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  • The Little Match Girlby H.C. Andersen

  • It was terribly cold, and nearly dark

  • On the last evening of the old year

  • And the snow was falling fast.

  • In the cold and the darkness, a poor little girl, with bare head and naked feet, roamed through the streets

  • It is true she had on a pair of slippers when she left home,

  • But they were not of much use.

  • They were very largeso large, indeed, that they had belonged to her mother,

  • And the poor little creature had lost them in running across the street to avoid two carriages

  • That were rolling along at a terrible rate.

  • One of the slippers she could not find, and a boy seized upon the other and ran away with it.

  • So the little girl went on with her naked feet, which were quite red and blue with the cold.

  • In an old apron she carried a number of matches, and had a bundle of them in her hands.

  • No one had bought anything from her the whole day, nor had anyone given her even a penny.

  • Shivering with cold and hunger, she crept along;

  • Poor little child! The snowflakes fell on her long, fair hair,

  • Which hung in curls on her shoulders.

  • Lights were shining from every window, and there was a savory smell of roast goose

  • For it was New Year’s Eveyes, she remembered that.

  • In a corner, between two houses, she sank down and huddled herself together.

  • She had drawn her little feet under her, but she could not keep off the cold;

  • And she dared not go home, for she had sold no matches,

  • And could not take home even a penny of money.

  • Her father would certainly beat her;

  • Besides, it was almost as cold at home as here

  • For they had only the roof to cover them.

  • Her little hands were almost frozen with the cold.

  • Ah! Perhaps a burning match might be some good,

  • If she could draw it from the bundle and strike it against the wall, just to warm her fingers.

  • She drew one out—“scratch!” how it sputtered as it burned!

  • It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her hand over it.

  • It seemed to the little girl that she was sitting by a large iron stove

  • With polished brass feet.

  • How the fire burned!

  • And seemed so beautifully warm that the child stretched out her feet as if to warm them

  • When, lo! The flame of the match went out

  • The stove vanished, and she had only the remains of the half-burnt match in her hand

  • She rubbed another match on the wall.

  • It burst into a flame, and where its light fell upon the wall it became as transparent as a veil

  • And she could see into the room.

  • The table was covered with a snowy white tablecloth

  • On which stood a splendid dinner service, and a steaming roast goose

  • Stuffed with apples and dried plums.

  • Then the match went out, and there remained nothing but the thick, damp, cold wall before her.

  • She lighted another match, and then she found herself sitting under a beautiful Christmas tree.

  • Thousands of tapers were burning upon the green branches,

  • And colored pictures, like those she had seen in the shop windows, looked down upon it all.

  • The little one stretched out her hand towards them, and the match went out.

  • The Christmas lights rose higher and higher, till they looked to her like the stars in the sky.

  • Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire.

  • Someone is dying,” thought the little girl,

  • For her old grandmother, the only one who had ever loved her,

  • And who was now dead, had told her that when a star falls, a soul was going up to God.

  • She again rubbed a match on the wall, and the light shone round her;

  • In the brightness stood her old grandmother, clear and shining

  • Grandmother,” cried the little one, “O, take me with you!

  • I know you will go away when the match burns out; you will vanish

  • Like the warm stove, the roast goose, and the glorious Christmas tree.”

  • And she made haste to light a whole bundle of matches,

  • For she wished to keep her grandmother there.

  • And the matches glowed with a light that was brighter than the noonday,

  • And her grandmother had never appeared so beautiful.

  • She took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew upwards in brightness and joy far above the earth

  • Where there was neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God.

  • The New Year’s sun rose and shone upon the little girl

  • She still sat, in the stiffness of death

  • Holding the matches in her hand, one bundle of which was burnt.

  • She tried to warm herself,” said someone.

  • No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen

  • Nor into what glory she had entered with her grandmother, on that New Year’s Day.

  • Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

  • [...] Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.

The Little Match Girlby H.C. Andersen

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The Little Match Girl by H.C. Andersen

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    Tori Yang posted on 2017/07/22
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