藝文走廊 ✐2005-01-01


築橋的人 The Bridge Builder

凌風 譯

 

一個老人,走過一條道路孤單,
日落黃昏,陰冷而且灰暗,
到了一個河谷,又大,又深,又寬,
高漲的水,湧流在中間。
老人不擔心那漲溢的河流,
因他在黃昏已經過到對岸;
他回來要築一道跨河的橋,
雖然他已安全到了那邊。
有個同路的旅人來對他說:
“老人,你何必浪費氣力修建;
你不需要再經過這條路,
你的行程要終結在將完今天;
你已經渡過了這廣闊的深淵,
何必要築橋在天色已晚?”

築橋者抬起他白髮蒼蒼的頭說:
“朋友,我走過了這條道路,
今天有個跟隨我的少年人,
他的腳步也要經過這旅途。
這深淵對過來人已不算甚麼,
對那少年卻可能使他失足。
好朋友,我是為了來人修築,
因為他也要經過在昏暗的日暮。”

 

"An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And build a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide—
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me to-day
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

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