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Xingjiaosi in the mist

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Looking Out At South Mountain
Yuan Hongdao 1568-1610

(Full Title) Together With Zhu Feier, Wang Yixu, 
and Duan Huizhi I Stopped At Xingjiao temple 
And Looked Out At The View Of Sounth Mountain

The place is ancient..
        no histories say how old;
the terrace, crumbling...
        don't ask when it was built.
Fragrant winds
        blow across Wei Family Ridge;
brilliant snow light
        sparkles in Fan Stream.
The country temple, half-hidden
        by red maple leaves;
people's houses, interspersed
        with clumps of blue-green lotus.
Across the stream, the mountains
        are still more beautiful...
we mount our horses
        gallop inot the gray mist.
 
Xié ZhūFēièr WānɡYǐXū DuànHuīZhī Yǔ Zhōnɡ Tóu XìnɡJiāoSì Wànɡ NánShān
Yuán Hóngdào 1568-1610

Jì wǎnɡ xiū xún jì,
Tái qīnɡ mò wèn nián.
Fēnɡ xiānɡ lái wéi qǔ,
Xuě sè zhào fánchuān.
Yěsì zhē hónɡyè,
Rénjiɑ zhù cuì lián.
Gé xī shān ɡènɡ hǎo,
Qū mǎ rù cānɡyān.
 
Translator: Jonathan Chaves 齊皎瀚

Notes:
The Xingjiaosi is where the great Tang Dynasty monk Xuan Zang is buried.

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

 
 
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