ENGLISH

The rose

ESPAÑOL

La rosa


There was once a poor woman who had two children. The youngest had to go every day into the forest to fetch wood. Once when she had gone a long way to seek it, a little child, who was quite strong, came and helped her industriously to pick up the wood and carry it home, and then before a moment had passed the strange child disappeared. The child told her mother this, but at first she would not believe it. At length she brought a rose home, and told her mother that the beautiful child had given her this rose, and had told her that when it was in full bloom, he would return. The mother put the rose in water. One morning her child could not get out of bed, the mother went to the bed and found her dead, but she lay looking very happy. On the same morning, the rose was in full bloom.
Érase una mujer pobre que tenía dos hijos, el menor de los cuales había de salir todos los días al bosque a buscar leña. Ya adentrado mucho en él, salióle al encuentro un niño muy pequeño que, acercándosele sin miedo, lo ayudó diligentemente a recoger la leña y a transportarla a casa; y, al llegar a la puerta, desapareció. El muchachito lo contó a su madre, pero ella se negó a creerlo. Al fin, el muchachito sacó una rosa y le explicó que el niño se la había dado, diciéndole: "Volveré cuando se abra esta rosa." La madre puso la flor en agua. Y una mañana, el muchacho no se levantó de la cama, y, al ir su madre a llamarlo, lo encontró muerto, pero con semblante apacible y dichoso. Y aquella misma mañana se abrió la rosa.





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