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348                    CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
and will buy many ells of cloth for yoa, wherein they may wind you and bury you; because you loved me more than yourself." "When he heard this, he answered nothing but went to the other friend whom he loved as much as himself, and knocked at his door with the same tale as he had told to the 'first; this one said:—" Pear one I do you suppose I am such a simpleton that I want to die for you? If it is found here then I must die; but if they kill you, then I will comfort you, because that we are friends, and will do it the best I can, since we must all die." When he heard this, he parted from him, and came to the third friend whom he did not love as well as him­self. This one asked what was in the sack, which he came with. He said: — "I can not say well, but I need help in this day; yet know that it has been my fate to kill a man, and I carry his body on my back, and if it is caught by me, then I must die, therefore I call on you for counsel; This one spoke; — " Give me here the body, and let me carry it myself, for I will even die for you," and when he opened the sack he found that only a dead hog lay therein. After that the son went home and told the whole story to his father."*
The end is of rather startling abruptness; we should have liked to have heard of the rewards and punishment, a la modern novel.
One song took its rise at this time which is even to-day a popular one, the world over. "We refer to
• Fabeln und Erxehlungen aus d. ieit«n d. miniM-sanger. Von Bod mer uod Bieitinger Zurich, 1757, p. 247.






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