'Vinden fortæller om Valdemar Daa og hans døtre'
'The Wind Tells About Waldemar Daa and His Daughters'
By Hans Christian Andersen, 1859
When the wind sweeps across the grass, the field
has a ripple like a pond, and when it sweeps across the
corn the field waves to and fro like a high sea. That is
called the wind's dance; but the wind does not dance only,
he also tells stories; and how loudly he can sing out of his
deep chest, and how different it sounds in the tree-tops
in the forest, and through the loopholes and clefts
and cracks in walls!
The real Valdemar Daae (1615-91), was an alchemist
and because of very unfortunate attempts to make gold,
he had to leave his home Borreby Castle in 1681 as
a broken mand. He brought with him his three
daughters Ide, Joanna and Anna Dorothea link
Illustrated by A. W. Bayes, 1866
and Brothers Dalziel (Engravers) link
She played upon the ringing lute,
and sang to its tones.