ESPAÑOL

El cuento de los despropósitos

ENGLISH

The tale of Cockaigne


Eran los tiempos del mundo al revés. Una vez vi que de un hilillo de seda pendían Roma y el Palacio de Letrán; que un hombre sin pies ganaba en la carrera a un rápido caballo, y que una agudísima espada cortaba un puente. Vi un borriquillo de nariz de plata que perseguía a dos veloces liebres, y un ancho tilo en el que crecían tortas calientes. Vi una vieja y seca madreselva que daba sus buenas cien cubas de manteca y sesenta de sal. ¿Basta con estas mentiras, o aún no? Pues vi arar un arado sin caballo ni buey, y un chiquillo de un año lanzar cuatro piedras de molino desde Ratisbona a Tréveris y de Tréveris a Estrasburgo; y un azor nadando por el Rin; y lo hacía como si estuviera en su elemento. Oí unos peces que metían un ruido tal que resonaba en el cielo; vi fluir miel dulce, como si fuera agua, desde un profundo valle a una alta montaña. Es raro todo esto, ¿verdad? Había dos grajos que segaban un prado, y vi dos mosquitos construyendo un puente, dos palomas desgarrando un lobo, dos niños que parían dos cabritas, y dos ranas que trillaban el grano. Vi a dos ratones consagrar a un obispo, y a dos gatos arañar la lengua de un oso. Llegó corriendo una serpiente y degolló a dos fieros leones. Había un barbero afeitando la barba a una mujer, y dos perros lebreles que arrastraban un molino fuera del agua, y una vieja borrica lo miraba, diciendo que estaba bien. Y en un patio, cuatro corceles trillaban grano con todas sus fuerzas, dos cabras encendían el horno, y una vaca roja metía el pan en él. Entonces cantó un gallo:
¡Quiquiriquí! ¡El cuento llega hasta aquí!
In the time of Cockaigne I went there, and saw Rome and the Lateran hanging by a small silken thread, and a man without feet who outran a swift horse, and a keen sharp sword that cut through a bridge. There I saw a young ass with a silver nose which pursued two fleet hares, and a lime-tree that was very large, on which hot cakes were growing. There I saw a lean old goat which carried about a hundred cart-loads of fat on his body, and sixty loads of salt. Have I not told enough lies? There I saw a plough ploughing without horse or cow, and a child of one year threw four millstones from Ratisbon to Treves, and from Treves to Strasburg, and a hawk swam over the Rhine, which he had a perfect right to do. There I heard some fishes begin to make such a disturbance with each other, that it resounded as far as heaven, and sweet honey flowed like water from a deep valley at the top of a high mountain, and these were strange things. There were two crows which were mowing a meadow, and I saw two gnats building a bridge, and two doves tore a wolf to pieces; two children brought forth two kids, and two frogs threshed corn together. There I saw two mice consecrating a bishop, and two cats scratching out a bear's tongue. Then a snail came running up and killed two furious lions. There stood a barber and shaved a woman's beard off; and two sucking-children bade their mother hold her tongue. There I saw two greyhounds which brought a mill out of the water; and a sorry old horse was beside it, and said it was right. And four horses were standing in the yard threshing corn with all their might, and two goats were heating the stove, and a red cow shot the bread into the oven. Then a cock crowed, Cock-a-doodle-doo! The story is all told, Cock-a-doodle-doo!




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