HOUSEHOLD STORIES from The BROTHERS GRIMM

51 Tales translated to English by Lucy Crane & Illustrated by Walter Crane

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66                              GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
forest. So when they found a little stream flowing smoothly over its pebbles, the brother was going to drink of it; but the sister heard how it said in its rushing,
" He a tiger will be who drinks of me, Who drinks of me a tiger will be ! "
Then the sister cried,
" Pray, dear brother, do not drink, or you will become a wild beast, and will tear me in pieces."
So the brother refrained from drinking, though his thirst was great, and he said he would wait till he came to the next brook. When they came to a second brook the sister heard it
say,
" He a wolf will be who drinks of me, Who drinks of me a wolf will be ! "
Then the sister cried,
" Pray, dear brother, do not drink, or you will be turned into a wolf, and will eat me up ! "
So the brother refrained from drinking, and said,
" I will wait until we come to the next brook, and then I must drink, whatever you say ; my thirst is so great."
And when they came to the third brook the sister heard how in its rushing it said,
" Who drinks of me a fawn will be, He a fawn will be who drinks of me ! "
Then the sister said,
" O my brother, I pray drink not, or you will be turned into a fawn, and run away far from me."
But he had already kneeled by the side of the brook and stooped and drunk of the water, and as the first drops passed his lips he became a fawn.
And the sister wept over her poor lost brother, and the fawn wept also, and stayed sadly beside her. At last the maiden said,
" Be comforted, dear fawn, indeed I will never leave you."
Then she untied her golden girdle and bound it round the fawn's neck, and went and gathered rushes to make a soft cord, which she fastened to him ; and then she led him on, and they went deeper into the forest. And when they had