Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.

Parsley, more fair than golden straw,
through window yon to me dost draw
my sighs! My Love, your tender tears
and all these hours—now freed from fears—
like tempests of a hundred years
shall fade as shade in sun withdraws.

“Rapunzel” is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (the Brothers Grimm), and first published in 1812 as part of “Hausmärchen” (“Children’s and Household Tales”). The Grimm Brothers’ story is an adaptation of the fairy tale “Rapunzel” by Friedrich Schulz, published in 1790.

Schulz had adapted an even earlier story written by Italian Giambattista Basile, in which the lady Fair was named Petrosinella (or Parsley).


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