|216. The Wasps, The Partriages, And The Farmer|
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nd the Partridges, overcome with thirst came to a Farmer and besought him to give them some water to drink. They promised amply to repay him the favour which they asked. The Partridges declared that they would dig ar
ound his vines, and make them produce finer grapes. The Wasps said that they would keep guard and drive off thieves with their stings. The Farmer, interrupting them, said: "I have already two oxen, who, without makin
g any promises, do all these things. It is surely better for me to give the water to them than to you."
黄蜂和鹧鸪都很口渴，因此来到一位农夫的住处，请求给它们一点水喝。 如果他允诺它们的请求，它们就答应会重重的报答他。 鹧鸪说它们愿帮忙掘他的葡萄树四周的土壤，使这些树生长出更好的葡萄。 黄蜂说它们愿意来看守，用它们的刺去驱赶窃贼。 农夫阻止它们说：「我已经有了两条牛，它们并没有什么请求，可是已做着这一切的工作。 对于我拿水给它们喝，实在比给你们要好一些呢。」