《像小鹿》(As The Deer)

認識《As The Deer》這首歌,已是二十多年前的事,它曾令我流過不少感動之淚。

也唱過幾個不同的中譯版本。

幾年前,為這首歌的一個合唱譜做過一個粵譯,但當中只有第一節的歌詞,也沒有正式發表過。

大半年前,動工重新做一個有齊三節的粵譯,但寫來寫去也不太滿意,便擱下了。

因著將要在團契領短崇,本來預備了楊以澤弟兄的版本,才醒覺自己有一個久違了的半製成品,於是帶著新靈感和近月的一些譯詞經驗,兼參考了楊弟兄的版本後,寫成了以下這個版本。

《像小鹿》

Written by Martin J. Nystrom
粵譯:海牛

參:http://youtu.be/bQiP524knbM

像小鹿渴慕純淨溪水
我靈緊跟主腳跟
我多麼渴望朝拜恩主
心裡渴想只有祢
As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee
(副歌)

副歌:祢方可賜力量保障
   呈身心遵主旨意至上
   我多麼渴望朝拜恩主
   心裡渴想只有祢
   You alone are my strength, my shield
   To You alone may my spirit yield
   You alone are my heart’s desire
   And I long to worship Thee

是我友伴祢是我兄長
縱然身居天國君
我心中對祢無限愛慕
超過眾事物人情
You’re my friend and You are my brother
Even though You are a King
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything
(副歌)

獨有祢可使我真飽足
榮華珍寶皆看輕
獨有祢可給予我快樂
主乃我真真至愛
I want You more than gold or silver,
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joygiver
And the apple of my eye.
(副歌)

《恩主聖臉,天使常可得親見》(His Countenance Angels Can Often Behold 祂的臉面祂的天使)

倪柝聲這名字在中國近代基督教史上很具爭議性,在此不論。

然而,《祂的臉面祂的天使》或《祂的臉面,祂的天使常看見》這首倪柝聲先生的詞作卻令海牛深受感動,當中所表達那為主受苦的心志,是我們這些生活在信仰相對自由的環境之現代信徒所欠缺的;其英文歌詞,同樣動人,至於由誰撰寫,我卻不得而知。

在網上找到一篇這首詩歌的簡介:http://www.churchinmarlboro.org/hymns/hymmary373.htm

做這個粵譯,要兼顧中英兩詞的原意,所花的時間頗長,來來回回也修改了數十次……

《恩主聖臉,天使常可得親見》

中詞:倪柝聲 Watchman Nee
Music by William James Kirkpatrick
粵譯:海牛

參:https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/ch/303
  https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1137

恩主聖臉 天使常可得親見
祂恩愛 卻未可分沾
祂的愛深廣 聖徒銘記在心
不過于今不見聖容
過不久眾聖徒便親睹主臉
得享受主榮光顯現
然聖母卻有幸看到主哭泣
得撫摸祂心中痛處
得撫摸主心裡疼痛
His countenance angels can often behold,
But ne’er taste His love in His grace;
His saints, though they know of His pure, boundless love,
Have never yet once seen His face.
His saints will before long His visage behold,
E’en in His bright glory will share;
But Mary, beholding His tears as He wept,
Could touch His heart’s agony there.
Could touch His heart’s agony there.

恩主真面貌 我們即將相見
今昔也未有此體驗
祂今於我心碎處撫摸治傷
他朝這觸感卻難嘗
那天嘴巴雖頌獻不息歌讚
可已沒再勤懇泣禱
難再得到穿越痛楚的安撫
不見苦境所生信靠
不見苦困所教虔信
We’ll soon see the Lord, as He is, face to face,
We’ll know Him as never before;
But that touch today, healing our broken heart,
In that day will be felt no more.
That day, though our lips offer unceasing praise,
No tears, then, nor prayers fervent burn;
Nor is there the comfort received through much pain,
Nor trust gained through trials to learn,
Nor trust gained through trials to learn.

他朝縱有光輝無比的冠冕
可苦架路亦已行完
主因我受難 苦裡甘美契通
只可今天跟祂共嘗
進安息 我眾自此再沒愁煩
可也沒有時機分擔
與恩主經試煉 替祂遭艱苦
因祂拋開今生暢快
因祂拋棄今世樂暢
Exceeding in glory, that day we’ll be crowned,
Yet there’ll be no cross to obey;
The sweet fellowship of His suff’rings for us
We only can share in today.
Once we’ve that rest entered, no weariness then,
Nor chance will remain to partake
The trials nor the hardships, nor happiness lost,
Nor suffering borne for His sake,
Nor suffering borne for His sake.

噢 跟主共患難時機不多了
跟祂甘受慢侮嘲笑
得祂與共艱苦 蒙福這的日子
將於不久一去不回
飽經孤單 鄙視 誤解的悲痛
將再莫見如煙失蹤
這跟主甘美合~一的祝福
主啊 於我珍惜寶貴
主啊 於我珍貴至寶
Oh, chances to suffer for Him are so few,
His shame and derision to bear;
Such blest opportunities soon pass away,
That He in our troubles may share.
All loneliness, misunderstandings and scorn
Despisings and sorrows will flee;
I treasure these blessings, for through them, O Lord,
I enter sweet oneness with Thee,
I enter sweet oneness with Thee.

恩主聖臉 但願能早早得見
跟主見面 樂不可支
今生試煉卻未求給我倖免
因這光陰珍貴亦甜
憐我 憫我 以大愛將我充滿
使我盡獻為主過活
免得我今生切盼他朝天福
他朝追悔卻已錯過
他朝追悔只有恨錯
I long to behold, Lord, Thy countenance soon,
What rapture with Thee, Lord, to meet.
But neither seek I all these trials to avoid;
Such times, Lord, are too rare and sweet.
Have mercy on me, fill me with Thy great love,
For Thee, Lord, to live at all cost;
Lest Thy servant, hoping for that blessed day,
That day, regret chances were lost,
That day, regret chances were lost.

向窮寡婦學習

馬可福音12:41-44(另見路21:1-4)所記那窮寡婦奉獻的行動,當然值得我們反思自己奉獻的態度,但馬可福音書作者似乎也花了不少字詞去描述耶穌如何教導門徒藉觀察別人的宗教行動來學習。耶穌明明在指教門徒要向那些被瞧不起的人學習,而不是向那些普遍受人景仰愛戴者學習。

《來看哪,父神賜我眾的愛》(Behold What Manner of Love)

《Behold What Manner of Love》是一首洗腦級的短詩,歌詞取材自約翰壹書3:1,可以不斷的重唱、輪唱,三十多年來,在坊間卻似乎還未見有一個粵譯版本,海牛一直也有把它翻譯的念頭,卻苦無靈感,今午又在hymnal.net遇見它,花了個多小時,就做了這個:

《來看哪,父神賜我眾的愛》

Written by Patricia Van Tine
粵譯:海牛

參:https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/ns/323

來看哪 父~神賜我眾的愛多深又多長
來看哪 父~神賜我眾的愛多高多廣闊
我竟跟你得稱上帝(或上主)親兒
我竟跟你得稱祂子女
Behold what manner of love
 The Father has given unto us,
Behold what manner of love
 The Father has given unto us,
That we should be called the sons of God,
That we should be called the sons of God.