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クリスマスの詩(後編)『#5_クリスマス前夜』

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#5 Twas the Night Before Christmas

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

A Visit from St. Nicholas By Clement C. Moore

彼は全身に毛皮を着ていた。
彼の服は灰と煤で汚れていた。
彼はおもちゃの包みを背負っていた。
彼は駆け出しの行商人のようだった。

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

A Visit from St. Nicholas By Clement C. Moore

彼の瞳は輝いていて、楽し気にえくぼを作り、
頬は薔薇のような色で、鼻はサクランボみたいだった!
ひょうきんな口元は笑みを作り、
顎髭は雪のように白かった。

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.

A Visit from St. Nicholas By Clement C. Moore

彼はパイプの根元を咥えていて、
花輪のように煙が頭を囲んでいた。
彼は幅広の顔と丸いお腹をもっていて、
彼が笑うとゼリーのようにお腹が揺れた。

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

A Visit from St. Nicholas By Clement C. Moore

彼はぽっちゃりとしていて、ふくよかな、陽気な老エルフだった。
私は彼を見て思わず笑ってしまった。
彼はまばたきをして頭を捻った。
すぐに恐れる必要などないとわかった。

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

A Visit from St. Nicholas By Clement C. Moore

彼は言葉を発することなく仕事に取り掛かった。
全ての靴下をいっぱいにして、それから急に振り向いた。
そして内緒だと指を立てて、うなずいて、煙突を登った。

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

A Visit from St. Nicholas By Clement C. Moore

彼はソリに飛び乗り、口笛を吹いた。
そしてアザミの冠毛のように飛んでいった。
しかし私は彼が視界から消える前に叫ぶのを聞いた。
「ハッピークリスマス。おやすみなさい」

source:Twas the Night Before Christmas
A Visit from St. Nicholas
By Clement C. Moore
著者:クレメント・C・ムーア
Japanese translation
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