Once upon a time there was a good old woman who lived in a little house.
She had in her garden a bed of beautiful trumpet(喇叭状的) lilies(百合花).
One night she was wakened by the sounds of sweet singing and of babies
laughing. She looked out at the window. The sounds seemed to come from the lily
bed(花坛), but she could see nothing.
The next morning she walked among her flowers, but there were no signs(迹象)
of any one having been there the night before.
On the following night she was again wakened by sweet singing and babies
laughing. She walked softly to her garden. The moon was shining brightly on the
lily bed, and the flowers were swaying to and fro(来回摇摆). The old woman looked
closely and she saw, standing by each lily, a little Fairy(仙) mother who was
singing and rocking the flower like a cradle(摇篮), while in each lily trumpet lay
a little Fairy baby laughing and playing.
The good old woman went quietly back to her house, and from that time on
she never picked a lily, nor did she allow her neighbors to touch the
The lilies grew brighter in color and larger in size, and they gave out a
delicious perfume(香味) like that of roses. They began, too, to bloom(开花) all the
The day came when the good old woman died, and the lily-bed was torn
up(翻起来), other plants were planted there, but they all withered(凋谢), and from
that time on nothing would grow there.
But the good old woman's grave(墓穴) grew beautiful, for the Fairies sang
above it, and kept it green; while on the grave and all around it there sprang
up lilies, tulips(郁金香), violets(紫罗兰), and other lovely flowers of spring.