A Meditation Upon a Broomstick 扫帚把上的沉思
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This single stick now is ingloriously lying in that neglected corner.
 
Once it was in a forest, full of sap, leaves and boughs1; now in vain someone has tried to compete with nature by tying that withered2 bundle of twigs3 to its trunk. It is now the reverse of what it was: a tree turned upside down, the branches on the earth, and the root in the air. It is now handled by a maid, and makes other things clean but itself dirty. In the end, worn out in the service of the maids, it is either thrown out, or used as firewood.
 
When I saw it I sighed, and said within myself: surely man is a broomstick. Nature sends him into the world strong and lusty. He wears his own hair, just like a tree with flourishing leaves and branches. Later, the axe5 of intemperance6 cuts off his green branches and leaves him a withered trunk, and he puts on a wig4 and covers himself with powder. This broomstick is proud of all the branches added to him; yet they are covered with dust. Though the dust is from the finest lady's chamber7, we ridicule8 it, and despise its vanity. We are partial judges, that is, partial to our own excellencies and other men's faults.
 
一根扫帚把灰溜溜地躺在无人注意的角落。
 
曾经在树林里,它树液充沛,枝叶繁茂;如今变了样,却还有人自作聪明,想靠手艺同大自然竞争,拿来一束枯枝捆在它的身上,结果却是枉费心机。不过是颠倒了它原来的位置,使它枝干朝地,根梢向天。它在女仆的手里使用,从此受命运摆布,把别人打扫干净,自己却落得个又脏又臭。而在女仆们的手里折腾过多次之后,或者被扔出门外,或者作为引火的柴禾被烧掉了。
 
我看到了这一切,不尽兴叹,自言自语一番:人不也是一根扫帚么?大自然送他入世之初,他是强壮有力的,精力充沛,满头的好发,就像一株枝叶齐全的植物。但不久贪婪就像一把斧子砍掉了他的青枝绿叶,只留给他一根枯株。他赶紧戴上头套,擦上香粉。这把扫帚因为把一些别的树条收集到身上而得意洋洋,其实这些枝条上尽是灰土。即使是最高贵的夫人房里的尘土,我们也一定会嘲笑它的虚荣吧!我们就是这样偏心的审判官,偏于自己的优点,别人的毛病。


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1 boughs 95e9deca9a2fb4bbbe66832caa8e63e0     
大树枝( bough的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. The green boughs glittered with all their pearls of dew. 绿枝上闪烁着露珠的光彩。
  2. A breeze sighed in the higher boughs. 微风在高高的树枝上叹息着。
2 withered 342a99154d999c47f1fc69d900097df9     
adj. 枯萎的,干瘪的,(人身体的部分器官)因病萎缩的或未发育良好的 动词wither的过去式和过去分词形式
参考例句:
  1. The grass had withered in the warm sun. 这些草在温暖的阳光下枯死了。
  2. The leaves of this tree have become dry and withered. 这棵树下的叶子干枯了。
3 twigs 17ff1ed5da672aa443a4f6befce8e2cb     
细枝,嫩枝( twig的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. Some birds build nests of twigs. 一些鸟用树枝筑巢。
  2. Willow twigs are pliable. 柳条很软。
4 wig 1gRwR     
n.假发
参考例句:
  1. The actress wore a black wig over her blond hair.那个女演员戴一顶黑色假发罩住自己的金黄色头发。
  2. He disguised himself with a wig and false beard.他用假发和假胡须来乔装。
5 axe 2oVyI     
n.斧子;v.用斧头砍,削减
参考例句:
  1. Be careful with that sharp axe.那把斧子很锋利,你要当心。
  2. The edge of this axe has turned.这把斧子卷了刃了。
6 intemperance intemperance     
n.放纵
参考例句:
  1. Health does not consist with intemperance. 健康与纵欲[无节制]不能相容。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  2. She accepted his frequent intemperance as part of the climate. 对于他酗酒的恶习,她安之若素。 来自辞典例句
7 chamber wnky9     
n.房间,寝室;会议厅;议院;会所
参考例句:
  1. For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.对许多人来说,牙医的治疗室一直是间受刑室。
  2. The chamber was ablaze with light.会议厅里灯火辉煌。
8 ridicule fCwzv     
v.讥讽,挖苦;n.嘲弄
参考例句:
  1. You mustn't ridicule unfortunate people.你不该嘲笑不幸的人。
  2. Silly mistakes and queer clothes often arouse ridicule.荒谬的错误和古怪的服装常会引起人们的讪笑。
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