Horse and Rider
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Horse and Rider
Melissa Range

Sing unto(到,直到) the Lord a drift of a song,
a song that goes before the Law:

make of your voice a shaft2 of flame
shifting into cloud and back again,

a rift1 in a wave, a crack(裂缝) in a wheel,
a road in the midst of the sea;

make of your voice a staff turned snake
turned brass3(黄铜) turned tambourine4(小手鼓) .

Sing of swift colts bolting
from their mares onto the plains of tender sand,

bolts of dyed(被染色的) silk rippling5 as they unfurl—
cedar6(雪松) , sable7(黑貂) , silver, sunset, snow.

Sing of the vacant(空虚的,空缺的) stables, the casks(木桶) of grain;
of the rakes(耙子) and forks that lean against the stalls;

of the stable-boys—all younger sons—
whose charges charge away.

Sing of helmets(头盔) hailed upon the fields,
gold flax and barley8 rotting in the bud;

of the bare-headed boys who urge their chariots(战车) on
with surging throats: O sing of their black hair.

Sing of the groomed9 hooves(蹄) and flanks(两翼)
and haunches(腰部,臀部) brushed blinding in the glare,

jolting10 the riders they bear—all younger sons—
until the sand tenders itself unto the sea.

Sing this day of the gift of the Lord: the genesis(发生,起源)
of a song so old it has no attribution;

of a tongue's first poetry—the gleaming shard11
which broke from prose(散文) , from simple speech,

the jagged line which founded epic12, identity, belief.
Sing of defeat, for without defeat, how could we sing?

Sing of swords, shields, chariots, sifting13
down beneath the tangling14(纠纷,混乱状态) reeds.

Sing of the clear dry heavens, the mottled sea—
cedar, sable, silver, sunset, snow.

Sing unto the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously;
He has slaughtered15 whom He has slaughtered;

He has shown Himself worthy16 of all our noise:
He has rid the earth of a few more horses, a few more boys.


1 rift bCEzt     
  • He was anxious to mend the rift between the two men.他急于弥合这两个人之间的裂痕。
  • The sun appeared through a rift in the clouds.太阳从云层间隙中冒出来。
2 shaft YEtzp     
  • He was wounded by a shaft.他被箭击中受伤。
  • This is the shaft of a steam engine.这是一个蒸汽机主轴。
3 brass DWbzI     
  • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.许多工人都在工厂铜管乐队中演奏。
  • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
4 tambourine 5G2yt     
  • A stew without an onion is like a dance without a tambourine.烧菜没有洋葱就像跳舞没有手鼓。
  • He is really good at playing tambourine.他很擅长演奏铃鼓。
5 rippling b84b2d05914b2749622963c1ef058ed5     
  • I could see the dawn breeze rippling the shining water. 我能看见黎明的微风在波光粼粼的水面上吹出道道涟漪。
  • The pool rippling was caused by the waving of the reeds. 池塘里的潺潺声是芦苇摇动时引起的。
6 cedar 3rYz9     
  • The cedar was about five feet high and very shapely.那棵雪松约有五尺高,风姿优美。
  • She struck the snow from the branches of an old cedar with gray lichen.她把长有灰色地衣的老雪松树枝上的雪打了下来。
7 sable VYRxp     
  • Artists' brushes are sometimes made of sable.画家的画笔有的是用貂毛制的。
  • Down the sable flood they glided.他们在黑黝黝的洪水中随波逐流。
8 barley 2dQyq     
  • They looked out across the fields of waving barley.他们朝田里望去,只见大麦随风摇摆。
  • He cropped several acres with barley.他种了几英亩大麦。
9 groomed 90b6d4f06c2c2c35b205c60916ba1a14     
v.照料或梳洗(马等)( groom的过去式和过去分词 );使做好准备;训练;(给动物)擦洗
  • She is always perfectly groomed. 她总是打扮得干净利落。
  • Duff is being groomed for the job of manager. 达夫正接受训练,准备当经理。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 jolting 5p8zvh     
  • 'she should be all right from the plane's jolting by now. “飞机震荡应该过了。
  • This is perhaps the most jolting comment of all. 这恐怕是最令人震惊的评论。
11 shard wzDwU     
  • Eyewitnesses spoke of rocks and shards of glass flying in the air.目击者称空中石块和玻璃碎片四溅。
  • That's the same stuff we found in the shard.那与我们发现的碎片在材质上一样。
12 epic ui5zz     
  • I gave up my epic and wrote this little tale instead.我放弃了写叙事诗,而写了这个小故事。
  • They held a banquet of epic proportions.他们举行了盛大的宴会。
13 sifting 6c53b58bc891cb3e1536d7f574e1996f     
n.筛,过滤v.筛( sift的现在分词 );筛滤;细查;详审
  • He lay on the beach, sifting the sand through his fingers. 他躺在沙滩上用手筛砂子玩。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I was sifting the cinders when she came in. 她进来时,我正在筛煤渣。 来自辞典例句
14 tangling 06e2d6380988bb94672d6dde48f3ec3c     
(使)缠结, (使)乱作一团( tangle的现在分词 )
  • During match with football, sportsman is like tangling on the football field. 足球比赛时,运动员似在足球场上混战。
  • Furthermore the built in cable rewind prevents tangling and prolongs cable life. 此外,在防止缠绕电缆退建,延长电缆使用寿命。
15 slaughtered 59ed88f0d23c16f58790fb11c4a5055d     
v.屠杀,杀戮,屠宰( slaughter的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The invading army slaughtered a lot of people. 侵略军杀了许多人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Hundreds of innocent civilians were cruelly slaughtered. 数百名无辜平民遭残杀。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 worthy vftwB     
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
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