The Bremen town musicians story started their one man had a donkey, which obediently carried sacks of flour to the mill for many years, but with old age, the donkey weakened and became unfit for work.
Then the owner decided to starve him to death, but the donkey guessed what was going on, ran away, and headed to Bremen’s city.
He decided to take a job there as a musician.
After walking a little, the donkey saw a hunting dog. She lay on the road and breathed so hard as if she was running up to exhaustion. Why are you so puffing, Polka? The donkey asked.
Ah, – answered the dog, – I am old, and every day I am getting weaker and no longer fit for hunting, therefore my master wanted to kill me. I ran wherever my eyes would look! How am I going to earn my bread now?
You know what, – said the donkey, – I’m going to Bremen, and I’ll hire a musician there. Come with me and make music too. I will play the lute, and you will beat the drum. The dog agreed, and they moved on.
Soon they saw a cat on the road. She sat on the road as boring as three days of rainy weather.
What happened to you, old weasel?- asked the donkey.
Who will rejoice if they grab him by the throat? My teeth have sagged, and now I am more willing to sit behind the stove and purr than chase after mice, so my mistress decided to drown me.
Of course, I ran away, but who will advise me where to go now
Come with us to Bremen, you know a lot about music, and you can hire musicians there. The cat liked it, and they went together.
Then our fugitives passed by some yard. A rooster was sitting on the gate and yelling with all his might.
Why are you slashing your throat like that? – asked the donkey. – What’s the matter with you?
“I predict good weather for tomorrow,” replied the rooster, “because tomorrow is a holiday, but since guests will come to us on this occasion, my hostess without any mercy ordered the cook to cook soup out of me. My head is to be cut off tonight. So I scream at the top of my lungs while I still can.
Well, you, red-headed, – said the donkey, – we’d better go with us. We are heading to Bremen. You will obtain something better than death everywhere. You have a good voice, and if we sing in the chorus, it will be great. The rooster liked this offer, and the four of them went further.
But they could not get to Bremen in one day, and the evening they came to the forest, where they decided to spend the night. The donkey and the dog sat down under a large tree, the cat settled on the branches, and the rooster flew to the very top of the tree, where it seemed to him the safest. Before falling asleep, the rooster looked in all four directions, and suddenly it seemed to him that he saw the light in the distance. He shouted to his comrades that the house should be close because the light is visible.
“Then we must go there; I don’t like this lodging,” said the donkey. And the dog noticed that a few bones with leftover meat would be beneficial to her. So, they went to the side where the light flickered. The light grew stronger and stronger, and finally, they came to the brightly lit house of robbers. The donkey, as the tallest, approached the window and looked inside.
What do you see, gray? The rooster asked.
What I see? – answered the donkey—a set table with good food and drink. And the robbers are sitting around and having fun.
“It would not be bad for us either,” said the rooster.
Yes, Yes. Oh, if we were there – the donkey sighed.
Then they began to consult on how they could drive out the robbers. And finally, they came up with it. The donkey stood with its front legs on the window, the dog jumped on its back to the donkey, the cat climbed on the dog, and the rooster flew upon the cat’s head. They immediately started their music when it done. The donkey roared, the dog barked, the cat meowed, the rooster began to sing. Then they rushed through the window into the room so that the glass rang.
The robbers jumped up from their seats with terrible screams. They imagined that a ghost had come to them. And in great fear, they fled into the forest. Then the four friends sat down at the table. Began to eat all that was left with pleasure. They ate as if they had to eat for four weeks. Having finished their food. The musicians turned off the lights and looked for a resting place. Each according to his taste and habits.
The donkey lay down in the yard on a pile of rubbish, the dog is outside the door, the cat is on the hearth in a warm place, and the rooster perches on its roost. And since they were exhausted after the long journey, they fell asleep at once. When midnight passed, the robbers noticed from a distance that the light was not on in the house and everything seemed to be calm – the chieftain said:
“We shouldn’t have allowed ourselves to be so intimidated after all.
And he told one of the robbers to go and inspect the house. The messenger, making sure that everything was calm, went into the kitchen to light the fire. And since he mistook the cat’s sparkling eyes for embers, he put a match in there to get a flame. But the cat did not like to joke. She rushed to the robber and grabbed his face. He was frightened, rushed to run, and was about to jump out into the yard but the dog that was lying outside the door jumped up and bit him on the leg. As he dashed across the yard past a trash heap, the donkey kicked him hard with its hind leg. And the rooster, awakened by the noise, cheerfully cried from the perch
The robber started to run with all his might to his chieftain. And I told him.
“Oh, there’s a terrible witch in the house. She hissed at me, scratched my face with her long claws. A man with a knife stood outside the door; he wounded me in the leg. In the courtyard lay a black monster, which attacked me with a club. And the judge sits on the roof upstairs, and he will shout – “Give me this swindler here.” Then I started to run. Since then, the robbers no longer dared to approach the house. And the four Bremen musicians liked the place of robbers so much that they stayed there to live.
The Bremen Town Musicians Story has been admired by more than one child for many years. It tells about the amazing journey of the exiled beasts and how they find their home. An aged donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, which they wanted to cook for a festive dinner, wander along the road to Bremen. In the city, they dream of earning money by fishing for musicians, but they stop for the night in the forest, where they find the lair of robbers. How they will deal with them, read in the tale of loyal friendship, support, quick wit, and the ability to act together.