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Language: Danish (Dansk)

I vuggen ligger det spæde nor,
det sover så trygt og stille;
moderen læser et fadervor,
en engel hun ser i den lille.

Ømt hun kysser hans runde kind
og glemmer hver jordisk smerte,
drømmer så sødt i fremtid ind;
så drømmer hvert moderhjerte.

Men ravnen kommer med al sin slægt,
og synger bag ruden sin vise:
"Din engel bliver en tyveknægt,
og vi skal engelen spise!"

Translation(s): FRE GER

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Confirmed with Hans Christian Andersen, Samlede digte, edited by John de Mylius, Aschehoug: [no city given, but NYPL assumes Copenhagen], 2000, page 55

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le voleur", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-06-24 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-10-18 00:41:41
Line count: 12
Word count: 67

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Le voleur

Language: French (Français) after the Danish (Dansk)

Le frêle enfant est allongé dans le berceau,
Il dort bien calmement, bien à l'abri ;
La mère lit un Notre Père,
Elle considère son petit comme un ange.

Oppressée, elle embrasse ses joues rondes
Et oublie tous les maux terrestres,
Elle rêve avec douceur au futur ;
Ainsi fait le cœur de toute mère.

Mais le corbeau arrive avec toute sa famille
Et chante derrière les vitres sa chanson :
« Ton ange deviendra un voleur,
et nous mangerons l'ange ! »

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Text added to the website: 2013-09-07 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
Line count: 12
Word count: 83