Friday, June 12, 2009

How do we come up with these things? The Phoenix Bird by Hans Christian Anderson

So I was on the internet one day I don't remember what I was doing but I came across a site that had a million short stories by Hans Christian Anderson. I thought it was interesting as I really had no idea that he had written so many of these stories. I knew he had written some like, the little mermaid, but these were stories I had never herd of before.

One of the stories really stood out to me, and I want to share it with you:

The Phoenix bird


Hans Christian Anderson

Beneath the tree of knowledge in the garden of paradise stood a rosebush. And here, in the first rose, a bird was born. Her plumage was beautiful, her song glorious, and her flight was like the flashing of light. But when Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge, and she and Adam were driven from paradise, a spark fell from the flaming sword of the angel into the nest of the bird and set it afire. The bird perished in the flames, but from the red egg in the nest there flew a new bird, the only one of its kind, the one solitary phoenix bird. The legend tells us how she lives in Arabia and how every century she burns herself to death in her nest, but each time a new phoenix, the only one in the world, flies out from the red egg.

The bird darts about as swift as light, beautiful in color, glorious in song. When a mother sits beside her infant's cradle, she settles on the pillow and forms a glory with her wings about the head of the child. She flies through the room of contentment and brings sunshine into it, and she makes the violets on the humble cupboard smell sweet.

But the phoenix is not a bird of Arabia alone. In the glimmer of the northern lights she flies over the plains of Lapland and hops amid the yellow flowers in the short Greenland summer. Deep beneath the copper mountains of Falun, and in England's coal mines, she flies in the form of a powdered moth over the hymnbook resting in the hands of the pious miner. She floats down the sacred waters of the Ganges on a lotus leaf, and the eye of the Hindu maid brightens when she beholds her.

Phoenix bird! Don't you know her? The bird of paradise, the holy swan of song? She sat on the car of Thespis, like a chattering raven, flapping her black gutter-stained wings; the swan's red, sounding beak swept over the singing harp of Iceland; she sat on Shakespeare's shoulder, disguised as Odin's raven, and whispered, "Immortality!" into his ear; and at the minstrels' feast she fluttered through the halls of the Wartburg.

Phoenix bird! Don't you know her? She sang the Marseillaise to you, and you kissed the feather that fell from her wing; she came in the glory of paradise, and perhaps you turned away from her toward the sparrow that sat with gold tinsel on its wings.

The bird of paradise-renewed each century-born in flame, dying in flame! Your portrait in a frame of gold hangs in the halls of the rich, but you yourself often fly around lonely and misunderstood-a myth only:

"The phoenix bird of Arabia."

When you were born in the garden of paradise, in its first rose, beneath the tree of knowledge, our Lord kissed you and gave you your true name-poetry!

The End

*the original version sites the Phoenix bird as a he. Please note that I have changed the story to show the Phoenix bird as a she.


Shannon and Doug said...

Rose! You are so funny. I get the feeling that this story is laying the groundwork for a little baby girl annoucment! I think you are hinting on to somthing, like a name? lol. I am so excited to find out if I am right and to see pictures!! Congrats!

The Mecham Family said...

I think it's a great name! Congrats again! Hope to see her and you soon!

Shannon and Doug said...

Okay, you are killing me! I want to see pictures! Oh and thanks for your comment on my blog, it meant a lot