|69. The Charger And The Miller|
A Charger, feeling the infirmities
of age, betook him to a mill instead of going out to battle. But when he was compelled to grind instead of serving in the wars, he bewailed his change of fortune, and called to mind his former state, saying, "Ah! Mille
r, I had indeed to go campaigning before, but I was barbed from counter to tail, and a man went along to groom me; and now, I cannot tell what ailed me to prefer the mill before the battle." " Forbear," said the Miller to him, "harping
on what you were of yore, for it is the common lot of mortals to sustain the ups and downs of fortune."
一匹老迈的战马，离开战场，投身到一个磨坊里去。 不过当它不服军役了，却被强迫要推磨，它悲伤自己乖舛的命运，回想起从前的情形，就说：。 「啊！磨坊主人，我以前固然一定要上战场，但我从头到尾，都有人给我洗刷，又有人按时饲养我；如今我真不知道，我为什么要离开战场，而来到磨坊？」 磨坊主人回答说：「不准恋恋不舍过去的事情，因为乐往悲来，是人世间所有事物共同的命运。」