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    Now listen! In the country, close by the high road, stood
a farmhouse1; perhaps you have passed by and seen it yourself.
There was a little flower garden with painted wooden palings
in front of it; close by was a ditch, on its fresh green bank
grew a little daisy; the sun shone as warmly and brightly upon
it as on the magnificent garden flowers, and therefore it
thrived well. One morning it had quite opened, and its little
snow-white petals2 stood round the yellow centre, like the rays
of the sun. It did not mind that nobody saw it in the grass,
and that it was a poor despised flower; on the contrary, it
was quite happy, and turned towards the sun, looking upward
and listening to the song of the lark3 high up in the air.

    The little daisy was as happy as if the day had been a
great holiday, but it was only Monday. All the children were
at school, and while they were sitting on the forms and
learning their lessons, it sat on its thin green stalk and
learnt from the sun and from its surroundings how kind God is,
and it rejoiced that the song of the little lark expressed so
sweetly and distinctly its own feelings. With a sort of
reverence the daisy looked up to the bird that could fly and
sing, but it did not feel envious4. "I can see and hear," it
thought; "the sun shines upon me, and the forest kisses me.
How rich I am!"

    In the garden close by grew many large and magnificent
flowers, and, strange to say, the less fragrance5 they had the
haughtier and prouder they were. The peonies puffed6 themselves
up in order to be larger than the roses, but size is not
everything! The tulips had the finest colours, and they knew
it well, too, for they were standing7 bolt upright like
candles, that one might see them the better. In their pride
they did not see the little daisy, which looked over to them
and thought, "How rich and beautiful they are! I am sure the
pretty bird will fly down and call upon them. Thank God, that
I stand so near and can at least see all the splendour." And
while the daisy was still thinking, the lark came flying down,
crying "Tweet," but not to the peonies and tulips- no, into
the grass to the poor daisy. Its joy was so great that it did
not know what to think. The little bird hopped8 round it and
sang, "How beautifully soft the grass is, and what a lovely
little flower with its golden heart and silver dress is
growing here." The yellow centre in the daisy did indeed look
like gold, while the little petals shone as brightly as

    How happy the daisy was! No one has the least idea. The
bird kissed it with its beak9, sang to it, and then rose again
up to the blue sky. It was certainly more than a quarter of an
hour before the daisy recovered its senses. Half ashamed, yet
glad at heart, it looked over to the other flowers in the
garden; surely they had witnessed its pleasure and the honour
that had been done to it; they understood its joy. But the
tulips stood more stiffly than ever, their faces were pointed
and red, because they were vexed10. The peonies were sulky; it
was well that they could not speak, otherwise they would have
given the daisy a good lecture. The little flower could very
well see that they were ill at ease, and pitied them

    Shortly after this a girl came into the garden, with a
large sharp knife. She went to the tulips and began cutting
them off, one after another. "Ugh!" sighed the daisy, "that is
terrible; now they are done for."

    The girl carried the tulips away. The daisy was glad that
it was outside, and only a small flower- it felt very
grateful. At sunset it folded its petals, and fell asleep, and
dreamt all night of the sun and the little bird.

    On the following morning, when the flower once more
stretched forth11 its tender petals, like little arms, towards
the air and light, the daisy recognised the bird's voice, but
what it sang sounded so sad. Indeed the poor bird had good
reason to be sad, for it had been caught and put into a cage
close by the open window. It sang of the happy days when it
could merrily fly about, of fresh green corn in the fields,
and of the time when it could soar almost up to the clouds.
The poor lark was most unhappy as a prisoner in a cage. The
little daisy would have liked so much to help it, but what
could be done? Indeed, that was very difficult for such a
small flower to find out. It entirely12 forgot how beautiful
everything around it was, how warmly the sun was shining, and
how splendidly white its own petals were. It could only think
of the poor captive bird, for which it could do nothing. Then
two little boys came out of the garden; one of them had a
large sharp knife, like that with which the girl had cut the
tulips. They came straight towards the little daisy, which
could not understand what they wanted.

    "Here is a fine piece of turf for the lark," said one of
the boys, and began to cut out a square round the daisy, so
that it remained in the centre of the grass.

    "Pluck the flower off" said the other boy, and the daisy
trembled for fear, for to be pulled off meant death to it; and
it wished so much to live, as it was to go with the square of
turf into the poor captive lark's cage.

    "No let it stay," said the other boy, "it looks so

    And so it stayed, and was brought into the lark's cage.
The poor bird was lamenting13 its lost liberty, and beating its
wings against the wires; and the little daisy could not speak
or utter a consoling word, much as it would have liked to do
so. So the forenoon passed.

    "I have no water," said the captive lark, "they have all
gone out, and forgotten to give me anything to drink. My
throat is dry and burning. I feel as if I had fire and ice
within me, and the air is so oppressive. Alas14! I must die, and
part with the warm sunshine, the fresh green meadows, and all
the beauty that God has created." And it thrust its beak into
the piece of grass, to refresh itself a little. Then it
noticed the little daisy, and nodded to it, and kissed it with
its beak and said: "You must also fade in here, poor little
flower. You and the piece of grass are all they have given me
in exchange for the whole world, which I enjoyed outside. Each
little blade of grass shall be a green tree for me, each of
your white petals a fragrant15 flower. Alas! you only remind me
of what I have lost."

    "I wish I could console the poor lark," thought the daisy.
It could not move one of its leaves, but the fragrance of its
delicate petals streamed forth, and was much stronger than
such flowers usually have: the bird noticed it, although it
was dying with thirst, and in its pain tore up the green
blades of grass, but did not touch the flower.

    The evening came, and nobody appeared to bring the poor
bird a drop of water; it opened its beautiful wings, and
fluttered about in its anguish16; a faint and mournful "Tweet,
tweet," was all it could utter, then it bent17 its little head
towards the flower, and its heart broke for want and longing18.
The flower could not, as on the previous evening, fold up its
petals and sleep; it dropped sorrowfully. The boys only came
the next morning; when they saw the dead bird, they began to
cry bitterly, dug a nice grave for it, and adorned19 it with
flowers. The bird's body was placed in a pretty red box; they
wished to bury it with royal honours. While it was alive and
sang they forgot it, and let it suffer want in the cage; now,
they cried over it and covered it with flowers. The piece of
turf, with the little daisy in it, was thrown out on the dusty
highway. Nobody thought of the flower which had felt so much
for the bird and had so greatly desired to comfort it.

                            THE END


1 farmhouse kt1zIk     
  • We fell for the farmhouse as soon as we saw it.我们对那所农舍一见倾心。
  • We put up for the night at a farmhouse.我们在一间农舍投宿了一夜。
2 petals f346ae24f5b5778ae3e2317a33cd8d9b     
n.花瓣( petal的名词复数 )
  • white petals tinged with blue 略带蓝色的白花瓣
  • The petals of many flowers expand in the sunshine. 许多花瓣在阳光下开放。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
3 lark r9Fza     
  • 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。
4 envious n8SyX     
  • I don't think I'm envious of your success.我想我并不嫉妒你的成功。
  • She is envious of Jane's good looks and covetous of her car.她既忌妒简的美貌又垂涎她的汽车。
5 fragrance 66ryn     
  • The apple blossoms filled the air with their fragrance.苹果花使空气充满香味。
  • The fragrance of lavender filled the room.房间里充满了薰衣草的香味。
6 puffed 72b91de7f5a5b3f6bdcac0d30e24f8ca     
adj.疏松的v.使喷出( puff的过去式和过去分词 );喷着汽(或烟)移动;吹嘘;吹捧
  • He lit a cigarette and puffed at it furiously. 他点燃了一支香烟,狂吸了几口。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He felt grown-up, puffed up with self-importance. 他觉得长大了,便自以为了不起。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 standing 2hCzgo     
  • 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。
8 hopped 91b136feb9c3ae690a1c2672986faa1c     
跳上[下]( hop的过去式和过去分词 ); 单足蹦跳; 齐足(或双足)跳行; 摘葎草花
  • He hopped onto a car and wanted to drive to town. 他跳上汽车想开向市区。
  • He hopped into a car and drove to town. 他跳进汽车,向市区开去。
9 beak 8y1zGA     
  • The bird had a worm in its beak.鸟儿嘴里叼着一条虫。
  • This bird employs its beak as a weapon.这种鸟用嘴作武器。
10 vexed fd1a5654154eed3c0a0820ab54fb90a7     
adj.争论不休的;(指问题等)棘手的;争论不休的问题;烦恼的v.使烦恼( vex的过去式和过去分词 );使苦恼;使生气;详细讨论
  • The conference spent days discussing the vexed question of border controls. 会议花了几天的时间讨论边境关卡这个难题。
  • He was vexed at his failure. 他因失败而懊恼。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
11 forth Hzdz2     
  • 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。
12 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
13 lamenting 6491a9a531ff875869932a35fccf8e7d     
adj.悲伤的,悲哀的v.(为…)哀悼,痛哭,悲伤( lament的现在分词 )
  • Katydids were lamenting fall's approach. 蝈蝈儿正为秋天临近而哀鸣。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Lamenting because the papers hadn't been destroyed and the money kept. 她正在吃后悔药呢,后悔自己没有毁了那张字条,把钱昧下来! 来自英汉文学 - 败坏赫德莱堡
14 alas Rx8z1     
  • Alas!The window is broken!哎呀!窗子破了!
  • Alas,the truth is less romantic.然而,真理很少带有浪漫色彩。
15 fragrant z6Yym     
  • The Fragrant Hills are exceptionally beautiful in late autumn.深秋的香山格外美丽。
  • The air was fragrant with lavender.空气中弥漫薰衣草香。
16 anguish awZz0     
  • She cried out for anguish at parting.分手时,她由于痛苦而失声大哭。
  • The unspeakable anguish wrung his heart.难言的痛苦折磨着他的心。
17 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
18 longing 98bzd     
  • Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.再次听到那首曲子使她胸中充满了渴望。
  • His heart burned with longing for revenge.他心中燃烧着急欲复仇的怒火。
19 adorned 1e50de930eb057fcf0ac85ca485114c8     
  • The walls were adorned with paintings. 墙上装饰了绘画。
  • And his coat was adorned with a flamboyant bunch of flowers. 他的外套上面装饰着一束艳丽刺目的鲜花。