海滨古城
An Old Town By The Sea

  • 作   者:

    托马斯·贝利·奥尔德里奇
    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  • 出版社:

    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

  • 语   言:

    英文

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O River! flowing to the main Through woods, and fields of corn, Hear thou my longing and my pain This sunny birthday morn;

And take this song which fancy shapes To music like thine own, And sing it to the cliffs and capes And crags where I am known!

作者对自己出生的地方的描述。这座相对起来比较古老的小镇位于新罕布什尔州,讲述了这个小镇自19世纪80年代开始发展的故事,通过作者的描述,可以对当地的人文状况,时代背景以及历史事件有一个大致的了解。

Thou singest by the gleaming isles, By woods, and fields of corn, Thou singest, and the sunlight smiles Upon my birthday morn.

But I within a city, I, So full of vague unrest, Would almost give my life to lie An hour upon upon thy breast.

To let the wherry listless go, And, wrapt in dreamy joy, Dip, and surge idly to and fro, Like the red harbor-buoy;

To sit in happy indolence, To rest upon the oars, And catch the heavy earthy scents That blow from summer shores;

To see the rounded sun go down, And with its parting fires Light up the windows of the town And burn the tapering spires;

And then to hear the muffled tolls From steeples slim and white, And watch, among the Isles of Shoals, The Beacon's orange light.

托马斯·贝利·奥尔德里奇(1836-1907),美国著名作家,被称为“美国小说之父”。他与美国大作家马克·吐温是同时代人。他的《一个坏男孩的故事》曾被马克·吐温视为《汤姆·索亚历险记》的部分灵感来源。

Thomas Bailey Aldrich(1836–1907) was an American poet, novelist, travel writer and editor whose use of the surprise ending influenced the development of the short story.

I CALL it an old town, but it is only relatively old. When one reflects on the countless centuries that have gone to the for-mation of this crust of earth on which we temporarily move, the most ancient cities on its surface seem merely things of the week before last. It was only the other day, then—that is to say, in the month of June, 1603—that one Martin Pring, in the ship Speedwell, an enormous ship of nearly fifty tons burden, from Bristol, England, sailed up the Piscataqua River. The Speedwell, numbering thirty men, officers and crew, had for consort the Discoverer, of twenty-six tons and thirteen men. After following the windings of "the brave river" for twelve miles or more, the two vessels turned back and put to sea again, having failed in the chief object of the expedition, which was to obtain a cargo of the medicinal sassafras-tree, from the bark of which, as well known to our ancestors, could be distilled the Elixir of Life.

    1. CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH
  • II. ALONG THE WATER SIDE

  • III. A STROLL ABOUT TOWN

  • IV. A STROLL ABOUT TOWN (continued)

    1. OLD STRAWBERRY BANK
  • VI. SOME OLD PORTSMOUTH PROFILES

  • VII. PERSONAL REMINISCENCES

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