ENGLISH

The peasant in heaven

ITALIANO

Il contadinello in paradiso


Once on a time a poor pious peasant died, and arrived before the gate of heaven. At the same time a very rich, rich lord came there who also wanted to get into heaven. Then Saint Peter came with the key, and opened the door, and let the great man in, but apparently did not see the peasant, and shut the door again. And now the peasant outside, heard how the great man was received in heaven with all kinds of rejoicing, and how they were making music, and singing within. At length all became quiet again, and Saint Peter came and opened the gate of heaven, and let the peasant in. The peasant, however, expected that they would make music and sing when he went in also, but all remained quite quiet; he was received with great affection, it is true, and the angels came to meet him, but no one sang. Then the peasant asked Saint Peter how it was that they did not sing for him as they had done when the rich man went in, and said that it seemed to him that there in heaven things were done with just as much partiality as on earth.

Then said Saint Peter, "By no means, thou art just as dear to us as any one else, and wilt enjoy every heavenly delight that the rich man enjoys, but poor fellows like thee come to heaven every day, but a rich man like this does not come more than once in a hundred years!"
Una volta morì un contadinello molto pio e arrivò alla porta del cielo. Nello stesso tempo ci arrivò anche un signore, molto molto ricco, e anche lui voleva entrare in paradiso.

Venne San Pietro con le chiavi, aprì la porta per fare entrare il ricco, a quanto pare il contadinello non lo aveva visto, e chiuse la porta. Là fuori il contadinello udì con quanta festa si accoglieva il ricco in paradiso e c'era musica e canti. Alla fine tornò il silenzio, San Pietro venne alla porta e fece entrare anche lui. Il contadinello credeva che anche al suo arrivo ci sarebbe stata musica e canti, ma tutto rimase silenzio. Fu accolto amorevolmente, questo è vero, e gli angeli gli andarono incontro, ma nessuno cantò. Allora chiese a San Pietro perché non cantassero per lui come per il ricco, a quanto pare anche in paradiso si facevano parzialità, come in terra.

Allora San Pietro disse: "No, tu ci sei caro come tutti gli altri, e godrai tutte le grazie del cielo come il ricco. Ma vedi, poveri contadini come te, ne arrivan tutti i giorni in paradiso, invece un ricco così arriva una volta ogni cento anni."




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