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«The dog and the sparrow» in German

Der Hund und der Sperling

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📖 Pages3
⏰ Reading time 10 minutes
💡 Originally published1812
🌏 Original language German
📌 Type Fairy tale
📌 Genres Children's literature, Adventure, Parable

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Der Hund und der Sperling: read the book in the original with parallel translation into English

Ein Schäferhund hatte keinen guten Herrn, sondern einen, der ihn Hunger leiden ließ. Wie er's nicht länger bei ihm aushalten konnte, ging er ganz traurig fort. Auf der Straße begegnete ihm ein Sperling, der sprach: "Bruder Hund, warum bist du so traurig?" Antwortete der Hund: "Ich bin hungrig und habe nichts zu fressen." Da sprach der Sperling: "Lieber Bruder, komm mit in die Stadt, so will ich dich satt machen." Also gingen sie zusammen in die Stadt, und als sie vor einen Fleischerladen kamen, sprach der Sperling zum Hunde: "Da bleib stehen, ich will dir ein Stück Fleisch herunterpicken," setzte sich auf den Laden, schaute sich um, ob ihn auch niemand bemerkte, und pickte, zog und zerrte so lang an einem Stück, das am Rande lag, bis es herunterrutschte. Da packte es der Hund, lief in eine Ecke und fraß es auf. Sprach der Sperling: "Nun komm mit zu einem andern Laden, da will ich dir noch ein Stück herunterholen, damit du satt wirst." Als der Hund auch das zweite Stück gefressen hatte, fragte der Sperling: "Bruder Hund, bist du nun satt?" - "Ja, Fleisch bin ich satt," antwortete er, "aber ich habe noch kein Brot gekriegt." Sprach der Sperling: "Das sollst du auch haben, komm nur mit." Da führte er ihn an einen Bäkkerladen und pickte an ein paar Brötchen, bis sie herunterrollten, und als der Hund noch mehr wollte, führte er ihn zu einem andern und holte ihm noch einmal Brot herab. Wie das verzehrt war, sprach der Sperling: "Bruder Hund, bist du nun satt?" - "Ja," antwortete er, "nun wollen wir ein bißchen vor die Stadt gehen."
A shepherd's dog had a master who took no care of him, but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. At last he could bear it no longer; so he took to his heels, and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him, "Why are you so sad, my friend?" - "Because," said the dog, "I am very very hungry, and have nothing to eat." - "If that be all," answered the sparrow, "come with me into the next town, and I will soon find you plenty of food." So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher's shop, the sparrow said to the dog, "Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat." So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her, she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf, till at last down it fell. Then the dog snapped it up, and scrambled away with it into a corner, where he soon ate it all up. "Well," said the sparrow, "you shall have some more if you will; so come with me to the next shop, and I will peck you down another steak." When the dog had eaten this too, the sparrow said to him, "Well, my good friend, have you had enough now?" - "I have had plenty of meat," answered he, "but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it." - "Come with me then," said the sparrow, "and you shall soon have that too." So she took him to a baker's shop, and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window, till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more, she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him. When that was eaten, the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now. "Yes," said he; "and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town."
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