There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for
a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her
desire. These people had a little window at the back of their
house from which a splendid garden could be seen, which was full
of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. It was, however,
surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because
it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded
by all the world.