01Mar
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The Old Oak Tree’s Last Dream

The Old Oak Tree’s Last Dream

In the woods, on a high bank near the open seashore, there stood such a very old oak tree. It was exactly three hundred and sixty-five years old, but this long span of years seemed to the tree scarcely longer than as many days do to people like us. A tree’s life is not the […]

01Mar
2012
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The Old House

The Old House

Somewhere in the street stood an old old house; it was almost three hundred years old, as you could tell from the date cut into the great beam. Tulips and hopbines and also whole verses of poetry were carved into the wood as people used to do in those days, and over every window a […]

01Mar
2012
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The Old Church Bell

The Old Church Bell

In the German country of Württemberg, where the beautiful acacia trees bloom beside the highways, and the apple and pear trees bend down in autumn under the weight of their ripe blessings, there lies the little town of Marbach. It belongs to the class of quite unimportant towns, but it is located in a beautiful […]

01Mar
2012
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Ninth Evening

Ninth Evening

Again the sky was clear; several evenings had passed, and the Moon was in his first quarter. I again got an idea for a sketch. Listen to what the Moon told me. “I followed the polar bird and the swimming whale to the eastern coast of Greenland. Bare rocks, covered with ice and mist, encircled […]

01Mar
2012
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Nineteenth Evening

Nineteenth Evening

“I looked down into a large theater,” said the Moon. “The audience filled the house, for a new actor was making his first appearance. My rays glided through a small window in the wall, and I saw a painted face with the forehead pressed against the pane – it was the hero of the evening. […]

01Mar
2012
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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

The Emperor of China is a Chinaman, as you most likely know, and everyone around him is a Chinaman too. It’s been a great many years since this story happened in China, but that’s all the more reason for telling it before it gets forgotten. The Emperor’s palace was the wonder of the world. It […]

01Mar
2012
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The Nightcap of the “Pebersvend”

The Nightcap of the “Pebersvend”

There is a street in Copenhagen that bears the odd name of Hysken Street. Why is it called that? And what does “Hysken mean? It is supposed to be German, but that is an injustice to the German word Häuschen, which means “small houses.” Many years ago, when it was named, the houses in this street […]

01Mar
2012
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The New Century’s Goddess

The New Century’s Goddess

The New Century’ s Goddess – whom our great-grandchildren or perhaps a still later generation will know, but we shall not – when and how does she reveal herself? What does she look like? What is the theme of her song? Whose heartstrings will she touch? To what heights will she lift her century? Why […]

01Mar
2012
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The Neighboring Families

The Neighboring Families

One would certainly think that something quite unusual had happened in the duckpond to cause such a commotion, but nothing really had happened. All the ducks that had been floating gracefully on the water, some standing on their heads, for they knew how to do that, now abruptly rushed straight onto land. Leaving their footprints […]

01Mar
2012
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The Naughty Boy

The Naughty Boy

Once upon a time there was an old poet-one of those good, honest old poets. One evening, as he was sitting quietly in his home, a terrible storm broke out-the rain poured down in torrents-but the old poet sat warm and cozy in his study, for a fire blazed brightly in his stove and roasting […]