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 There is a hill near my home that I often climb at night. The noise of the city is a far-off murmur. In the hush of dark I share the cheerfulness of crickets and the confidence of owls. But it is the drama of the moonrise that I come to see. For that restores in me a quiet and clarity that the city spends too freely.

    有一座小山就座落在家的附近,我常常会在夜间去爬山。到了山上,城市里的嘈杂就会变成远方的低语。在安静的黑夜里,我能够感觉到蟋蟀的欢乐和猫头鹰的自信。不过看月出才是我爬山的目的,重新找回在城市中轻易就迷失的那份宁静与纯真。

    From this hill I have watched many moonsrises. Each one had its own mood. There have been broad,confident harvest moons in autumn;shy, misty moons in spring;lonely, winter moons rising into the utter silence of an ink-black sky and smoke-smudged orange moons over the dry fields of summer. Each,like fine music, excited my heart and then calmed my soul.

    在小山上,我看过很多次月出。每次月出都是风情万种,不尽相同。秋日里,圆圆的月亮袒露出丰收的自信;春风中,月亮灰蒙蒙地表达着羞涩;冬日里,冰轮般的月亮孤独地悬在漆黑的空中;夏日中,橘黄色的月亮朦朦胧胧地俯瞰着干燥的田野。每一种月亮都似精美的音乐,感动我的心灵,抚慰我的灵魂。

    Moon gazing is an ancient art. To prehistoric hunters the moon overhead was as unerring as heartbeat. They knew that every 29 days it becomes full-bellied and brilliant, then sickened and died,and then was reborn. They knew the waxing moon appeared larger and higher overhead after each succeeding sunset. They knew the waning moon rose later each night until it vanished in the sunrise. To have understood the moon's patterns from experience must have been a profound thing.

    很久以前,人们就喜欢赏月。远古时代的猎人,对空中月亮的了解如同知晓自己心跳一样,丝毫不差。他们熟悉29天中的每个月亮,月亮会由明亮饱满变得萎缩,直至消失,然后再次复活;他们知道,月盈期间,每经日落,头顶的月亮就会显得更高更大;他们还知道,月亏期间,月出一日更比一日迟,直到有一天太阳升起时仍不见月亮的踪迹。古人能根据经验知道月亮的行踪变化,真是造诣颇深的事情。

      But we,who live indoors,have lost contact with the moon. The glare of street lights and the dust of pollution veil the night sky. Though men have walked on the moon,it grows less familiar. Few of us can say when the moon will rise tonight.

    但生活在室内的我们,已经失去了和月亮的联系。城市耀眼的街灯、污染的烟尘遮蔽了原本晴朗的夜空。人类虽已在月亮上迈出了第一步,反而对月亮变得更加陌生。没有几人能说得出今晚月亮何时升起。

    Still, it tugs at our minds. If we unexpectedly encounter the full moon,huge and yellow over the horizon,we are helpless but to stare back at its commanding presence. And the moon has gifts to bestow upon those who watch.

    但无论如何,月亮仍然牵挂着我们的心。如果不经意间看到刚刚升起的、大大的、黄澄澄的满月,谁都会情不自禁地停下来,一睹她高贵的姿容。而月亮也会赐予观看她的人礼物。

    I learned about its gifts one July evening in the mountains. My car had mysteriously stalled, and I was stranded and alone. The sun had set, and I was watching what seemed to be the bright-orange glow of a forest fire beyond a ridge to the east. Suddenly, the ridge itself seemed to burst into flame. Then,the rising moon,huge and red and grotesquely mishappen by the dust and sweat of the summer atmosphere, loomed up out of the woods.

    在山间七月的一个夜晚,我得到她的礼物。车子莫名其妙地熄了火,我束手无策一个人困在山中。太阳已经落山了,我看到东边山头闪出一团橘红色的光线,好像森林着火一样。刹那间,山头也被火焰吞噬。过了一会儿,月亮突然从密林中探出大大的涨红的脸,夏日空气中弥漫的尘雾与汗气,使月亮显得有些荒谬的变形。

    Distorted thus by the hot breath of earth, the moon seemed ill-tempered and imperfect. Dogs at nearby farmhouses barked nervously, as if this strange light had wakened evil spirits in the weeds.

    大地灼热的呼吸曲解了它,月亮变得格外暴躁,不再完美。不远处农舍里的狗紧张地乱叫起来,好像这奇怪的光亮唤醒了野草中的魔鬼。

    But as the moon lifted off the ridge it gathered firmness and authority. It's complexion changed from red, to orange, to gold,to impassive yellow. It seemed to draw light ouf of the darkening earth, for as it rose, the hills and valleys below grew dimmer.By the time the moon stood clear of the horizon,full chested and round and the color of ivory, the valleys were deep shadows in the landscape. The dogs, reassured that this was the familiar moon,stopped barking. And all at once I felt a confidence and joy close to laughter.

    然而,随着月亮慢慢爬上山头,它聚合了全身的坚定与威严;它的面孔也从红变成了橘黄,又变成金色,最后成为淡淡的黄。月亮不断地上升,下面的丘陵山谷逐渐暗淡朦胧,好像大地的光亮让月亮渐渐吸走了似的。待到皓月当空,圆圆的月亮洒下象牙般乳白的清辉,下面的山谷在这样的风景里,形成了一片片幽深的阴影。这时,那些乱叫的狗才打消了疑虑—原来那团光是它们熟悉的月亮—停止了吠叫。在那一刻,我忽然也觉得信心十足,心情欢畅,禁不住笑了起来。

    The drama took an hour. A Moonrise is slow and serried with subtleties. To watch it, we must slip into an older, more patient sense of time. To watch the moon move inexorably higher is to find an unusual stillness within ourselves. Our imaginations become aware of the vast distances of space, the immensity of the earth and huge improbability of our own existence. We feel small but privileged.

    整整一个小时,我都沉浸在这奇美的景观里。月出是缓缓的,而又充满惊喜的。想要欣赏月出,我们得退回到过去的时代,带着一种对时间有耐心的心态去欣赏。看着月亮毫无顾忌地不断攀升能使我们找到内心少有的宁静。我们的想象力能让我们感到宇宙的广阔和大地的无限,忘却自己的存在,感觉自我的渺小,却又深感自己的独特。

    Moonlight shows us none of life's harder edges. Hillsides seem silken and silvery, the oceans still and blue in its light.In moonlight we become less calculating,more drawn to our feelings.

    月光从不向我们展示生活的艰辛。山坡好像让银色月光披上了柔和的轻纱。在月光的照耀下,海水显得碧蓝而静谧。沉浸在月光中,我们不再像白天那般精于算计,而是交融在自然的情感之中。

    And odd things happen in such moments. On that July night,I watched the moon for an hour or two, and then got back into the car, turned the key in the ignition and heard the engine start,just as mysteriously as it had stalled a few hours earlier. I drove down from the mountains with the moon on my shoulder and peace in my heart.

    正当我陶醉于月色之美时,奇妙的事情发生了。就是在七月的那个夜晚,我看了一两个小时的月景后,当我回到车里,再次转动钥匙发动汽车时,发动机出人意料地响了起来,和几个小时前熄火时一样蹊跷而神秘。我开着车沿着山路回家,月光洒在肩上,心中满是平静。

    I return often to the rising moon. I am drawn especially when events crowd ease and clarity of vision into a small corner of my life. This happens often in the fall. Then I go to my hill and await the hunter's moon, enormous and gold over the horizon,filling,the night with vision.

    从那以后,我常常会到山上看月出。当麻烦不断,尤其是在秋季感到身心疲惫、头晕眼花时,我就会爬上那座小山。我等着猎人之月的出现,等着金色丰盈的月亮俯照大地,给黑夜带来光明。

    An owl swoops from the ridge top, noiseless but bright as flame. A cricket shrills in the grass. I think of poets and musicians.Of Beethoven's“Moonlight Sonata“and of Shakespeare,whose Lorenzo declaims in The Merchant of Venice,”How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! /Here will we sit and let the sounds of music/Creep in our ears." I wonder if their verse and music, like the music of crickets, are in some way voices of the moon. With such thoughts, my citified confusions melt into the quiet of the night.

    一只猫头鹰静悄悄从山头俯冲而下,却在月色下如火光闪过。一只蟋蟀在草丛中尖声歌唱。我不由想起了诗人和音乐家,想起了贝多芬的《月光奏鸣曲》和莎士比亚笔下的《威尼斯商人》。如同《威尼斯商人》中洛伦左的话:“月光沉睡在这岸边多么迷人!/我们要坐在这里让音乐之声/潜入我们的耳内。”我不清楚他们的诗篇与音乐是否与蟋蟀的歌声相似,是否可以在某种程度上算作是月的声音。想到这些,城市生活带给我的混乱心绪,便在夜的宁静中消失了。

    Lovers and poets find deeper meaning at night. We are all apt to pose deeper questions-about our origins and destinies. We indulge in riddles, rather than in the impersonal geometries that govern the daylight world. We become philosophers and mystics.

    恋人和诗人在夜里能寻找到更深奥的生活意义。其实我们都爱问一些深奥的问题—关于我们的祖先,我们的命运。我们只想纵容这些永远找不到答案的谜团,而不喜欢那些主导着白天世界的没有情感的几何教科书。在夜里,我们都懂得了哲理和神秘。

    At moonrise, as we slow our minds to the pace of the heavens, enchantment steals over us. We open the vents of feeling and exercise parts of our minds that reason locks away by day. We hear, across the distances, murmurs of ancient hunters and see a new the visions of poets and lovers of long ago.

    当月亮升起之时,我们放缓思想,让它追随天堂的脚步。不经意间,一种魔力就会遍布全身。我们会敞开情感之门,让白天被理智束缚的那部分思绪自由奔涌。我们能跨越遥远的时空,听见远古猎人的细语,看到久远时代恋人与诗人眼中的世界。


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