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«The shroud» in Italian

La camicina da morto

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

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La camicina da morto: read the book with parallel translation into English

Una madre aveva un bambino di sette anni, così bello e grazioso che non lo si poteva guardare senza volergli bene, ed ella lo amava più di ogni altra cosa al mondo. Ora avvenne ch'egli si ammalò all'improvviso, e il buon Dio lo chiamò a s‚; la madre non poteva consolarsi e piangeva giorno e notte. Era stato sepolto da poco quando il bimbo, di notte, prese a mostrarsi proprio là dove se ne stava a giocare quand'era vivo; se la madre piangeva, piangeva anche lui, e quando veniva il mattino spariva. Ma poiché‚ la madre non cessava di piangere, una notte egli le apparve con la bianca camicina da morto con la quale era stato messo nella bara, e con la coroncina in testa; si sedette ai suoi piedi, sul letto, e disse: -Ah, mamma, non pianger più, altrimenti non posso addormentarmi nella bara: la mia camicina da morto è sempre bagnata delle tue lacrime che vi cadono tutte sopra-. All'udire queste parole la madre si spaventò e non pianse più. E la notte dopo il bambino tornò con una candelina in mano e disse: -Vedi? La mia camicina è quasi asciutta, e io riposo nella mia tomba-. Allora la madre offrì il suo dolore a Dio, lo sopportò con pazienza e in silenzio, e il bimbo non tornò, ma dormì nel suo lettino sotto terra.
There was once a mother who had a little boy of seven years old, who was so handsome and lovable that no one could look at him without liking him, and she herself worshipped him above everything in the world. Now it so happened that he suddenly became ill, and God took him to himself; and for this the mother could not be comforted, and wept both day and night. But soon afterwards, when the child had been buried, it appeared by night in the places where it had sat and played during its life, and if the mother wept, it wept also, and when morning came it disappeared. As, however, the mother would not stop crying, it came one night, in the little white shroud in which it had been laid in its coffin, and with its wreath of flowers round its head, and stood on the bed at her feet, and said, "Oh, mother, do stop crying, or I shall never fall asleep in my coffin, for my shroud will not dry because of all thy tears, which fall upon it." The mother was afraid when she heard that, and wept no more. The next night the child came again, and held a little light in its hand, and said, "Look, mother, my shroud is nearly dry, and I can rest in my grave." Then the mother gave her sorrow into God's keeping, and bore it quietly and patiently, and the child came no more, but slept in its little bed beneath the earth.
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