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尼俄伯 Niobe

更新时间:2009-09-11    来源/发布:www.en369.cn    作者/编辑:admin

Niobe,the queen of Thebes,had indeed good reason to be proud of her herself .Both her father and mother were gods.Her husband was a capable and outstanding musician.And she was both wealthy and powerful.But what made her the happiest lady in the world was her fourteen children,seven manly sons and seven beautiful daughters.They were allso strong and fair that the whole world looked upon them with admiration.

It happened at the time that every spring the Theban women gathered at the temple of Leto to offer flowers at the altars of the great mother.She had given birth to two grand children,Apollo and Artemis.Her women showed a great deal of loyalty and respect to her.This made Niobe jealous and angry.When the nuns of Leto called the women again to the sacred place of the mistress of Zeus one spring,Niobe decided to put an end to the foolish act forever.In her pretty flowing robe she came to the women and blamed the crowd for their mad faith in a goddess.They had never seen this goddess.Niobe declared herself nobler and greater,and
demanded to be admired in place of Leto,who,she said,was no more than a poor mother of two children.The frightened women were loyal to the queen,and left the sacred place in silence.Leto was neglected.

Standing on top of a hill overlooking Thebes ,Leto saw all this and was ready to pay back.She found out Apollo and Artemis and told them the story.Before long,the impatient Apollo arrived outside Thebes in hidden clouds.The seven sons of Niobe were playing on the ground,two riding horses and two wrestling while the other princes happily stood by.Appllo held out his bow.One by one the princes fell under his accurate shooting.Even the youngest,who prayed for mercy,was not spared.

Niobe was greatly changed.She was all sorrow and grief,but her rude spirit was not put down.She came to the dead bodies of her sons with her daughters and let out a torrent of impolite words at Leto and her children.This time it was Artemls\' turn to draw her bowstring .Almost in a twinkling of an eye all the seven lively daughters fell,turning in their blood,and soon stopped to breathe.Niobe became numb of feeling .She sat among the fourteen dead bodies,motionless,her eyes blank,her tears rolling down her cold face.Her bitter anger had turned her into a stone!Later,a gust of wind swept her to her homeland in Asia,where she could still be seen sitting on top of a hill,tears of bitterness streaming out of her strong eyes.

底比斯王后尼俄伯的确该为自己感到骄傲。她的双亲都是神,她的丈夫是位无所不能出类拨萃的音乐家。她自己也是既有钱又有势。但真正使她成为世界上最幸福的女人的却是她那14个孩子,七位是拥有男子汉气概的小王子,七位是俏丽貌美的小公主。他们都是既强壮又俊俏,全世界都对他们赞不绝口。

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