Written On The Dwelling of a Recluse


 
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Hermitage on Huashan, Shaanxi

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Written On The Dwelling of a Recluse
         Jia Dao 793-865

Even though you have a brushwood door,
it hasn't been shut for a long time;

A few clouds, a few trees
have been your only companions.

Still, I suspect if you stay longer,
people will learn of this spot;

We'll see you moving
higher on the mountain.

Alternate Translation by  東波 Dongbo:

Brushed on a Hermit's Hut

Although you brushwood door
        is hardly ever shut,
And a slice of clouds 
        one solitary tree
                help you idle away
                        your time.
Yet I suspect
        if you stay here longer
                people will find you,
Then you'll move
        even deeper
                in the mountains!
 
Tí Yǐnzhě Jū
Jiǎ Dǎo 763-865

Suí yǒu cháimén chāng bù guān,
Piàn yún Gūmù bàn shēn xiān.
Yóu xián zhù jiǔ rén zhī chù,
Jiàn nǐ yí jiā gèng shàng shān.
 
Translator: Mike O'Connor

 
 
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