1. The Golden Key
  2. The Boots of Buffalo-Leather
  3. The Grave-Mound
  4. The Crumbs on the Table
  5. The Heavenly Wedding
  6. The Aged Mother
  7. Our Lady’s Little Glass
  8. God’s Food
  9. The Peasant and the Devil
  10. The Hare and the Hedgehog
  11. The Nail
  12. The Giant and the Tailor
  13. The Little Folks’ Presents
  14. Master Pfriem
  15. Death’s Messengers
  16. The Duration of Life
  17. The Moon
  18. The Owl
  19. The Bittern and the Hoopoe
  20. The Sole
  21. Sharing Joy and Sorrow
  22. Lean Lisa
  23. The Peasant in Heaven
  24. The Wise Servant
  25. A Riddling Tale
  26. The Ditmarsch Tale of Wonders
  27. The Story of Schlauraffen Land
  28. Odds and Ends
  29. The Old Beggar-Woman
  30. The Beam
  31. The Lord’s Animals and the Devil’s
  32. The Fox and the Horse
  33. The Lazy Spinner
  34. The Three Apprentices
  35. The Seven Swabians
  36. The Three Army-Surgeons
  37. The Flail from Heaven
  38. The Jew Among Thorns
  39. Doctor Knowall
  40. Old Hildebrand
  41. The Poor Man and the Rich Man
  42. The Fox and the Geese
  43. Gambling Hansel
  44. The Death of the Little Hen
  45. Clever Grethel
  46. The Fox and the Cat
  47. The Wolf and the Fox
  48. The Wolf and the Man
  49. Jorinda and Joringel
  50. The Little Peasant
  51. Frederick and Catherine
  52. The Dog and the Sparrow
  53. Herr Korbes
  54. The Elves And The Shoemaker
  55. The Wedding of Mrs. Fox
  56. The Tailor in Heaven
  57. The Louse and the Flea
  58. The Bremen Town-Musicians
  59. The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
  60. The Fisherman and His Wife
  61. The Pack of Ragamuffins
  62. Cat and Mouse in Partnership
  63. The Hazel-Branch
  64. The Wonderful Musician
  65. The Three Green Twigs
  66. Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven
  67. The Rose
  68. The Twelve Apostles
  69. St. Joseph in the Forest
  70. Maid Maleen
  71. The Crystal Ball
  72. Old Rinkrank
  73. The Ear of Corn
  74. The Drummer
  75. The Master Thief
  76. The Sea Hare
  77. The Spindle, The Shuttle, and The Needle
  78. The True Sweetheart
  79. The Poor Boy in the Grave
  80. The Nix of the Mill-Pond
  81. Eve’s Various Children
  82. The Goose Girl at the Well
  83. The Hut in the Forest
  84. Strong Hans
  85. The Griffin
  86. Lazy Harry
  87. The Glass Coffin
  88. Snow-White and Rose-Red
  89. The Sparrow and His Four Children
  90. Brides On Their Trial
  91. The Stolen Farthings
  92. The Star Money
  93. The Shepherd Boy
  94. The Three Sluggards
  95. The Old Man Made Young Again
  96. The Turnip
  97. The Ungrateful Son
  98. The Donkey
  99. Going A-Travelling
  100. Simeli Mountain
  101. The Lambkin and the Little Fish
  102. Domestic Servants
  103. The Maid of Brakel
  104. Knoist and His Three Sons
  105. The Three Black Princesses
  106. Iron John
  107. The White Bride and the Black One
  108. The Six Servants
  109. The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
  110. Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie
  111. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes
  112. The Four Skillful Brothers
  113. The Iron Stove
  114. Ferdinand the Faithful
  115. The Devil and His Grandmother
  116. The Three Brothers
  117. The Old Woman in the Wood
  118. Donkey Cabbages
  119. The King’s Son Who Feared Nothing
  120. The Willful Child
  121. The Blue Light
  122. The Bright Sun Brings It to Light
  123. The Cunning Little Tailor
  124. The Two Kings’ Children
  125. The Skillful Huntsman
  126. The Shroud
  127. Hans the Hedgehog
  128. The Two Travelers
  129. The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat
  130. Stories About Snakes
  131. Wise Folks
  132. Sweet Porridge
  133. The Willow-Wren and the Bear
  134. Bearskin
  135. The Devil’s Sooty Brother
  136. The Spirit in the Bottle
  137. The Water of Life
  138. The Three Little Birds
  139. The Peasant’s Wise Daughter
  140. The Raven
  141. The King of the Golden Mountain
  142. The Elves
  143. The Goose Girl
  144. The Young Giant
  145. The Singing, Soaring Lark
  146. The Gold-Children
  147. Hans Married
  148. Hans in Luck
  149. Brother Lustig
  150. The Water-Nix
  151. The Old Man and His Grandson
  152. The Pink
  153. Gossip Wolf and the Fox
  154. How Six Men Got On in the World
  155. The Three Sons of Fortune
  156. The Thief and His Master
  157. The Twelve Huntsmen
  158. The Hare’s Bride
  159. Allerleirauh
  160. The Golden Goose
  161. The Three Feathers
  162. The Queen Bee
  163. The Two Brothers
  164. The Golden Bird
  165. Sweetheart Roland
  166. Rumpelstiltskin
  167. The Knapsack, The Hat, and The Horn
  168. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  169. King Thrushbeard
  170. Fundevogel
  171. Little Briar-Rose
  172. The Six Swans
  173. Old Sultan
  174. The Juniper-Tree
  175. Fitcher’s Bird
  176. Thumbling as Journeyman
  177. Godfather’s Death
  178. Frau Trude
  179. The Godfather
  180. The Robber Bridegroom
  181. Thumbling
  182. The Wishing-Table, The Gold-Ass, and The Cudgel in the Sack
  183. Clever Elsie
  184. The Three Languages
  185. Clever Hans
  186. The Girl Without Hands
  187. The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs
  188. The Singing Bone
  189. Little Red-Cap
  190. The Seven Ravens
  191. Mother Holle
  192. The Riddle
  193. Cinderella
  194. The Valiant Little Tailor
  195. The White Snake
  196. The Three Snake-Leaves
  197. Hansel and Grethel
  198. The Three Spinners
  199. The Three Little Men in the Wood
  200. Rapunzel
  201. Brother and Sister
  202. The Twelve Brothers
  203. The Good Bargain
  204. Faithful John
  205. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
  206. A Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
  207. Our Lady’s Child
  208. The Frog King, or Iron Henry

There was once a poor shepherd-boy whose father and mother were dead, and he was placed by the authorities in the house of a rich man, who was to feed him and bring him up. The man and his wife, however, had bad hearts, and were greedy and jealous of their riches, and vexed whenever anyone put a morsel of their bread in his mouth.

The poor young fellow might do what he liked, he got little to eat, but only so many blows the more. One day he had to watch a hen and her chickens, but she escaped through a hedge with them, and a hawk darted down instantly, and carried her off through the air. The boy called, thief, thief, rascal, with all the strength of his body.

But what good did that do. The hawk did not bring its prey back again. The man heard the noise, and ran to the spot, and as soon as he saw that his hen was gone, he fell in a rage, and gave the boy such a beating that he could not stir for two days. Then he had to take care of the chickens without the hen, but now his difficulty was greater, for one ran here and the other there.

He thought he was doing a very wise thing when he tied them all together with a string, because then the hawk would not be able to steal any of them away from him. But he was very much mistaken. After two days, worn out with running about and hunger, he fell asleep. The bird of prey came, and seized one of the chickens, and as the others were tied fast to it, it carried them all off together, perched itself on a tree, and devoured them.

The farmer was just coming home, and when he saw the misfortune, he got angry and beat the boy so unmercifully that he was forced to lie in bed for several days. When he was on his legs again, the farmer said to him, you are too stupid for me, I cannot make a herdsman of you, you must go as errand-boy. Then he sent him to the judge, to whom he was to carry a basketful of grapes, and he gave him a letter as well.

On the way hunger and thirst tormented the unhappy boy so violently that he ate two grapes. He took the basket to the judge, but when the judge had read the letter, and counted the grapes he said, two are missing. The boy confessed quite honestly that, driven by hunger and thirst, he had devoured the two which were missing. The judge wrote a letter to the farmer, and asked for the same number of grapes again. These also the boy had to take to him with a letter. As he again was so extremely hungry and thirsty, he could not help it, and again ate two grapes.

But first he took the letter out of the basket, put it under a stone and seated himself thereon in order that the letter might not see and betray him. The judge, however, again made him give an explanation about the missing grapes. Ah, said the boy, how have you learnt that. The letter could not know about it, for I put it under a stone before I did it. The judge could not help laughing at the boy’s simplicity, and sent the man a letter wherein he cautioned him to look after the poor boy better, and not let him want for meat and drink, and also that he was to teach him what was right and what was wrong.

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I will soon show you the difference, said the hard man, if you will eat, you must work, and if you do anything wrong, you shall be quite sufficiently taught by blows. The next day he set him a hard task. He was to chop two bundles of hay for food for the horses, and then the man threatened, in five hours, said he, I shall be back again, and if the hay is not chopped by that time, I will beat you until you can not move a limb.

The farmer went with his wife, the man-servant and the girl, to the yearly fair, and left nothing behind for the boy but a small bit of bread. The boy seated himself on the bench, and began to work with all his might. As he got warm over it he put his little coat off and threw it on the hay. In his terror lest he should not get done in time he kept constantly cutting, and in his haste, without noticing it, he chopped his little coat as well as the hay. He became aware of the misfortune too late. There was no repairing it. Ah, cried he, now all is over with me. The wicked man did not threaten me for nothing. If he comes back and sees what I have done, he will kill me.

Rather than that I will take my own life. The boy had once heard the farmer’s wife say, I have a pot with poison in it under my bed. She, however, had only said that to keep away greedy people, for there was honey in it. The boy crept under the bed, brought out the pot, and ate all that was in it. I do not know, said he, folks say death is bitter, but it tastes very sweet to me. It is no wonder that the farmer’s wife has so often longed for death. He seated himself in a little chair, and was prepared to die.

But instead of becoming weaker he felt himself strengthened by the nourishing food. It cannot have been poison, thought he, but the farmer once said there was a small bottle of poison for flies in the closet in which he keeps his clothes. That, no doubt, will be the true poison, and bring death to me. It was, however, no poison for flies, but hungarian wine. The boy got out the bottle, and emptied it. This death tastes sweet too, said he, but shortly after when the wine began to mount into his brain and stupefy him, he thought his end was drawing near.

I feel that I must die, said he, I will go away to the churchyard, and seek a grave. He staggered out, reached the churchyard, and laid himself in a newly dug grave. He lost his senses more and more. In the neighborhood was an inn where a wedding was being held. When he heard the music, he fancied he was already in paradise, until at length he lost all consciousness. The poor boy never awoke again.

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The heat of the strong wine and the cold night-dew deprived him of life, and he remained in the grave in which he had laid himself. When the farmer heard the news of the boy’s death he was terrified, and afraid of being brought to justice – indeed, his distress took such a powerful hold of him that he fell fainting to the ground. His wife, who was standing by the hearth with a pan of hot fat, ran to him to help him. But the flames enveloped the pan, the whole house caught fire, in a few hours it lay in ashes, and the rest of the years they had to live they passed in poverty and misery, tormented by the pangs of conscience.


The Poor Boy in the Grave – Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales

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