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Der Froschkönig oder der eiserne Heinrich (Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm)

The Frog-King, or Iron Henry O Principe Rã ou Henrique de Ferro
Margaret Hunt unknown author
English Portuguese

In old times when wishing still helped one, there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun itself, which has seen so much, was astonished whenever it shone in her face. Close by the King's castle lay a great dark forest, and under an old lime-tree in the forest was a well, and when the day was very warm, the King's child went out into the forest and sat down by the side of the cool fountain, and when she was dull she took a golden ball, and threw it up on high and caught it, and this ball was her favourite plaything.

Now it so happened that on one occasion the princess's golden ball did not fall into the little hand which she was holding up for it, but on to the ground beyond, and rolled straight into the water. The King's daughter followed it with her eyes, but it vanished, and the well was deep, so deep that the bottom could not be seen. On this she began to cry, and cried louder and louder, and could not be comforted. And as she thus lamented, some one said to her, "What ails thee, King's daughter? Thou weepest so that even a stone would show pity." She looked round to the side from whence the voice came, and saw a frog stretching forth its thick, ugly head from the water. "Ah! old water-splasher, is it thou?" said she; "I am weeping for my golden ball, which has fallen into the well."

"Be quiet, and do not weep," answered the frog, "I can help thee, but what wilt thou give me if I bring thy plaything up again?" "Whatever thou wilt have, dear frog," said she "my clothes, my pearls and jewels, and even the golden crown which I am wearing."

The frog answered, "I do not care for thy clothes, thy pearls and jewels, or thy golden crown, but if thou wilt love me and let me be thy companion and play-fellow, and sit by thee at thy little table, and eat off thy little golden plate, and drink out of thy little cup, and sleep in thy little bed if thou wilt promise me this I will go down below, and bring thee thy golden ball up again."

"Oh, yes," said she, "I promise thee all thou wishest, if thou wilt but bring me my ball back again." She, however, thought, "How the silly frog does talk! He lives in the water with the other frogs and croaks, and can be no companion to any human being!"

But the frog when he had received this promise, put his head into the water and sank down, and in a short time came swimming up again with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the grass. The King's daughter was delighted to see her pretty plaything once more, and picked it up, and ran away with it. "Wait, wait," said the frog, "Take me with thee. I can't run as thou canst." But what did it avail him to scream his croak, croak, after her, as loudly as he could? She did not listen to it, but ran home and soon forgot the poor frog, who was forced to go back into his well again.

The next day when she had seated herself at table with the King and all the courtiers, and was eating from her little golden plate, something came creeping splish splash, splish splash, up the marble staircase, and when it had got to the top, it knocked at the door and cried, "Princess, youngest princess, open the door for me." She ran to see who was outside, but when she opened the door, there sat the frog in front of it. Then she slammed the door to, in great haste, sat down to dinner again, and was quite frightened. The King saw plainly that her heart was beating violently, and said, "My child, what art thou so afraid of? Is there perchance a giant outside who wants to carry thee away?" "Ah, no," replied she, "it is no giant, but a disgusting frog."

"What does the frog want with thee?" "Ah, dear father, yesterday when I was in the forest sitting by the well, playing, my golden ball fell into the water. And because I cried so the frog brought it out again for me, and because he insisted so on it, I promised him he should be my companion, but I never thought he would be able to come out of his water! And now he is outside there, and wants to come in to me."

In the meantime it knocked a second time, and cried,

"Princess! youngest princess!
Open the door for me!
Dost thou not know what thou saidst to me
Yesterday by the cool waters of the fountain?
Princess, youngest princess!
Open the door for me!"

Then said the King, "That which thou hast promised must thou perform. Go and let him in." She went and opened the door, and the frog hopped in and followed her, step by step, to her chair. There he sat still and cried, "Lift me up beside thee." She delayed, until at last the King commanded her to do it. When the frog was once on the chair he wanted to be on the table, and when he was on the table he said, "Now, push thy little golden plate nearer to me that we may eat together." She did this, but it was easy to see that she did not do it willingly. The frog enjoyed what he ate, but almost every mouthful she took choked her. At length he said, "I have eaten and am satisfied; now I am tired, carry me into thy little room and make thy little silken bed ready, and we will both lie down and go to sleep."

The King's daughter began to cry, for she was afraid of the cold frog which she did not like to touch, and which was now to sleep in her pretty, clean little bed. But the King grew angry and said, "He who helped thee when thou wert in trouble ought not afterwards to be despised by thee." So she took hold of the frog with two fingers, carried him upstairs, and put him in a corner. But when she was in bed he crept to her and said, "I am tired, I want to sleep as well as thou, lift me up or I will tell thy father." Then she was terribly angry, and took him up and threw him with all her might against the wall. "Now, thou wilt be quiet, odious frog," said she. But when he fell down he was no frog but a king's son with beautiful kind eyes. He by her father's will was now her dear companion and husband. Then he told her how he had been bewitched by a wicked witch, and how no one could have delivered him from the well but herself, and that to-morrow they would go together into his kingdom. Then they went to sleep, and next morning when the sun awoke them, a carriage came driving up with eight white horses, which had white ostrich feathers on their heads, and were harnessed with golden chains, and behind stood the young King's servant faithful Henry. Faithful Henry had been so unhappy when his master was changed into a frog, that he had caused three iron bands to be laid round his heart, lest it should burst with grief andsadness. The carriage was to conduct the young King into his kingdom. Faithful Henry helped them both in, and placed himself behind again, and was full of joy because of this deliverance. And when they had driven a part of the way, the King's son heard a cracking behind him as if something had broken. So he turned round and cried, "Henry, the carriage is breaking."

"No, master, it is not the carriage. It is a band from my heart, which was put there in my great pain when you were a frog and imprisoned in the well." Again and once again while they were on their way something cracked, and each time the King's son thought the carriage was breaking; but it was only the bands which were springing from the heart of faithful Henry because his master was set free and was happy.

Há muito tempo, quando os desejos funcionavam, vivia um rei que tinha filhas muito belas. A mais jovem era tão linda que o sol, que já viu muito, ficava atônito sempre que iluminava seu rosto.
Perto do castelo do rei havia um bosque grande e escuro no qual havia um lagoa sob uma velha árvore.
Quando o dia era quente, a princesinha ia ao bosque e se sentava junto à fonte. Quando se aborrecia, pegava sua bola de ouro, a jogava alto e recolhia. Essa bola era seu brinquedo favorito. Porém aconteceu que uma das vezes que a princesa jogou a bola, esta não caiu em sua mão, mas sim no solo, rodando e caindo direto na água.
A princesa viu como ia desaparecendo na lagoa, que era profunda, tanto que não se via o fundo. Então começou a chorar, mais e mais forte, e não se consolava e tanto se lamenta, que alguém lhe diz:
- Que te aflige princesa? Choras tanto que até as pedras sentiriam pena. Olhou o lugar de onde vinha a voz e viu um sapo colocando sua enorme e feia cabeça fora da água.
- Ah, és tu, sapo - disse - Estou chorando por minha bola de ouro que caiu na lagoa.
- Calma, não chores -, disse o sapo; Posso ajudar-te, porém, que me darás se te devolver a bola?
- O que quiseres, querido sapo - disse ela, - Minhas roupas, minhas pérolas, minhas jóias, a coroa de ouro que levo.
O sapo disse:
- Não me interessam tuas roupas, tuas pérolas nem tuas jóias, nem a coroa. Porém me prometes deixar-me ser teu companheiro e brincar contigo, sentar a teu lado na mesa, comer em teu pratinho de ouro, beber de teu copinho e dormir em tua cama; se me prometes isto eu descerei e trarei tua bola de ouro."
- Oh, sim- disse ela - Te prometo tudo o que quiseres, porém devolve minha bola; mas pensou- Fala como um tolo. Tudo o que faz é sentar-se na água com outros sapos e coachar. Não pode ser companheiro de um ser humano.
O sapo, uma vez recebida a promessa, meteu a cabeça na água e mergulhou. Pouco depois voltou nadando com a boa na boa, e a lançou na grama. A princesinha estava encantada de ver seu precioso brinquedo outra vez, colheu-a e saiu correndo com ela.
- Espera, espera - disse o sapo; Leva-me. Não posso correr tanto como tu - Mas de nada serviu coachar atrás dela tão forte quanto pôde. Ela não o escutou e correu para casa, esquecendo o pobre sapo, que se viu obrigado a voltar à lagoa outra vez.
No dia seguinte, quando ela sentou à mesa com o rei e toda a corte, estava comendo em seu pratinho de ouro e algo veio arrastando-se, splash, splish splash pela escada de mármore. Quando chegou ao alto, chamou à porta e gritou:
- Princesa, jovem princesa, abre a porta.
Ela correu para ver quem estava lá fora. Quando abriu a porta, o sapo sentou-se diante dela e a princesa bateu a porta. Com pressa, tornou a sentar, mas estava muito assustada. O rei se deu conta de que seu coração batia violentamente e disse:
- Minha filha, por que estás assustada? Há um gigante aí fora que te quer levar?
- Ah não, respondeu ela - não é um gigante, senão um sapo.
- O que quer o sapo de ti?
- Ah querido pai, estava jogando no bosque, junto à lagoa, quando minha bola de ouro caiu na água. Como gritei muito, o sapo a devolveu, e porque insistiu muito, prometi-lhe que seria meu companheiro, porém nunca pensei que seria capaz de sair da água.
Entretanto o sapo chamou à porta outra vez e gritou:
- Princesa, jovem princesa, abre a porta. Não lembras que me disseste na lagoa?
Então o rei disse:
- Aquilo que prometeste, deves cumprir. Deixa-o entrar.
Ela abriu a porta, o sapo saltou e a seguiu até sua cadeira. Sentou-se e gritou: - Sobe-me contigo.
Ela o ignorou até que o rei lhe ordenou. Uma vez que o sapo estava na cadeira, quis sentar na mesa. Quando subiu, disse:
- Aproxima teu pratinho de ouro porque devemos comer juntos.
Ela o vez, porém se via que não de boa vontade. O sapo aproveitou para comer, porém ela enjoava a cada bocado. Em seguida disse o sapo:
- Comi e estou satisfeito, mas estou cansado. Leva-me ao quarto, prepara tua caminha de seda e nós dois vamos dormir.
A princesa começou a chorar porque não gostava da idéia de que o sapo ia dormir na sua preciosa e limpa caminha. Porém o rei se aborreceu e disse:
- Não devias desprezar àquele que te ajudou quando tinhas problemas.
Assim, ela pegou o sapo com dois dedos, e a levou para cima e a deixou num canto. Porém, quando estava na cama o sapo se arrastou até ela e disse:
- Estou cansado, eu também quero dormir, sobe-me senão conto a teu pai.
A princesa ficou então muito aborrecida. Pegou o sapo e o jogou contra a parede.
- Cale-se, bicho odioso; disse ela.
Porém, quando caiu ao chão não era um sapo, e sim um príncipe com preciosos olhos. Por desejo de seu pai ele era seu companheiro e marido. Ele contou como havia sido encantado por uma bruxa malvada e que ninguém poderia livrá-lo do feitiço exceto ela. Também disse que no dia seguinte iriam todos juntos ao seu reino.
Se foram dormir e na manhã seguinte, quando o sol os despertou, chegou uma carruagem puxada por 8 cavalos brancos com plumas de avestruz na cabeça. Estavam enfeitados com correntes de ouro. Atrás estava o jovem escudeiro do rei, Enrique. Enrique havia sido tão desgraçado quando seu senhor foi convertido em sapo que colocou três faixas de ferro rodeando seu coração, para se acaso estalasse de pesar e tristeza.
A carruagem ia levar ao jovem rei a seu reino. Enrique os ajudou a entrar e subiu atrás de novo, cheio de alegria pela libertação, e quando já chegavam a fazer uma parte do caminho, o filho do rei escutou um ruído atrás de si como se algo tivesse quebrado. Assim, deu a volta e gritou:
- Enrique, o carro está se rompendo.
- Não amo, não é o carro. É uma faixa de meu coração, a coloquei por causa da minha grande dor quando eras sapo e prisioneiro do feitiço.
Duas vezes mais, enquanto estavam no caminho, algo fez ruído e cada vez o filho do rei pensou que o carro estava rompendo, porém eram apenas as faixas que estavam se desprendendo do coração de Enrique porque seu senhor estava livre e era feliz.

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