ENGLISH

The star-money

FRANÇAIS

Les ducats tombés du ciel


There was once on a time a little girl whose father and mother were dead, and she was so poor that she no longer had any little room to live in, or bed to sleep in, and at last she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little bit of bread in her hand which some charitable soul had given her. She was, however, good and pious. And as she was thus forsaken by all the world, she went forth into the open country, trusting in the good God.
Il était une fois une petite fille dont le père et la mère étaient morts. Elle était si pauvre qu'elle n'avait ni chambre ni lit pour se coucher; elle ne possédait que les vêtements qu'elle avait sur le corps, et un petit morceau de pain qu'une âme charitable lui avait donné; mais elle était bonne et pieuse. Comme elle était abandonnée de tout le monde, elle se mit en route à la garde du bon Dieu.


Then a poor man met her, who said: "Ah, give me something to eat, I am so hungry!" She reached him the whole of her piece of bread, and said: "May God bless it to thy use," and went onwards. Then came a child who moaned and said: "My head is so cold, give me something to cover it with." So she took off her hood and gave it to him; and when she had walked a little farther, she met another child who had no jacket and was frozen with cold. Then she gave it her own; and a little farther on one begged for a frock, and she gave away that also. At length she got into a forest and it had already become dark, and there came yet another child, and asked for a little shirt, and the good little girl thought to herself: "It is a dark night and no one sees thee, thou canst very well give thy little shirt away," and took it off, and gave away that also.
Sur son chemin, elle rencontra un pauvre homme qui lui dit: "Hélas! J'ai si grand' faim! Donne-moi un peu à manger." Elle lui présenta son morceau de pain tout entier en lui disant: "Dieu te vienne en aide!" et continua de marcher. Plus loin, elle rencontra un enfant qui pleurait, disant: "J'ai froid à la tête; donne-moi quelque chose pour me couvrir." Elle ôta son bonnet et le lui donna. Plus loin encore elle en vit un autre qui était glacé faute de camisole et elle lui donna la sienne; enfin un dernier lui demanda sa jupe, qu'elle lui donna aussi. La nuit étant venue, elle arriva dans un bois où un autre enfant lui demanda une chemise. La pieuse petite fille pensa: "Il est nuit noire, personne ne me verra, je peux bien donner ma chemise," et elle la donna encore.


And as she so stood, and had not one single thing left, suddenly some stars from heaven fell down, and they were nothing else but hard smooth pieces of money, and although she had just given her little shirt away, she had a new one which was of the very finest linen. Then she gathered together the money into this, and was rich all the days of her life.
Ainsi elle ne possédait plus rien au monde. Mais au même instant les étoiles du ciel se mirent à tomber, et par terre elles se changeaient en beaux ducats reluisants et, quoiqu'elle eût ôté sa chemise, elle en avait une toute neuve, de la toile la plus fine. Elle ramassa les ducats et fut riche pour toute sa vie.





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