked, and departed with St. Peter.
And now Gambling Hansel at once set about gambling in real earnest, and before long he had gained half the world. Upon this St. Peter said to the Lord, "Lord, this thing must not go on, he will win, and thou lose, the whole world. We must send Death to him." When Death appeared, Gambling Hansel had just seated himself at the gaming-table, and Death said, "Hansel, come out a while." But Gambling Hansel said, "Just wait a little until the game is done, and in the meantime get up into that tree out there, and gather a little fruit that we may have something to munch on our way." Thereupon Death climbed up, but when he wanted to come down again, he could not, and Gambling Hansel left him up there for seven years, during which time no one died.

So St. Peter said to the Lord, "Lord, this thing must not go on. People no longer die; we must go ourselves." And they went themselves, and the Lord commanded Hansel to let Death come down. So Hansel went at once to Death and said to him, "Come down," and Death took him directly and put an end to him. They went away together and came to the next world, and then Gambling Hansel made straight for the door of Heaven, and knocked at it. "Who is there?" - "Gambling Hansel." - "Ah, we will have nothing to do with him! Begone!" So he went to the door of Purgatory, and knocked once more. "Who is there?" - "Gambling Hansel." - "Ah, there is quite enough weeping and wailing here without him. We do not want to gamble, just go away again." Then he went to the door of Hell, and there they let him in. There was, however, no one at home but old Lucifer and the crooked devils who had just been doing their evil work in the world. And no sooner was Hansel there than he sat down to gamble again. Lucifer, however, had nothing to lose, but his mis-shapen devils, and Gambling Hansel won them from him, as with his cards he could not fail to do. And now he was off again with his crooked devils, and they went to Hohenfuert and pulled up a hop-pole, and with it went to Heaven and began to thrust the pole against it, and Heaven began to crack. So again St. Peter said, "Lord, this thing cannot go on, we must let him in, or he will throw us down from Heaven." And they let him in. But Gambling Hansel instantly began to play again, and there was such a noise and confusion that there was no hearing what they themselves were saying. Therefore St. Peter once more said, "Lord, this cannot go on, we must throw him down, or he will make all Heaven rebellious." So they went to him at once, and threw him down, and his soul broke into fragments, and went into the gambling vagabonds who are living this very day.




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