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«The old beggar-woman» in German

Die alte Bettelfrau

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📖 Pages1
⏰ Reading time 10 minutes
💡 Originally published1815
🌏 Original language German
📌 Type Fairy tale
📌 Genres Children's literature, Philosophical, Parable

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Die alte Bettelfrau: read the book in the original with parallel translation into English

Es war einmal eine alte Frau, du hast wohl ehe eine alte Frau sehn betteln gehn? diese Frau bettelte auch, und wann sie etwas bekam, dann sagte sie 'Gott lohn Euch.' Die Bettelfrau kam an die Tür, da stand ein freundlicher Schelm von Jungen am Feuer und wärmte sich. Der Junge sagte freundlich zu der armen alten Frau, wie sie so an der Tür stand und zitterte 'kommt, Altmutter, und erwärmt Euch.' Sie kam herzu, ging aber zu nahe ans Feuer stehn, daß ihre alten Lumpen anfingen zu brennen, und sie wards nicht gewahr. Der Junge stand und sah das, er hätts doch löschen sollen? Nicht wahr, er hätte löschen sollen? Und wenn er kein Wasser gehabt hätte, dann hätte er alles Wasser in seinem Leibe zu den Augen herausweinen sollen, das hätte so zwei hübsche Bächlein gegeben zu löschen.
There was once an old woman, but thou hast surely seen an old woman go a-begging before now? This woman begged likewise, and when she got anything she said, "May God reward you." The beggar- woman came to a door, and there by the fire a friendly rogue of a boy was standing warming himself. The boy said kindly to the poor old woman as she was standing shivering thus by the door, "Come, old mother, and warm yourself." She came in, but stood too near the fire, so that her old rags began to burn, and she was not aware of it. The boy stood and saw that, but he ought to have put the flames out. Is it not true that he ought to have put them out? And if he had not any water, then should he have wept all the water in his body out of his eyes, and that would have supplied two pretty streams with which to extinguish them.
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