A baby mole[鼹鼠] got to feeling big,
And wanted to show how he could dig;
So he plowed[犁耕] along in the soft, warm dirt
Till he hit something hard, and it surely hurt!
A dozen stars flew out of his snout[口鼻部];
He sat on his haunches[腿臀部], began to pout[撅嘴];
Then rammed[撞击] the thing again with his head—
His grandpa picked him up half dead.
“Young man,” he said, “though your pate[脑袋] is bone.
You can't butt[碰撞] your way through solid stone.
This bit of advice is good, I've found:
If you can't go over or under, go round.”
A traveler came to a stream one day,
And because it presumed[假定] to cross his way,
And wouldn't turn round to suit his whim[一时的兴致]
And change its course to go with him,
His anger rose far more than it should,
And he vowed he'd cross right where he stood.
A man said there was a bridge below,
But not a step would he budge[挪动] or go.
The current was swift and the bank was steep,
But he jumped right in with a violent leap.
A fisherman dragged him out half-drowned:
“When you can't go over or under, go round.”
If you come to a place that you can't get through,
Or over or under, the thing to do
Is to find a way round the impassable wall,
Not say you'll go YOUR way or not at all.
You can always get to the place you're going,
If you'll set your sails as the wind is blowing.
If the mountains are high, go round the valley;
If the streets are blocked, go up some alley;
If the parlor-car[特等客车]'s filled, don't scorn[不屑] a freight[货运列车];
If the front door's closed, go in the side gate.
To reach your goal this advice is sound:
If you can't go over or under, go round!