Returning To South Mountain At Yearend


 
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Returning To South Mountain At Yearend
        Meng Haoran 689-740

No more petitions at the North Palace Gate,
I return to my simple hut on South Mountain.
Incompetent, abandoned by the emperor,
Feeling sick, few old friends.
Grey hair urges me toward old age,
Springtime discards New Year's Eve.
Constant sorrow, no way to sleep,
A pale moon�
        Through the pines�
                Shimmers �
                        On my empty window.
 
Suìmù Guī Nánshān
Mèng Hàorán

Běiquì xiū shàngshū,
Nánshān guī bì lú.
Bùcái míngzhǔ qì,
Duōbìng gùrén shū.
Báifà cuī niánlǎo,
Qīngyáng bī suìchú.
Yǒng huái chóu bù mèi,
Sōng yuèyè chuāng xū.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
In the spring of 728 Meng Haoran went to Changan and sat for the 'Jinshi' examinations but failed to pass. At the end of the year he returned despondent to his home in Xiangyang. This poem must have been written at about this time.

 
 
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