【少儿英语】101个儿童英语故事 第66期 一鸣惊人
Startling the World with a Single Cry
It had been three years since King Zhuang of Chu ascended the throne, but he had neitherissued a law nor dealt with any state affairs. Furthermore, there were no deeds worthmentioning.
All the civil and military officials of the court couldn’t understand what was thematter.
One day, a military official quietly asked King of Chu in the carriage:
“Your Majesty, I heard that in the south, there was a big bird dwelling in the hills.Three yearspassed, it neither flew nor cried. Could Your Majesty tell me the reason?”
King Zhuang of Chu smiled and answered:
“It didn’t spread its wings to fly for three years in order to grow full-fledged. It didn’t cry for three years in order to carefully observe the conditions of the people in the world.
This bird, once it flies, will soar high into the sky; once it cries, it will startle the world with a single cry.”
Another half a year passed before King Zhuang of Chu began to personally dminister stateaffairs. He abolished the old rules and regulations, issued nine new policies
sentenced fiveministers to death for their evil deeds and promoted six persons with real talents. From thenon, the state of Chu became stronger and stronger