ENGLISH

The star-money

PORTUGUÊS

As moedas caídas do céu


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.
Era uma vez uma pobre menina, cujos pais haviam morrido. Era tão pobre, que não tinha nem quarto para morar, nem caminha para dormir; nada mais possuía além da roupa do corpo e um pedacinho de pão, que uma pessoa caridosa lhe havia dado.
Contudo, era a menina muito boa e piedosa.
Como se achava completamente abandonada de todo o mundo, pôs-se a vaguear de cá e de lá pelos campos, confiando-se à guarda do bom Deus.
No caminho, encontrou um mendigo, que lhe disse; - Pelo amor de Deus, dá-me alguma coisa para comer! Estou com tanta fome!
A menina deu-lhe o pedaço de pão que tinha, dizendo-lho:
- Deus te ajude.
E continuou o caminho. Logo depois encontrou uma menina que chorava e disse-lhe:
- Tenho tanto frio na cabeça! Dá-me alguma coisa para cobrir-me.
Ela tirou, prontamente, o gorro e deu-lho.
Pouco mais adiante, encontrou outra menina que estava transida de frio e não tinha sequer um jalequinho para se agasalhar. Ela despiu o seu e entregou-lho. Finalmente, mais além, outra menina pediu-lhe a saia; ela imediatamente deu-lhe a sua.
Por fim, chegou a um bosque e já caía a noite; aproximou-se-lhe outra menina e lhe pediu a camisinha; a boa criatura pensou:
- E' já noite escura, ninguém me verá. Portanto, posso bem dar-lhe a minha camisa.
Despiu-a e entregou-lha.
Depois de ficar sem nada, sem um farrapo no corpo, ficou lá no bosque muito sozinha. Mas, no mesmo instante, as estreias do céu puseram-se a cair, e ela viu, com assombro, que eram lindas moedas reluzentes.
E, embora ela se tivesse despojado da sua camisinha, tinha uma completamente nova, de finíssima cambraia a cobrir-lhe o corpo. Então, apanhou e recolheu nela as lindas moedas e ficou rica para o resto da vida.




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