ESPAÑOL

El tambor

ENGLISH

The drummer


Un anochecer caminaba un joven tambor por el campo, completamente solo, y, al llegar a la orilla de un lago, vio tendidas en ellas tres diminutas prendas de ropa blanca. "Vaya unas prendas bonitas!" se dijo, y se guardó una en el bolsillo. Al llegar a su casa, metióse en la cama, sin acordarse, ni por un momento, de su hallazgo. Pero cuando estaba a punto de dormirse, parecióle que alguien pronunciaba su nombre. Aguzó el oído y pudo percibir una voz dulce y suave que le decía: "¡Tambor, tambor, despierta!" Como era noche oscura, no pudo ver a nadie; pero tuvo la impresión de que una figura se movía delante de su cama. "¿Qué quieres?" preguntó. "Devuélveme mi camisita," respondió la voz, "la que me quitaste anoche junto al lago." - "Te la daré sí me dices quién eres," respondió el tambor. "¡Ah!" clamó la voz, "soy la hija de un poderoso rey; pero caí en poder de una bruja y vivo desterrada en la montaña de cristal. Todos los días, mis dos hermanas y yo hemos de ir a bañarnos al lago; pero sin mi camisita no puedo reemprender el vuelo. Mis hermanas se marcharon ya; pero yo tuve que quedarme. Devuélveme la camisita, te lo ruego." - "Tranquilízate, pobre niña," dijo el tambor, "te la daré con mucho gusto." Y, sacándosela del bolsillo, se la alargó en la oscuridad. Cogióla ella y se dispuso a retirarse. "Aguarda un momento," dijo el muchacho, "tal vez pueda yo ayudarte." - "Sólo podrías hacerlo subiendo a la cumbre de la montaña de cristal y arrancándome del poder de la bruja. Pero a la montaña no podrás llegar; aún suponiendo que llegaras al pie, jamás lograrías escalar la cumbre." - "Para mí, querer es poder," dijo el tambor," me inspiras lástima, y yo no le temo a nada. Pero no sé el camino que conduce a la montaña." - "El camino atraviesa el gran bosque poblado de ogros," respondió la muchacha, "es cuanto puedo decirte." Y la oyó alejarse.
A young drummer went out quite alone one evening into the country, and came to a lake on the shore of which he perceived three pieces of white linen lying. "What fine linen," said he, and put one piece in his pocket. He returned home, thought no more of what he had found, and went to bed. Just as he was going to sleep, it seemed to him as if some one was saying his name. He listened, and was aware of a soft voice which cried to him: "Drummer, drummer, wake up!" As it was a dark night he could see no one, but it appeared to him that a figure was hovering about his bed. "What do you want?" he asked. "Give me back my dress," answered the voice, "that you took away from me last evening by the lake." - "You shall have it back again," said the drummer, "if you will tell me who you are." - "Ah," replied the voice, "I am the daughter of a mighty King; but I have fallen into the power of a witch, and am shut up on the glass-mountain. I have to bathe in the lake every day with my two sisters, but I cannot fly back again without my dress. My sisters have gone away, but I have been forced to stay behind. I entreat you to give me my dress back." - "Be easy, poor child," said the drummer. "I will willingly give it back to you." He took it out of his pocket, and reached it to her in the dark. She snatched it in haste, and wanted to go away with it. "Stop a moment, perhaps I can help you." - "You can only help me by ascending the glass-mountain, and freeing me from the power of the witch. But you cannot come to the glass-mountain, and indeed if you were quite close to it you could not ascend it." - "When I want to do a thing I always can do it," said the drummer, "I am sorry for you, and have no fear of anything. But I do not know the way which leads to the glass-mountain." - "The road goes through the great forest, in which the man-eaters live," she answered, "and more than that, I dare not tell you." And then he heard her wings quiver, as she flew away.


Al clarear el día púsose el soldadito en camino. Con el tambor colgado del hombro, adentróse, sin miedo, en la selva y, viendo, al cabo de buen rato de caminar por ella, que no aparecía ningún gigante, pensó: Será cosa de despertar a esos dormilones. Puso el tambor ni posición y empezó a redoblarlo tan vigorosamente, que las aves remontaron el vuelo con gran algarabía. Poco después se levantaba un gigante, tan alto como un pino, que había estado durmiendo sobre la hierba. "¡Renacuajo!" le gritó, "¿cómo se te ocurre meter tanto ruido y despertarme del mejor de los sueños?" - "Toco," respondió el tambor, "para indicar el camino a los muchos millares que me siguen." - "¿Y qué vienen a buscar a la selva?" preguntó el gigante. "Quieren exterminamos y limpiar el bosque de las alimañas de tu especie." - "¡Vaya!" exclamó el monstruo, "os mataré a pisotones, como si fueseis hormigas." - "¿Crees que podrás con nosotros?" replicó el tambor, "cuando te agaches para coger a uno, se te escapará y se ocultará; y en cuanto te eches a dormir, saldrán todos de los matorrales y se te subirán encima. Llevan en el cinto un martillo de hierro y te partirán el cráneo." Preocupóse el gigante y pensó: Si no procuro entenderme con esta gentecilla astuta, a lo mejor salgo perdiendo. A los osos y los lobos les aprieto el gaznate; pero ante los gusanillos de la tierra estoy indefenso. "Oye, pequeño," prosiguió en alta voz, "retírate, y te prometo que en adelante os dejaré en paz a ti y a los tuyos; además, si tienes algún deseo que satisfacer, dímelo y te ayudaré." - "Tienes largas piernas," dijo el tambor, "y puedes correr más que yo. Si te comprometes a llevarme a la montaña de cristal, tocaré señal de retirada, y por esta vez los míos te dejarán en paz." - "Ven, gusano," respondió el gigante, "súbete en mi hombro y te llevaré adonde quieras." Levantólo y, desde la altura, nuestro soldado se puso a redoblar con todas sus fuerzas. Pensó el gigante: Debe de ser la señal de que se retiren los otros. Al cabo de un rato salióles al encuentro un segundo gigante que, cogiendo al tamborcillo, se lo puso en el ojal. El soldado se agarró al botón, que era tan grande como un plato, y se puso a mirar alegremente en derredor. Luego se toparon con un tercero, el cual sacó al hombrecillo del ojal y se lo colocó en el ala del sombrero; y ahí tenemos a nuestro soldado, paseando por encima de los pinos. Divisó a lo lejos una montaña azul y pensó: Ésa debe de ser la montaña de cristal, y, en efecto, lo era. El gigante dio unos cuantos pasos y llegaron al pie del monte, donde se apeó el tambor. Ya en tierra, pidió al grandullón que lo llevase a la cumbre; pero el grandullón sacudió la cabeza y, refunfuñando algo entre dientes, regresó al bosque.
By daybreak the drummer arose, buckled on his drum, and went without fear straight into the forest. After he had walked for a while without seeing any giants, he thought to himself, I must waken up the sluggards, and he hung his drum before him, and beat such a reveille‚ that the birds flew out of the trees with loud cries. It was not long before a giant who had been lying sleeping among the grass, rose up, and was as tall as a fir-tree. "Wretch!" cried he, "what art thou drumming here for, and wakening me out of my best sleep?" - "I am drumming," he replied, "because I want to show the way to many thousands who are following me." - "What do they want in my forest?" demanded the giant. "They want to put an end to thee, and cleanse the forest of such a monster as thou art!" - "Oh!" said the giant, "I will trample you all to death like so many ants." - "Dost thou think thou canst do anything against us?" said the drummer; "if thou stoopest to take hold of one, he will jump away and hide himself; but when thou art lying down and sleeping, they will come forth from every thicket, and creep up to thee. Every one of them has a hammer of steel in his belt, and with that they will beat in thy skull." The giant grew angry and thought, If I meddle with the crafty folk, it might turn out badly for me. I can strangle wolves and bears, but I cannot protect myself from these earth-worms. "Listen, little fellow," said he, "go back again, and I will promise you that for the future I will leave you and your comrades in peace, and if there is anything else you wish for, tell me, for I am quite willing to do something to please you." - "Thou hast long legs," said the drummer, "and canst run quicker than I; carry me to the glass-mountain, and I will give my followers a signal to go back, and they shall leave thee in peace this time." - "Come here, worm," said the giant; "seat thyself on my shoulder, I will carry thee where thou wishest to be." The giant lifted him up, and the drummer began to beat his drum up aloft to his heart's delight. The giant thought, That is the signal for the other people to turn back. After a while, a second giant was standing in the road, who took the drummer from the first, and stuck him in his button-hole. The drummer laid hold of the button, which was as large as a dish, held on by it, and looked merrily around. Then they came to a third giant, who took him out of the button-hole, and set him on the rim of his hat. Then the drummer walked backwards and forwards up above, and looked over the trees, and when he perceived a mountain in the blue distance, he thought, That must be the glass-mountain, and so it was. The giant only made two steps more, and they reached the foot of the mountain, where the giant put him down. The drummer demanded to be put on the summit of the glass-mountain, but the giant shook his head, growled something in his beard, and went back into the forest.


Y ahí tenemos al pobre tambor ante la montaña, tan alta como si hubiesen puesto tres, una encima de otra, y, además, lisa como un espejo. ¿Cómo arreglárselas? Intentó la escalada, pero en vano, resbalaba cada vez. ¡Quién tuviese alas! suspiró; pero de nada sirvió desearlo; las alas no le crecieron. Mientras estaba perplejo sin saber qué hacer, vio a poca distancia dos hombres que disputaban acaloradamente. Acercándose a ellos, se enteró de que el motivo de la riña era una silla de montar colocada en el suelo y que cada uno quería para sí. "¡Qué necios sois!" díjoles, "os peleáis por una silla y ni siquiera tenéis caballo." - "Es que la silla merece la pena," respondió uno de los hombres, "quien se suba en ella y manifiesta el deseo de trasladarse adonde sea, aunque se trate del fin del mundo, en un instante se encuentra en el lugar pedido. La silla es de los dos, y ahora me toca a mí montarla, pero éste se opone." - "Yo arreglaré la cuestión," dijo el tambor, se alejó a cierta distancia y clavó un palo blanco en el suelo. Luego volvió a los hombres y dijo: "El palo es la meta; el que primero llegue a ella, ése montará antes que el otro." Emprendieron los dos la carrera, y en cuanto se hubieron alejado un trecho, nuestro mozo se subió en la silla y, expresando el deseo de ser transportado a la cumbre de la montaña de cristal, encontróse en ella en un abrir y cerrar de ojos. La cima era una meseta, en la cual se levantaba una vieja casa de piedra; delante de la casa se extendía un gran estanque y detrás quedaba un grande y tenebroso bosque. No vio seres humanos ni animales; reinaba allí un silencio absoluto, interrumpido solamente por el rumor del viento entre los árboles, y las nubes se deslizaban raudas, a muy poca altura, sobre su cabeza. Se acercó a la puerta y llamó. A la tercera llamada se presentó a abrir una vieja de cara muy morena y ojos encarnados; llevaba anteojos cabalgando sobre su larga nariz y mirándolo con expresión escrutadora, le preguntó qué deseaba. "Entrada, comida y cama," respondió el tambor. "Lo tendrás," replicó la vieja, "si te avienes antes a hacer tres trabajos." - "¿Por qué no?" dijo él, "no me asusta ningún trabajo por duro que sea." Franqueóle la mujer el paso, le dio de comer y, al llegar la noche, una cama. Por la mañana, cuando ya estaba descansado, la vieja se sacó un dedal del esmirriado dedo, se lo dio y le dijo: "Ahora, a trabajar. Con este dedal tendrás que vaciarme todo el estanque. Debes terminar antes del anochecer, clasificando y disponiendo por grupos todos los peces que contiene." - "¡Vaya un trabajo raro!" dijo el tambor, y se fue al estanque para vaciarlo. Estuvo trabajando toda la mañana; pero, ¿qué puede hacerse con un dedal ante tanta agua, aunque estuviera uno vaciando durante mil años? A mediodía pensó: Es inútil; lo mismo da que trabaje como que lo deje, y se sentó a la orilla. Vino entonces de la casa una muchacha y, dejando a su lado un cestito con la comida, le dijo: "¿Qué ocurre, pues te veo muy triste?" Alzando él la mirada, vio que la doncella era hermosísima. "¡Ay!" le respondió, "si no puedo hacer el primer trabajo, ¿cómo serán los otros? Vine para redimir a una princesa que debe habitar aquí; pero no la he encontrado. Continuaré mi ruta." - "Quédate," le dijo la muchacha, "yo te sacaré del apuro. Estás cansado; reclina la cabeza sobre mi regazo, y duerme. Cuando despiertes, la labor estará terminada." El tambor no se lo hizo repetir, y, en cuanto se le cerraron los ojos, la doncella dio la vuelta a una sortija mágica y pronunció las siguientes palabras: "Agua, sube. Peces, afuera." Inmediatamente subió el agua, semejante a una blanca niebla, y se mezcló con las nubes, mientras los peces coleteaban y saltaban a la orilla, colocándose unos al lado de otros, distribuidos por especies y tamaños. Al despertarse, el tambor comprobó, asombrado, que ya estaba hecho todo el trabajo. Pero la muchacha le dijo: "Uno de los peces no está con los suyos, sino solo. Cuando la vieja venga esta noche a comprobar si está listo el trabajo que te encargó, te preguntará: ¿Qué hace este pez aquí solo? Tíraselo entonces a la cara, diciéndole: ¡Es para ti, vieja bruja!" Presentóse la mujer a la hora del crepúsculo y, al hacerle la pregunta, el tambor le arrojó el pez a la cara. Simuló ella no haberlo notado y nada dijo; pero de sus ojos escapóse una mirada maligna. A la mañana siguiente lo llamó de nuevo: "Ayer te saliste fácilmente con la tuya; pero hoy será más difícil. Has de talarme todo el bosque, partir los troncos y disponerlos en montones; y debe quedar terminado al anochecer." Y le dio un hacha, una maza y una cuña; pero la primera era de plomo, y las otras, de hojalata. A los primeros golpes, las herramientas se embotaron y aplastaron, dejándolo desarmado. Hacia mediodía, volvió la muchacha con la comida y lo consoló: "Descansa la cabeza en mi regazo y duerme; cuando te despiertes, el trabajo estará hecho." Dio vuelta al anillo milagroso, y, en un instante, desplomóse el bosque entero con gran estruendo, partiéndose la madera por sí sola y estibándose en montones; parecía como si gigantes invisibles efectuasen la labor. Cuando se despertó, díjole la doncella: "¿Ves? La madera está partida y amontonada; sólo queda suelta una rama. Cuando, esta noche, te pregunte la vieja por qué, le das un estacazo con la rama y le respondes: ¡Esto es para ti, vieja bruja!" Vino la vieja: "¿Ves," le dijo, "qué fácil resultó el trabajo? Pero, ¿qué hace ahí esa rama?" - "¡Es para ti, vieja bruja!" respondióle el mozo, dándole un golpe con ella. La mujer hizo como si no lo sintiera, y, con una risa burlona, le dijo: "Mañana harás un montón de toda esta leña, le prenderás fuego y habrá de consumirse completamente." Levantóse el tambor a las primeras luces del alba para acarrear la leña; pero, ¿cómo podía un hombre solo transportar todo un bosque? El trabajo no adelantaba. Pero la muchacha no lo abandonó en su cuita; trájole a mediodía la comida y, después que la hubo tomado, sentóse, con la cabeza en su regazo, y se quedó dormido. Cuando se despertó, ardía toda la pira en llamas altísimas, cuyas lenguas llegaban al cielo. "Escúchame," le dijo la doncella, "cuando venga la bruja, te mandará mil cosas; haz, sin temor, cuanto te ordene; sólo así no podrá nada contigo; pero si tienes miedo, serás víctima del fuego. Finalmente, cuando ya lo hayas realizado todo, la agarras con ambas manos y la arrojas a la hoguera." Marchóse la muchacha y, a poco, presentóse la vieja: "¡Uy, qué frío tengo!" exclamó, "pero ahí arde un fuego que me calentará mis viejos huesos. ¡Qué bien! Allí veo un tarugo que no quema; sácalo. Si lo haces, quedarás libre y podrás marcharte adonde quieras. ¡Ala, adentro sin miedo!" El tambor no se lo pensó mucho y saltó en medio de las llamas; pero éstas no lo quemaron, ni siquiera le chamuscaron el cabello. Cogió el tarugo y lo sacó de la pira. Mas apenas la madera hubo tocado el suelo, transformóse, y nuestro mozo vio de pie ante él a la hermosa doncella que le había ayudado en los momentos difíciles. Y por los vestidos de seda y oro que llevaba, comprendió que se trataba de la princesa. La vieja prorrumpió en una carcajada diabólica y dijo: "Piensas que ya es tuya; pero no lo es todavía." Y se disponía a lanzarse sobre la doncella para llevársela; pero él agarró a la bruja con ambas manos, levantóla en el aire y la arrojó entre las llamas, que enseguida se cerraron sobre ella, como ávidas de devorar a la hechicera.
And now the poor drummer was standing before the mountain, which was as high as if three mountains were piled on each other, and at the same time as smooth as a looking-glass, and did not know how to get up it. He began to climb, but that was useless, for he always slipped back again. If one was a bird now, thought he, but what was the good of wishing, no wings grew for him. Whilst he was standing thus, not knowing what to do, he saw, not far from him, two men who were struggling fiercely together. He went up to them and saw that they were disputing about a saddle which was lying on the ground before them, and which both of them wanted to have. "What fools you are," said he, "to quarrel about a saddle, when you have not a horse for it!" - "The saddle is worth fighting about," answered one of the men, "whosoever sits on it, and wishes himself in any place, even if it should be the very end of the earth, gets there the instant he has uttered the wish. The saddle belongs to us in common. It is my turn to ride on it, but that other man will not let me do it." - "I will soon decide the quarrel," said the drummer, and he went to a short distance and stuck a white rod in the ground. Then he came back and said: "Now run to the goal, and whoever gets there first, shall ride first." Both put themselves into a trot, but hardly had they gone a couple of steps before the drummer swung himself on the saddle, wished himself on the glass-mountain, and before any one could turn round, he was there. On the top of the mountain was a plain; there stood an old stone house, and in front of the house lay a great fish-pond, but behind it was a dark forest. He saw neither men nor animals; everything was quiet; only the wind rustled amongst the trees, and the clouds moved by quite close above his head. He went to the door and knocked. When he had knocked for the third time, an old woman with a brown face and red eyes opened the door. She had spectacles on her long nose, and looked sharply at him; then she asked what he wanted. "Entrance, food, and a bed for the night," replied the drummer. "That thou shalt have," said the old woman, "if thou wilt perform three services in return." - "Why not?" he answered, "I am not afraid of any kind of work, however hard it may be." The old woman let him go in, and gave him some food and a good bed at night. The next morning when he had had his sleep out, she took a thimble from her wrinkled finger, reached it to the drummer, and said: "Go to work now, and empty out the pond with this thimble; but thou must have it done before night, and must have sought out all the fishes which are in the water and laid them side by side, according to their kind and size." - "That is strange work," said the drummer, but he went to the pond, and began to empty it. He baled the whole morning; but what can any one do to a great lake with a thimble, even if he were to bale for a thousand years? When it was noon, he thought, It is all useless, and whether I work or not it will come to the same thing. So he gave it up and sat down. Then came a maiden out of the house who set a little basket with food before him, and said: "What ails thee, that thou sittest so sadly here?" He looked at her, and saw that she was wondrously beautiful. "Ah," said he, "I cannot finish the first piece of work, how will it be with the others? I came forth to seek a king's daughter who is said to dwell here, but I have not found her, and I will go farther." - "Stay here," said the maiden, "I will help thee out of thy difficulty. Thou art tired, lay thy head in my lap, and sleep. When thou awakest again, thy work will be done." The drummer did not need to be told that twice. As soon as his eyes were shut, she turned a wishing-ring and said: "Rise, water. Fishes, come out." Instantly the water rose on high like a white mist, and moved away with the other clouds, and the fishes sprang on the shore and laid themselves side by side each according to his size and kind. When the drummer awoke, he saw with amazement that all was done. But the maiden said: "One of the fish is not lying with those of its own kind, but quite alone; when the old woman comes to-night and sees that all she demanded has been done, she will ask thee: What is this fish lying alone for? Then throw the fish in her face, and say: This one shall be for thee, old witch." In the evening the witch came, and when she had put this question, he threw the fish in her face. She behaved as if she did not remark it, and said nothing, but looked at him with malicious eyes. Next morning she said: "Yesterday it was too easy for thee, I must give thee harder work. Today thou must hew down the whole of the forest, split the wood into logs, and pile them up, and everything must be finished by the evening." She gave him an axe, a mallet, and two wedges. But the axe was made of lead, and the mallet and wedges were of tin. When he began to cut, the edge of the axe turned back, and the mallet and wedges were beaten out of shape. He did not know how to manage, but at mid-day the maiden came once more with his dinner and comforted him. "Lay thy head on my lap," said she, "and sleep; when thou awakest, thy work will be done." She turned her wishing-ring, and in an instant the whole forest fell down with a crash, the wood split, and arranged itself in heaps, and it seemed just as if unseen giants were finishing the work. When he awoke, the maiden said: "Dost thou see that the wood is piled up and arranged, one bough alone remains; but when the old woman comes this evening and asks thee about that bough, give her a blow with it, and say: That is for thee, thou witch." The old woman came: "There thou seest how easy the work was!" said she, "but for whom hast thou left that bough which is lying there still?" - "For thee, thou witch," he replied, and gave her a blow with it. But she pretended not to feel it, laughed scornfully, and said: "Early tomorrow morning thou shalt arrange all the wood in one heap, set fire to it, and burn it." He rose at break of day, and began to pick up the wood, but how can a single man get a whole forest together? The work made no progress. The maiden, however, did not desert him in his need. She brought him his food at noon, and when he had eaten, he laid his head on her lap, and went to sleep. When he awoke, the entire pile of wood was burning in one enormous flame, which stretched its tongues out into the sky. "Listen to me," said the maiden, "when the witch comes, she will give thee all kinds of orders; do whatever she asks thee without fear, and then she will not be able to get the better of thee, but if thou art afraid, the fire will lay hold of thee, and consume thee. At last when thou hast done everything, seize her with both thy hands, and throw her into the midst of the fire." The maiden departed, and the old woman came sneaking up to him. "Oh, I am cold," said she, "but that is a fire that burns; it warms my old bones for me, and does me good! But there is a log lying there which won't burn, bring it out for me. When thou hast done that, thou art free, and mayst go where thou likest, come; go in with a good will!" The drummer did not reflect long; he sprang into the midst of the flames, but they did not hurt him, and could not even singe a hair of his head. He carried the log out, and laid it down. Hardly, however, had the wood touched the earth than it was transformed, and the beautiful maiden who had helped him in his need stood before him, and by the silken and shining golden garments which she wore, he knew right well that she was the King's daughter. But the old woman laughed venomously, and said: "Thou thinkest thou hast her safe, but thou hast not got her yet!" Just as she was about to fall on the maiden and take her away, the youth seized the old woman with both his hands, raised her up on high, and threw her into the jaws of the fire, which closed over her as if it were delighted that an old witch was to be burnt.


La princesa se quedó mirando al tambor, y, al ver que era un mozo gallardo y apuesto, y pensando que se había jugado la vida para redimirla, alargándole la mano le dijo: "Te has expuesto por mí; ahora, yo lo haré por ti. Si me prometes fidelidad, serás mi esposo. No nos faltarán riquezas; tendremos bastantes con las que la bruja ha reunido aquí." Condújolo a la casa, donde encontraron cajas y cajones repletos de sus tesoros. Dejaron el oro y la plata, y se llevaron únicamente las piedras preciosas. No queriendo permanecer por más tiempo en la montaña de cristal, dijo el tambor a la princesa: "Siéntate en mi silla y bajaremos volando como aves." - "No me gusta esta vieja silla," respondió ella, "sólo con dar vuelta a mi anillo mágico estamos en casa." - "Bien," asintió él, "entonces, pide que nos sitúe en la puerta de la ciudad." Estuvieron en ella en un santiamén, y el tambor dijo: "Antes quiero ir a ver a mis padres y darles la noticia. Aguárdame tú aquí en el campo; no tardaré en regresar." - "¡Ay!" exclamó la doncella, "ve con mucho cuidado; cuando llegues a casa, no beses a tus padres en la mejilla derecha, si lo hicieses, te olvidarías de todo, y yo me quedaría sola y abandonada en el campo." - "¿Cómo es posible que te olvide?" contestó él; y le prometió estar muy pronto de vuelta. Cuando llegó a la casa paterna, nadie lo conoció. ¡Tanto había cambiado! Pues resulta que los tres días que pasara en la montaña habían sido, en realidad, tres largos años. Diose a conocer, y sus padres se le arrojaron al cuello locos de alegría; y estaba el mozo tan emocionado que, sin acordarse de la recomendación de su prometida, los besó en las dos mejillas. Y en el momento en que estampó el beso en la mejilla derecha, borrósele por completo de la memoria todo lo referente a la princesa. Vaciándose los bolsillos, puso sobre la mesa puñados de piedras preciosas, tantas, que los padres no sabían qué hacer con tanta riqueza. El padre edificó un magnífico castillo rodeado de jardines, bosques y prados, como si se destinara a la residencia de un príncipe. Cuando estuvo terminado, dijo la madre: "He elegido una novia para ti; dentro de tres días celebraremos la boda." El hijo se mostró conforme con todo lo que quisieron sus padres.
Then the King's daughter looked at the drummer, and when she saw that he was a handsome youth and remembered how he had risked his life to deliver her, she gave him her hand, and said: "Thou hast ventured everything for my sake, but I also will do everything for thine. Promise to be true to me, and thou shalt be my husband. We shall not want for riches, we shall have enough with what the witch has gathered together here." She led him into the house, where there were chests and coffers crammed with the old woman's treasures. The maiden left the gold and silver where it was, and took only the precious stones. She would not stay any longer on the glass-mountain, so the drummer said to her: "Seat thyself by me on my saddle, and then we will fly down like birds." - "I do not like the old saddle," said she, "I need only turn my wishing-ring and we shall be at home." - "Very well, then," answered the drummer, "then wish us in front of the town-gate." In the twinkling of an eye they were there, but the drummer said: "I will just go to my parents and tell them the news, wait for me outside here, I shall soon be back." - "Ah," said the King's daughter, "I beg thee to be careful. On thy arrival do not kiss thy parents on the right cheek, or else thou wilt forget everything, and I shall stay behind here outside, alone and deserted." - "How can I forget thee?" said he, and promised her to come back very soon, and gave his hand upon it. When he went into his father's house, he had changed so much that no one knew who he was, for the three days which he had passed on the glass-mountain had been three years. Then he made himself known, and his parents fell on his neck with joy, and his heart was so moved that he forgot what the maiden had said, and kissed them on both cheeks. But when he had given them the kiss on the right cheek, every thought of the King's daughter vanished from him. He emptied out his pockets, and laid handfuls of the largest jewels on the table. The parents had not the least idea what to do with the riches. Then the father built a magnificent castle all surrounded by gardens, woods, and meadows as if a prince were going to live in it, and when it was ready, the mother said: "I have found a maiden for thee, and the wedding shall be in three days." The son was content to do as his parents desired.


La pobre princesa estuvo aguardando largo tiempo a la entrada de la ciudad la vuelta de su prometido. Al anochecer, dijo: "Seguramente ha besado a sus padres en la mejilla derecha, y me ha olvidado." Llenóse su corazón de tristeza y pidió volver a la solitaria casita del bosque, lejos de la Corte de su padre. Todas las noches volvía a la ciudad y pasaba por delante de la casa del joven, él la vio muchas veces, pero no la reconoció. Al fin, oyó que la gente decía: "Mañana se celebra su boda." Intentaré recobrar su corazón, pensó ella. Y el primer día de la fiesta, dando vuelta al anillo mágico, dijo: "Quiero un vestido reluciente como el sol." En seguida tuvo el vestido en sus manos; y su brillo era tal, que parecía tejido de puros rayos. Cuando todos los invitados se hallaban reunidos, entró ella en la sala. Todos los presentes se admiraron al contemplar un vestido tan magnífico; pero la más admirada fue la novia, cuyo mayor deseo era el conseguir aquellos atavíos. Se dirigió, pues, a la desconocida y le preguntó si quería venderlo. "No por dinero," respondió ella, "pero os lo daré si me permitís pasar la noche ante la puerta de la habitación del novio." La novia, con el afán de poseer la prenda, accedió; pero mezcló un somnífero en el vino que servíase al novio, por lo que éste quedó sumido en profundo sueño. Cuando ya reinó el silencio en todo el palacio, la princesa, pegándose a la puerta del aposento y entreabriéndola, dijo en voz alta:
The poor King's daughter had stood for a long time without the town waiting for the return of the young man. When evening came, she said: "He must certainly have kissed his parents on the right cheek, and has forgotten me." Her heart was full of sorrow, she wished herself into a solitary little hut in a forest, and would not return to her father's court. Every evening she went into the town and passed the young man's house; he often saw her, but he no longer knew her. At length she heard the people saying: "The wedding will take place tomorrow." Then she said: "I will try if I can win his heart back." On the first day of the wedding ceremonies, she turned her wishing-ring, and said: "A dress as bright as the sun." Instantly the dress lay before her, and it was as bright as if it had been woven of real sunbeams. When all the guests were assembled, she entered the hall. Every one was amazed at the beautiful dress, and the bride most of all, and as pretty dresses were the things she had most delight in, she went to the stranger and asked if she would sell it to her. "Not for money," she answered, "but if I may pass the first night outside the door of the room where your betrothed sleeps, I will give it up to you." The bride could not overcome her desire and consented, but she mixed a sleeping-draught with the wine her betrothed took at night, which made him fall into a deep sleep. When all had become quiet, the King's daughter crouched down by the door of the bedroom, opened it just a little, and cried:


"Tambor mío, escucha mis palabras.
"Drummer, drummer, I pray thee hear!

¿Te olvidaste de tu amada,
Hast thou forgotten thou heldest me dear?

la de la montaña encantada?
That on the glass-mountain we sat hour by hour?

¿De la bruja no te salvé, mi vida?
That I rescued thy life from the witch's power?

¿No me juraste fidelidad rendida?
Didst thou not plight thy troth to me?

Tambor mío, escucha mis palabras."
Drummer, drummer, hearken to me!"


Pero todo fue en vano; el tambor no se despertó, y, al llegar la mañana, la princesa hubo de retirarse sin haber conseguido su propósito. Al atardecer del segundo día, volvió a hacer girar el anillo y dijo: "Quiero un vestido plateado como la luna." Y cuando se presentó en la fiesta en su nuevo vestido, que competía con la luna en suavidad y delicadeza, despertó de nuevo la codicia de la novia, logrando también su conformidad de que pasase la segunda noche ante la puerta del dormitorio. Y, en medio del silencio nocturno, volvió a exclamar:
But it was all in vain, the drummer did not awake, and when morning dawned, the King's daughter was forced to go back again as she came. On the second evening she turned her wishing-ring and said: "A dress as silvery as the moon." When she appeared at the feast in the dress which was as soft as moonbeams, it again excited the desire of the bride, and the King's daughter gave it to her for permission to pass the second night also, outside the door of the bedroom. Then in the stillness of the night, she cried:


"Tambor mío, escucha mis palabras.
"Drummer, drummer, I pray thee hear!

¿Te olvidaste de tu amada,
Hast thou forgotten thy heldest me dear?

la de la montaña encantada?
That on the glass-mountain we sat hour by hour?

¿De la bruja no te salvé, mi vida?
That I rescued thy life from the witch's power?

¿No me juraste fidelidad rendida?
Didst thou not plight thy troth to me?

Tambor mío, escucha mis palabras."
Drummer, drummer, hearken to me!"


Pero el tambor, bajo los efectos del narcótico, no se despertó tampoco, y la muchacha, al llegar la mañana, hubo de regresar. tristemente, a su casa del bosque. Pero las gentes del palacio habían oído las lamentaciones de la princesa y dieron cuenta de ello al novio, diciéndole también que a él le era imposible oírla, porque en el vino que se tomaba al acostarse mezclaban un narcótico. Al tercer día, la princesa dio vuelta al prodigioso anillo y dijo: "Quiero un vestido centelleante como las estrellas." Al aparecer en la fiesta, la novia quedó anonadada ante la magnificencia del nuevo traje, mucho más hermoso que los anteriores, y dijo: "Ha de ser mío, y lo será." La princesa se lo cedió como las veces anteriores, a cambio del permiso de pasar la noche ante la puerta del aposento del novio. Éste. empero, no se tomó el vino que le sirvieron al ir a acostarse, sino que lo vertió detrás de la cama. Y cuando ya en toda la casa reinó el silencio, pudo oír la voz de la doncella, que le decía:
But the drummer, who was stupefied with the sleeping-draught, could not be aroused. Sadly next morning she went back to her hut in the forest. But the people in the house had heard the lamentation of the stranger-maiden, and told the bridegroom about it. They told him also that it was impossible that he could hear anything of it, because the maiden he was going to marry had poured a sleeping-draught into his wine. On the third evening, the King's daughter turned her wishing-ring, and said: "A dress glittering like the stars." When she showed herself therein at the feast, the bride was quite beside herself with the splendour of the dress, which far surpassed the others, and she said: "I must, and will have it." The maiden gave it as she had given the others for permission to spend the night outside the bridegroom's door. The bridegroom, however, did not drink the wine which was handed to him before he went to bed, but poured it behind the bed, and when everything was quiet, he heard a sweet voice which called to him:


"Tambor mío, escucha mis palabras.
"Drummer, drummer, I pray thee hear!

¿Te olvidaste de tu amada,
Hast thou forgotten thou held me dear?

la de la montaña encantada?
That on the glass-mountain we sat hour by hour?

¿De la bruja no te salvé, mi vida?
That I rescued thy life from the witch's power?

¿No me juraste fidelidad rendida
Didst thou not plight thy troth to me?

Tambor mío, escucha mis palabras."
Drummer, drummer, hearken to me!"


Y, de repente, recuperó la memoria. "¡Ay," exclamó, "cómo es posible que haya obrado de un modo tan desleal! Tuvo la culpa el beso que di a mis padres en la mejilla derecha; él me aturdió." Y, precipitándose a la puerta y tomando de la mano a la princesa, la llevó a la cama de sus padres. "Ésta es mi verdadera prometida," les dijo, "y si no me caso con ella, cometeré una grandísima injusticia." Los padres, al enterarse de todo lo sucedido, dieron su consentimiento. Fueron encendidas de nuevo las luces de la sala, sonaron tambores y trompetas, envióse invitación a amigos y parientes, y celebróse la boda con la mayor alegría. La otra prometida se quedó con los hermosos vestidos, y con ellos se dio por satisfecha.
Suddenly, his memory returned to him. "Ah," cried he, "how can I have acted so unfaithfully; but the kiss which in the joy of my heart I gave my parents, on the right cheek, that is to blame for it all, that is what stupefied me!" He sprang up, took the King's daughter by the hand, and led her to his parents' bed. "This is my true bride," said he, "if I marry the other, I shall do a great wrong." The parents, when they heard how everything had happened, gave their consent. Then the lights in the hall were lighted again, drums and trumpets were brought, friends and relations were invited to come, and the real wedding was solemnized with great rejoicing. The first bride received the beautiful dresses as a compensation, and declared herself satisfied.





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