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Gåseurten (H.C. Andersen)

The daisy Marjetica
H. P. Paull Fran Erjavec
English Slovenian

Now listen! In the country, close by the high road, stood a farmhouse; perhaps you have passed by and seen it yourself. There was a little flower garden with painted wooden palings in front of it; close by was a ditch, on its fresh green bank grew a little daisy; the sun shone as warmly and brightly upon it as on the magnificent garden flowers, and therefore it thrived well. One morning it had quite opened, and its little snow-white petals stood round the yellow centre, like the rays of the sun. It did not mind that nobody saw it in the grass, and that it was a poor despised flower; on the contrary, it was quite happy, and turned towards the sun, looking upward and listening to the song of the lark high up in the air.

The little daisy was as happy as if the day had been a great holiday, but it was only Monday. All the children were at school, and while they were sitting on the forms and learning their lessons, it sat on its thin green stalk and learnt from the sun and from its surroundings how kind God is, and it rejoiced that the song of the little lark expressed so sweetly and distinctly its own feelings. With a sort of reverence the daisy looked up to the bird that could fly and sing, but it did not feel envious. "I can see and hear," it thought; "the sun shines upon me, and the forest kisses me. How rich I am!"

In the garden close by grew many large and magnificent flowers, and, strange to say, the less fragrance they had the haughtier and prouder they were. The peonies puffed themselves up in order to be larger than the roses, but size is not everything! The tulips had the finest colours, and they knew it well, too, for they were standing bolt upright like candles, that one might see them the better. In their pride they did not see the little daisy, which looked over to them and thought, "How rich and beautiful they are! I am sure the pretty bird will fly down and call upon them. Thank God, that I stand so near and can at least see all the splendour." And while the daisy was still thinking, the lark came flying down, crying "Tweet," but not to the peonies and tulips– no, into the grass to the poor daisy. Its joy was so great that it did not know what to think. The little bird hopped round it and sang, "How beautifully soft the grass is, and what a lovely little flower with its golden heart and silver dress is growing here." The yellow centre in the daisy did indeed look like gold, while the little petals shone as brightly as silver.

How happy the daisy was! No one has the least idea. The bird kissed it with its beak, sang to it, and then rose again up to the blue sky. It was certainly more than a quarter of an hour before the daisy recovered its senses. Half ashamed, yet glad at heart, it looked over to the other flowers in the garden; surely they had witnessed its pleasure and the honour that had been done to it; they understood its joy. But the tulips stood more stiffly than ever, their faces were pointed and red, because they were vexed. The peonies were sulky; it was well that they could not speak, otherwise they would have given the daisy a good lecture. The little flower could very well see that they were ill at ease, and pitied them sincerely.

Shortly after this a girl came into the garden, with a large sharp knife. She went to the tulips and began cutting them off, one after another. "Ugh!" sighed the daisy, "that is terrible; now they are done for."

The girl carried the tulips away. The daisy was glad that it was outside, and only a small flower– it felt very grateful. At sunset it folded its petals, and fell asleep, and dreamt all night of the sun and the little bird.

On the following morning, when the flower once more stretched forth its tender petals, like little arms, towards the air and light, the daisy recognised the bird's voice, but what it sang sounded so sad. Indeed the poor bird had good reason to be sad, for it had been caught and put into a cage close by the open window. It sang of the happy days when it could merrily fly about, of fresh green corn in the fields, and of the time when it could soar almost up to the clouds. The poor lark was most unhappy as a prisoner in a cage. The little daisy would have liked so much to help it, but what could be done? Indeed, that was very difficult for such a small flower to find out. It entirely forgot how beautiful everything around it was, how warmly the sun was shining, and how splendidly white its own petals were. It could only think of the poor captive bird, for which it could do nothing. Then two little boys came out of the garden; one of them had a large sharp knife, like that with which the girl had cut the tulips. They came straight towards the little daisy, which could not understand what they wanted.

"Here is a fine piece of turf for the lark," said one of the boys, and began to cut out a square round the daisy, so that it remained in the centre of the grass.

"Pluck the flower off" said the other boy, and the daisy trembled for fear, for to be pulled off meant death to it; and it wished so much to live, as it was to go with the square of turf into the poor captive lark's cage.

"No let it stay," said the other boy, "it looks so pretty."

And so it stayed, and was brought into the lark's cage. The poor bird was lamenting its lost liberty, and beating its wings against the wires; and the little daisy could not speak or utter a consoling word, much as it would have liked to do so. So the forenoon passed.

"I have no water," said the captive lark, "they have all gone out, and forgotten to give me anything to drink. My throat is dry and burning. I feel as if I had fire and ice within me, and the air is so oppressive. Alas! I must die, and part with the warm sunshine, the fresh green meadows, and all the beauty that God has created." And it thrust its beak into the piece of grass, to refresh itself a little. Then it noticed the little daisy, and nodded to it, and kissed it with its beak and said: "You must also fade in here, poor little flower. You and the piece of grass are all they have given me in exchange for the whole world, which I enjoyed outside. Each little blade of grass shall be a green tree for me, each of your white petals a fragrant flower. Alas! you only remind me of what I have lost."

"I wish I could console the poor lark," thought the daisy. It could not move one of its leaves, but the fragrance of its delicate petals streamed forth, and was much stronger than such flowers usually have: the bird noticed it, although it was dying with thirst, and in its pain tore up the green blades of grass, but did not touch the flower.

The evening came, and nobody appeared to bring the poor bird a drop of water; it opened its beautiful wings, and fluttered about in its anguish; a faint and mournful "Tweet, tweet," was all it could utter, then it bent its little head towards the flower, and its heart broke for want and longing. The flower could not, as on the previous evening, fold up its petals and sleep; it dropped sorrowfully. The boys only came the next morning; when they saw the dead bird, they began to cry bitterly, dug a nice grave for it, and adorned it with flowers. The bird's body was placed in a pretty red box; they wished to bury it with royal honours. While it was alive and sang they forgot it, and let it suffer want in the cage; now, they cried over it and covered it with flowers. The piece of turf, with the little daisy in it, was thrown out on the dusty highway. Nobody thought of the flower which had felt so much for the bird and had so greatly desired to comfort it.

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Zunaj na kmetih prav tik ceste je stal gradič. Gotovo si ga že enkrat vidil. Pred njim je majhen vrt poln cvetlic, okoli vrta je ograja, ki je pobarvana. Blizo ograje tik grabna sred najlepše zelene trave je rastla majhna marjetica. Solnce je sijalo ravno tako lepo in toplo na-njo, kakor na prekrasne gosposke cvetlice v vrtu; torej je pa tudi rastla, da se je skorej vidilo. Nekega jutra se je popolnoma razcvetela, njena mala ko sneg bela peresca so kot žarki obdajala rumeno solnčice v sredi. Ona ni mislila, da je ondi v travi nihče ne vidi in da je revna zaničevana cvetlica. O ne! prav vesela je bila, obrnila se je na ravnost proti toplemu solncu, gledala mu v lice in zraven je poslušala škrlico, ki je žvrgolela v sinjem zraku.

Mala marjetica je bila tako vesela, kot bi bil velik praznik, pa je bil le pondeljek. Otroci so bili vsi v šoli. Med tem, ko so oni sedeli v klopeh in se kaj učili, sedela je marjetica na malem zelenem stebelcu ter se je od solnca in od vsega, kar je bilo krog nje, učila, kako dober je Bog in

neznano je bilo všeč, da je mala škrlica tako razločno in lepo prepevala to isto, kar je tudi ona tiho čutila v svojem srcu. In marjetica je z nekim spoštovanjem gledala na srečno tico, ki zna, prepevati in letati, ali žalostna vendar ni bila, da ona tega ne zna. »Saj vidim in slišim!« mislila si je, »solnce me osija in gozd me ljubi! O kako bogato sem obdarovana!«

V ograji je rastlo mnogo okornih gosposkih cvetlic; menj ko so dišale, bolj so se bahale. Potonke so se napihovale, da bi bile veče nego roža, ali sama velikost še ni vse. Tulipani so bili. najlepše pisani, to so tudi sami dobro vedili, zató so se pa držali po koncu kot sveče, da bi jih človek laglje vidil. Za malo marjetico zunaj ograje se še zmenile niso, ali ona se je pa toliko bolj na-nje ozirala in je mislila: »Kako so te lepe in bogate! K njim leti gotovo krasna tisa, da jih obišče! Hvala Bogu, da sem tako blizo, saj lahko vidim to lepoto.« In ravno, ko je to mislila, »kvivit« prileti škrlica, toda ne k potonkam in tulipanom, kaj še! — na ravnost v travo k uborni marjetici. Ona se od zgolj veselja tako prestraši, da ne vé, kaj bi si mislila.

Tičica pleše krog nje ter poje: »Kako je travica mehka in glej! kako ljubeznjiva cvetlica je tu, ima zlato srce in srebrno obleko!« Krožec sred marjetice je bil res tak, kot bi bil zlat in mala peresca okoli so se svetila kot srebro.

Oh kako je bila srečna mala marjetica, tega bi nihče ne verjel. Tica jo je poljubila s kljunčkom, pela ji je in potem je spet zletela v sinji zrak. Gotovo je trpelo četrt ure, da se je marjetica spet zavedila. Sramožljivo ali vendar z veselim srce se ozré na druge cvetlice v vrtu, saj so vidile, kaka čast, kaka sreča jo je doletela; gotovo so razumele, kako veselje je to. Ali tulipani, so se še enkrat bolj leseno držali nego poprej, od togote so se jim podaljšali rudeči obrazi. Potomke so imele strašno debele butice, to je še dobro bilo, da, niso znale govoriti, sicer bi bile gotovo do dobrega okregale marjetico. Uboga mala cvetlica je pač vidila, da one niso dobre volje in to jo je bolelo pri srcu. Zdajci pride v vrt deklica z velikim ostrim in svitlim nožem, gre na ravnost med tulipane in poreže enega za drugim. »Uh!« vzdihne mala marjetica, »to je strašno, zdaj jih je konec.« In deklica odide s tulipani. Marjetico je zdaj veselilo, da je rastla zunaj v travi in da je bila mala revna cvetlica. Bila je prav hvaležna, in ko je solnce zatonilo, zganila je peresca, zaspala in celo noč je senjala od solnca in od male tice.

Drugo jutro, ko je cvetlica spet veselo stezala svoja bela peresca, kot ročice proti zraku in proti svetlobi, spoznala je glas tice, ali njena pesem je bila žalostna. Uboga, škrlica je že vedila zakaj, revica je bila vjeta in je sedela v kletki blizo odprtega okna. Prepevala je od mladega zelenega

žita na polji, kako prosto in veselo je letala okrog in na lehkih perutnicah se dvigala v visoki zrak. Uboga škrlica ni bila dobre volje, bila je vjeta v kletki.

Mala marjetica bi bila kaj rada pomagala. Ali kako? Bilo je težko si kaj pravega izmisliti. Zdaj je popolnoma pozabila, kako lepo je bilo vse okoli je, kako toplo je solnce sijalo in kako lepa so bila njena bela peresca. Mislila je le na ujeto tico, keri ni mogla nikakor pomagati,

Zdajci prideta dva dečka iz vrta; eden je imel v rokah velik in oster nož, ravno takega, kakor ga je imela deklica, ki je porezala tulipane. Šla sta naravnost proti marjetici, ki si nikakor ni mogla misliti, kaj hočeta.

»Tu lehko izreževa lepo rušino za škrlico«, pravi en deček in začne rezati rušino na štiri vogle okoli marjetice, da je bila ravno v sredi.

»Odtrgaj cvetlico!« reče drugi deček in marjetica trepeče od strahú. Če jo utrga, vzeme ji življenje in zdaj bi še tako rada živela, ker z rušino vred pride v kletko k ujeti škrlici.

»Nikar, pusti jo!« veli drugi deček, »kako lepo se podá.« In ostala je in prišla v kletko k škrlici.

Ali uboga tica je glasno tarnala za zgubljeno svobodo in je bila s perutnicami ob železni drat. Marjetica ni znala govoriti, in kakor bi bila

rada, ni mogla spregovoriti ne besedice v tolažbo. Tako je minul celi dopoldan.

»Vode ni tù«, pravi vjeta škrlica. »Vsi so odšli in so pozabili mi dati kaj piti. Moje grlo je suho in peče! V meni žge kot ogenj in zrak je težak. Ah, umreti moram, moram se ločiti od toplega solnca, od lepega zelenja od vse krasote, ki jo je vstvaril Bog.« Da bi se nekoliko ohladila, vtakne kljunček v hladno rušino. Zdajci zagleda marjetico, kima ji in jo poljubuje s kljunom rekoč: »Tudi ti moraš se posušiti, ti bora cvetlica! Tebe in majhen košček zelene trato so mi dali za celi svet, ki sem ga imela zunaj. Vsaka travica mi mora biti zeleno drevó, vsako tvoje belo peresce mesto dišeče cvetlice. Ah, to vse le spominja, koliko sem zgubila!

»Da bi jo mogel kdo potolažiti!« misli si marjetica, ali ona še lista ni mogla ganiti. Toda duh, ki je puhtel iz nježnih peresec, bil je mnogo močneji, nego je navadno pri tej cvetlici. To je zapazila tudi tica in da si tudi je od žeje omedlela in v tej bolečini ruvala zeleno travo, vendar se ni doteknila cvetlice.

Dan se je nagnil in nobenega še ni bilo, da bi prinesel tici kapljo vodo. Zdaj sprostrè lepe perutnice ter jih krčevito stresa; pip! pip! žalostno zapoje in nagne malo glavico proti cvetlici — od pomanjkanja in od hrepenenja jej srce otrpne. Zdaj

cvetlica ni mogla zganiti peresa in zaspati, kot prejšni večer, bolna in žalostna je pobesila glavo.

Še le drugo jutro sta prišla dečka, in ko zagledata mrtvo tico, oh kako sta jokala, britko jokala! Skopala sta jej lep grob in sta ga ozaljšala s cvetličnimi peresci. Mrtvo tico so déli v lepo redečo škatljico, prav kraljevo so hotli zakopati boro tico. Ko je še živela in pela, pozabili so na-njo, zapustili jo v kletki brez vsega — zdaj so jo pa lišpali, objokavali.

Rušino z marjetico vred so pa vrgli na cesto v prah, nihče se ni spomnil nje, ki je najbolj čutila za malo tičico, ki bi jo bila tako rada tolažila.

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