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美文故事: 只要不惧怕狂风暴雨 紫罗兰也能成为玫瑰

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The Ambitious Violet

紫罗兰的雄心壮志

There was a beautiful and fragrant violet, who lived peacefully with her friends, and swayed happily amidst the other flowers in a garden. One morning, she saw a tall and handsome rose standing proudly and reaching high into space, like a burning torch upon an emerald lamp.

花园中有一株美丽芬芳的紫罗兰,跟伙伴们和睦地生活在一起,在百花丛中怡然自得地摇来摆去。一天早上,她看见一株高挑、冷艳的玫瑰傲然挺立,直指天际,恰似翠绿色的灯台上一簇燃烧的火焰。

The violet opened her blue lips and said, "What an unfortunate am I among these flowers, and how humble is the position I occupy in their presence! Nature has made me to be short and poor. I live very close to the earth and I cannot raise my head toward the blue sky, or turn my face to the sun, as the roses do."

紫罗兰张开她蓝色的小嘴说:“在这些花中间,我多么不幸呀,在她们面前,我的地位多卑微呀!造化弄人,令我生得矮小可怜。我矮得都快贴到地上去了,没法像玫瑰那样抬头贴近蓝天,直面太阳。”

The rose heard her words, laughed and said, "How strange is your talk! You are fortunate, and yet you cannot understand your fortune. Nature has bestowed upon you fragrance and beauty which she did not grant to any other. Cast aside your thoughts and be contented, and remember that he who humbles himself will be exalted , and he who exalts himself will be crushed."

玫瑰听了紫罗兰的这番话,笑道:“你这话说得真是莫名其妙!你很幸运,却身在福中不知福。大自然赐予了你芳香和美貌,别的花儿可没有这个福分呀。别胡思乱想了,你就知足吧。记住:为人谦 逊,方可德高望重;自吹自捧,终将身败名裂。”

The violet answered, "You are consoling me because you have what I crave . You seek to embitter me with the meaning that you are great. How painful is the preaching of the fortunate to the heart of the miserable! And how severe is the strong when he stands as advisor among the weak!"

紫罗兰答道:“你这是在安慰我,因为我渴望的东西你都有了。你无非是想要表现出你的伟大,令我更加难受。幸运儿对倒霉蛋侃侃而谈讲大道理,多么令人痛心啊!强者在弱者面前指手画脚,多么严厉苛刻啊!”

Nature heard their conversation. She approached and said, "What has happened to you, my daughter violet? You have been humble and sweet in all your deeds and words. Has greed entered your heart and numbed your senses?" In a pleading voice, the violet answered her, saying, "Oh great and merciful mother, full of love and sympathy, I beg you, with all my heart and soul, to grant my request and allow me to be a rose for one day."

大自然听到了她俩的对话,走过来说:“紫罗兰,我的女儿,你怎么了?你说话做事可是一向温文尔雅、言辞恭谦的呀。莫非是贪婪作祟,麻木了你的神智?”紫罗兰央求道:“哦,伟大而慈悲的母亲, 充满爱心和同情心的母亲,我求您,真心诚意地恳求您,求您答应我的请求,就让我当一天玫瑰吧。”

Nature responded, "You know not what you are seeking; you are unaware of the hidden disaster behind your blind ambition." But the violet insisted. In the end, Nature granted the violet's request and turned her into a tall rose.

大自然回答说:“我的孩子,你不清楚自己在追求什么;你不了解你盲目的野心背后隐藏的灾难呀。”但紫罗兰还是一直坚持。末了,大自然应允了紫罗兰的请求,将她变成了一株高挑的玫瑰。

At eventide the sky became thick with black clouds, sending forth a great rain and strong winds. The storm tore the branches and uprooted the plants and broke the stems of the tall flowers, sparing only the little ones who grew close to the earth. When the storm calmed and the sky cleared, none of the flowers had escaped the wrath of Nature except the group of small violets, hiding by the wall of the garden.

日暮时分,乌云低垂,狂风乍起,大雨瓢泼。暴风雨刮断了树枝,将植物连根拔起,将那些高挑的花草拦腰折断,只有那些紧贴地面生长的小花小草得以幸免。待风停雨歇,天空放晴,除了那些躲在院墙下的矮小的紫罗兰外,所有花草在大自然发怒时无一幸免。

Having lifted her head and viewed the tragedy of the flowers and trees, one of the small violets smiled happily and called to her companions, saying, "See what the storm has done to the haughty flowers!" Another violet said, "We are small, and live close to the earth, but we are safe from the wrath of the skies."

一株矮小的紫罗兰抬头目睹了这些花草树木惨不忍睹的遭遇,幸灾乐祸地笑了,还大呼小叫召唤自己的同伴说:“看呐,看暴风雨把那些傲慢的花儿都整成什么样了!”另一株紫罗兰说:“我们是很矮小,矮得都快贴在地上了,但天公发怒时,我们却能安然无恙。”

At that moment the queen of violets saw by her side the converted violet, hurled to earth by the storm and distorted upon the wet grass like a limp soldier in a battlefield. The queen of the violets lifted her head and called to her family, saying, "Look, my daughters, and meditate upon that which greed has done to the violet who became a proud rose for one hour. Let the memory of this scene be a reminder of your good fortune."

这时,紫罗兰王后看了看身边那株变成了玫瑰的紫罗兰。暴风雨将她掀翻在地,她已经严重变形,躺在湿漉漉的草地上,就像战场上的一名残兵。紫罗兰王后抬起头招呼自己的“族人”说:“瞧瞧,女儿们,想一想贪心给这株做了一小时骄傲玫瑰的紫罗兰带来了什么下 场。希望大家记住今天的这一幕,并引以为戒。”

The dying rose moved, gathered her last strength, and quietly said,"You content and meek fools, I have never feared the storm. Yesterday I, too, was satisfied and contented with life. I could have lived the same life you are living now by clinging with fear to the earth. I could have waited for winter to shroud me with snow and deliver me to Death. I am happy now because I have probed outside my little world into the mystery of the Universe - something which you have not yet done. I could have overlooked greed, but as I listened to the silence of the night, I heard the heavenly world talking to this earthly world, saying, 'Ambition beyond existence is the essential purpose of our being.' At that moment my spirit revolted and my heart longed for a position higher than my limited existence. I realized that the abyss cannot hear the song of the stars, and at that moment I started fighting against my smallness and craving for that which did not belong to me, until my rebelliousness turned into a great power, and my longing into a creating will - Nature granted my request and changed me into a rose."

那奄奄一息的玫瑰动弹了一下,攒起最后一点力气,平静地说:“你们这些知足安分的傻瓜,我从来就不惧怕狂风暴雨。昨天,我对生活也很心满意足。我本可以像你们现在这样,战战兢兢地贴在地上生活,本可以等待寒冬来以白雪裹我尸,再把我打发到死神那里去。但此时此刻,我很快乐,因为我已经迈出了自己小小的天地,触碰到了宇宙的奥秘,这是你们不曾做到的。我本可以不为贪心所动, 可是,在万籁俱静的夜晚,我侧耳细听,听见上天对尘世说:‘心怀鸿鹄之志,方可不枉活一世。’就在那一刻,我的灵魂奋起反抗了, 我的心开始渴求一个超出我有限生存空间的更高天地。我意识到:身处深渊是听不到繁星歌唱的。就在那一刻,我开始跟自己的渺小过不去,开始追求那些本不属于我的东西,直到我的叛逆化作一股巨大的力量,我的渴望化作一个脱胎换骨的愿望——大自然答应了我的请 求,将我变成了玫瑰。”

The rose became silent for a moment, and in a weakening voice,mingled with pride and achievement, she said, "I have lived one hour as a proud rose; I have looked at the Universe from behind the eyes of the rose; I have heard the whisper of the sky through the ears of the rose and touched the folds of Light's garment with rose petals . Is there any here who can claim such honor?" Having this spoken, she lowered her head, and with a choking voice she gasped, "I shall die now, for my soul has achieved its goal. I have finally extended my knowledge to a world beyond the narrow cavern of my birth. This is the design of life. This is the secret of existence." Then the rose quivered, slowly folded her petals, and breathed her last with a heavenly smile upon her lips - a smile of fulfillment of hope and purpose in life - a smile of victory.

她沉默了片刻,接着,她用越来越微弱却充满了自豪和成就感的声音说道:“我作为一株骄傲的玫瑰活过一个小时:以玫瑰的视角放眼过苍穹,借玫瑰的耳朵聆听过天空的低语,用玫瑰的花瓣触摸过阳光的衣褶。你们当中有谁拥有过这样的荣耀吗?”说完,她垂下头,接着又气喘吁吁地哽咽道:“现在我将死而无憾了,因为我的灵魂已经达到了它的目标。我终于让自己的见识超越了我出生的那片狭小天地。这就是生活的目的,这就是存在的奥秘。”然后玫瑰身子一颤,慢慢合上了花瓣,咽下了最后一口气。但她的嘴角上挂着神圣的微笑,这是实现了人生的愿望和目标后的微笑——胜利的微笑。

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