First Day of Spring On Gold Ox Road


 
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Where is Gold Ox Road? This shot of Jiuhuashan.

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First Day of Spring On Gold Ox Road
        Yuan Hongdao 1568-1610

This is the day the farmer puts down his plow,
the young girl leaves her loom,
the scholar sets aside his books,
the official stops collecting taxes,
the merchant closes shop,
the fisherman hauls in his nets...
So why am I the only man
        walking dangerous slopes
                under towering mountains?
 
LìChūn Rì JīnNiú DàoZhōnɡ
Tiánfū chuò lěisì,
Hónɡnǚ tínɡ jīsuō.
Shìrén fèi jiǎnbiān,
Guānlì bà zhēnɡkē.
Shānɡɡǔ lí chánsì,
Yújiā shōu diàoluó.
Yú dú hé rén zhě,
Jùnlǐnɡ yǔ wēipō.
 
Translator: Jonathan Chaves 齊皎瀚

Notes:
From Jonathan Chaves's book Pilgrim of the Clouds, Yuan Hung-tao, John Weatherhill, Inc. 1978

 
 
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