ENGLISH

The flail from heaven

日本語

天のからさお


A countryman was once going out to plough with a pair of oxen. When he got to the field, both the animals' horns began to grow, and went on growing, and when he wanted to go home they were so big that the oxen could not get through the gateway for them. By good luck a butcher came by just then, and he delivered them over to him, and made the bargain in this way, that he should take the butcher a measure of turnip-seed, and then the butcher was to count him out a Brabant thaler for every seed. I call that well sold! The peasant now went home, and carried the measure of turnip-seed to him on his back. On the way, however, he lost one seed out of the bag. The butcher paid him justly as agreed on, and if the peasant had not lost the seed, he would have had one thaler the more. In the meantime, when he went on his way back, the seed had grown into a tree which reached up to the sky. Then thought the peasant, "As thou hast the chance, thou must just see what the angels are doing up there above, and for once have them before thine eyes." So he climbed up, and saw that the angels above were threshing oats, and he looked on. While he was thus watching them, he observed that the tree on which he was standing, was beginning to totter; he peeped down, and saw that someone was just going to cut it down. "If I were to fall down from hence it would be a bad thing," thought he, and in his necessity he did not know how to save himself better than by taking the chaff of the oats which lay there in heaps, and twisting a rope of it. He likewise snatched a hoe and a flail which were lying about in heaven, and let himself down by the rope. But he came down on the earth exactly in the middle of a deep, deep hole. So it was a real piece of luck that he had brought the hoe, for he hoed himself a flight of steps with it, and mounted up, and took the flail with him as a token of his truth, so that no one could have any doubt of his story.
昔、ある田舎の人が二頭の雄牛で畑を耕しにでかけました。畑へ着くと、牛の角が二頭とも伸び出して、伸び続けました。それで、お百姓が家へ入ろうとしたとき、角が大きすぎて、牛たちが門を通れませんでした。運よく肉屋がちょうどそのとき通りがかり、お百姓は牛を渡し、次のように取引しました。お百姓は肉屋に一ペック(約9リットル)の菜種を持っていく、それで肉屋は種一粒あたりブラバントターレル銀貨を一枚をはらう、というものでした。それはうまく売ったと私は言いますよ。

さてお百姓は家へ帰り、一ペックの菜種を背負っていきました。ところが途中で袋から種を一粒落としました。肉屋はお百姓に取り決め通りきっちり払いました。もしお百姓がその種を失くさなかったらあと一ターレル多くもらったでしょう。お百姓が戻るまでに、その種から木が育ち、天まで届きました。それでお百姓は、(せっかくだから、上で天使たちが何をしてるかちょっくら見なくてはな)と思いました。

それでお百姓は登って行くと、上の天使たちがから竿でからす麦を打っているのが見え、見物していました。こうして見ていたら、自分の登っている木がぐらつき始めているのに気がつきました。下を見ると、誰かが木を切り倒そうとしているのが見えました。(ここから落ちたら、えらいことになるな)とお百姓は思いました。切羽詰まって、そこに山になっていたからす麦のわらをとり、それで縄をなうよりもよい助かる方法が思い浮かびませんでした。また天国であたりにちらばっていたクワとから竿もつかみ、縄をつたって下りました。しかし、地上の深い深い穴のちょうど真ん中に下りてしまいました。それで、クワをもってきたのはもっけの幸いでした。というのはお百姓はそのクワで掘ってひとつづきの階段を作り上へ登りましたから。それから真実の印として、から竿をもっていきました。それで誰もお百姓の話を疑うことができませんでした。




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