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Dust from Xianshan peak quarry covers old tablet

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李白







Teardrop Tablet
        Li Bo 699-762

From times past
Xian Mountain overlooks the Hanjiang,
Blue green river, sand shimmers like snow.
Here above, Falling Tears Tablet,
From times past
Obliterated by green moss.
 
Duòlèibēi
Xiànshān lín Hànjiāng,
Shuǐ lǚ shā rú xuě.
Shàng yǒu Duòlèi Bēi,
Qīngtái jiǔ mómiè.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
峴山 Xianshan,overlooks the Han River, to the south of the city of Xiangyang. Li Bo passed here on one of his trips up or down the river. The story is that during the 晉 Jin Dynasty 265-420, Yang Hu, a govenor of this district, climbed Xianshan to view the Han River and have a picnic. In the midst of the revelry he turned to his friends and remarked "that this mountain has stood here since the beginning of time and many famous men have climbed it. They are now gone and forgotton and soon we shall also vanish from the world". Then he shed tears. Later a tablet was erected here and it was this tablet that Li Bo found.

Today a quarry has gutted the peak of Xianshan. Next to the quarry is this dust caked tablet which may be the Teardop Tablet.

 
 
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