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Small boat on the water between Leizhou Peninsula and Hainan

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Sending Zhang Sima Off to The South Seas
        Du Fu 712-770

Ma Yuan forged to the southern extremities,
Carved his proclamation upon a terrace.
To these Imperial command in three halls,
Hundreds of barbarian tribes submit.

To wild huts laden with tropical scents,
In spring mist you sail away. 
On the blue ocean 
        no one knows where,
                or when 
Heaven will send you back again...
 
Sòng Hánlín Zhang Sīmǎ Nánhǎi
Sòng Hánlín Zhang Sī Mǎ Nánhǎi Qín Lèshíbēi
Dù Fǔ 712-770

Guānmiǎn tōng Nánjī,
Wénzhāng luò shàng tái.
Zhào hòu sān diàn qù,
Bēi dào bǎi mán kāi.
Yé guǎn nóng huā fā,
Chūn fān xìyǔ lái.
Bùzhī cānghǎi shàng,
Tiān qiǎn kǐshí huí.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Ma Yuan was the famous Han Dynasty general who subdued the barbarians on the empire's southern borders.

 
 
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