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The Clipper 快帆船

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  When I saw her first there was a smoke of mist about her as high as her foreyard. Her topsails and flying kites had a faint glow upon them where the dawn caught them. Then the mist rolled away from her, so that we could see her hull and the glimmer of the red sidelight as it was hoisted inboard. She was rolling slightly, tracing an Arc against the heaven, and as I watched her the glow upon her deepened, till every sail she wore burned rosily like an opal turned to the sun, like a fiery jewel. She was radiant; she was of an immortal beauty, that swaying, delicate clipper. Coming as she came, out of the mist into the dawn, she was like a spirit, like an intellectual presence. Her hull glowed, her rails glowed; there was color upon the boats and tacking. She was a lofty ship (with skysails and royal stayails), and it was alive with her, blushing in the sun, swaying and curveting. She was alive with a more than mortal life. One thought that she would that speak in some strange language or break out into a music which would express the sea and that great flower in the sky. She came trembling down to us, rising up high and plunging; showing the red below her waterline; then diving down till the smother bubbled over her hawseholes. She bowed and curveted; the light caught the skylights on the poop; she gleamed and sparkled; she shook the sea from her as she rose. There was no man aboard of us but was filled with the beauty of that ship. I think they would have cheered her had she been a little nearer to us; but, as it was, we ran up our flags in answer to her, adding our position and comparing our chrono- meters, then dipping our ensigns and standing away. For some minutes I watched her, as I made up the flags before putting them back in their cupboard. The old mate limped up to me, and spat, and swore. “That’s one of the beautiful sights of the world,” he said. “That, and a cornfield, and a women with her child. It’s beauty and strength. How would you like to have one of them skysails round your neck?” I gave him some answer, and continued to watch her, till the beauty, precise hull, with all its lovely detail, had become blurred to leeward, where the sun was now marching in triumph, the helm of a golden warrior plumed in cirrus.

  我刚一看见她时,前帆下桁以下的船身全被浓雾裹着。上桅帆和迎风飘动的轻帆映着晨曦的微光。然后大雾滚滚离开了她,我们这才看见船身和刚刚挂器的舱内舷灯发出的微弱的闪光。她时起时伏地前进,朝着天空划着一个个的弧。在我眼睛盯着她时,船身上晨光逐渐加深,最后,船上的每一条风帆都映红,透着玫瑰色,好像阳光穿过蛋白石一样,又像冒火的宝石。她此时光辉灿烂,她是不朽的美人,那只微微摆动的体态轻盈的快帆船!她一路随波起伏,驶出迷雾,进入破晓的熹微,她活像一个魂灵,一个理智的神灵。她的船身泛着光,船帆泛着光;小船及其索具都染上了颜色.这是一只崇高的快帆船(张着天帆和豪华的索帆),看着她在阳光里泛着红光,左右摆动着,上下颠簸着,令人心旷神怡。她比现世凡人的生命更有生命力。人们会以为她就要用一种陌生的语言开口说话,活演奏一首乐曲来抒发大海的豪情和太阳的辉煌。她时起时伏朝我们驶来,忽而高高纵起,忽而往下坠落,一会儿露出吃水线下面的测深铅锤,然后猛扎下去,水雾飞花淹没了锚链孔.船头向前倾垂,然后船身向上穿越,阳光正好照进船楼的天井;光线在船身上明灭闪烁;当她随浪涌起的时候,便抖掉全身的海水。我们站在船上的人没有一个不为快帆的美所打动。我想,如果快帆船离我们再近一点,他们准会欢呼起来;可是,事实上,我们升船旗对她做出回应,确定了我们的位置,核准了经纬仪,降下了各种色彩旗,然后站开。在我整理降下的旗子,准备把它们放回旗柜时,我一直盯着她,足有好几分钟。这时老水手一瘸一拐地朝我走来,吐了一口唾沫,斩钉截铁地说:“这是世间一大美景。那真是一块玉米地,一个领着孩子的女人。她是美和力的化身。你愿意摘下一个天帆戴在你的脖子上吗?”我随便答应了她一句,继续看着她,直至她漂亮的棱角、精确的船身,连同她精美的各个细部变得模糊时,太阳正照着她的下风处凯旋高升,身披金色盔甲的勇士的舵轮拨打起羽毛状的水云。

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