There once lived a man and a woman who always wished for a child, but could not have one. After a while the woman realized that she was expecting a baby. One day the woman was standing by the window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the tastiest rampion. That time she was captivated and could not think other things than rampion.
"If I can't eat some of the rampion I shall die." she thought to herself. She can’t eat and drink, grow leaner and leaner.
The man climbed over the wall into the garden, hastily grabbed a handful of rampion and took it to his wife. But entering that garden needed a big courage, because the garden belonged to a powerful witch.
She at once ate rampion, which her husband brought, with appetite; however, the handful of leaves was not enough. Her husband must once more descend into the garden. But the witch was laying ambush, waiting for him.
"How dare you," she said with an angry look, "sneak into my garden and steal my Rapunzel like a thief? You shall suffer for this!"
The frightened husband begged for mercy, I had to have the rampion. My wife saw it from the window and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat."
Then the witch allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him, "If this is true, I will allow you to take as much as you like, only I make one condition. You must give me the baby daughter your wife will bring into the world," the man in his fear consented.
After a few weeks the baby was born. The witch appeared at once and took the newborn baby. Gave the child the name of Rapunzel because the rampion in the garden her mother wanted to eat most was named Rapunzel.
The witch looked after a little girl very well. When she was twelve years old, Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child beneath the sun. The witch shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest. The tower had no stairs, but only a little window at the very top. When the witch wanted to go in, she stood beneath the window and cried,
Let down your golden yellow hair."
Rapunzel extends her long braided hair through the window and the witch climbed up by it.
That lasted for several years. One day the son of the King came to the forest for hunting. He heard a lovely song when he was far away. He rode his horse back and forward and came to the tower at last. But he looked at right and looked at left, could not see the stairs or anything which can climb on.
The prince was captured with a beautiful voice and came to tower every day before he saw how witch climbed the tower. The next day on twilight he cried with a low voice,
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your golden yellow hair."
The Prince climbed up immediately by the hair of the girl.
At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man such as her eyes had never seen, came to her; but the Prince began to talk to her quite like a friend and told her that his heart had been so stirred by her singing that it had let him have no rest. Then Rapunzel’s fear diminished, and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband -- and she saw that he was kind and handsome, she said yes, with redness on her cheek.
But there was no way for Rapunzel to escape from the tower. A smart girl had a brilliant idea. If a prince will bring a bit of silk with him every time he comes and Rapunzel will weave a ladder with it.
Everything was going very well and the witch did not come over them. Until once Rapunzel said in her distraction, "Mother, you are so much heavier when you climb than the young Prince."
"Ah! You wicked child," cried the witch "What do I hear thee say! I thought I had separated you from the entire world but you have deceived me." In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful hair. She was so angry that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert.
That night the witch waited for the prince in the tower. When the Prince came and cried,
Let down your golden yellow hair," the witch let the hair down cut from Rapunzel. The Prince climbed to the window, he did not know what would happen to him.
The Prince in his despair he fell down from the tower. He escaped with his life, but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest, ate nothing but roots and berries and did nothing but weep over the loss of his dearest Rapunzel.
In this way, the Prince roamed in misery for some months and at length came to the desert where the witch had banished Rapunzel. He heard a voice singing a beautiful song.
‘Rapunzel! Rapunzel!’ He called. When he approached, Rapunzel knew him and cried in a joy and two of her tears fell on his eyes. There was a miracle, eyes of the Prince opened and the Prince could see again.
They together went to the Prince’s country, where they were joyfully received. Their happiness never destroyed.