《恩主使我能活像光》(God Make My Life a Little Light 生命如光歌)

《生命如光歌》是另一首我輩由兒時至今常唱的詩歌,歌詞很易背誦,但其不協粵音之程度也確是一絕,一直也有把它重譯的念頭,卻發覺頗難做得好,恰巧這兩個星期公理堂的JoyfulKids就是唱著這個,於是重燃決心,花了數天,做了這個,雖不算太完美,也算是合格吧?!其中最難做的是每節的首句,尤其是第四、五兩節,而第五節整節也花了我數天時間來苦苦思考怎譯才能把原文的意思表達得好,最後仍是離不開劉廷芳、楊蔭瀏合譯的藍本。

《恩主使我能活像光》

Words by Ma­til­da Barbara Betham-Ed­wards
Music “NOX PRAECESSIT” by Jean Baptiste Calkin
粵譯:海牛

參:http://cyberhymnal.org/mid/n/o/x/nox_praecessit.mid

恩主使我能活像光
照明在此世上
如星火舌點燃耀眼
無論哪一方往
God make my life a little light
Within the world to glow;
A little flame that burneth bright,
Wherever I may go.

恩主使我能活像花
為鄰舍添笑臉
園圃雖似簡樸狹小
無礙我花開遍
God make my life a little flower
That giveth joy to all,
Content to bloom in native bower,
Although the place be small.

恩主使我能活像歌
紓愁悶解憂傷
詞曲鼓舞助人壯膽
還讓唱者歡暢
God make my life a little song
That comforteth the sad
That helpeth others to be strong,
And makes the singer glad.

恩主使我活像杖杆
讓疲弱可靠傍
求傾出我健強力氣
勤侍友親近鄰
God make my life a little staff
Whereon the weak may rest,
That so what health and strength I have
May serve my neighbors best.

恩主使我活似聖詩
柔和頌恩的詩
長青不朽忠信的詩
常頌主工妙奇
God make my life a little hymn
Of tenderness and praise,
Of faith, that never waxeth dim,
In all His wondrous ways.

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