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«The old beggar-woman» in Italian

La vecchia mendicante

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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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La vecchia mendicante: read the book with parallel translation into English

C'era una volta una vecchia; hai già visto una vecchia che va a mendicare? Anche questa mendicava, e quando le davano qualcosa, diceva: -Dio vi ricompensi!-. La mendicante giunse a una porta e là, davanti al fuoco, c'era un simpatico monello che si scaldava. Il ragazzo disse gentilmente alla povera vecchia, che se ne stava sulla soglia tutta tremante: -Venite, nonnina, e scaldatevi-. Ella si avvicinò, ma si accostò troppo al fuoco, sicché‚ i suoi vecchi stracci presero ad ardere, senza ch'ella se ne accorgesse. Il ragazzo era là che guardava: non avrebbe forse dovuto spegnere? Vero che avrebbe dovuto spegnere? E se non avesse avuto acqua, avrebbe dovuto versare dagli occhi tutta l'acqua che aveva in corpo, così avrebbe avuto due bei ruscelletti per spegnere!
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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