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格林童话英文版:The Willow-Wren
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  • In olden times every sound still had its meaning and significance. When the smith's hammer resounded1, it cried, "Strike away, strike away." When the carpenter's plane grated, it said, "Here goes, here goes." If the mill wheel began to clack, it said, "Help, Lord God, help, Lord God." And if the miller2 was a cheat and set the mill a-going, it spoke3 high german, and first asked slowly, "Who is there? Who is there?" And then answered quickly, "The miller, the miller." And at last quite in a hurry, "He steals bravely, He steals bravely, three pecks in a bushel."

    At this time the birds also had their own language which every one understood. Now it only sounds like chirping5, screeching6, and whistling, and sometimes like music without words. It came into the birds' mind, however, that they would no longer be without a ruler, and would choose one of themselves to be their king. One alone among them, the green plover7, was opposed to this. He had lived free and would die free, and anxiously flying hither and thither8, he cried, "Where shall I go? Where shall I go?" He retired9 into a solitary10 and unfrequented marsh11, and showed himself no more among his fellows.

    The birds now wished to discuss the matter, and on a fine may morning they all gathered together from the woods and fields, eagles and chaffinches, owls12 and crows, larks13 and sparrows, how can I name them all. Even the cuckoo came, and the hoopoe, his clerk, who is so called because he is always heard a few days before him, and a very small bird which as yet had no name, mingled15 with the band. The hen, which by some accident had heard nothing of the whole matter, was astonished at the great assemblage. What, what, what is going to be done, she cackled. But the cock calmed his beloved hen, and said, only a lot of rich people, and told her what they had on hand. It was decided16 that the one who could fly the highest should be king. A tree-frog which was sitting among the bushes, when he heard that, cried a warning, no, no, no, no, because he thought that many tears would be shed because of this. But the crow said, caw, caw, and that all would pass off peaceably.

    It was now determined17 that on this fine morning they should at once begin to ascend19" target="_blank">ascend18, so that hereafter no one should be able to say, I could easily have flown much higher, but the evening came on, and I could do no more. On a given signal, therefore, the whole troop rose up in the air. The dust ascended20 from the land, and there was tremendous fluttering and whirring and beating of wings, and it looked as if a black cloud was rising up. The little birds were soon left behind. They could go no farther, and fell back to the ground. The larger birds held out longer, but none could equal the eagle, who mounted so high that he could have plucked the eyes out of the sun. And when he saw that the others could not get up to him, he thought, why should you fly still higher. You are the king, and began to let himself down again. The birds beneath him at once cried to him, you must be our king, no one has flown so high as you. Except me, screamed the little fellow without a name, who had crept into the breast-feathers of the eagle. And as he was not at all tired, he rose up and mounted so high that he reached heaven itself. However, when he had gone as far as this, he folded his wings together, and called down with clear and penetrating21 voice, I am king. I am king. You, our king, cried the birds angrily. You have managed it by trick and cunning. So they made another condition. He should be king who could go down lowest in the ground. How the goose did flap about with its broad breast when it was once more on land. How quickly the cock scratched a hole. The duck came off the worst of all, for she leapt into a ditch, but sprained22 her legs, and waddled23 away to a neighboring pond, crying, cheating, cheating. The little bird without a name, however, sought out a mouse-hole, slipped down into it, and cried out of it with his small voice, I am king. I am king. You our king, cried the birds still more angrily. Do you think your cunning shall prevail. They determined to keep him a prisoner in the hole and starve him out. The owl4 was placed as sentinel in front of it, and was not to let the rascal24 out if she had any value for her life. When evening was come and all the birds were feeling very tired after the exertion25 of so much flying, they went to bed with their wives and children. The owl alone remained standing26 by the mouse-hole, gazing steadfastly27 into it with her great eyes. Then she, too, grew tired and thought to herself, you might certainly shut one eye, you will still watch with the other, and the little villain28 shall not come out of his hole. So she shut one eye, and with the other looked straight at the mouse-hole. The little fellow put his head out and peeped, and wanted to slip away, but the owl came forward immediately, and he drew his head back again. Then the owl opened the one eye again, and shut the other, intending to shut them in turn all through the night. But when she next shut the one eye, she forgot to open the other, and as soon as both her eyes were shut she fell asleep. The little fellow soon observed that, and slipped away. From that day forth29, the owl has never dared to show herself by daylight, for if she does the other birds chase her and pluck her feathers out. She flies out only by night, but hates and pursues mice because they make such ugly holes. The little bird, too, is very unwilling30 to let himself be seen, because he is afraid it will cost him his life if he is caught. He steals about in the hedges, and when he is quite safe, he sometimes cries, I am king, and for this reason, the other birds call him in mockery, king of the hedges. No one, however, was so happy as the lark14 at not having to obey the little king. As soon as the sun appears, she ascends31 high in the air and cries, ah, how beautiful that is. Beautiful that is. Beautiful'beautiful. Ah, how beautiful that is.


    1 resounded [rɪˈzaʊndid] 063087faa0e6dc89fa87a51a1aafc1f9   第12级
    v.(指声音等)回荡于某处( resound的过去式和过去分词 );产生回响;(指某处)回荡着声音
    • Laughter resounded through the house. 笑声在屋里回荡。
    • The echo resounded back to us. 回声传回到我们的耳中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    2 miller [ˈmɪlə(r)] ZD6xf   第8级
    • Every miller draws water to his own mill. 磨坊主都往自己磨里注水。
    • The skilful miller killed millions of lions with his ski. 技术娴熟的磨坊主用雪橇杀死了上百万头狮子。
    3 spoke [spəʊk] XryyC   第11级
    n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
    • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company. 他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
    • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre. 辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
    4 owl [aʊl] 7KFxk   第7级
    • Her new glasses make her look like an owl. 她的新眼镜让她看上去像只猫头鹰。
    • I'm a night owl and seldom go to bed until after midnight. 我睡得很晚,经常半夜后才睡觉。
    5 chirping [t'ʃɜ:pɪŋ] 9ea89833a9fe2c98371e55f169aa3044   第10级
    鸟叫,虫鸣( chirp的现在分词 )
    • The birds,chirping relentlessly,woke us up at daybreak. 破晓时鸟儿不断吱吱地叫,把我们吵醒了。
    • The birds are chirping merrily. 鸟儿在欢快地鸣叫着。
    6 screeching [sk'ri:tʃɪŋ] 8bf34b298a2d512e9b6787a29dc6c5f0   第10级
    v.发出尖叫声( screech的现在分词 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
    • Monkeys were screeching in the trees. 猴子在树上吱吱地叫着。
    • the unedifying sight of the two party leaders screeching at each other 两党党魁狺狺对吠的讨厌情景
    7 plover [ˈplʌvə(r)] HlLz11   第11级
    • He wondered if the plover was the fastest bird. 他想知道千鸟是不是最快的鸟。
    • American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. 美洲内陆水域和牧场的鸻,叫声特别。
    8 thither [ˈðɪðə(r)] cgRz1o   第12级
    • He wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate. 他逛来逛去找玩伴。
    • He tramped hither and thither. 他到处流浪。
    9 retired [rɪˈtaɪəd] Njhzyv   第8级
    • The old man retired to the country for rest. 这位老人下乡休息去了。
    • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby. 许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
    10 solitary [ˈsɒlətri] 7FUyx   第7级
    • I am rather fond of a solitary stroll in the country. 我颇喜欢在乡间独自徜徉。
    • The castle rises in solitary splendour on the fringe of the desert. 这座城堡巍然耸立在沙漠的边际,显得十分壮美。
    11 marsh [mɑ:ʃ] Y7Rzo   第8级
    • There are a lot of frogs in the marsh. 沼泽里有许多青蛙。
    • I made my way slowly out of the marsh. 我缓慢地走出这片沼泽地。
    12 owls [aulz] 7b4601ac7f6fe54f86669548acc46286   第7级
    n.猫头鹰( owl的名词复数 )
    • 'Clumsy fellows,'said I; 'they must still be drunk as owls.' “这些笨蛋,”我说,“他们大概还醉得像死猪一样。” 来自英汉文学 - 金银岛
    • The great majority of barn owls are reared in captivity. 大多数仓鸮都是笼养的。 来自辞典例句
    13 larks [lɑ:ks] 05e5fd42fbbb0fa8ae0d9a20b6f3efe1   第9级
    n.百灵科鸟(尤指云雀)( lark的名词复数 );一大早就起床;鸡鸣即起;(因太费力而不想干时说)算了v.百灵科鸟(尤指云雀)( lark的第三人称单数 );一大早就起床;鸡鸣即起;(因太费力而不想干时说)算了
    • Maybe if she heard the larks sing she'd write. 玛丽听到云雀的歌声也许会写信的。 来自名作英译部分
    • But sure there are no larks in big cities. 可大城市里哪有云雀呢。” 来自名作英译部分
    14 lark [lɑ:k] r9Fza   第9级
    • He thinks it cruel to confine a lark in a cage. 他认为把云雀关在笼子里太残忍了。
    • She lived in the village with her grandparents as cheerful as a lark. 她同祖父母一起住在乡间非常快活。
    15 mingled [ˈmiŋɡld] fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf   第7级
    混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]
    • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑声和歌声交织在夜空中。
    • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 当大家开始放松的时候,这一男一女就开始交往了。
    16 decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] lvqzZd   第7级
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents. 这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting. 英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
    17 determined [dɪˈtɜ:mɪnd] duszmP   第7级
    • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation. 我已决定毕业后去西藏。
    • He determined to view the rooms behind the office. 他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
    19 ascend [əˈsend] avnzD   第7级
    • We watched the airplane ascend higher and higher. 我们看着飞机逐渐升高。
    • We ascend in the order of time and of development. 我们按时间和发展顺序向上溯。
    20 ascended [əˈsendid] ea3eb8c332a31fe6393293199b82c425   第7级
    v.上升,攀登( ascend的过去式和过去分词 )
    • He has ascended into heaven. 他已经升入了天堂。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • The climbers slowly ascended the mountain. 爬山运动员慢慢地登上了这座山。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    21 penetrating ['penitreitiŋ] ImTzZS   第7级
    • He had an extraordinarily penetrating gaze. 他的目光有股异乎寻常的洞察力。
    • He examined the man with a penetrating gaze. 他以锐利的目光仔细观察了那个人。
    22 sprained [spreɪnd] f314e68885bee024fbaac62a560ab7d4   第9级
    v.&n. 扭伤
    • I stumbled and sprained my ankle. 我摔了一跤,把脚脖子扭了。
    • When Mary sprained her ankles, John carried her piggyback to the doctors. 玛丽扭伤了足踝,约翰驮她去看医生。
    23 waddled [ˈwɔdld] c1cfb61097c12b4812327074b8bc801d   第9级
    v.(像鸭子一样)摇摇摆摆地走( waddle的过去式和过去分词 )
    • A family of ducks waddled along the river bank. 一群鸭子沿河岸摇摇摆摆地走。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • The stout old man waddled across the road. 那肥胖的老人一跩一跩地穿过马路。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    24 rascal [ˈrɑ:skl] mAIzd   第9级
    • If he had done otherwise, I should have thought him a rascal. 如果他不这样做,我就认为他是个恶棍。
    • The rascal was frightened into holding his tongue. 这坏蛋吓得不敢往下说了。
    25 exertion [ɪgˈzɜ:ʃn] F7Fyi   第11级
    • We were sweating profusely from the exertion of moving the furniture. 我们搬动家具大费气力,累得大汗淋漓。
    • She was hot and breathless from the exertion of cycling uphill. 由于用力骑车爬坡,她浑身发热。
    26 standing [ˈstændɪŋ] 2hCzgo   第8级
    • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing. 地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
    • They're standing out against any change in the law. 他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
    27 steadfastly ['stedfɑ:stlɪ] xhKzcv   第9级
    • So he sat, with a steadfastly vacant gaze, pausing in his work. 他就像这样坐着,停止了工作,直勾勾地瞪着眼。 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
    • Defarge and his wife looked steadfastly at one another. 德伐日和他的妻子彼此凝视了一会儿。 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
    28 villain [ˈvɪlən] ZL1zA   第9级
    • He was cast as the villain in the play. 他在戏里扮演反面角色。
    • The man who played the villain acted very well. 扮演恶棍的那个男演员演得很好。
    29 forth [fɔ:θ] Hzdz2   第7级
    • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth. 风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
    • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession. 他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
    30 unwilling [ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ] CjpwB   第7级
    • The natives were unwilling to be bent by colonial power. 土著居民不愿受殖民势力的摆布。
    • His tightfisted employer was unwilling to give him a raise. 他那吝啬的雇主不肯给他加薪。
    31 ascends [əˈsendz] 70c31d4ff86cb70873a6a196fadac6b8   第7级
    v.上升,攀登( ascend的第三人称单数 )
    • The azygos vein ascends in the right paravertebral gutter. 奇静脉在右侧脊柱旁沟内上升。 来自辞典例句
    • The mortality curve ascends gradually to a plateau at age 65. 死亡曲线逐渐上升,到65岁时成平稳状态。 来自辞典例句

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