海伦凯勒自传《我的生活》:第101期

发表时间:2017-09-02内容来源:VOA英语学习网

I lose my temper and find it again and keep it better, I trudge on, I gain a little, I feel encouraged, I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory. One more effort and I reach the luminous cloud, the blue depths of the sky, the uplands of my desire. I am not always alone, however, in these struggles. Mr. William Wade and Mr. E. E. Allen, Principal of the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind, get for me many of the books I need in raised print. Their thoughtfulness has been more of a help and encouragement to me than they can ever know.

我每发一次脾气,就能更好地学会控制自己的情绪。我步履蹒跚,长途跋涉,只为了取得那一点点的收获。我备受世人的鼓励,我满怀期盼越爬越高,宽广的地平线已经浮现在我的眼前。每一次的抗争都意味着一次胜利。艰苦的努力使我触摸到了辉煌的云海,湛蓝的天空,以及愿望的高地。而且,我并不总是凭借一己之力独自奋争的。宾夕法尼亚盲人教育学院的院长威廉·韦德先生和艾伦先生为我提供了很多凸版印刷的(盲文)书籍。他们细致周到的服务给予了我莫大的帮助,他们对我的鞭策弥足珍贵,已远远超越了常人的想象。

Last year, my second year at Radcliffe, I studied English composition, the Bible as English composition, the governments of America and Europe, the Odes of Horace, and Latin comedy. The class in composition was the pleasantest. It was very lively. The lectures were always interesting, vivacious, witty; for the instructor, Mr. Charles Townsend Copeland, more than any one else I have had until this year, brings before you literature in all its original freshness and power. For one short hour you are permitted to drink in the eternal beauty of the old masters without needless interpretation or exposition. You revel in their fine thoughts. You enjoy with all your soul the sweet thunder of the Old Testament, forgetting the existence of Jahweh and Elohim;

去年,也就是我在拉德克利夫学院的第二年,我主修的科目有英文写作,《圣经》文学,美国和欧洲政体,贺拉斯颂诗,及拉丁文喜剧。最有趣,课堂气氛最活跃的是写作课。查尔斯·唐森·科普兰先生的写作课总是充满了妙趣横生、诙谐而睿智的语言,就那个学期而言,我觉得他比其他任何老师教得都好。他让你领略到的是最纯粹和最具震撼力的文学。在短短一个小时中,你可以尽情赏析前辈大师们的永恒魅力,你听不到多余的解释和说明,一切都让作品本身说话。由此,你会沉醉在他们那深邃的思想之中;你会全身心地陶醉于《旧约》那黄钟大吕般的雷声之中,乃至于忽略了耶和华上帝的存在;

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