Quotations from Grimms' stories

  • Sweep me the room as clean as you can,
    Up with the window, fling out my old man!
    For many a fine fat mouse he brought,
    Yet of his wife he never thought,
    But ate up everyone he caught.
  • I am not sleeping, I am waking,
    Would you know what I am making?
    I am boiling warm beer with butter,
    Will you be my guest for supper?'
  • The cat goes up the stairs trip, trap,
    The door she knocks at tap, tap, tap,
    'Mistress Fox, are you inside?'
    'Oh, yes, my little cat,' she cried.
    'A wooer he stands at the door out there.'
    'What does he look like, my dear?'
  • Thou, queen, art the fairest in all this land:
    But over the hills, in the greenwood shade,
    Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made,
    There Snowdrop is hiding her head; and she
    Is lovelier far, O queen! than thee...
  • Merrily the feast I'll make.
    Today I'll brew, tomorrow bake;
    Merrily I'll dance and sing,
    For next day will a stranger bring.
    Little does my lady dream
    Rumpelstiltskin is my name!
  • Open the door, my princess dear,
    Open the door to thy true love here!
    And mind the words that thou and I said
    By the fountain cool, in the greenwood shade.