Đ Nîtñgel and ɖ Rôz │ Oscr Waild

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 sd ɖt ś wd dans wɖ m f I bròt hr red rozz,” craid ɖ yuñ Stydnt; “bt in ol mî gardn ɖr z no red rǒz.”

Fṛm hr nst in ɖ houm-oc tri ɖ Nîtngel hŕd him, n ś lct ǎt ʈru ɖ līvz, n wundrd.

“No red rǒz in ol mî gardn!” h craid, n hiz bytifl îz fild wɖ tirz. “Ā, on ẃt litl ʈñz dz hapinis dpnd! I hv réd ol ɖt ɖ wîz men hv ritn, n ol ɖ sīcrits v f̣loṣfi r mîn, yt fr wont v a red rǒz z mî lîf md rećid.”

“Hir at last z a tru luvr,” sd ɖ Nîtngel. “Nît aftr nît hv I suñ v him, ɖo I ń him nt: nît aftr nît hv I tld hiz stori t ɖ starz, n nǎ I si him. Hiz her z darc az ɖ haysinʈblosm, n hiz lips r red az ɖ rǒz v hiz dzîr; bt paśn hz md hiz fes lîc pel îṿri, n soro hz set hr sìl upn hiz brǎ.”

“Ɖ Prins gvz a bōl tmoro nît,” mrmrd ɖ yuñ Stydnt, “n mî luv wl b v ɖ cumṗni. F I brñ hr a red rǒz ś wl dans wɖ m tl dōn. F I brñ hr a red rǒz, I śl hold hr in mî armz, n ś wl līn hr hed upn mî śoldr, n hr hand wl b claspt in mîn. Bt ɖr z no red rǒz in mî gardn, so I śl sit lonli, n ś wl pas m bî. Ś wl hv no hīd v m, n mî hart wl brec.”

“Hir indd z ɖ tru luvr,” sd ɖ Nîtngel. “Ẃt I sñ v h sufrz: ẃt z jô t m, t him z pen. Śrli Luv z a wundrfl ʈñ. It z mor preśs ɖn emṛldz, n dirr ɖn fîn oṗlz. Prlz n poṃgranits canot bai it, nr z it set fʈ in ɖ marcitples, it me nt b prć̣st v ɖ mrćnts, nor cn it b weid ǎt in ɖ baḷns fr gold.”

“Ɖ ḿziśnz wl sit in ɖer gaḷri,” sd ɖ yuñ Stydnt, “n ple upn ɖer strñd instṛmnts, n mî luv wl dans t ɖ sǎnd v ɖ harp n ɖ vaylin. Ś wl dans so lîtli ɖt hr fīt wl nt tuć ɖ flor, n ɖ cortịrz in ɖer ge dresz wl ʈroñ rnd hr. Bt wɖ m ś wl nt dans, fr I hv no red rǒz t gv hr;” n h fluñ himslf dǎn on ɖ gras, n berid hiz fes in hiz handz, n wept.

“Ẃ z h wīpñ?” asct a litl Grīn Liẓd, az h ran past him wɖ hiz teil in ɖ er.

“Ẃ, indd?” sd a Buṭflî, hu wz fluṭrñ abt aftr a súnbīm.

“Ẃ, indd?” ẃisprd a Dezi t hiz nebr, in a soft, lo vôs.

“H z wīpñ fr a red rǒz,” sd ɖ Nîtngel.

“Fr a red rǒz!” ɖe craid; “hǎ vri ṛdikyḷs!” n ɖ litl Liẓd, hu wz smʈñ v a sinic, laft ǎtrît.

Bt ɖ Nîtngel unḍstd ɖ sīcrit v ɖ Stydnt’s soro, n ś sat sîḷnt in ɖ octrī, n ʈt abt ɖ misṭri v Luv.

Sudnli ś spred hr brǎn wñz fr flît, n sōrd intu ɖ er. Ś pást ʈru ɖ grov lîc a śado, n lîc a śado ś sêld acrs ɖ gardn.

In ɖ sntr v ɖ grasplot wz standñ a bytifl Rǒztrī, n ẃn ś sw it, ś flù ovr t it, n lit upn a spre.

“Gv m a red rǒz,” ś craid, “n I wl sñ y mî swītist soñ.”

Bt ɖ Tri śc its hed.

“Mî rozz r ẃît,” it ansrd; “az ẃît az ɖ fom v ɖ sì, n ẃîtr ɖn ɖ sno upn ɖ mǎntin. Bt g t mî bruɖr hu groz rnd ɖ old súndîl, n phps h wl gv y ẃt y wont.”

So ɖ Nîtngel flù ovr t ɖ Rǒztrī ɖt wz growñ rnd ɖ old súndîl.

“Gv m a red rǒz,” ś craid, “n I wl sñ y mî swītist soñ.”

Bt ɖ Tri śc its hed.

“Mî rozz r yelo,” it ansrd; “az yelo az ɖ her v ɖ mrmeidn hu sits upn an ambr ʈron, n yelowr ɖn ɖ daf̣dil ɖt blūmz in ɖ medo bfr ɖ mowr cmz wɖ hiz sîɖ. Bt g t mî bruɖr hu groz bnʈ ɖ Stydnt’s windo, n phps h wl gv y ẃt y wont.”

So ɖ Nîtngel flù ovr t ɖ Rǒztrī ɖt wz growñ bnʈ ɖ Stydnt’s windo.

“Gv m a red rǒz,” ś craid, “n I wl sñ y mî swītist soñ.”

Bt ɖ Tri śc its hed.

“Mî rozz r red,” it ansrd, “az red az ɖ fīt v ɖ duv, n redr ɖn ɖ gret fanz v coṛl ɖt wev n wev in ɖ oṣ́ncavn. Bt ɖ wintr hz ćild mî veinz, n ɖ frost hz nipt mî budz, n ɖ storm hz brocn mî branćz, n I śl hv no rozz at ol ɖs yir.”

“Wn red rǒz z ol I wont,” craid ɖ Nîtngel, “onli wn red rǒz! Z ɖr no we bî ẃć I cn gt it?”

“Ɖr z a we,” ansrd ɖ Tri; “bt it z so teribl ɖt I der nt tel it t y.”

“Tel it t m,” sd ɖ Nîtngel, “I am nt afred.”

“F y wont a red rǒz,” sd ɖ Tri, “y mst bild it ǎt v ḿzic bî mūnlît, n sten it wɖ yr ǒn hart’s-blud. Y mst sñ t m wɖ yr brest agnst a ʈorn. Ol nît loñ y mst sñ t m, n ɖ ʈorn mst pirs yr hart, n yr lîfblud mst flo intu mî veinz, n bcm mîn.”

“Deʈ z a gret prîs t pe fr a red rǒz,” craid ɖ Nîtngel, “n Lîf z vri dir t ol. It z pleznt t sit in ɖ grīn wŭd, n t woć ɖ Sún in hiz ćarịt v gold, n ɖ Mūn in hr ćarịt v prl. Swīt z ɖ sént v ɖ hwʈorn, n swīt r ɖ blu-blz ɖt hîd in ɖ vali, n ɖ heɖr ɖt bloz on ɖ hil. Yt Luv z betr ɖn Lîf, n ẃt z ɖ hart v a brd cmperd t ɖ hart v a man?”

So ś spred hr brǎn wñz fr flît, n sōrd intu ɖ er. Ś swept ovr ɖ gardn lîc a śado, n lîc a śado ś sêld ʈru ɖ grov.

Ɖ yuñ Stydnt wz stl layñ on ɖ gras, ẃr ś hd left him, n ɖ tirz wr nt yt drî in hiz bytifl îz.

“B hapi,” craid ɖ Nîtngel, “b hapi; y śl hv yr red rǒz. I wl bild it ǎt v ḿzic bî mūnlît, n sten it wɖ mî ǒn hart’s blud. Ol ɖt I asc v y in rtrn z ɖt y wl b a tru luvr, fr Luv z wîzr ɖn F̣loṣfi, ɖo ś z wîz, n mîtịr ɖn Pǎr, ɖo h z mîti. Flem-culrd r hiz wñz, n culrd lîc flem z hiz bodi. Hiz lips r swīt az huni, n hiz breʈ z lîc franc̣nsens.”

Ɖ Stydnt lct p fṛm ɖ gras, n lisnd, bt h cd nt unḍstand ẃt ɖ Nîtngel wz seyñ t him, fr h onli ń ɖ ʈñz ɖt r ritn dǎn in bcs.

Bt ɖ Octrī unḍstd, n flt sad, fr h wz vri fond v ɖ litl Nîtngel hu hd bilt hr nst in hiz branćz.

“Sñ m wn last soñ,” h ẃisprd; “I śl fīl vri lonli ẃn y r gn.”

So ɖ Nîtngel sañ t ɖ Octrī, n hr vôs wz lîc wōtr bublñ fṛm a silvr jar.

Ẃn ś hd finiśt hr soñ ɖ Stydnt got p, n pld a not-bc n a ledpensl ǎt v hiz pocit.

“Ś hz form,” h sd t himslf, az h wōct awe ʈru ɖ grov – “ɖt canot b dnaid t hr; bt hz ś got fīlñ? I am afred nt. In fact, ś z lîc most artists; ś z ol stîl, wɖǎt eni sinseṛti. Ś wd nt sacṛfîs hrslf fr uɖrz. Ś ʈncs mirli v ḿzic, n evrbdi nz ɖt ɖ arts r slfiś. Stl, it mst b admitd ɖt ś hz sm bytifl nots in hr vôs. Ẃt a piti it z ɖt ɖe d nt mīn enʈñ, or d eni practcl gd.” N h wnt intu hiz rūm, n le dǎn on hiz litl palitbed, n bgan t ʈnc v hiz luv; n, aftr a tîm, h fél aslip.

N ẃn ɖ Mūn śon in ɖ hevnz ɖ Nîtngel flù t ɖ Rǒztrī, n set hr brest agnst ɖ ʈorn. Ol nît loñ ś sañ wɖ hr brest agnst ɖ ʈorn, n ɖ cold cristl Mūn līnd dǎn n lisnd. Ol nît loñ ś sañ, n ɖ ʈorn wnt dīpr n dīpr intu hr brest, n hr lîfblud ebd awe fṛm hr.

Ś sañ frst v ɖ brʈ v luv in ɖ hart v a bô n a grl. N on ɖ topmost spre v ɖ Rǒztrī ɖr blosmd a marvḷs rǒz, petl folowñ petl, az soñ foloud soñ. Pel wz it, at frst, az ɖ mist ɖt hañz ovr ɖ rivr – pel az ɖ fīt v ɖ mornñ, n silvr az ɖ wñz v ɖ dōn. Az ɖ śado v a rǒz in a mirr v silvr, az ɖ śado v a rǒz in a wōtrpūl, so wz ɖ rǒz ɖt blosmd on ɖ topmost spre v ɖ Tri.

Bt ɖ Tri craid t ɖ Nîtngel t pres closr agnst ɖ ʈorn. “Pres closr, litl Nîtngel,” craid ɖ Tri, “or ɖ De wl cm bfr ɖ rǒz z finiśt.”

So ɖ Nîtngel prest closr agnst ɖ ʈorn, n lǎdr n lǎdr grù hr soñ, fr ś sañ v ɖ brʈ v paśn in ɖ soul v a man n a meid.

N a delic̣t fluś v pnc cem intu ɖ līvz v ɖ rǒz, lîc ɖ fluś in ɖ fes v ɖ brîdgrūm ẃn h cisz ɖ lips v ɖ brîd. Bt ɖ ʈorn hd nt yt rīćt hr hart, so ɖ rǒz’z hart rmend ẃît, fr onli a Nîtngel’z hart’s-blud cn crimzn ɖ hart v a rǒz.

N ɖ Tri craid t ɖ Nîtngel t pres closr agnst ɖ ʈorn. “Pres closr, litl Nîtngel,” craid ɖ Tri, “or ɖ De wl cm bfr ɖ rǒz z finiśt.”

So ɖ Nîtngel prest closr agnst ɖ ʈorn, n ɖ ʈorn tućt hr hart, n a firs pañ v pen śot ʈru hr. Bitr, bitr wz ɖ pen, n wîldr n wîldr grù hr soñ, fr ś sañ v ɖ Luv ɖt z pfctd bî Deʈ, v ɖ Luv ɖt dîz nt in ɖ tūm.

N ɖ marvḷs rǒz bcem crimzn, lîc ɖ rǒz v ɖ īstn scî. Crimzn wz ɖ grdl v petlz, n crimzn az a rūbi wz ɖ hart.

Bt ɖ Nîtngel’z vôs grù fentr, n hr litl wñz bgan t bìt, n a film cem ovr hr îz. Fentr n fentr grù hr soñ, n ś flt smʈñ ćocñ hr in hr ʈrot.

Ɖen ś gev wn last brst v ḿzic. Ɖ ẃît Mūn hŕd it, n ś fgot ɖ dōn, n lingrd on in ɖ scî. Ɖ red rǒz hŕd it, n it trembld ol ovr wɖ xṭsi, n opnd its petlz t ɖ cold mornñ-er. Eco bōr it t hr prpl cavn in ɖ hilz, n woc ɖ slīpñ śepdz fṛm ɖer drīmz. It flotd ʈru ɖ rìdz v ɖ rivr, n ɖe carid its mesij t ɖ sì.

“Lc, lc!” craid ɖ Tri, “ɖ rǒz z finiśt nǎ;” bt ɖ Nîtngel md no ansr, fr ś wz layñ ded in ɖ loñ gras, wɖ ɖ ʈorn in hr hart.

N at nūn ɖ Stydnt opnd hiz windo n lct ǎt.

“Ẃ, ẃt a wundrfl pìs v luc! h craid; “hir z a red rǒz! I hv nvr sìn eni rǒz lîc it in ol mî lîf. It z so bytifl ɖt I am śr it hz a loñ Latin nem;” n h līnd dǎn n pluct it.

Ɖen h pt on hiz hat, n ran p t ɖ Pṛfesr’z hǎs wɖ ɖ rǒz in hiz hand.

Ɖ dōtr v ɖ Pṛfesr wz sitñ in ɖ dorwê wîndñ blu silc on a rīl, n hr litl dog wz layñ at hr fīt.

“Y sd ɖt y wd dans wɖ m f I bròt y a red rǒz,” craid ɖ Stydnt. Hir z ɖ redist rǒz in ol ɖ wrld. Y wl wer it tnît nxt yr hart, n az w dans tgɖr it wl tel y hǎ I luv y.”

Bt ɖ grl frǎnd.

“I am afred it wl nt g wɖ mî dres,” ś ansrd; “n, bsdz, ɖ Ćembrlin’z nefy hz snt m sm riyl juwlz, n evrbdi nz ɖt juwlz cost far mor ɖn flǎrz.”

“Wel, upn mî wrd, y r vri ungretfl,” sd ɖ Stydnt angṛli; n h ʈrù ɖ rǒz intu ɖ strīt, ẃr it fél intu ɖ gutr, n a cartẃīl wnt ovr it.

“Ungretfl!” sd ɖ grl. “I tel y ẃt, y r vri rūd; n, aftr ol, hu r y? Onli a Stydnt. Ẃ, I d’nt ḅliv y hv īvn got silvr buclz t yr śuz az ɖ Ćembrlin’z nefy hz;” n ś got p fṛm hr ćer n wnt intu ɖ hǎs.

“Ẃt a sili ʈñ Luv z,” sd ɖ Stydnt az h wōct awe. “It z nt haf az ysfl az Lojic, fr it dz nt pruv enʈñ, n it z olwz telñ wn v ʈñz ɖt r nt gwñ t hapn, n mcñ wn ḅliv ʈñz ɖt r nt tru. In fact, it z qt unpractcl, n, az in ɖs ej t b practcl z evrʈñ, I śl g bac t F̣loṣfi n studi Meṭfizcs.”

So h rtrnd t hiz rūm n pld ǎt a gret dusti bc, n bgan t rīd.

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