The Nightingale and the Rose 夜莺与玫瑰

Oscar Wilde

1 "She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses," cried the young Student;

"but in all my garden there is no red rose."


2 From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and she looked out through

the leaves, and wondered.


3 "No red rose in all my garden!" he cried, and his beautiful eyes filled with tears. "Ah, on

what little things does happiness depend! I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet 年轻人继续叹道:“独独少了那么一朵红玫瑰!”泪水此刻充盈他双眼,“告诉我,所谓幸福,究竟是什么!读懂了孔孟之道,探讨过生与死的奥秘又如何?就是独独少了那么一朵红玫瑰,我的人生完全是悲哀的!”

4 "Here at last is a true lover," said the Nightingale. "Night after night have I sung of him,

though I knew him not: night after night have I told his story to the stars, and now I see him. His hair is dark as the hyacinth-blossom, and his lips are red as the rose of his desire; but passion has made his face like pale ivory, and sorrow has set her seal upon his brow." “真正懂得去爱的人,看来我终于找到了,”夜莺自语,“为了找到明白爱之真缔的人,我夜夜高唱。就算我不知道去哪里寻,我还是为他高唱。每一晚每一晚,与星星对话,编造真爱的故事,为的是找到一个真正懂爱的人。现在,他就在这里。啊,乌黑的发丝,风信子一般的;啊,红润的嘴唇,红玫瑰一般的。然而看啊,他内心的炽热反倒让他的脸苍白无血色;他的忧伤感觉更使他眉梢紧锁。”

5 "The Prince gives a ball tomorrow night," murmured the young Student, "and my love will

be of the company. If I bring her a red rose she will dance with me till dawn. If I bring her a red rose, I shall hold her in my arms, and she will lean her head upon my shoulder, and her hand will be clasped in mine. But there is no red rose in my garden, so I shall sit lonely, and she will pass me by. She will have no heed of me, and my heart will break."



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