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【双语朗诵素材】追忆似水年华 Hanover Square

(2010-08-17 11:23:24)




分类: 英汉诵读素材、视频

【双语朗诵素材】追忆似水年华 (原作者不详诵版改编:晚枫)

Hanover Square   (Author: unknown   Rearranged by Rhapsodia_晚枫)



Can it really be sixty-two years ago that I first saw you? It is truly a lifetime, I know. But as I gaze into your eyes now, it seems like only yesterday that I first saw you, in that small café in Hanover Square. 



Yes, that moment, I was opening the door for a young mother and her baby.



From the moment I saw you smile, I knew that I wanted to share the rest of my life with you. I remember watching you intently, as you took off your hat, placed it on the table, and cupped your hands around the hot cup of tea, gently blowing the steam away with your pouted lips. I felt myself becoming immersed in your every detail.



Time flies. But I know you have relived that very first day all through your life. Many times, you have sat and thought about that moment of knowing what true love is for the very first time. I hope you still have those feelings now after all those years and have them to comfort you.



When I shook and trembled uncontrollably in the trenches, as the hails of bullets and mortars crashed down around me, I remembered your face, and thought again of that very first day we met. Everything around me would become silent, and I would be with you again for a few precious moments, far from the death and destruction. It would not be until I opened my eyes once again, that I would see and hear the carnage of the war around me. 



You told me how strong your love for me was, when you came back on leave in the September. You asked me to marry you the very same day, and I looked deep into your eyes and said “yes” to being your bride and you whooped with joy.



I’m looking at our wedding photo now. I remember being on the church steps grinning like a Cheshire cat, when you said how dashing and handsome I looked in my uniform. The photo is old and faded now, but when I look at it, I only see the bright vibrant colors of our youth.



A year later, I held your hand to my waist and whispered in your ear that we were going to have a baby.



I know both our children love you dearly; they are outside the door now, waiting. Do you remember how I panicked like a mad man when Jonathon was born?



How could I forget? You clumsily held Jonathon in your arms. You were staring at him and cried your own tears of joy.



Sarah and Tom arrived this morning with little Tessie. Can you remember how we both hugged each other tightly when we saw our tiny granddaughter for the first time? I can’t believe she will be eight next month.



Dear, I cannot see anything lying here. Can you tell me how she looks like today?



(Holding tears) She looks beautiful today in her pretty dress and red shiny shoes. She reminds me so much of you that first day we met. She has her hair cut short now, just like yours was all those years ago. I know you are tired, my dear, and I must let you go.



All these years as we grew old together, you would tease me that I had not changed since we first met. You said you didn’t see my wrinkles and grey hair. How reluctant I am to leave all these sweet and wonderful days.



I must go now, my darling. Our children are waiting outside. They want to say goodbye to you. I kneel beside you and lean close to you and take hold of your hand and kiss your tender lips for the very last time. Sleep peacefully my dear.



Dear, take good care of yourself while I am away, ok?



I am sad that you had to leave me, but please don’t worry. I will be with you soon. I am too old and too empty now to live much longer without you. I know it won`t be long before we meet again in that small café in Hanover Square. Goodbye, my darling wife.


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