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  • Pleasure is a freedom song, but it is not freedom. It is the blossoming of your desires; but it is not their fruit, it is a depth calling unto a height; but it is not the deep nor the high, it is the caged taking wing; but it is not space encompassed1. Ay, in very truth, pleasure is a freedom song. And I fain would have you sing it with fullness of heart; yet I would not have you lose your hearts in the singing.


    Some of your youth seek pleasure as if it was all, and they are judged and rebuked3. I would not judge nor rebuke2 them. I would have them seek, for they shall find pleasure, but not her alone;seven are her sisters, and the least of them is more beautiful than pleasure. Have you not heard of the man who was digging in the earth for roots and found a treasure?


    And some of your elders remember pleasures with regret like wrongs committed in drunkenness. But regret is the beclouding of the mind and not its chastisement4. They should remember their pleasures with gratitude5, as they would the harvest of a summer. Yet if it comforts them to regret, let them be comforted.


    And there are among you those who are neither young to seek nor old to remember; and in their fear of seeking and remembering they shun6 all pleasures, lest they neglect the spirit or offend against it.


    But even in their foregoing is their pleasure.


    And thus they too find a treasure though they dig for roots with quivering hands.


    But tell me, who is he that can offend the spirit?


    Shall the nightingale offend the stillness of the night,or the firefly the stars? And shall your flame or your smoke burden the wind?


    Think you the spirit is a still pool which you can trouble with a staff? Oftentimes in denying yourself pleasure you do but store the desire in the recesses7 of your being.


    Who knows but that which seem omitted today, waits for tomorrow? Even your body knows its heritage and its rightful need and will not be deceived.


    And your body is the harp8 of your soul, and it is yours to bring forth9 sweet music from it or confused sounds.


    And now you ask in your heart, "How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?" Go to your fields and your gardens and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, but it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee, for to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, and to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, and to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy10.


    People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.


     10级    美文 


    1 encompassed [enˈkʌmpəst] b60aae3c1e37ac9601337ef2e96b6a0c   第9级
    v.围绕( encompass的过去式和过去分词 );包围;包含;包括
    • The enemy encompassed the city. 敌人包围了城市。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • I have encompassed him with every protection. 我已经把他保护得严严实实。 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
    2 rebuke [rɪˈbju:k] 5Akz0   第9级
    vt.指责,非难,斥责 [反]praise
    • He had to put up with a smart rebuke from the teacher. 他不得不忍受老师的严厉指责。
    • Even one minute's lateness would earn a stern rebuke. 哪怕迟到一分钟也将受到严厉的斥责。
    3 rebuked [riˈbju:kt] bdac29ff5ae4a503d9868e9cd4d93b12   第9级
    责难或指责( rebuke的过去式和过去分词 )
    • The company was publicly rebuked for having neglected safety procedures. 公司因忽略了安全规程而受到公开批评。
    • The teacher rebuked the boy for throwing paper on the floor. 老师指责这个男孩将纸丢在地板上。
    4 chastisement ['tʃæstɪzmənt] chastisement   第10级
    • You cannot but know that we live in a period of chastisement and ruin. 你们必须认识到我们生活在一个灾难深重、面临毁灭的时代。 来自辞典例句
    • I think the chastisement to him is too critical. 我认为对他的惩罚太严厉了。 来自互联网
    5 gratitude [ˈgrætɪtju:d] p6wyS   第7级
    • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him. 我向他表示了深切的谢意。
    • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face. 她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。
    6 shun [ʃʌn] 6EIzc   第8级
    • Materialists face truth, whereas idealists shun it. 唯物主义者面向真理,唯心主义者则逃避真理。
    • This extremist organization has shunned conventional politics. 这个极端主义组织有意避开了传统政治。
    7 recesses [rɪ'sesɪz] 617c7fa11fa356bfdf4893777e4e8e62   第8级
    n.壁凹( recess的名词复数 );(工作或业务活动的)中止或暂停期间;学校的课间休息;某物内部的凹形空间v.把某物放在墙壁的凹处( recess的第三人称单数 );将(墙)做成凹形,在(墙)上做壁龛;休息,休会,休庭
    • I could see the inmost recesses. 我能看见最深处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • I had continually pushed my doubts to the darker recesses of my mind. 我一直把怀疑深深地隐藏在心中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    8 harp [hɑ:p] UlEyQ   第9级
    • She swept her fingers over the strings of the harp. 她用手指划过竖琴的琴弦。
    • He played an Irish melody on the harp. 他用竖琴演奏了一首爱尔兰曲调。
    9 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。
    10 ecstasy [ˈekstəsi] 9kJzY   第8级
    • He listened to the music with ecstasy. 他听音乐听得入了神。
    • Speechless with ecstasy, the little boys gazed at the toys. 小孩注视着那些玩具,高兴得说不出话来。

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