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The Rainbow-Christina Rossetti

刊登日期: 2016.10.22
作者: Michelle Chan  

Boats sail on the rivers, 

And ships sail on the seas; 

But clouds that sail across the sky 

Are prettier than these. 

There are bridges on the rivers, 

As pretty as you please; 

But the bow that bridges heaven, 

And overtops the trees, 

And builds a road from earth to sky, 

Is prettier far than these. 

How would you describe a rainbow? Pretty? Colourful? Christina Rossetti praises rainbow as a wonderful creation. She claims that rainbow is much prettier than any bridge on earth. It is a bridge overtops trees and a road from the earth to the sky; the poet believes that it is a path to heaven as well. While many people know what a rainbow looks like, only a few of them could state that they have seen the end of a rainbow. There are many legends related to rainbow and one of them is related to an Irish mythical character, Leprechaun. Leprechauns are believed to be little bearded fellows in green outfits who play tricks on mankind. Some said Leprechauns are mischievous and ill-natured, while some argued that they are wealthy. Nevertheless, according to the legend, these loaded little fellows hide pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. Since it is so hard to look for the end, the treasure is almost impossible to be found. Leprechauns believe that their treasure is safe from all forms of stealing. Yet, there is always exception. How about looking for the end of a rainbow next time when you see one, and see if the legend is true? 

legends 傳說
mischievous 淘氣的
exception 例外

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