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Zhu Ziqing's Essay-匆匆

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ID: 2935 Advanced
  这一课,跟着我们来读中国近代最重要的散文家朱自清的文章,看他从生活的细微处描写时光的流逝,把“时间就是生命”这个仿佛很深奥、很哲学的概念透过人们熟悉的事物表达出来。 Photo by Thiago A.
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燕子 yànzi swallow
杨柳 yángliǔ willow tree
桃花 táohuā peach blossom
复返 fùfǎn to return
《匆匆》朱自清
《 con1con1 》Zhū Zìqīng
Fleeting Moments
燕子去了,有再来的时候;杨柳枯了,有再青的时候;桃花谢了,有再开的时候。但是,聪明的,你告诉我,我们的日子为什么一去不复返呢?——是有人偷了他们罢,那是谁?又藏在何处呢?是他们自己逃走了罢——如今又到了哪里呢?
yànzi qù le ,yǒu zài lái de shíhou ;yángliǔ kū le ,yǒu zài qīng de shíhou ;táohuā xiè le ,yǒu zài kāi de shíhou 。dànshì ,cōngming de ,nǐ gàosu wǒ ,wǒmen de rìzi wèishénme never to return ne ?——shì yǒurén tōu le tāmen ba ,nà shì shéi ?yòu cáng zài hé chù ne ?shì tāmen zìjǐ táozǒu le ba ——rújīn yòu dào le nǎli ne ?
If swallows go away, they will come back again. If willows wither, they will turn green again. If peach blossoms fade, they will flower again. But, tell me, you the wise, why should our days go by never to return? Perhaps they have been stolen by someone. But who could it be and where could he hide them? Perhaps they have just run away by themselves. But where could they be at the present moment?
我不知道他们给了我多少日子,但我的手确乎是渐渐空虚了。在默默里算着,八千多日子已经从我手中溜去,像针尖上一滴水滴在大海里,我的日子滴在时间的流里,没有声音,也没有影子。我不禁汗涔涔而泪潸潸了。
wǒ bù zhīdào tāmen gěi le wǒ duōshao rìzi ,dàn wǒ de shǒu quèhū shì jiànjiàn kōngxū le 。zài mòmò lǐ suàn zhe ,bā qiān duō rìzi yǐjīng cóng wǒ shǒuzhōng liū qù ,xiàng zhēnjiān shàng yī dī shuǐ dī zài Dàhǎi lǐ ,wǒ de rìzi dī zài shíjiān de liú lǐ ,méiyǒu shēngyīn ,yěméiyǒu yǐngzi 。wǒ bùjīn hàncéncén ér lèishānshān le 。
I don't know how many days I am entitled to altogether, but my quota of them is undoubtedly wearing away. Counting up silently, I find that more than 8,000 days have already slipped away through my fingers. Like a drop of water falling off a needle point into the ocean, my days are quietly dripping into the stream of time without leaving a trace. At the thought of this, sweat oozes from my forehead and tears trickle down my cheeks.
去的尽管去了,来的尽管来着;去来的中间,又怎样地匆匆呢?早上我起来的时候,小屋里射进两三方斜斜的太阳。太阳他有脚啊,轻轻悄悄地挪移了;我也茫茫然跟着旋转。于是——洗手的时候,日子从水盆里过去;吃饭的时候,日子从饭碗里过去;默默时,便从凝然的双眼前过去。
qù de jǐnguǎn qù le ,lái de jǐnguǎn láizhe ;qù lái de zhōngjiān ,yòu zěnyàng de cōngcōng ne ?zǎoshang wǒ qǐlái de shíhou ,xiǎowū lǐ shè jìn liǎng sān fāng xiéxiéde tàiyáng 。tàiyáng tā yǒu jiǎo ā ,qīngqīng qiāoqiāo de nuóyí le ;wǒ yě mángmángrán gēn zhe xuánzhuǎn 。yúshì ——xǐshǒu de shíhou ,rìzi cóng shuǐ pén lǐ guòqù ;chīfàn de shíhou ,rìzi cóng fànwǎn lǐ guòqù ;mòmò shí ,biàn cóng níngrán de shuāngyǎn qián guòqù 。
What is gone is gone, what is to come keeps coming. How swift is the transition in between! When I get up in the morning, the slanting sun casts two or three squarish patches of light into my small room. The sun has feet too, edging away softly and stealthily. And, without knowing it, I am already caught in its revolution .Thus the day flows away through the sink when I wash my hands; vanishes in the rice bowl when I have my meal; passes away quietly before the fixed gaze of my eyes when I am lost in reverie
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