DANSK

Hyrdinden og skorstensfejeren

ENGLISH

The shepherdess and the sweep


Har du nogensinde set et rigtig gammelt træskab, ganske sort af alderdom og skåret ud med snirkler og løvværk? Just sådant et stod der i en dagligstue, det var arvet fra oldemoder, og udskåret med roser og tulipaner fra øverst til nederst; der var de underligste snirkler og mellem dem stak små hjorte hovedet frem med mange takker, men midt på skabet stod snittet en hel mand, han var rigtignok grinagtig at se på og grine gjorde han, man kunne ikke kalde det at le, han havde gedebukkeben, små horn i panden og et langt skæg. Børnene i stuen kaldte ham altid gedebukkebens-overogundergeneral­krigskommander­sergenten, for det var et svært navn at sige, og der er ikke mange der får den titel; men at lade ham skære ud det var også noget. Dog nu var han der jo! altid så han hen til bordet under spejlet, for der stod en yndig lille hyrdinde af porcelæn; skoene var forgyldt, kjolen nydelig hæftet op med en rød rose og så havde hun guldhat og hyrdestav; hun var dejlig. Tæt ved hende stod en lille skorstensfejer, så sort som et kul, men i øvrigt også af porcelæn; han var lige så ren og pæn som nogen anden, at han var skorstensfejer, det var jo bare noget han forestillede, porcelænsmageren kunne lige så godt have gjort en prins af ham, for det var ét!
Have you ever seen an old wooden cupboard quite black with age, and ornamented with carved foliage and curious figures? Well, just such a cupboard stood in a parlor, and had been left to the family as a legacy by the great-grandmother. It was covered from top to bottom with carved roses and tulips; the most curious scrolls were drawn upon it, and out of them peeped little stags' heads, with antlers. In the middle of the cupboard door was the carved figure of a man most ridiculous to look at. He grinned at you, for no one could call it laughing. He had goat's legs, little horns on his head, and a long beard; the children in the room always called him, "Major general-field-sergeant-commander Billy-goat's-legs." It was certainly a very difficult name to pronounce, and there are very few who ever receive such a title, but then it seemed wonderful how he came to be carved at all; yet there he was, always looking at the table under the looking-glass, where stood a very pretty little shepherdess made of china. Her shoes were gilt, and her dress had a red rose or an ornament. She wore a hat, and carried a crook, that were both gilded, and looked very bright and pretty. Close by her side stood a little chimney-sweep, as black as coal, and also made of china. He was, however, quite as clean and neat as any other china figure; he only represented a black chimney-sweep, and the china workers might just as well have made him a prince, had they felt inclined to do so.


Der stod han med sin stige så nydeligt, og med et ansigt, så hvidt og rødt, som en pige og det var egentligt en fejl, for lidt sort kunne han gerne have været. Han stod ganske nær ved hyrdinden; de var begge to stillet hvor de stod, og da de nu var stillet, så havde de forlovet sig, de passede jo for hinanden, de var unge folk, de var af samme porcelæn og begge lige skrøbelige.
He stood holding his ladder quite handily, and his face was as fair and rosy as a girl's; indeed, that was rather a mistake, it should have had some black marks on it. He and the shepherdess had been placed close together, side by side; and, being so placed, they became engaged to each other, for they were very well suited, being both made of the same sort of china, and being equally fragile.


Tæt ved dem stod der nok en dukke, der var tre gange større, det var en gammel kineser, som kunne nikke; han var også af porcelæn og sagde at han var bedstefader til den lille hyrdinde, men det kunne han nok ikke bevise, han påstod at han havde magt over hende, og derfor havde han nikket til gedebukkebens-overogundergeneral­krigskommander­sergenten, der friede til den lille hyrdinde.
Close to them stood another figure, three times as large as they were, and also made of china. He was an old Chinaman, who could nod his head, and used to pretend that he was the grandfather of the shepherdess, although he could not prove it. He however assumed authority over her, and therefore when "Major-general-field-sergeant-commander Billy-goat's-legs" asked for the little shepherdess to be his wife, he nodded his head to show that he consented.


"Der får du en mand," sagde den gamle kineser, "en mand, som jeg næsten tror er af mahognitræ, han kan gøre dig til gedebukkebens-overogundergeneral­krigskommander­sergentinde, han har hele skabet fuldt af sølvtøj, foruden hvad han har i de hemmelige gemmer!"
"You will have a husband," said the old Chinaman to her, "who I really believe is made of mahogany. He will make you a lady of Major-general-field-sergeant-commander Billy-goat's-legs. He has the whole cupboard full of silver plate, which he keeps locked up in secret drawers."


"Jeg vil ikke ind i det mørke skab!" sagde den lille hyrdinde, "jeg har hørt sige, at han har derinde elve porcelænskoner!" -
"I won't go into the dark cupboard," said the little shepherdess. "I have heard that he has eleven china wives there already."


"Så kan du være den tolvte!" sagde kineseren, "i nat, så snart det knager i det gamle skab, skal I have bryllup, så sandt som jeg er en kineser!" og så nikkede han med hovedet og faldt i søvn.
"Then you shall be the twelfth," said the old Chinaman. "To-night as soon as you hear a rattling in the old cupboard, you shall be married, as true as I am a Chinaman;" and then he nodded his head and fell asleep.


Men den lille hyrdinde græd og så på sin hjertensallerkæreste, den porcelænsskorstensfejer.
Then the little shepherdess cried, and looked at her sweetheart, the china chimney-sweep.


"Jeg tror jeg vil bede dig," sagde hun, "at du vil gå med mig ud i den vide verden, for her kan vi ikke blive!"
"I must entreat you," said she, "to go out with me into the wide world, for we cannot stay here."


"Jeg vil alt hvad du vil!" sagde den lille skorstensfejer, "lad os straks gå, jeg tænker nok jeg kan ernære dig ved professionen!"
"I will do whatever you wish," said the little chimney-sweep; "let us go immediately: I think I shall be able to maintain you with my profession."


"Bare vi var vel nede af bordet!" sagde hun, "jeg bliver ikke glad før vi er ude i den vide verden!"
"If we were but safely down from the table!" said she; "I shall not be happy till we are really out in the world."


Og han trøstede hende og viste hvor hun skulle sætte sin lille fod på de udskårne kanter og det forgyldte løvværk ned om bordbenet, sin stige tog han også til hjælp og så var de nede på gulvet, men da de så hen til det gamle skab, var der sådant et røre; alle de udskårne hjorte stak hovederne længere frem, rejste takkerne og drejede med halsen; gedebukkebens-overogundergeneral­krigskommander­sergenten sprang højt i vejret, og råbte over til den gamle kineser, "nu løber de! nu løber de!"
Then he comforted her, and showed her how to place her little foot on the carved edge and gilt-leaf ornaments of the table. He brought his little ladder to help her, and so they contrived to reach the floor. But when they looked at the old cupboard, they saw it was all in an uproar. The carved stags pushed out their heads, raised their antlers, and twisted their necks. The major-general sprung up in the air; and cried out to the old Chinaman, "They are running away! they are running away!"


Da blev de lidt forskrækkede, og sprang gesvindt op i skuffen til forhøjningen.
The two were rather frightened at this, so they jumped into the drawer of the window-seat.


Her lå tre, fire spil kort, som ikke var komplette og et lille dukketeater, der var rejst op, så godt det lod sig gøre; der blev spillet komedie og alle damerne, både ruder og hjerter, klør og spar, sad i første række og viftede sig med deres tulipan og bag ved dem stod alle knægtene og viste at de havde hoved, både foroven og forneden, således som spillekort har det. Komedien handlede om to, som ikke måtte få hinanden, og hyrdinden græd derover, for det var ligesom hendes egen historie.
Here were three or four packs of cards not quite complete, and a doll's theatre, which had been built up very neatly. A comedy was being performed in it, and all the queens of diamonds, clubs, and hearts, and spades, sat in the first row fanning themselves with tulips, and behind them stood all the knaves, showing that they had heads above and below as playing cards generally have. The play was about two lovers, who were not allowed to marry, and the shepherdess wept because it was so like her own story.


"Det kan jeg ikke holde ud!" sagde hun. "Jeg må op af skuffen!" men da de kom på gulvet og så op til bordet, så var den gamle kineser vågnet, og rokkede med hele kroppen, han var jo en klump forneden!
"I cannot bear it," said she, "I must get out of the drawer;" but when they reached the floor, and cast their eyes on the table, there was the old Chinaman awake and shaking his whole body, till all at once down he came on the floor, "plump."


"Nu kommer den gamle kineser!" skreg den lille hyrdinde og så faldt hun lige ned på sine porcelænsknæ, så bedrøvet var hun.
"The old Chinaman is coming," cried the little shepherdess in a fright, and down she fell on one knee.


"Jeg får en tanke," sagde skorstensfejeren, "skal vi krybe ned i den store potpourrikrukke der står i krogen, der kan vi ligge på roser og lavendler og kaste ham salt i øjnene når han kommer."
"I have thought of something," said the chimney-sweep; "let us get into the great pot-pourri jar which stands in the corner; there we can lie on rose-leaves and lavender, and throw salt in his eyes if he comes near us."


"Det kan ikke forslå!" sagde hun, "desuden ved jeg at gamle kineser og potpourrikrukken har været forlovede og der bliver altid lidt godhed tilbage når man således har stået i forhold! nej der er ikke andet for end at gå ud i den vide verden!"
"No, that will never do," said she, "because I know that the Chinaman and the pot-pourri jar were lovers once, and there always remains behind a feeling of good-will between those who have been so intimate as that. No, there is nothing left for us but to go out into the wide world."


"Har du virkelig mod til at gå med mig ud i den vide verden?" spurgte skorstensfejeren. "Har du betænkt hvor stor den er, og at vi aldrig mere kan komme her tilbage!"
"Have you really courage enough to go out into the wide world with me?" said the chimney-sweep; "have you thought how large it is, and that we can never come back here again?"


"Det har jeg!" sagde hun.
"Yes, I have," she replied.


Og skorstensfejeren så ganske stift på hende og så sagde han: "Min vej går gennem skorstenen! har du virkelig mod til at krybe med mig gennem kakkelovnen både gennem tromlen og røret? så kommer vi ud i skorstenen og der forstår jeg at bruge mig! vi stiger så højt at de ikke kan nå os, og øverst oppe er der et hul ud til den vide verden!"
When the chimney-sweep saw that she was quite firm, he said, "My way is through the stove and up the chimney. Have you courage to creep with me through the fire-box, and the iron pipe? When we get to the chimney I shall know how to manage very well. We shall soon climb too high for any one to reach us, and we shall come through a hole in the top out into the wide world."


Og han førte hende hen til kakkelovnsdøren.
So he led her to the door of the stove.


"Der ser sort ud!" sagde hun, men hun gik dog med ham, både gennem tromlen og gennem røret, hvor der var den bælgmørke nat.
"It looks very dark," said she; still she went in with him through the stove and through the pipe, where it was as dark as pitch.


"Nu er vi i skorstenen!" sagde han, "og se! se! ovenover skinner den dejligste stjerne!"
"Now we are in the chimney," said he; "and look, there is a beautiful star shining above it."


Og det var en virkelig stjerne på himlen, der skinnede lige ned til dem, ligesom om den ville vise dem vejen. Og de kravlede og de krøb, en gruelig vej var det, så højt, så højt; men han løftede og lettede, han holdt hende og viste de bedste steder hvor hun skulle sætte sine små porcelænsfødder og så nåede de lige op til skorstensranden og på den satte de sig, for de var rigtignok trætte og det kunne de også være.
It was a real star shining down upon them as if it would show them the way. So they clambered, and crept on, and a frightful steep place it was; but the chimney-sweep helped her and supported her, till they got higher and higher. He showed her the best places on which to set her little china foot, so at last they reached the top of the chimney, and sat themselves down, for they were very tired, as may be supposed.


Himlen med alle sine stjerner var ovenover, og alle byens tage nedenunder; de så så vidt omkring, så langt ud i verden; den stakkels hyrdinde havde aldrig tænkt sig det således, hun lagde sit lille hoved op til sin skorstensfejer og så græd hun, så at guldet sprang af hendes livbånd.
The sky, with all its stars, was over their heads, and below were the roofs of the town. They could see for a very long distance out into the wide world, and the poor little shepherdess leaned her head on her chimney-sweep's shoulder, and wept till she washed the gilt off her sash; the world was so different to what she expected.


"Det er alt for meget!" sagde hun. "Det kan jeg ikke holde ud! verden er alt for stor! gid jeg var igen på det lille bord under spejlet! jeg bliver aldrig glad før jeg er der igen! nu har jeg fulgt dig ud til den vide verden, nu kan du gerne følge mig hjem igen, dersom du holder noget af mig!"
"This is too much," she said; "I cannot bear it, the world is too large. Oh, I wish I were safe back on the table again, under the looking glass; I shall never be happy till I am safe back again. Now I have followed you out into the wide world, you will take me back, if you love me."


Og skorstensfejeren talte fornuftig for hende, talte om gamle kineser og om gedebukkebens-overogundergeneral­krigskommander­sergenten, men hun hulkede så gruelig, og kyssede sin lille skorstensfejer, så han kunne ikke andet end føje hende, skønt det var galt.
Then the chimney-sweep tried to reason with her, and spoke of the old Chinaman, and of the Major-general-field-sergeant-commander Billy-goat's legs; but she sobbed so bitterly, and kissed her little chimney-sweep till he was obliged to do all she asked, foolish as it was.


Og så kravlede de igen med stor besværlighed ned af skorstenen, og de krøb gennem tromlen og røret, det var slet ikke rart, og så stod de i den mørke kakkelovn; dér lurede de bag døren for at få at vide, hvorledes det stod til i stuen. Der var ganske stille; de kiggede ud - ak, dér lå midt på gulvet den gamle kineser, han var faldet ned af bordet, da han ville efter dem og lå slået i tre stykker; hele ryggen var gået af i én stump og hovedet lå trillet hen i en krog; gedebukkebens-overogundergeneral­krigskommander­sergenten stod hvor han altid havde stået og tænkte over.
And so, with a great deal of trouble, they climbed down the chimney, and then crept through the pipe and stove, which were certainly not very pleasant places. Then they stood in the dark fire-box, and listened behind the door, to hear what was going on in the room. As it was all quiet, they peeped out. Alas! there lay the old Chinaman on the floor; he had fallen down from the table as he attempted to run after them, and was broken into three pieces; his back had separated entirely, and his head had rolled into a corner of the room. The major-general stood in his old place, and appeared lost in thought.


"Det er grueligt!" sagde den lille hyrdinde, "gamle bedstefader er slået i stykker, og vi er skyld deri! det kan jeg aldrig overleve!" og så vred hun sine små bitte hænder.
"This is terrible," said the little shepherdess. "My poor old grandfather is broken to pieces, and it is our fault. I shall never live after this;" and she wrung her little hands.


"Han kan klinkes endnu!" sagde skorstensfejeren. "Han kan meget godt klinkes! - Vær bare ikke så heftig! når de limer ham i ryggen og give ham en god klinke i nakken, så vil han være så god som ny igen og kan sige os mange ubehageligheder!"
"He can be riveted," said the chimney-sweep; "he can be riveted. Do not be so hasty. If they cement his back, and put a good rivet in it, he will be as good as new, and be able to say as many disagreeable things to us as ever."


"Tror du?" sagde hun. Og så krøb de op igen på bordet hvor de før havde stået.
"Do you think so?" said she; and then they climbed up to the table, and stood in their old places.


"Se så langt kom vi!" sagde skorstensfejeren, "der kunne vi have sparet os al den ulejlighed!"
"As we have done no good," said the chimney-sweep, "we might as well have remained here, instead of taking so much trouble."


"Bare vi havde den gamle bedstefader klinket!" sagde hyrdinden. "Kan det være så dyrt?"
"I wish grandfather was riveted," said the shepherdess. "Will it cost much, I wonder?"


Og klinket blev han; familien lod ham lime i ryggen, han fik en god klinke i halsen, han var så god som ny, men nikke kunne han ikke.
And she had her wish. The family had the Chinaman's back mended, and a strong rivet put through his neck; he looked as good as new, but he could no longer nod his head.


"De er nok blevet hovmodig, siden De har været slået i stykker!" sagde gedebukkebens-overogundergeneral­krigskommander­sergenten, "jeg synes dog ikke, at det er noget at være så forfærdeligt af! skal jeg have hende eller skal jeg ikke have hende?"
"You have become proud since your fall broke you to pieces," said Major-general-field-sergeant-commander Billy-goat's-legs. "You have no reason to give yourself such airs. Am I to have her or not?"


Og skorstensfejeren og den lille hyrdinde så så rørende på den gamle kineser, de var så bange han skulle nikke, men han kunne ikke og det var ham ubehageligt at fortælle til en fremmed, at han havde bestandig en klinke i nakken, og så blev de porcelænsfolk sammen og de velsignede bedstefaders klinke og holdt af hinanden til de gik i stykker.
The chimney-sweep and the little shepherdess looked piteously at the old Chinaman, for they were afraid he might nod; but he was not able: besides, it was so tiresome to be always telling strangers he had a rivet in the back of his neck. And so the little china people remained together, and were glad of the grandfather's rivet, and continued to love each other till they were broken to pieces.





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