by Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875)

Tyveknægten
Language: Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): FRE
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!"

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


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


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Word count: 67