|Hérodote, Histoires. VIII.137.
Andrée Barguet, Gallimard 1964
Le roi, en entendant parler de salaire,
s'exclame, égaré sans doute par un dieu :
Je vais moi vous donner celui que vous méritez: tenez!"
&, ce disant, il leur montre la tache de soleil sur le sol.
Mais le garçon réplique:
"Nous acceptons, seigneur, ce que tu nous donnes",
&, de son couteau,
il trace sur le sol les contours de la tache de soleil.
Après quoi il fait à trois reprises le geste de puiser du soleil
& de le verser dans le pli de sa tunique.
Puis il s'en va, et ses frères avec lui.
|HISTORY OF HERODOTUS
Edited by E. H. BLAKENEY, M.A. 1910
Now it happened that the sun was shining down the chimney into the room where they were; and the king, hearing them talk of wages, lost his wits, and said
“ There are the wages which you deserve ; take that—I give it you ! ”
and pointed, as he spoke, to the sunshine.
The two elder brothers, Gauanes and Aeropus, stood aghast at the reply, and did nothing; but the boy, who had a knife in his hand, make a mark with it round the sunshine on the floor of the room, and said
“ O king ! we accept your payment.”
Then he received the light of the sun three times into his bosom,
and so went away; and his brothers went with him.
|THE LOEB CLASSICAL LIBRARY
T. E PAGE, London 1930
The king, when they spoke of wages, was moved to foolishness, and said
“That is the wage you merit, and it is that I give you,”
pointing to the sunlight that shone down the smokevent into the house;
Gauanes and Aeropus, who were the elder, stood astonied when they heard that;
but the boy said, “ We accept what you give, O king,"
and with that he took a knife that he had upon him
and drew a line with it on the floor of the house round the sunlight;
which done, he thrice gathered up the sunlight into the fold of his garment,
and went his way with his companions.
BY THE REV. WILLIAM BELOE.
Upon this the king answered, as if heaven-struck, " I give you this sun "
(the light of which then came through the chimney)
" as proper wages for you."
Gavanes and Æropus, the two elder brothers, on hearing this, were much astonished, but the younger one exclaimed,
" We accept, O king, what you offer us:"
Then taking the sword, for he had one with him, he made a circular mark with it upon that part of the ground on which the sun shone, and having three several times received the light upon his bosom, departed with his brothers.