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HERE was once a forester, who went into the forest to hunt.
When he entered it, he heard
a screaming as if a little child was there.
He followed the sound, and at last came to a high tree.
In the top of it a little
child was sitting. His mother had fallen asleep under
the tree with the child, and
a bird of prey had seen him in her arms, flown down,
and snatched him away, and set
him on the high tree.
The forester climbed the tree, and brought the child
down. And he thought to
himself, "I will take him home, and bring him up with
He took him home, and the two children grew up
together. The one he had found in a
tree, he called Bird-Found, because a bird had carried
Bird-Found and Lina loved each other so dearly, that
when they did not see each
other they were sad.
The forester, however, had an old cook, who one evening
took two pails and began to
fetch water, and did not go once only, but many times,
out to the spring.
 Lina saw this and said, "Hark you, old Sanna, why are
you fetching so much
Then the cook said, "Early to-morrow morning, when the
forester is out
hunting, I will heat the water. When it is boiling in
the kettle, I will threw in
Bird-Found, and will boil him in it."
Betimes next morning, the forester got up and went out
hunting, and when he was gone
the children were still in bed. Then Lina said to
Bird-Found, "If you
will never leave me, I will never leave you."
Bird-Found said, "Neither now, nor ever, will I leave
Then said Lina, "I will tell you. Last night, old
Sanna carried so many
buckets of water into the house that I asked her why
she was doing so. She said
that early to-morrow morning, when Father was out
hunting, she would set on the
kettle full of water, threw you into it and boil you.
But we will get up quickly,
dress ourselves, and go away together."
The two children, therefore, got up, dressed themselves
quickly, and went away.
When the water in the kettle was boiling, the cook came
into the bedroom to fetch
Bird-Found and throw him into it. But when she came
in, and went to the beds, both
the children were gone.
Then she was terribly frightened, and she said to
herself, "What shall I
say now when the forester comes home and sees that the
children are gone? They must
be followed instantly and brought back."
Then the cook sent three servants after them, who were
to run and overtake the
The children, however, were sitting outside the forest,
 when they saw from afar the three servants running,
Lina said to Bird-Found,
"Never leave me, and I will never leave you."
Bird-Found said, "Neither now, nor ever."
Then said Lina, "Do you become a rose-tree, and I the
When the three servants came to the forest, nothing was
there but a rose-tree and
one rose on it; the children were nowhere. Said they,
"There is nothing
to be done here," and they went home and told the cook
that they had seen
nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one
rose on it.
Then the old cook scolded and said, "You simpletons,
you should have cut
the rose-bush in two, and have broken off the rose and
brought it home with you.
Go, and do it at once."
They had therefore to go out and look for the second
time. The children, however,
saw them coming from a distance.
Then Lina said, "Bird-Found, never leave me, and I will
Bird-Found said, "Neither now, nor ever."
Said Lina, "Then do you become a church, and I'
ll be the chandelier
So when the three servants came, nothing was there but
a church, with a chandelier
in it. They said therefore to each other, "What can we
do here? Let us
go home." When they got home, the cook asked if they
had not found them.
They said no, they had found nothing but a church, and
that there was a chandelier
The cook scolded them and said, "You fools! Why did
you not pull the
church to pieces, and bring the chandelier home with
 And now the old cook herself got on her legs, and went,
with the three servants, in
pursuit of the children. The children saw from afar
that the three servants were
coming, and the cook waddling after them.
Then said Lina, "Bird-Found, never leave me, and I will
Then said Bird-Found, "Neither now, nor ever."
Said Lina, "Be a fishpond, and I will be the duck upon
The cook, however, came up to them, and when she saw
the pond she lay down by it,
and was about to drink it up, when she fell into the
water, and there the old Witch
had to drown.
The children went home together, and were heartily
delighted, and if they are not
dead, they are living still.