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塞翁失马 The Old Frontiersman Losing His Horse-a Blessing in Disguise

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塞翁失马

战国 时期

有一位老人,名叫塞翁。他养了许多马,一天马群中忽然有一匹走失 了。邻居们听到这事,都来安慰 他不必太着急,年龄大了,多注意身体。塞翁见有人劝慰,笑笑说:“丢了一匹马损失不大,没准还会带来福气 。”


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There was an old man in the Warring States Period, who was called the old frontiersman. He raised a lot of horses, one of which wandered away from the group one day. Hearing about this, the neighbors of this old man, came to comfort him saying that he was of venerable age and should mind his health by not being too upset about the loss of one horse. The old frontiersman said with a genial smile: "it's not a heavy loss, losing one horse, who knows but that this may be a blessing in disguise?"

邻居听了塞翁的话,心里觉得好笑。马丢了,明明是件坏事,他却认为也许是好事,显然是自我安慰而已。可是过了没几天,丢马不仅自动回家,还带回一匹骏马。
Hearing about this, his neighbors felt rather amused. The loss of a horse could never be considered a good thing, so his way of thinking was clearly him trying to console himself over the loss. However, several days later, the horse that wandered off returned, accompanied with another horse of very good quality.

邻居听说马自己回来了,非常佩服塞翁的预见 ,向塞翁道贺说:“还是您老有远见,马不仅没有丢,还带回一匹好马,真是福气呀。”
Upon hearing that the lost horse had come back, his neighbours were suprised at the old man's brilliant foresight. They congratulated him, saying that the intial loss of the horse was truly a blessing in disguise, that returned bearing unforeseen fruit.

塞翁听了邻人的祝贺,反到一点高兴的样子都没有,忧虑地说:“白白得了一匹好马,不一定是什么福气,也许惹出什么麻烦 来。”
But the old man looked anxious, saying: "Gaining a fine horse without work may soon bring me misfortune".

邻居们以为他故作姿态纯属老年人的狡猾 。心里明明高兴,有意不说出来。塞翁有个独生子,非常

喜欢骑马。他发现带回来的那匹马顾盼生姿,身长蹄大,嘶鸣嘹亮,膘悍神骏,一看就知道是匹好马。他每天都骑马出游,心中洋洋得意。
The neighbours thought that he was just being self-decieving. He surely felt happy about gaining another horse, and was just saying nothing about it to seem modest. Now, this old man had a single son, who loved riding very much. His son took to riding this newly-arrived horse very happily, as the horse was clearly an excellent one, with a long body, big hoofs, with a neigh like a bell.

一天,他高兴得有些过火,打马飞奔,一个趔趄 ,从马背上跌下来,摔断了腿。邻居听说,纷纷来慰问。
Sadly, one day, he fell from the horse's back, and broke his leg. The neighbours once again came to the old man's house to console him.

塞翁说:“没什么,腿摔断了却保住性命,或许是福气呢。”邻居们觉得他又在胡言乱语。他们想不出,摔断腿会带来什么福气。
The old man once again just said: "Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise." The neighbours thought again that this was just the ravings of an old man, clearly there was no way for a broken leg to be a blessing.

不久,匈奴兵大举入侵,青年人被应征入伍,塞翁的儿子因为摔断了腿,不能去当兵。入伍的青年都战死了,唯有塞翁的儿子保全了性命。
It was not long before the northern tribes started a big invasion of the border regions. A lot of young men were recruited into the army, but the old frontiersman's son didn't join in the fighting because he was crippled. Many of the young men in the army died, only the old man's son survived.

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