ENGLISH

The star-money

日本語

星の銀貨


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.

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.

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.
昔、父も母も亡くなった小さな女の子がいました。とても貧しかったのでもう住む部屋も、眠るベッドもなくなり、とうとう着ている服と、手に持っている情け深い人がくれた少しのパンだけになりました。それでも、この子は善良で信心深い子でした。世間全般からこのように見捨てられたので、神様を信じて野に出ていきました。すると、貧しい男に出会い、その人が「ああ、何か食べるものをください。とてもおなかがすいてるのです。」というので、パンを全部手渡し、「神様があなたを祝福してくださいますように。」と言って先へ進みました。すると、子供が来て、呻いて、「頭がとても冷たいのです。何か頭をおおうものをください。」と言いました。それで女の子は頭巾を脱いでその子にあげました。さらに少し進むと、上着を着ていなくて寒さで凍えている別の子供に出会いました。それで、女の子は自分の上着をあげました。また少し行くと、ドレスを欲しがる人がいて、女の子はそれもあげました。とうとう森に入り、もう暗くなってしまっていました。そしてまた別の子供がきて、シャツを欲しがりました。それで善良な小さい女の子は心の中で、「暗い夜で、誰にも見えないわ。シャツをあげても大丈夫よ。」と考えて、脱ぎ、それもあげました。そうして、何一つ残らず、立っていると、突然天から星が落ちてきました。その星は固い滑らかな硬貨だったのです。そしてシャツをあげたばかりだったのに、とても上等なリネンでできている新しいシャツを着ていました。それで女の子はそのシャツにお金を入れました。そして生涯お金持ちでした。




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