現代英語 2021/12/23-24 (1-2)おじいさんの時計 “Grandfather’s Clock





現代英語 2021/12/24 Winter special-2

I’ll sing the song from my heart, so I hope it touches yours.

-Grandfather’s Clock
My grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor.
It was taller by half than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born,
And was always his treasure and pride.
But it stopped short, never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short, never to go again,
When the old man died.

In watching its pendulum swing to and fro,
Many hours had he spent while a boy.
And in childhood and manhood the clock seemed to know
And to share both his grief and his joy.
For it struck twenty-four when he entered at the door
With a blooming and beautiful bride.
But it stopped short, never to go again,
When the old man died.

Ninety years without slumbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,

It stopped short, never to go again,
When the old man died.

It rang an alarm in the dead of the night,
An alarm that for years had been dumb.
And we knew that his spirit was pluming for flight,
That his hour of departure had come.
Still the clock kept the time with a soft and muffled chime
As we silently stood by his side.
But it stopped short, never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short, never to go again,
When the old man died.

-Words & Phrases
pendulum (時計の)振り子
to and fro 行ったり来たり、左右に、前後に
manhood (男性の)大人時代
grief (深い)悲しみ、苦悩
bloom (花が)咲く
ring 鳴らす、(鐘が)鳴る、響き渡る
dumb 黙っている、口のきけない
plume 羽、(飛ぶ準備として)翼を整える
flight fly すること、飛び立つこと ※ここでは「昇天」
departure (旅への)出発、(空港からの)出国
muffle (音を弱めるために)包む、くるむ、(音を)弱める
chime (美しい)鐘の音、チャイム

現代英語 2021/12/23 Winter special
Winter Special
「おじいさんの時計」 “Grandfather’s Clock”
It’s a lovely song about an old man and his treasured clock, and sort of celebrates the old man’s life.
I didn’t really notice the song before we recorded it for the program, but when I really listen to it, it became a very beautiful special song to me, too.
I hope you enjoy it.
-Words & Phrases
clock 時計、携帯用の時計 (watch) ではない「振り子時計」や「置き時計」
shelf 棚、シェルフ
weigh ~の weight(重さ)がある
pennyweight (重量単位) ペニーウェイト、およそ 1.555 グラム
morn morning の詩語
chorus 合唱、コーラス、繰り返し句
slumber sleep の文語、(安らかに)眠る、まどろむ

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