ODE: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY FROM RECOLLECTIONS
OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

原文與注釋(Text and Annotation): VIII

8. (Summary)
Thou, whose exterior semblance doth belie
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        Thy soul's immensity;
Thou best philosopher, who yet dost keep  
Thy heritage, thou Eye among the blind,
That, deaf and silent, read'st the eternal deep,
Haunted for ever by the eternal mind,
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        Mighty Prophet! Seer blest!
        On whom those truths do rest,
Which we are toiling all our lives to find,
In darkness lost, the darkness of the grave;
Thou, over whom thy Immortality
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Broods like the Day, a master o'er a slave,
A presence which is not to be put by;
Thou little Child, yet glorious in the might  
Of heaven-born freedom on thy being's height,
Why with such earnest pains dost thou provoke
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The years to bring the inevitable yoke,
Thus blindly with thy blessedness at strife?
Full soon thy soul shall have her earthly freight,
And custom lie upon thee with a weight,  
Heavy as frost, and deep almost as life!
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第八節大意:孩童乃是卓越的哲人,偉大的先知。既然處於這榮光四被的環境中卻又何苦於汲汲於成長,渴望成人。世俗的重擔總是來得何其快速。[back]
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Thou the Child.
exterior 外在的。
Semblance outward appearance外表。
belie 使人誤會。[back]
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immensity infinity無限大。[back]
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heritaqge 繼承之財產,指目前生帶來的能力。
Eye among the blind 在芸芸眾生中只有孩童能看到幻象,而大人則猶如盲者一無所見。[back]
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deaf and silent 既聾且啞。
read'st the eternal deep 了解永生的真意。[back]
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Haunted 難忘的;常出現於腦海的。
Eternal mind eternal soul永琲瘋F魂。[back]
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Prophet 先知,預言者。
Seer blest 指為上帝賜福的能洞真理的明眼人。blest=blessed。[back]
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rest 在於,依歸。[back]
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toiling 辛勞。[back]
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darkness death死亡。[back]
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Brood (over) 籠罩。(sits over)
a Master o'er a Slave 如主人對奴隸一般有絕對的權力。[back]
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to be put by 丟棄。[back]
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heaven-born 天賜的。
Thy being's height 生命的最高峰。[back]
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provoke/The years provoke 惹起。此處provoke the years指渴望求長大。[back]
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inevitable yoke 不可避免的桎梏。
Yoke 軛。[back]
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即身在福中不知福而渴求長大。[back]
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earthly freight 指此生的重擔。[back]

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