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Path leading to Han Crag

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Ridiculous Cold Mountain Road
        Han Shan (Tang Dynasty)

The path to Hanshan's place is laughable,
A path, but no sign of cart or horse.
Converging gorges
        hard to trace their twists,
Jumbled cliffs
        unbelieveably rugged.
A thousand grasses bend with due,
A hill of pines hums in the wind.
And now I've lost the shortcut home,
Body asking shadow
        how do you keep up?
 
Kéxiào Hánshān Dào
Hánshān (Táng)

Kéxiào Hánshān dào,
Ér wú chē mǎ zōng.
Lián yù nán jì qǔ,
Dié zhàng bù zhī chóng.
Qì lù qiān bān cǎo,
Yín fēng yī yàng sōng.
Cǐ shí mí jìng chù,
Xíng wèn yǐng rú hé.

 
Translator: Gary Snyder 史耐德

Notes:
From Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, Shoemaker and Hoard, Washington DC

 
 
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