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经典英语童话故事:海的女儿(双语)

作者: 文学驿站 发布时间: 2020年03月26日 12:26:50

She knew this was the last evening she should ever see the prince, for whom she had forsaken her kindred and her home; she had given up her beautiful voice, and suffered unheard-of pain daily for him, while he knew nothing of it. This was the last evening that she would breathe the same air with him, or gaze on the starry sky and the deep sea; an eternal night, without a thought or a dream, awaited her: she had no soul and now she could never win one. All was joy and gayety on board ship till long after midnight; she laughed and danced with the rest, while the thoughts of death were in her heart. The prince kissed his beautiful bride, while she played with his raven hair, till they went arm-in-arm to rest in the splendid tent.

  她知道这是她看到他的最后一晚——为了他,她离开了她的族人和家庭,她交出了她美丽的声音,她每天忍受着没有止境的苦痛,然而他却一点儿也不知道。这是她能和他在一起呼吸同样空气的最后一晚,这是她能看到深沉的海和布满了星星的天空的最后一晚。同时一个没有思想和梦境的永恒的夜在等待着她——没有灵魂、而且也得不到一个灵魂的她。一直到半夜过后,船上的一切还是欢乐和愉快的。她笑着,舞着,但是她心中怀着死的思想。王子吻着自己的美丽的新娘:新娘抚弄着他的乌亮的头发。他们手搀着手到那华丽的帐篷里去休息。

  Then all became still on board the ship; the helmsman, alone awake, stood at the helm. The little mermaid leaned her white arms on the edge of the vessel, and looked towards the east for the first blush of morning, for that first ray of dawn that would bring her death. She saw her sisters rising out of the flood: they were as pale as herself; but their long beautiful hair waved no more in the wind, and had been cut off.

  船上现在是很安静的了。只有舵手站在舵旁。小人鱼把她洁白的手臂倚在舷墙上,向东方凝望,等待着晨曦的出现——她知道,头一道太阳光就会叫她灭亡,她看到她的姐姐们从波涛中涌现出来了。她们是像她自己一样地苍白。她们美丽的长头发已经不在风中飘荡了——因为它已经被剪掉了。

  "We have given our hair to the witch," said they, "to obtain help for you, that you may not die to-night. She has given us a knife: here it is, see it is very sharp. Before the sun rises you must plunge it into the heart of the prince; when the warm blood falls upon your feet they will grow together again, and form into a fish"s tail, and you will be once more a mermaid, and return to us to live out your three hundred years before you die and change into the salt sea foam. Haste, then; he or you must die before sunrise. Our old grandmother moans so for you, that her white hair is falling off from sorrow, as ours fell under the witch"s scissors. Kill the prince and come back; hasten: do you not see the first red streaks in the sky? In a few minutes the sun will rise, and you must die."

  “我们已经把头发交给了那个巫婆,希望她能帮助你,使你今后不至于灭亡。她给了我们一把刀子。拿去吧,你看,它是多么快!在太阳没有出来以前,你得把它插进那个王子的心里去。当他的热血流到你脚上上时,你的双脚将会又联到一起,成为一条鱼尾,那么你就可以恢复人鱼的原形,你就可以回到我们这儿的水里来;这样,在你没有变成无生命的咸水泡沫以前,你仍旧可以活过你三百年的岁月。快动手!在太阳没有出来以前,不是他死,就是你死了!我们的老祖母悲恸得连她的白发都落光了,正如我们的头发在巫婆的剪刀下落掉一样。刺死那个王子,赶快回来吧!快动手呀!你没有看到天上的红光吗,几分钟以后,太阳就出来了,那时你就必然灭亡!”

  And then they sighed deeply and mournfully, and sank down beneath the waves.

  她们发出一个奇怪的、深沉的叹息声,于是她们便沉入浪祷里去了。

  The little mermaid drew back the crimson curtain of the tent, and beheld the fair bride with her head resting on the prince"s breast. She bent down and kissed his fair brow, then looked at the sky on which the rosy dawn grew brighter and brighter; then she glanced at the sharp knife, and again fixed her eyes on the prince, who whispered the name of his bride in his dreams. She was in his thoughts, and the knife trembled in the hand of the little mermaid: then she flung it far away from her into the waves; the water turned red where it fell, and the drops that spurted up looked like blood. She cast one more lingering, half-fainting glance at the prince, and then threw herself from the ship into the sea, and thought her body was dissolving into foam.

  小人鱼把那帐篷上紫色的帘子掀开,看到那位美丽的新娘把头枕在王子的怀里睡着了。她弯下腰,在王子清秀的眉毛上亲了一吻,于是他向天空凝视——朝霞渐渐地变得更亮了。她向尖刀看了一跟,接着又把眼睛掉向这个王子;他正在梦中喃喃地念着他的新嫁娘的名字。他思想中只有她存在。刀子在小人鱼的手里发抖。但是正在这时候,她把这刀子远远地向浪花里扔去。万子沉下的地方,浪花就发出一道红光,好像有许多血滴溅出了水面。她再一次把她迷糊的视线投向这王子,然后她就从船上跳到海里,她觉得她的身躯在融化成为泡沫。

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