This is an Anglish 'The Three Sillies' (or, 'The Three Noodles'), first written by Charlotte S. Burne for 'Folk-Lore' (vol. ii. p. 40.), and later gathered together in 'English Fairy Tales' by Joseph Jacobs, and 'English Fairy and Other Folk Tales' by Edwin Sidney Hartland. by Wordwork. See the wender's leaf for more on the wordings.of the folk tale,
Once upon a time there was a
' him and me was to be , and we was to have a son, and he was to grow up to be a man, and come down into the to draw the beer, as I'm doing now, and the was to fall on his head and kill him, what a dreadful thing it would be!' And she put down the candle and the , and sat herself down and began a- .
'Why, whatever is the ?' said her mother.
'Oh, mother!' says she, 'look at that ! we was to be , and was to have a son, and he was to grow up, and was to come down to the to draw the beer, and the was to fall on his head and kill him, what a dreadful thing it would be!'
'Dear, dear! what a dreadful thing it would be!' said the mother, and she sat down aside of the daughter and started a- too. Then after a bit the father began to wonder that didn't come back, and he went down into the to look after himself, and there two sat a- , and the beer running all over the floor.
'Whatever is the ?' says he.
'Why,' says the mother, 'look at that . , if our daughter and her sweetheart was to be , and was to have a son, and he was to grow up, and was to come down into the to draw the beer, and the was to fall on his head and kill him, what a dreadful thing it would be!'
'Dear, dear, dear! So it would!' said the father, and he sat himself down aside of the other two, and started a- .
'Whatever you three doing, sitting there , and letting the beer run all over the floor?'
'Oh!' says the father, 'look at that ! you and our daughter was to be , and was to have a son, and he was to grow up, and was to come down into the to draw the beer, and the was to fall on his head and kill him!' And then all started a- worse than before. But the burst out a-laughing, and reached up and pulled out the , and then he said:
'I've many miles, and I never met three such sillies as you three before; and now I shall start out on my , and when I can find three sillies than you three, then I'll come back and your daughter.' So he wished goodbye, and started off on his , and left all the girl had lost her sweetheart.
Well, he set out, and he
'Oh, you silly!' said the , 'you should cut the grass and throw it down to the cow!' But the woman thought it was to the cow up the ladder than to the grass down, so she her and her and her up, and tied a string her neck, and it down the , and fastened it to her own wrist. And the went on his way, but he hadn't gone far when the cow tumbled off the roof, and hung by the string tied her neck, and it strangled her. And the weight of the cow tied to her wrist pulled the woman up the , and she stuck fast half-way and was smothered in the soot.
Well, that was onesilly.
And thewent on and on, and he went to an inn to stop the night, and were so full at the inn that had to put him in a -bedded room, and another was to sleep in the other bed. The other man was a fellow, and friendly together; but in the morning, when were both up, the was to see the other hang his on the knobs of the chest of drawers and run the room and to jump into , and he over and and couldn't it; and the wondered whatever he was doing it for. At last he stopped and wiped his with his . 'Oh dear,' he says, 'I do think the most kind of clothes that ever were. I can't think who could have such things. It me the best part of to into mine every morning, and I so hot! How do you yours?' So the burst out a-laughing, and showed him how to put on; and he was to him, and said he never should have thought of doing it that way.
So that was anothersilly.
Then thewent on his ; and he came to a , and outside the there was a pond, and the pond was a crowd of . And had rakes, and brooms, and pitchforks reaching into the pond; and the asked what was the .
'Why,'say, ' enough! Moon's tumbled into the pond, and we can't rake her out anyhow!' So the burst out a-laughing, and told to look up into the , and that it was only the shadow in the water. But wouldn't listen to him, and him shamefully, and he away as quick as he could.
So there was a whole lot of silliesthan three sillies at home. So the back home and the 's daughter, and if didn't live for ever after, that's nothing to do with you or me.
Ones upon a time þere ƿas a bure and his ƿife hƿo had one daugter, and sce ƿas ƿooed by a goodman. Efery efening he ƿould cum and see her, and stop to eat at þe homestead, and þe daugter ƿould be sent dune into þe clofe to draƿ þe beer for efening meal. So, one efening sce had gone dune to draƿ þe beer, and sce befell to look up at þe rafters hƿile sce ƿas draƿing, and sce saƿ a hammer stuck in one of þe beams. It must hafe been þere a long, long time, but sumhu or oþer sce had nefer marked it before, and sce began a-þinking. And sce þougt it ƿas sore þreatening to hafe þat hammer þere, for sce said to herself:
'Faþom him and me ƿas to be ƿed, and ƿe ƿas to hafe a sun, and he ƿas to groƿ up to be a man, and cum dune into þe clofe to draƿ þe beer, lic as I'm doing nu, and þe hammer ƿas to fall on his head and kill him, hƿat a dreadful þing it ƿould be!' And sce put dune þe candel and þe buke, and sat herself dune and began a-ƿeeping.