|211. The Fowler And The Viper|
A Fowler, taking his bird-lime and
his twigs, went out to catch birds. Seeing a thrush sitting upon a tree, he wished to take it, and fitting his twigs to a proper length, he watched intently, having his whole thoughts directed towards the sky. While
thus looking upwards, he unawares trod upon a Viper asleep just before his feet. The Viper, turning towards him, stung him; and he, falling into a swoon, said to himself, "Woe is me! that while I proposed to hunt another, myself fa
llen unawares into the snares of death."
一个捕鸟的人，带着他的捕鸟胶和粘枝出去捉鸟。 他看见一只画眉鸟栖息在一棵树上，想捕捉住它，便将粘枝安置到一个适宜的地方，专心守候。他将整个的心思都注意到上面去了。 当他专心留意着上面，不知不觉地，踏到一条恰好睡在他脚前的毒蛇。 毒蛇回头来咬他；他昏过去之前，对自己说：「我实在活该！当我要捉别的东西时，自己却不知不觉跌入另一个死亡陷阱里去了。」