ITALIANO

La pioggia di stelle

ENGLISH

The star-money


C'era una volta una bambina, che non aveva più nè babbo nè mamma, ed era tanto povera, non aveva neanche una stanza dove abitare nè un lettino dove dormire; insomma, non aveva che gli abiti indosso e in mano un pezzetto di pane, che un'anima pietosa le aveva donato. Ma era buona e brava e siccome era abbandonata da tutti, vagabondò qua e là per i campi fidando nel buon Dio.
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.


Un giorno incontrò un povero, che disse: "Ah, dammi qualcosa da mangiare! Ho tanta fame!" Ella gli porse tutto il suo pezzetto di pane e disse: "Ti faccia bene!" e continuò la sua strada. Poi venne una bambina, che si lamentava e le disse: "Ho tanto freddo alla testa! Regalami qualcosa per coprirla." Ella si tolse il berretto e glielo diede. Dopo un pò ne venne un'altra bambina, che non aveva indosso neanche un giubbetto e gelava; ella le diede il suo. E un pò più in là un'altra le chiese una gonnellina, ella le diede la sua. Alla fine giunse in un bosco e si era già fatto buio, arrivò un'altra bimba e le chiese una camicina; la buona fanciulla pensò: "E' notte fonda nessuno ti vede puoi ben dare la tua camicia." Se la tolse e diede anche la camicia.
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.


E mentre se ne stava là, senza più niente indosso, d'un tratto caddero le stelle dal cielo, ed erano tanti scudi lucenti e benchè avesse dato via la sua camicina ecco che ella ne aveva una nuova, che era di finissimo lino. Vi mise dentro gli scudi e fù ricca per tutta la vita.
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.





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