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长篇叙事童话诗《魔哥超市》连载(八)  

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长篇叙事童话诗《魔哥超市》连载(八)

 

Goblin Market

 

by  C. G. Rossetti

 

Day after day, night after night,
Laura kept watch in vain,
In sullen silence of exceeding pain.
She never caught again the goblin cry:
"Come buy, come buy,"
She never spied the goblin men
Hawking their fruits along the glen:
But when the noon waxed bright
Her hair grew thin and gray;
She dwindled, as the fair full moon doth turn
To swift decay, and burn
Her fire away.

 

One day remembering her kernel-stone
She set it by a wall that faced the south;
Dewed it with tears, hoped for a root,
Watched for a waxing shoot,
But there came none;
It never saw the sun,
It never felt the trickling moisture run:
While with sunk eyes and faded mouth
She dreamed of melons, as a traveller sees
False waves in desert drouth
With shade of leaf-crowned trees,
And burns the thirstier in the sandful breeze.

 

She no more swept the house,
Tended the fowls or cows,
Fetched honey, kneaded cakes of wheat,
Brought water from the brook:
But sat down listless in the chimney-nook
And would not eat.

 

Tender Lizzie could not bear
To watch her sister's cankerous care,
Yet not to share.
She night and morning
Caught the goblins' cry:
"Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy."
Beside the brook, along the glen
She heard the tramp of goblin men,
The voice and stir
Poor Laura could not hear;
Longed to buy fruit to comfort her,
But feared to pay too dear,

She thought of Jeanie in her grave,
Who should have been a bride;
But who for joys brides hope to have
Fell sick and died
In her gay prime,
In earliest winter-time,
With the first glazing rime,
With the first snow-fall of crisp Winter-time.

 

魔哥超市

 

【英】克·吉·罗塞蒂

 

一天天,一夜夜,
萝拉徒然地守望,
默默忍受着极端的愁苦。
她不再听见魔哥的叫唤:
来买吧,快来买;”——
她再没窥察到魔哥们,
沿着峡谷兜售水果的身影:
但当正午日光越来越强,
她的头发变得稀疏而灰暗;
她消瘦了,仿佛那皎洁的圆月,

迅速地转盈为亏,

燃尽了她的光辉。

一天,她记起了那枚果核,
她把它埋在一堵朝南的墙边;
用泪珠滴湿它,希望它生根。
惟愿能渐渐长出嫩苗,
但是什么也没有;
那果核至今还没见过天日,

也感觉不到潮湿的泪珠坠滴:
虽然她双眼凹陷,嘴巴褪色,

仍梦想着甜香瓜,就像旅行者,
看到沙漠里虚幻的水波,
还有枝叶茂密的林荫,
于是在风沙中更加饥渴难忍。

 
她不再打扫屋子,
不再喂鸡鸭和母牛,
不再去拿蜂蜜做烤饼,
也不再去小溪中汲水:
只是坐在烟囱背后没精打采,
而且什么也不想吃。

 
莉姐心地善良,不忍心
眼看妹妹陷入致命的烦恼,
而不去分担忧愁。

每逢夜晚和凌晨,
她都听见了魔哥的叫卖声:
来买我们果园的水果,
来买吧,快来买:”——
在小溪旁,沿着峡谷,
她听到魔哥们的脚步,
那说话声和吵闹声,
可怜的萝拉都听不见;
莉姐多想买来水果安慰她,
却害怕付出的代价太大。
她想起坟墓里的珍妮,
本应该做了新娘;
但那渴望成为幸福新娘的人,
却在她快乐的青春时期,

病倒了,直至虚弱死亡,
在初冬的日子里,
蒙盖上第一场清冷白霜,
遭受了寒冬的第一场降雪。

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