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伊索寓言67:The Heron 鹭鸶

时间:2016-07-24 13:54:33   来源:速学网

A Heron was walking sedately along the bank of a stream, his eyes on the clear water, and his long neck and pointed bill ready to snap up a likely morsel for his breakfast. The clear water swarmed with fish, but Master Heron was hard to please that morning.

一只长颈长嘴的鹭鸶迈着一双长腿漫无目的地在河岸边散步,河水清澈见底,气候清爽怡人,鲤鱼和白斑狗鱼在水中自由地游弋。鹭鸶看着他们游到河边,本来可以轻而易举地将他们吃掉,但他没有这样做,他生活有规律,按时进餐,这时还没有胃口。

"No small fry for me," he said. "Such scanty fare is not fit for a Heron." Now a fine young Perch swam near."No indeed," said the Heron. "I wouldn't even trouble to open my beak for anything like that!"

没过多久,他有了食欲,于是走到河边,看到几条冬穴鱼游到水面,鹭鸶不喜欢这道菜,他要等上等的食物。冬穴鱼游走了之后,鱼又游了过来。“要我吃鱼。算了吧,我才懒得为他动嘴呢。再说上帝也不会同意!”

As the sun rose, the fish left the shallow water near the shore and swam below into the cool depths toward the middle. The Heron saw no more fish, and very glad was he at last to breakfast on a tiny Snail.   

可到了最后,当鹭鸶饥饿难耐却又见不到一条鱼的时候,他却为更差劲的食物张开了嘴。他看到了一只蜗牛,感觉既高兴又幸运,于是猛扑过去,把蜗牛吞进了嘴里。

Do not be too hard to suit or you may have to be content with the worst or with nothing at all.

人要学会满足,即所谓“知足常乐”。过于挑剔,有时会使自己一无所得。

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