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108 The Death of the Cock 69. A hen and cock were walking about a priest’s threshing floor. The cock choked on a bean. The hen took pity and went to a stream to ask for some water. The stream said,“Go to the linden, ask for a leaf, and then I’ll give you some water.“Linden, linden! Give me a leaf. I’ll take the leaf to the stream, the stream will give some water, and I’ll carry it to the cock. The cock has choked on a bean. He doesn’t breathe, doesn’t sigh, and he’s lying there as if dead.” The linden said,“Go to a maid and ask for some thread; then I’ll give you a leaf!”“Maid! Maid! Give me some thread. The thread I’ll carry to the linden, and the linden will give me a leaf. I’ll carry the leaf to the stream, the stream will give some water, the water I’ll carry to the cock. The cock has choked on a bean. He doesn’t breathe, doesn’t sigh, and he’s lying there as if dead.” The maid said,“Go to the cow and ask for some milk; then I’ll give you some thread.” So the hen went to the cow: “Cow! Cow! Give me some milk. I’ll carry the milk to the maid, the maid will give me some thread, some thread to carry to the linden, and the linden will give me a leaf. I’ll carry the leaf to the stream, the stream will give some water, the water I’ll carry to the cock. The cock has choked on a bean. He doesn’t breathe, doesn’t sigh, and he’s lying there as if dead.” The cow said,“Go, hen, to the hay mowers and ask for some hay; then I’ll give you some milk.” The hen went to the hay mowers: “Mowers! Mowers! Give me some hay. I’ll carry the hay to the cow, the cow will give milk, I’ll carry the milk to the maid, the maid will give me some thread, the thread I’ll carry to the linden, and the linden will give me a leaf. I’ll carry the leaf to the stream, the stream will give some water, the water I’ll carry to the cock. The cock has choked on a bean. He doesn’t breathe, doesn’t sigh, and he’s lying there as if dead.” The mowers said,“Go, hen, to the smiths so that they might forge a scythe.” The hen went to the smiths:“Smiths! Smiths! Forge me a scythe to take to the hay mowers. The hay mowers will give me some hay, I’ll carry the hay to the cow, the cow will give me some milk, I’ll carry the milk to the maid, the maid will give me some thread, I’ll carry the thread The Death of the Cock h 109 to the linden, the linden will give me a leaf. I’ll carry the leaf to the stream, the stream will give me some water, and I’ll carry the water to the cock! The cock has choked on a bean. He doesn’t breathe, doesn’t sigh, and he’s lying there as if dead.” The smiths said, “Go, hen, to the people of Laia1 and ask them for some charcoal; then we’ll forge you a scythe.”The hen came to the Laians: “Laians! Laians! Give me some charcoal. I’ll carry the charcoal to the smiths, the smiths will forge a scythe, I’ll carry the scythe to the mowers, the mowers will give me some hay, I’ll carry the hay to the cow, the cow will give me some milk, I’ll carry the milk to the maid, the maid will give me some thread, I’ll carry the thread to the linden, the linden will give me a leaf. I’ll carry the leaf to the stream, the stream will give me some water, and I’ll carry the water to the cock! The cock has choked on a bean. He can’t breathe, he can’t hear, and he’s lying there as if dead.” The Laians gave the hen the charcoal, the hen carried the charcoal to the smiths, the smiths forged the scythe. She carried the scythe to the hay mowers, and the hay mowers cut some...

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ISBN
9781626740549
Related ISBN
9781628460933
MARC Record
OCLC
878813021
Pages
560
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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