ENGLISH

The twelve idle servants

DANSK

De tolv dovne karle


Twelve servants who had done nothing all the day would not exert themselves at night either, but laid themselves on the grass and boasted of their idleness. The first said, "What is your laziness to me, I have to concern myself about mine own? The care of my body is my principal work, I eat not a little and drink still more. When I have had four meals, I fast a short time until I feel hunger again, and that suits me best. To rise betimes is not for me; when it is getting near mid-day, I already seek out a resting-place for myself. If the master call, I do exactly as if I had not heard him, and if he call for the second time, I wait awhile before I get up, and go to him very slowly. In this way life is endurable."
The second said, "I have a horse to look after, but I leave the bit in his mouth, and if I do not want to do it, I give him no food, and I say he has had it already. I, however, lay myself in the oat-chest and sleep for four hours. After this I stretch out one foot and move it a couple of times over the horse's body, and then he is combed and cleaned. Who is going to make a great business of that? Nevertheless service is too toilsome for me."

The third said, "Why plague oneself with work? Nothing comes of it! I laid myself in the sun, and fell asleep. It began to rain a little, but why should I get up? I let it rain on in God's name. At last came a splashing shower, so heavy indeed, that it pulled the hair out of my head and washed it away, and I got a hole in the skull; I put a plaster on it, and then it was all right. I have already had several injuries of that kind."

The fourth said, "If I am to undertake a piece of work, I first loiter about for an hour that I may save up my strength. After that I begin quite slowly, and ask if no one is there who could help me. Then I let him do the chief of the work, and in reality only look on; but that also is still too much for me."

The fifth said, "What does that matter? Just think, I am to take away the manure from the horse's stable, and load the cart with it. I let it go on slowly, and if I have taken anything on the fork, I only half-raise it up, and then I rest just a quarter of an hour until I quite throw it in. It is enough and to spare if I take out a cartful in the day. I have no fancy for killing myself with work."

The sixth said, "Shame on ye; I am afraid of no work, but I lie down for three weeks, and never once take my clothes off. What is the use of buckling your shoes on? For aught I care they may fall off my feet, it is no matter. If I am going up some steps, I drag one foot slowly after the other on to the first step, and then I count the rest of them that I may know where I must rest.

The seventh said, "That will not do with me; my master looks after my work, only he is not at home the whole day. But I neglect nothing, I run as fast as it is possible to do when one crawls. If I am to get on, four sturdy men must push me with all their might. I came where six men were lying sleeping on a bed beside each other. I lay down by them and slept too. There was no wakening me again, and when they wanted to have me home, they had to carry me." The eighth said, "I see plainly that I am the only active fellow; if a stone lie before me, I do not give myself the trouble to raise my legs and step over it. I lay myself down on the ground, and if I am wet and covered with mud and dirt, I stay lying until the sun has dried me again. At the very most, I only turn myself so that it can shine on me." The ninth said, "That is the right way! To-day the bread was before me, but I was too idle to take it, and nearly died of hunger! Moreover a jug stood by it, but it was so big and heavy that I did not like to lift it up, and preferred bearing thirst. Just to turn myself round was too much for me, I remained lying like a log the whole day." The tenth said, "Laziness has brought misfortune on me, a broken leg and swollen calf. Three of us were lying in the road, and I had my legs stretched out. Some one came with a cart, and the wheels went over me. I might indeed have drawn my legs back, but I did not hear the cart coming, for the midges were humming about my ears, and creeping in at my nose and out again at my mouth; who can take the trouble to drive the vermin away?"

The eleventh said, "I gave up my place yesterday. I had no fancy for carrying the heavy books to my master any longer or fetching them away again. There was no end of it all day long. But to tell the truth, he gave me my dismissal, and would not keep me any longer, for his clothes, which I had left lying in the dust, were all moth-eaten, and I am very glad of it."

The twelfth said, "To-day I had to drive the cart into the country, and made myself a bed of straw on it, and had a good sleep. The reins slipped out of my hand, and when I awoke, the horse had nearly torn itself loose, the harness was gone, the strap which fastened the horse to the shafts was gone, and so were the collar, the bridle and bit. Some one had come by, who had carried all off. Besides this, the cart had got into a quagmire and stuck fast. I left it standing, and stretched myself on the straw again. At last the master came himself, and pushed the cart out, and if he had not come I should not be lying here but there, and sleeping in full tranquillity."
Der var engang tolv karle, som ikke havde bestilt det allerringeste hele den lange dag. Om aftenen lagde de sig i græsset for ikke at overanstrenge sig, og begyndte at rose sig af deres dovenskab. "Jeg har nok i min egen dovenskab og bryder mig ikke om jeres," sagde den første, "det vigtigste, jeg foretager mig, er at tænke på min mave. Jeg spiser kun lidt, men drikker desto mere. Når jeg har spist fire gange, faster jeg en kort tid, til jeg bliver sulten igen. Det har jeg bedst af. Det er ikke min sag at stå tidligt op, og henimod middag finder jeg mig allerede en rolig plet, hvor jeg kan hvile mig. Kalder min herre, lader jeg, som jeg ikke har hørt det, og kalder han igen, venter jeg lidt og kommer så ganske langsomt. Så er livet da til at udholde." - "Jeg har en hest, jeg skal sørge for," sagde den anden, "men jeg lader den beholde bidslet i munden, og når jeg ikke gider, giver jeg den ingen foder, og siger, den har ædt. Så lægger jeg mig i krybben og sover fire timer. Derpå stikker jeg det ene ben ud og lader det glide et par gange over hestens ryg, så er den striglet. Det er jo da ikke noget at gøre væsen af. Men alligevel synes jeg, den tjeneste er lidt for besværlig." - "Det nytter heller ikke noget at plage sig med arbejde," sagde den tredie, "jeg lagde mig ude i solen for at sove, og så begyndte det at dryppe. Men jeg syntes ikke, det var noget at rejse sig for, og lod det regne i Guds navn. Så begyndte det at plaskregne så stærkt, at hårene blev revet af mit hovede og svømmede bort, og jeg fik et hul i issen. Jeg smækkede et plaster på, og så var det godt. Den slags små uheld er jeg så vant til." - "Nu skal jeg," sagde den fjerde, "hvis jeg skal til at bestille noget, driver jeg først omkring en timestid for at samle kræfter. Så tager jeg ganske lempelig fat og tænker på, om der ikke er nogen, som kan hjælpe mig. Så lader jeg dem gøre det og ser bare til, men det er mig alligevel for meget." - "Det er da ikke noget at snakke om," sagde den femte, "min bestilling er at læsse gødningen fra hestestalden op på vognen. Når jeg endelig har fået noget på gaflen, løfter jeg den ganske langsomt en lille smule og hviler mig et kvarterstid, inden jeg kaster det op på vognen. For resten er det nok, når jeg kører et læs ud om dagen. Jeg har ikke lyst til at slide mig ihjel." - "Skam jer," sagde den sjette, "jeg er ikke bange for noget arbejde, men jeg lægger mig til hvile en tre ugers tid og trækker ikke engang tøjet af. Hvorfor skal man knappe sine sko? Det gør da ikke noget, om man taber dem. Når jeg skal op ad en trappe, sætter jeg foden ganske langsomt på det første trin og tæller så, hvor mange der er, for at beregne, hvor jeg skal hvile mig." - "Sådan noget går ikke hos mig," sagde den syvende, "min herre passer på, hvad jeg bestiller, men han er rigtignok ude hele dagen. Alligevel forsømmer jeg ikke noget, skønt jeg ikke rører mig af pletten. Hvis jeg skal et andet sted hen, må fire mænd bruge alle deres kræfter for at få mig rokket af pletten. Jeg kom engang til et sted, hvor der lå seks mænd ved siden af hinanden og sov. Jeg lagde mig også ned og faldt i søvn, og hvis de ville have mig hjem igen, måtte de bære mig, for jeg var ikke til at få vækket." - "Jeg er nok den eneste raske karl af os allesammen," sagde den ottende, "hvis jeg støder på en sten, gør jeg mig ikke den ulejlighed at løfte benene og gå over den, jeg lægger mig ned ved siden af den, og hvis jeg er våd eller snavset, bliver jeg liggende, til solen har tørret mig. I det højeste drejer jeg mig lidt, så den kan komme til at skinne på mig." - "Det er også noget at snakke om," sagde den niende, "i dag var jeg ved at dø af sult, og der lå et brød ved siden af mig, men jeg gad ikke strække hånden ud efter det. Der stod også et krus, men det var så stort og tungt, at jeg hellere ville tørste end Løfte det. Jeg gad ikke engang dreje mig om, men blev liggende hele dagen stiv som en pind." - "Jeg har brækket mit ben og fået en hoven læg på grund af dovenskab," sagde den tiende, "vi var tre, der lå med udstrakte ben ved siden af hinanden tværs over vejen. Så kom der en vogn kørende, og hjulene gik over mig. Jeg havde jo nok kunnet trække benene til mig, men jeg hørte ikke vognen komme. Myggene summede om mine ører og krøb ind gennem næsen og ud af munden, men hvem gider gøre sig den ulejlighed at jage det småkravl væk." - "I går har jeg sagt min tjeneste op," sagde den ellevte, "jeg havde ikke lyst til at bringe min herres bøger frem og tilbage, og sådan gik det hele dagen. Når jeg skal sige sandheden, var det for resten ham, der sagde mig op, for jeg havde ladet hans klæder ligge så længe i støvet, at møllene havde ædt dem, men det havde han godt af." - "Jeg skulle i dag køre en vogn over marken," sagde den tolvte, "og så lavede jeg et leje af hø og faldt i søvn. Tømmerne faldt ud af hånden på mig, og da jeg vågnede havde hesten næsten revet sig løs, buggjorden, stavselen, tømmen og bidslet var blevet stjålet af en eller anden, som gik forbi. Desuden var vognen kørt i et hul og stod fast. Jeg lagde mig ganske rolig ned igen, og langt om længe kom min husbond selv og fik vognen løftet op, og dersom han ikke var kommet, var jeg ikke her, hvor jeg nu er, men lå endnu deroppe og sov i ro og mag."




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