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ESPAÑOL

El mayal del cielo

ENGLISH

The flail from heaven


Cierto día salió un campesino a arar, conduciendo una yunta de bueyes. Cuando llegó al campo, los cuernos de los animales empezaron crece que te crece, tanto, que, al volver a casa no podían pasar por la puerta. Por fortuna acertó a encontrarse allí con un carnicero, el cual se los compró, concertando el trato de la siguiente manera: Él daría al carnicero un celemín de semillas de nabos, y el otro le pagaría a razón de un escudo de Brabante por grano de semilla. ¡A esto llamo yo una buena venta! El campesino entró en su casa y regresó al poco rato llevando a la espalda el celemín de semillas de nabos; por cierto que en el camino se le cayó un grano del saco. Pagóle el carnicero según lo pactado, con toda escrupulosidad; y si el labrador no hubiese perdido una semilla, habría cobrado un escudo más. Pero al volverse para entrar en casa, resultó que de aquella semilla había brotado un árbol que llegaba hasta el cielo. Pensó el campesino: "Puesto que se me ofrece esta ocasión, me gustaría saber qué es lo que hacen los ángeles allá arriba. Voy a echar una ojeada." Y trepó a la cima del árbol. Es el caso que los ángeles estaban trillando avena, y él se quedó mirándolos. Y estando absorto con el espectáculo, de pronto se dio cuenta de que el árbol empezaba a tambalearse y oscilar. Miró abajo y vio que un individuo se aprestaba a cortarlo a hachazos. "¡Si me caigo de esta altura la haremos buena!," pensó, y, en su apuro, no encontró mejor expediente que coger las granzas de la avena, que estaban allí amontonadas, y trenzarse una cuerda con ellas. Luego, echó también mano de una azada y un mayal que había por allí y se escurrió por la cuerda. Al llegar al suelo, fue a parar al fondo de un agujero profundo, y suerte aún que cogió la azada, con la cual se cortó unos peldaños que le permitieron volver a la superficie. Y como traía el mayal del cielo como prueba, nadie pudo dudar de la veracidad de su relato.
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.