ENGLISH

The angel

DANSK

Englen


Whenever a good child dies, an angel of God comes down from heaven, takes the dead child in his arms, spread out his great white wings, and flies with him over all the places which the child had loved during his life. Then h gathers a large handful of flowers, which he carries up to the Almighty, that they may bloom more brightly i heaven than they do on earth. And the Almighty presses the flowers to His heart, but He kisses the flower tha pleases Him best, and it receives a voice, and is able to join the song of the chorus of bliss.
"Hver gang et godt barn dør, kommer der en Guds engel ned til Jorden, tager det døde barn på sine arme, breder de store hvide vinger ud, flyver hen over alle de steder, barnet har holdt af, og plukker en hel håndfuld blomster, som de bringer op til Gud for der at blomstre endnu smukkere end på Jorden. Den gode Gud trykker alle blomsterne til sit hjerte, men den blomst, som er ham kærest, giver han et kys, og da får den stemme og kan synge med i den store lyksalighed!"


These words were spoken by an angel of God, as he carried a dead child up to heaven, and the child listened as if in a dream. Then they passed over well-known spots, where the little one had often played, and through beautiful gardens full of lovely flowers.
Se, alt dette fortalte en Guds engel, idet den bar et dødt barn bort til Himmelen, og barnet hørte ligesom i drømme; og de fór hen over de steder i hjemmet, hvor den lille havde leget, og de kom gennem haver med dejlige blomster.


"Which of these shall we take with us to heaven to be transplanted there?" asked the angel.
"Hvilke skal vi nu tage med og plante i Himmelen?" spurgte englen.


Close by grew a slender, beautiful, rose-bush, but some wicked hand had broken the stem, and the half-opened rosebuds hung faded and withered on the trailing branches.
Og der stod et slankt, velsignet rosentræ, men en ond hånd havde knækket stammen, så at alle grenene, fulde af store, halvudsprungne knopper, hang visne ned rundt om.


"Poor rose-bush!" said the child, "let us take it with us to heaven, that it may bloom above in God's garden."
"Det stakkels træ!" sagde barnet, "tag det, at det kan komme til at blomstre deroppe hos Gud!"


The angel took up the rose-bush; then he kissed the child, and the little one half opened his eyes. The angel gathered also some beautiful flowers, as well as a few humble buttercups and heart's-ease.
Og englen tog det, men kyssede barnet derfor, og den lille åbnede halvt sine øjne. De plukkede af de rige pragtblomster, men tog også den foragtede morgenfrue og den vilde stedmoderblomst.


"Now we have flowers enough," said the child; but the angel only nodded, he did not fly upward to heaven. It was night, and quite still in the great town. Here they remained, and the angel hovered over a small, narrow street, in which lay a large heap of straw, ashes, and sweepings from the houses of people who had removed. There lay fragments of plates, pieces of plaster, rags, old hats, and other rubbish not pleasant to see.
"Nu har vi blomster!" sagde barnet, og englen nikkede, men de fløj endnu ikke op mod Gud. Det var nat, det var ganske stille, de blev i den store by, de svævede om i en af de snævreste gader, hvor der lå hele bunker halm, aske og skrimmelskrammel, det havde været flyttedag! der lå stykker af tallerkner, gipsstumper, klude og gamle hattepulde, alt hvad der ikke så godt ud.


Amidst all this confusion, the angel pointed to the pieces of a broken flower-pot, and to a lump of earth which had fallen out of it. The earth had been kept from falling to pieces by the roots of a withered field-flower, which had been thrown amongst the rubbish.
Og englen pegede i al den forstyrrelse ned på nogle skår af en urtepotte, og på en klump jord, der var faldet ud af denne og holdtes sammen ved rødderne af en stor, vissen markblomst, der slet ikke duede og derfor var kastet ud på gaden.


"We will take this with us," said the angel, "I will tell you why as we fly along."
"Den tager vi med!" sagde englen, "jeg skal fortælle dig, medens vi flyver!"


And as they flew the angel related the history.
Og så fløj de, og englen fortalte:


"Down in that narrow lane, in a low cellar, lived a poor sick boy; he had been afflicted from his childhood, and even in his best days he could just manage to walk up and down the room on crutches once or twice, but no more. During some days in summer, the sunbeams would lie on the floor of the cellar for about half an hour. In this spot the poor sick boy would sit warming himself in the sunshine, and watching the red blood through his delicate fingers as he held them before his face. Then he would say he had been out, yet he knew nothing of the green forest in its spring verdure, till a neighbor's son brought him a green bough from a beech-tree. This he would place over his head, and fancy that he was in the beech-wood while the sun shone, and the birds carolled gayly. One spring day the neighbor's boy brought him some field-flowers, and among them was one to which the root still adhered. This he carefully planted in a flower-pot, and placed in a window-seat near his bed. And the flower had been planted by a fortunate hand, for it grew, put forth fresh shoots, and blossomed every year. It became a splendid flower-garden to the sick boy, and his little treasure upon earth. He watered it, and cherished it, and took care it should have the benefit of every sunbeam that found its way into the cellar, from the earliest morning ray to the evening sunset. The flower entwined itself even in his dreams– for him it bloomed, for him spread its perfume. And it gladdened his eyes, and to the flower he turned, even in death, when the Lord called him. He has been one year with God. During that time the flower has stood in the window, withered and forgotten, till at length cast out among the sweepings into the street, on the day of the lodgers' removal. And this poor flower, withered and faded as it is, we have added to our nosegay, because it gave more real joy than the most beautiful flower in the garden of a queen."
"Dernede i den snævre gade, i den lave kælder, boede en fattig, syg dreng; fra ganske lille af havde han altid været sengeliggende; når han var allermest rask, kunne han på krykker gå den lille stue et par gange op og ned, det var det hele. Nogle dage om sommeren faldt solstrålerne en halv times tid ind i kælderforstuen, og når da den lille dreng sad der og lod den varme sol skinne på sig, og så det røde blod gennem sine fine fingre, som han holdt op for ansigtet, så hed det: "Ja i dag har han været ude!" - Han kendte skoven i dens dejlige forårsgrønne kun derved, at naboens søn bragte ham den første bøgegren, og den holdt han over sit hoved, og drømte sig da at være under bøgene, hvor solen skinnede, og fuglene sang. En forårsdag bragte naboens dreng ham også markblomster, og mellem disse var, tilfældigvis, en med rod ved, og derfor blev den plantet i en urtepotte og stillet hen i vinduet tæt ved sengen. Og blomsten var plantet med en lykkelig hånd, den voksede, skød nye skud og bar hvert år sine blomster; den blev den syge drengs dejligste urtegård, hans lille skat på denne jord; han vandede og passede den, og sørgede for, at den fik hver solstråle, lige til den sidste, der gled ned over det lave vindue; og blomsten selv voksede ind i hans drømme, thi for ham blomstrede den, udspredte sin duft og glædede øjet; mod den vendte han sig i døden, da Vorherre kaldte ham. – Et år har han nu været hos Gud, et år har blomsten stået forglemt i vinduet og er visnet, og derfor ved flytningen kastet ud i fejeskarnet på gaden. Og det er den blomst, den fattige, visne blomst vi har taget med i buketten, thi den blomst har glædet mere, end den rigeste blomst i en dronnings have!"


"But how do you know all this?" asked the child whom the angel was carrying to heaven.
"Men hvorfra ved du alt dette!" spurgte barnet, som englen bar op mod Himmelen.


"I know it," said the angel, "because I myself was the poor sick boy who walked upon crutches, and I know my own flower well."
"Jeg ved det!" sagde englen. "Jeg var jo selv den syge, lille dreng, der gik på krykker! min blomst kender jeg nok!"


Then the child opened his eyes and looked into the glorious happy face of the angel, and at the same moment they found themselves in that heavenly home where all is happiness and joy. And God pressed the dead child to His heart, and wings were given him so that he could fly with the angel, hand in hand. Then the Almighty pressed all the flowers to His heart; but He kissed the withered field-flower, and it received a voice. Then it joined in the song of the angels, who surrounded the throne, some near, and others in a distant circle, but all equally happy. They all joined in the chorus of praise, both great and small,– the good, happy child, and the poor field-flower, that once lay withered and cast away on a heap of rubbish in a narrow, dark street.
Og barnet åbnede ganske sine øjne og så ind i englens dejlige, glade ansigt, og i samme øjeblik var de i Guds himmel, hvor der var glæde og lyksalighed. Og Gud trykkede det døde barn til sit hjerte, og da fik det vinger, som den anden engel og fløj hånd i hånd med ham; og Gud trykkede alle blomsterne til sit hjerte, men den fattige, visne markblomst kyssede han og den fik stemme og sang med alle englene, der svævede om Gud, nogle ganske nær, andre uden om disse, i store kredse, altid længere bort, i det uendelige, men alle lige lykkelige. Og alle sang de, små og store, det gode, velsignede barn, og den fattige markblomst, der havde ligget vissen, henkastet i fejeskarnet, mellem flyttedagsskramleriet, i den snævre, mørke gade.





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