弥尔顿

刘皓明:瞽者的内明:弥尔顿

刘皓明:瞽者的内明:弥尔顿

Vision of the Blind John Milton. Works. Ed. Frank Allen Patterson. In 7 vols. NY: Columbia U.P., 1931-38. 1658年,约翰·弥尔顿失明已有六年了。就在这一年,弥尔顿某夜梦有所感,梦见了两年前死于难产的第二任妻子凯瑟琳(Catherine Woodcock)。这个梦成为一个契机,令弥尔顿写下了英国诗史中最著名的一首悼亡诗(Sonnet XXIII, “On His Deceased Wife”): Methought I saw my late espoused Saint Brought to me like Alcestis from the grave Whom Joves great son to her glad Husband gave, Rescu’d from death by force though pale and faint. Mine as whom washt from spot of child-bed taint, Purification in the old Law did save, And such, as yet once more I trust to have Full sight of her in Heaven without restraint, Came vested all in white, pure as her…