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The Hazel-branch The Hazel-branch

The Hazel-branch
One afternoon the Christ-child had laid himself in his cradle-bed and had fallen asleep. Then his mother came to him, looked at him full of gladness, and said, "Hast thou laid thyself down to sleep, my child? Sleep sweetly, and in the meantime I will go into the wood, and fetch thee a handful of strawberries, for I know that thou wilt be pleased with them when thou awakest." In the wood outside, she found a spot with the most beautiful strawberries; but as she was stooping down to gather one, an adder sprang up out of the grass. She was... Short Stories - Post by : bigdr - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 3671

The Heavenly Wedding The Heavenly Wedding

The Heavenly Wedding
A poor peasant-boy one day heard the priest say in church that whosoever desired to enter into the kingdom of heaven must always go straight onward. So he set out, and walked continually straight onwards over hill and valley without ever turning aside. At length his way led him into a great town, and into the midst of a church just at that time God's service was being performed. Now when he beheld all the magnificence of this, he thought he had reached heaven, sat down, and rejoiced with his whole heart. When the service was over, and the clerk... Short Stories - Post by : matrix_mlm - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 850

The Aged Mother The Aged Mother

The Aged Mother
In a large town there was an old woman who sat in the evening alone in her room thinking how she had lost first her husband, then both her children, then one by one all her relations, and at length, that very day, her last friend, and now she was quite alone and desolate. She was very sad at heart, and heaviest of all her losses to her was that of her sons; and in her pain she blamed God for it. She was still sitting lost in thought, when all at once she heard the bells ringing for early prayer.... Short Stories - Post by : Dave_Smith - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 2640

Our Lady's Little Glass Our Lady's Little Glass

Our Lady's Little Glass
Once upon a time a waggoner's cart which was heavily laden with wine had stuck so fast that in spite of all that he could do, he could not get it to move again. Then it chanced that Our Lady just happened to come by that way, and when she perceived the poor man's distress, she said to him, "I am tired and thirsty, give me a glass of wine, and I will set thy cart free for thee." "Willingly," answered the waggoner, "but I have no glass in which I can give thee the wine." Then Our Lady plucked a... Short Stories - Post by : ckster0905 - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 2090

The Three Green Twigs The Three Green Twigs

The Three Green Twigs
There was once on a time a hermit who lived in a forest at the foot of a mountain, and passed his time in prayer and good works, and every evening he carried, to the glory of God, two pails of water up the mountain. Many a beast drank of it, and many a plant was refreshed by it, for on the heights above, a strong wind blew continually, which dried the air and the ground, and the wild birds which dread mankind wheel about there, and with their sharp eyes search for a drink. And because the hermit was so... Short Stories - Post by : chrisfuchs - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 3536

God's Food God's Food

God's Food
There were once upon a time two sisters, one of whom had no children and was rich, and the other had five and was a widow, and so poor that she no longer had food enough to satisfy herself and her children. In her need, therefore, she went to her sister, and said, "My children and I are suffering the greatest hunger; thou art rich, give me a mouthful of bread." The very rich sister was as hard as a stone, and said, "I myself have nothing in the house," and drove away the poor creature with harsh words. After some... Short Stories - Post by : nameuser - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 957

Poverty And Humility Lead To Heaven Poverty And Humility Lead To Heaven

Poverty And Humility Lead To Heaven
There was once a King's son who went out into the world, and he was full of thought and sad. He looked at the sky, which was so beautifully pure and blue, then he sighed, and said, "How well must all be with one up there in heaven!" Then he saw a poor gray-haired man who was coming along the road towards him, and he spoke to him, and asked, "How can I get to heaven?" The man answered, "By poverty and humility. Put on my ragged clothes, wander about the world for seven years, and get to know what misery... Short Stories - Post by : netgecko99 - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 2010

The Twelve Apostles The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles
Three hundred years before the birth of the Lord Christ, there lived a mother who had twelve sons, but was so poor and needy that she no longer knew how she was to keep them alive at all. She prayed to God daily that he would grant that all her sons might be on the earth with the Redeemer who was promised. When her necessity became still greater she sent one of them after the other out into the world to seek bread for her. The eldest was called Peter, and he went out and had already walked a long way,... Short Stories - Post by : PeacefulWarrior - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 952

The Rose The Rose

The Rose
There was once a poor woman who had two children. The youngest had to go every day into the forest to fetch wood. Once when she had gone a long way to seek it, a little child, who was quite strong, came and helped her industriously to pick up the wood and carry it home, and then before a moment had passed the strange child disappeared. The child told her mother this, but at first she would not believe it. At length she brought a rose home, and told her mother that the beautiful child had given her this rose, and... Short Stories - Post by : software - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 1291

St. Joseph In The Forest St. Joseph In The Forest

St. Joseph In The Forest
There was once on a time a mother who had three daughters, the eldest of whom was rude and wicked, the second much better, although she had her faults, but the youngest was a pious, good child. The mother was, however, so strange, that it was just the eldest daughter whom she most loved, and she could not bear the youngest. On this account, she often sent the poor girl out into the great forest in order to get rid of her, for she thought she would lose herself and never come back again. But the guardian-angel which every good child... Short Stories - Post by : Harlow - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 3443

The Golden Key The Golden Key

The Golden Key
In the winter time, when deep snow lay on the ground, a poor boy was forced to go out on a sledge to fetch wood. When he had gathered it together, and packed it, he wished, as he was so frozen with cold, not to go home at once, but to light a fire and warm himself a little. So he scraped away the snow, and as he was thus clearing the ground, he found a tiny, gold key. Hereupon he thought that where the key was, the lock must be also, and dug in the ground and found an iron... Short Stories - Post by : finnour - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 1032

The Boots Of Buffalo-leather The Boots Of Buffalo-leather

The Boots Of Buffalo-leather
A soldier who is afraid of nothing, troubles himself about nothing. One of this kind had received his discharge, and as he had learnt no trade and could earn nothing, he travelled about and begged alms of kind people. He had an old waterproof on his back, and a pair of riding-boots of buffalo-leather which were still left to him. One day he was walking he knew not where, straight out into the open country, and at length came to a forest. He did not know where he was, but saw sitting on the trunk of a tree, which had been... Short Stories - Post by : EbizPro - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 1575

Maid Maleen Maid Maleen

Maid Maleen
There was once a King who had a son who asked in marriage the daughter of a mighty King; she was called Maid Maleen, and was very beautiful. As her father wished to give her to another, the prince was rejected; but as they both loved each other with all their hearts, they would not give each other up, and Maid Maleen said to her father, "I can and will take no other for my husband." Then the King flew into a passion, and ordered a dark tower to be built, into which no ray of sunlight or moonlight should enter.... Short Stories - Post by : dollarware - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 2571

The Crystal Ball The Crystal Ball

The Crystal Ball
There was once an enchantress, who had three sons who loved each other as brothers, but the old woman did not trust them, and thought they wanted to steal her power from her. So she changed the eldest into an eagle, which was forced to dwell in the rocky mountains, and was often seen sweeping in great circles in the sky. The second, she changed into a whale, which lived in the deep sea, and all that was seen of it was that it sometimes spouted up a great jet of water in the air. Each of them only bore his... Short Stories - Post by : websitejack - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 1790

Old Rinkrank Old Rinkrank

Old Rinkrank
There was once on a time a King who had a daughter, and he caused a glass mountain to be made, and said that whosoever could cross to the other side of it without falling should have his daughter to wife. Then there was one who loved the King's daughter, and he asked the King if he might have her. "Yes," said the King; "if you can cross the mountain without falling, you shall have her." And the princess said she would go over it with him, and would hold him if he were about to fall. So they set out... Short Stories - Post by : Louis_Foussard - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 2464

The Grave-mound The Grave-mound

The Grave-mound
A rich farmer was one day standing in his yard inspecting his fields and gardens. The corn was growing up vigorously and the fruit-trees were heavily laden with fruit. The grain of the year before still lay in such immense heaps on the floors that the rafters could hardly bear it. Then he went into the stable were well-fed oxen, fat cows, and horses bright as looking-glass. At length he went back into his sitting-room, and cast a glance at the iron chest in which his money lay.Whilst he was thus standing surveying his riches, all at once there was... Short Stories - Post by : johnptroy - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 3206

The Ear Of Corn The Ear Of Corn

The Ear Of Corn
In former times, when God himself still walked the earth, the fruitfulness of the soil was much greater than it is now; then the ears of corn did not bear fifty or sixty, but four or five hundred-fold. Then the corn grew from the bottom to the very top o f the stalk, and according to the length of the stalk was the length of the ear. Men however are so made, that when they are too well off they no longer value the blessings which come from God, but grow indifferent and careless. One day a woman was passing by... Short Stories - Post by : finnour - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 3124

The Drummer The Drummer

The Drummer
A young drummer went out quite alone one evening into the country, and came to a lake on the shore of which he perceived three pieces of white linen lying. "What fine linen," said he, and put one piece in his pocket. He returned home, thought no more of what he had found, and went to bed. Just as he was going to sleep, it seemed to him as if some one was saying his name. He listened, and was aware of a soft voice which cried to him, "Drummer, drummer, wake up!" As it was a dark night he could... Short Stories - Post by : fanjr - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 1871

The Sea-hare The Sea-hare

The Sea-hare
There was once upon a time a princess, who, high under the battlements in her castle, had an apartment with twelve windows, which looked out in every possible direction, and when she climbed up to it and looked around her, she could inspect her whole kingdom. When she looked out of the first, her sight was more keen than that of any other human being; from the second she could see still better, from the third more distinctly still, and so it went on, until the twelfth, from which she saw everything above the earth and under the earth, and nothing... Short Stories - Post by : Bionic_Office - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 1601

The Crumbs On The Table The Crumbs On The Table

The Crumbs On The Table
A countryman one day said to his little puppies, "Come into the parlour and enjoy yourselves, and pick up the bread-crumbs on the table; your mistress has gone out to pay some visits." Then the little dogs said, "No, no, we will not go. If the mistress gets to know it, she will beat us." The countryman said, "She will know nothing about it. Do come; after all, she never gives you anything good." Then the little dogs again said, "Nay, nay, we must let it alone; we must not go." But the countryman let them have no peace until at... Short Stories - Post by : tonyaz - Date : June 2010 - Author : Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm - Read : 994