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林肯的故事(英汉读物)

2009-10-09  伯利恒之...
 President Abraham Lincoln often visited hospital to tries to talk with  wounded  soldiers during the Civil War. Once, doctors pointed out a young soildier wbo was near death and Lincoln went over to his bedside. "Is there anything I call do for you?" asked the President.  The soldier obviously didn 't recognize Lincoln,   and with some effort he was able Io whisper, "Wouht you please write a letter to my medler?'


           A pen and a piece of paper were provided and the President carefully began writing down what the young man was able to say: "My dearest mother, l was badly hurt while doing mir duty. I'm afraid I'm not going to recover. Don't grieve too much for me, please. Kiss Mary and John for me. May God bless you and fatber."  The soldier was too weak to continue, so Lincoln signed the letter for him and added,    "Written for your son by Abraham Lincoln."


          The yonng man asked to see the note and was astonished when he discovered who had written it. "Are you really the President?" he asked. "Yes I am,"  Lincoht replied quietly.  Then be asked if there was anything else hecould do. "Would you please hold my hand?" the soldier asked. "It will help to see me through to the end." In the hushedI room, the tall gaunta President took the boy's hand in his and spoke warm words of encouragement until death came.


            在美国南北战争期间,亚伯拉罕·林肯总统时常到各个医院探望伤兵。一次,医生用手指向一个士兵并告诉总统这个士兵生命垂危,林肯于是走到他的床边问道:“我能为你做些什么吗?”士兵显然没有认出林肯,吃力地低声说道:“能帮找写封信给我妈吗?"

          有人拿来纸笔,总统开始认真记录年轻人很吃力地说出的每一句话:“亲爱的妈妈,我在战场上受了重伤,恐怕无法治愈了。请不要过于伤心。代我亲吻玛丽和约翰,愿上帝保佑您和爸爸。士兵已经无力再继续说下去,于是林肯替他签好名字并附上“亚伯拉罕·林肯代笔”的字样。


         年轻人请求看信,当他看到代笔人的名字时非常惊讶。“您真的是总统?”士兵问道。“是的,找是,”林肯轻声答道,并问他是否需要其他帮助。"请您握住我的手好吗?”  士兵请求说,“这样能帮助我走完人生的最后旅程。”  在寂静的房间里,瘦高憔悴的总统握着男孩的手,并不断地用温暖的话语鼓励他,直至死亡降临。

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