Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
COSSACK FAIRY TALES AND FOLK TALES
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In this volume you will find 27 uniquely Slavonic and Cossack stories like The Story Of Unlucky Daniel, The Vampire And St Michael, The Tsar And The Angel, The Story Of Ivan And The Daughter Of The Sun and more not heard in the west for many a year.
This volume of stories has been selected from a Slavonic dialect extraordinarily rich in folk-tales. The language is Ruthenian, or the language of the Cossacks. This was the first translation ever made from Ruthenian into English. There are peculiar and original elements in these stories not to be found in the folk-lore of other European peoples, The comparative isolation of the Cossacks, and their remoteness from the great theatres of historical events, has seen favourable conditions for the safe preservation of old myths and the easy development of new ones.
Ruthenian is a language intermediate between Russian and Polish, but independent of both. Its territory embraces, that vast area which lies between the Carpathian Mountains and the Sea of Azov, with Lemberg and Kiev for its chief intellectual centres.
Until independence the language was rigorously repressed by the Soviet Government, and has since been a foundation from which modern Ukrainian has been developed. It possesses a noble literature, numerous folk-songs and a copious collection of justly admired folk-tales, many of them of great antiquity, which are regarded, both in Russia and Poland, as quite unique of their kind.
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Excerpt from COSSACK FAIRY TALES AND FOLK TALES
THE FOX AND THE CAT
ONCE UPON A TIME in a certain forest there once lived a fox, and near to the fox lived a man who had a cat that had been a good mouser in its youth, but was now old and half blind. The man didnt want puss any longer, but not liking to kill it, took it out into the forest and lost it there. Then the fox came up and said, Why, Mr Shaggy Matthew! How dye do! What brings you here?Alas! said Pussy, my master loved me as long as I could bite, but now that I can bite no longer and have left off catching miceand I used to catch them finely oncehe doesnt like to kill me, but he has left me in the wood where I must perish miserably.No, dear Pussy! said the fox; you leave it to me, and Ill help you to get your daily bread.You are very good, dear little sister foxey! said the cat, and the fox built him a little shed with a garden round it to walk about in.
Now one day the hare came to steal the mans cabbage. Kreem-kreem-kreem! he squeaked. But the cat popped his head out of the window, and when he saw the hare, he put up his back and stuck up his tail and said, Ft-t-t-t-t-Frrrrrrr! The hare was frightened and ran away and told the bear, the wolf, and the wild boar all about it. Never mind, said the bear, I tell you what, well all four give a banquet, and invite the fox and the cat, and do for the pair of them. Now, look here! Ill steal the mans mead; and you, Mr Wolf, steal his fat-pot; and you, Mr Wildboar, root up his fruit-trees; and you, Mr Bunny, go and invite the fox and the cat to dinner.
So they made everything ready as the bear had said, and the hare ran off to invite the guests.
He came beneath the window and said, We invite your little ladyship Foxey-Woxey, together with Mr Shaggy Matthew, to dinnerand back he ran again.But you should have told them to bring their spoons with them, said the bear.Oh, what a head Ive got! if I didnt quite forget! cried the hare, and back he went again, ran beneath the window and cried, Mind you bring your spoons!Very well, said the fox.So the cat and the fox went to the banquet, and when the cat saw the bacon, he put up his back and stuck out his tail, and cried, Mee-oo, mee-oo! with all his might. But they thought he said, Ma-lo, ma-lo!What! said the bear, who was hiding behind the beeches with the other beasts, here have we four been getting together all we could, and this pig-faced cat calls it too little! What a monstrous cat he must be to have such an appetite! So they were all four very frightened, and the bear ran up a tree, and the others hid where they could. But when the cat saw the boars bristles sticking out from behind the bushes he thought it was a mouse, and put up his back again and cried, Ft! ft! ft! Frrrrrrr! Then they were more frightened than ever. And the boar went into a bush still farther off, and the wolf went behind an oak, and the bear got down from the tree, and climbed up into a bigger one, and the hare ran right away.
But the cat remained in the midst of all the good things and ate away at the bacon, and the little fox gobbled up the honey, and they ate and ate till they couldnt eat any more, and then they both went home licking their paws.
Table of Contents for COSSACK FAIRY TALES AND FOLK TALES
|Introduction To The First Edition|
|Oh: The Tsar Of The Forest|
|The Story Of The Wind|
|The Voices At The Window|
|The Story Of Little Tsar Novishny, The False Sister, and The Faithful Beasts|
|The Vampire And St Michael|
|The Story Of Tremsin, The Bird Zhar, And Nastasia, The Lovely Maid Of The Sea|
|The Story Of Unlucky Daniel|
|The Sparrow And The Bush|
|The Old Dog|
|The Fox And The Cat|
|The Straw Ox|
|The Golden Slipper|
|The Iron Wolf|
|The Three Brothers|
|The Tsar And The Angel|
|The Story Of Ivan And The Daughter Of The Sun|
|The Cat, The Cock, And The Fox|
|The Serpent-Tsarevich And His Two Wives|
|The Origin Of The Mole|
|The Two Princes|
|The Ungrateful Children And The Old Father Who Went To School Again|
|Ivan The Fool And St Peters Fife|
|The Magic Egg|
|The Story Of The Forty-First Brother|
|The Story Of The Unlucky Days|
|The Wondrous Story Of Ivan Golik And The Serpents|
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