Villages In The Hills, Five Quatrains, No. 4


 
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Villages In The Hills, Five Quatrains, No. 4
Su Shi 1036-1101

With bramble staff and bundles of cooked rice
        he hurried off,
Yet the copper coins passed through
        his hands in a flash.
What's he's won is a son
        whose accent has improved,
More than half the year
        they've spent in town!
 
Shān Cūn Wǔ Jué Qí Sì
Sū Shì 1036-1101

Zhàng lí guǒ fàn qù chōngchōng,
Guò yǎn qīng qián zhuǎn shǒu kōng.
Yíng dé értóng yǔ yīn hǎo,
Yì nián qiáng bàn zài chéng zhōng.
 
Translator: Ron Egan 艾朗諾

Notes:
From Ron Egan's definitive book on Su Shi (Su Dongpo), Word Image and Deed In The Life Of Su Shi, Harvard University Press. Used with permission. Professor Egan teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.

 
 
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