The Lion and the Mouse

獅子與老鼠

 

 

A lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the mouse piteously entreated, saying:  "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness."  The lion laughed and let him go. 

有一隻獅子在睡夢中被從臉上跑過的老鼠吵醒了。獅子憤怒地跳起來,捉住老鼠,想要弄死牠。老鼠哀求道:「只要您肯饒了我的命,我將來一定報答您的恩德。」獅子便笑著放了牠。

 

It happened shortly after this that the lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth and set him free, exclaiming: "You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a mouse to con benefits on a lion."

過了不久,獅子被幾個獵人捉住,用強韌的繩子綑倒在地上。老鼠聽出獅子的吼聲,跑了過來,用牙齒咬斷繩索,釋放了牠,並大聲說:「你當時嘲笑我能夠幫你忙的想法,不指望我有什麼回報。但是現在你知道了,即使一隻老鼠,也有可能回報獅子的恩惠。」