Andersen's Fairy Tales HTML version
"How much the bird reminds me of the musical box that belonged to our blessed Empress,"
said an old knight. "Oh yes! These are the same tones, the same execution."
"Yes! yes!" said the Emperor, and he wept like a child at the remembrance.
"I will still hope that it is not a real bird," said the Princess.
"Yes, it is a real bird," said those who had brought it. "Well then let the bird fly," said the
Princess; and she positively refused to see the Prince.
However, he was not to be discouraged; he daubed his face over brown and black; pulled
his cap over his ears, and knocked at the door.
"Good day to my lord, the Emperor!" said he. "Can I have employment at the palace?"
"Why, yes," said the Emperor. "I want some one to take care of the pigs, for we have a
great many of them."
So the Prince was appointed "Imperial Swineherd." He had a dirty little room close by the
pigsty; and there he sat the whole day, and worked. By the evening he had made a pretty
little kitchen-pot. Little bells were hung all round it; and when the pot was boiling, these
bells tinkled in the most charming manner, and played the old melody,
"Ach! du lieber Augustin,
Alles ist weg, weg, weg!"*
* "Ah! dear Augustine!
All is gone, gone, gone!"
But what was still more curious, whoever held his finger in the smoke of the kitchen-pot,
immediately smelt all the dishes that were cooking on every hearth in the city--this, you
see, was something quite different from the rose.
Now the Princess happened to walk that way; and when she heard the tune, she stood quite
still, and seemed pleased; for she could play "Lieber Augustine"; it was the only piece she
knew; and she played it with one finger.
"Why there is my piece," said the Princess. "That swineherd must certainly have been well
educated! Go in and ask him the price of the instrument."
So one of the court-ladies must run in; however, she drew on wooden slippers first.
"What will you take for the kitchen-pot?" said the lady.
"I will have ten kisses from the Princess," said the swineherd.