诗歌-Edmund Spenser

时间:2022-1-1 作者:英语批改网

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away;
Agayne I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tyde, and made my paynes his pray.
“Vayne man,”, said she, “that does in vain assay,”
A mortal thing so to immortalize.
For I my selve shall lyke to this decay,
And eek my name bee wiped out lykewize.”
“Not I”, quod I, “let bader thigs devize,”
To dy in dust, but you shall live by fame;
My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens wryte your glorious name.
Where whenas death shall all the word subdew,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.

· 注释

1. strand: beach
2. Agayne: again
3. Made my paynes his pray: 使我的心血和努力白费。Pray: preytyde: tide
4. That doest in vaine assay: That does attempt in vain. 作徒劳无功的努力。 Doest=doesassay: attempt
5. For my selve shal lyke to this decay: 由于我一个人也要经历这一腐朽,败落的过程。My selve: myself lyke: like
6. eek: also
7. likewise: likewise 同样的
8. quod: quoth=said
9. devise: contrive 图谋
10. my verse your virtues rare shall eternize = my verse shall eternize your rare virtues: 我的诗歌将使你罕见的美德永恒
11. wryte: write
12. death shall all the world subsew = death shall subdew all the world. Subdew: subdue 使屈服,征服

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