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9.大自我
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9.大自我                                          

 

  一切终于结束了。拜布络斯之王努夫西巴尔在自己的加冕典礼结束后,回到卧房,这是三位隐居深山的巫师替他建造的房子。他摘下王冠,脱下御衣,站在屋子中间陶醉起来:他是拜布洛斯的全权大王啦!

  忽然间他掉过头来,发现他母亲赠他的大银镜里,正走出一位赤身裸体的男子。

  国王大惊,对着此人喝问:"你要干什么?"

  赤身的男子答道:"我只有一问:为何人们立你为国王?"

  国王说:"因为我是这块土地上最高贵的男人。"

  男子:"你若仍然比人高贵,就做不了国王了。"

  国王:"因为我是这块土地上最勇猛的,他们立我为王。"

  男子:"你若依然勇猛如初,就做不了国王了。"

  国王:"因为我是人们中最富智慧的,人们立我为王。"

  男子:"你若仍旧富于智慧,就不会被选为国王了。"

  这时候国王猛然倒地,痛哭起来。

  赤身的男子低头看了看他,拿起王冠,轻轻地戴在国王垂下的头上。

  然后,他又以怜爱的目光注视着国王,随即走进银镜。

  国王站起,马上向镜中看去。他看到的,只是戴着王冠的自己。

The Greater Self

This came to pass. After the coronation of Nufsibaal King of Byblus, he retired to his bed-chamber - the very room which the three hermit-magicians of the mountains had built for him. He took off his crown and his royal raiment, and stood in the centre of the room thinking of himself, now the all-powerful ruler of Byblus.

Suddenly he turned; and he saw stepping out of the silver mirror which his mother had given him, a naked man. The king was startled, and he cried out to the man, "What would you?"

And the naked man answered, "Naught but this: Why have they crowned you king?"

And the king answered, "Because I am the noblest man in the land."

Then the naked man said, "If you were still more noble, you would not be king."

And the king said, "Because I am the mightiest man in the land they crowned me."

And the naked man said, "If you were mightier yet, you would not be king."

Then the king said, "Because I am the wisest man they crowned me king."

And the naked man said, "If you were still wiser you would not choose to be king."

Then the king fell to the floor and wept bitterly.

The naked man looked down upon him. Then he took up the crown and with tenderness replaced it upon the king's bent head.

And the naked man, gazing lovingly upon the king, entered into the mirror.

And the king roused, and straightway he looked into the mirror. And he saw there but himself crowned.

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