Chinese Allegory: Mantis Catches the Cicada

Chinese Allegory: Mantis Catches the Cicada
较易 1689

中国双语寓言故事:螳螂捕蝉

Once, the King of the State of Wu wanted to invade the State of Chu.
一次,吴王要进攻楚国。

The King of Wu warned his ministers: "If anyone should dare to dissuade me from invading Chu again, I will put him to death."
吴王警告他的大臣们说: “有谁再敢来劝阻我进攻楚国,我就处死他。”

One young hanger-on of his wanted to dissuade him but didn't dare.
吴王的门客中有一个年青人,想去劝阻但又不敢。

He carried a slingshot, and for three consecutive days paced up and down in the King's back garden.
他怀里揣着弹弓,一连三个早晨在吴工的后花园里徘徊。

The dew wetted his clothes all through.
露水湿透了他的衣服。

One day, the King of Wu called him:"The dew has wetted your clothes to such a state.
一天,吴王叫住他:“露水把你的衣服湿成这个样子。

Why should you bear such hardship?"
你何必吃这个苦呢?”

The young man replied: "There is a cicada on a tree in this garden.
年青人回答说: “这个园子里,有一棵树,树上有一只蝉。

The cicada is high above, chirping leisurely and taking in the dew freely, not knowing that a mantis is right behind it.
蝉高高在上,悠闲地叫着,自由自在地吸着露水,却不知道有一只蝗螂在它身后呢!

The mantis, pressing its body close in a concealed place, is intent on catching the cicada, not knowing that a siskin is hiding right behind it.
螳螂把身子紧紧地贴在隐蔽的地方,只想去捕蝉,却不知道有一只黄雀早已躲在它的身后呢!

The siskin is stretching out its neck to peck at the mantis, not knowing that a man carrying a slingshot is under it.
黄雀正伸长了脖子想去啄螳螂,却不知道在它下面正有人拿着弹弓呢!

These three small creatures make every effort only to get the benefit before them but ignore entirely the disaster behind."
这三只小生物,只是力求得到它们眼前的利益,却全不管它们身后隐伏着祸患啊!”

Having heard the young man's words, the King of Wu suddenly saw the light and said: "What you said is right!"
吴王听了年青人的话后,恍然大悟说: “你说得好啊!”

Consequently, the King of Wu dropped his plan to invade the State of Chu.
于是,吴王就不再进攻楚国了。
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