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View to Northeast from peak of Xianglufeng

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Climbing Incense Burner Peak
Climbing Incense Burner Peak
---Bai Juyi
Tiao-tiao up Incense Burner Peak,
My heart hoards the memories.
Today I resolve to start up,
Tug at vines, mount perilous crags.
Hand over hand inch upward,
Three friends start with me,
Two dare not go further.
At last we summit the peak,
Dazzled, awe-struck, my spirt soars,
The void stretches ten thousand feet,
Where I stand only a few inches!
Until you see the whole world like this,
How can you know its vastness?
The Long River a narrow thread,
Pen Town could fit in my palm.
I chafe at my life.... so petty,
Unable to throw off the halter,
I turn back with a sigh,
Grudgingly return to the Ant's Nest.
 
Deng Xianglufeng Ding
---Bái Jūyì

Tiáotiáo Xiānglúfēng,
Xīn cún ér mù xiǎng.
Jīn rì fāng yī wǎng,
Pān luó tà wēi shī.
Shǒu zú láo fǔyǎng,
Tóng yóu sān sì rén.
Liǎng rén bù gǎn shàng,
Shàngdào fēng zhī dǐng.
Mùxuàn shén huǎnghuǎng,
Gāo dī yǒu wànxún.
Kuò xiá wúshù zhàng,
Bù qióng shì tīng jiè.
Yān shí yǔzhòu guǎng,
Jiāngshuǐ xì rú shéng.
Pénchéng xiǎo yú zhǎng,
Fēn wú hé xixiè.
Wèinéng tuō chén yàng,
Guīqù sī zì jiē,
Dītóu rù yǐ rǎng.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
“Wow!” or “Isn’t that just great?”

Stanley Fish, Think Again: The Uses of the Humanities, NY Times

 
 
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