|108. The Bee And Jupiter|
A Bee from Mount Hymettus, the queen of t
he hive, ascended to Olympus, to present to Jupiter some honey fresh from her combs. Jupiter, delighted with the offering of honey, promised to give whatever she should ask. She thereforebesought him saying, "Give me,
I pray thee, a sting, that if any mortal shall approach to take my honey, I may kill him." Jupiter was much displeased, for he loved much the race of man; but could not refuse the request on account of his promise. He
thus answered the Bee: "You shall have your request; but it will be at the peril of your own life. For if you use your sting, it shall remain in the wound you make, and then you will die from the loss of it."
Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.
一只从海密德斯山下来的蜜蜂，是蜂房的皇后，飞上奥林匹斯山，将它从蜂房里新取出来的蜂蜜，赠送一些给周彼得。 周彼得对于蜜蜂的贡献，非常的高兴，答应给它任何它所要求的东西。 因此，它就请求他说：「我求你给我一根刺，如此一来，如果有谁走近来取我的蜜，我便可以刺死他。」 周彼得十分不高兴，因为他很爱人类；但已经承诺了便不可反悔，。 所以他回答说：「你可以得到你所请求的东西；可是它会危及你自己的生命。 因为如果你一刺，它就留在你所刺的伤口，而你将因失去刺而死亡。」