Once upon a time there lived an old man and an old woman. They had no children and no one to look after them in their old age， and this made them very sad indeed.
One day the old woman said to the old man：
“Go to the forest， Old Man， and cut down a tree. We'll make a little cradle， I'll put a stick of wood in it， and I'll rock the cradle and amuse myself that way.”
The old man did not want to do it at first， but the old woman begged him to again and again and he finally did as she asked. He went to the forest， cut down a tree and made a cradle out of it， and the old woman put a stick of wood in the cradle and began rocking it， singing as she did so：