At Jinxiang, Sending Off Wei the Eighth to the Western Capital


 
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At Jinxiang, Sending Off Wei the Eighth to the Western Capital
        Li Bo 699-762

A traveler arrived from Changan,
And then returned to Changan.
Crazed winds blow at my heart,
Then westward catch in the trees of Xianyang.
There's no saying how this feels,
Or if we'll ever meet again.
I look hard at the distance but see you not,
Mist rises from linked mountains.
 
Jīnxiānɡ Sònɡ Wéibā Zhī Xījīnɡ
Lǐ Bái 699-762

Kè zì chánɡ’ān lái,
Hái ɡuī chánɡ’ān qù.
Kuánɡfēnɡ chuī wǒ xīn,
Xī ɡuà xiányánɡ shù.
Cǐ qínɡ bù kě dào,
Cǐ bié hé shí yù.
Wànɡ wànɡ bú jiàn jūn,
Lián shān qǐ yānwù.
 
Translator: Paula Varsano 翻譯者

Notes:
Translation from Paula Varsano's great book on Li Bo, Tracking the Banished Immortal, The Poetry of Li Bo and Its Critical Reception, University of Hawaii Press, 2003.

 
 
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