Inscribed on the Wall of West Forest Monastery


 
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西

蘇軾







Inscribed on the Wall of West Forest Monastery
Su Shi 1036-1101
 
From the side it's a mountain wall,
        from the end a single peak,
Near, far, high, low--
        each view is different.
I do not know Lu Mountain's
        true face,
Because I find myself 
        in the mountain's midst.
 
Tí Xīlín Bì
Sū Shì 1036-1101

Héng kàn chéng lǐng cè chéng fēng,
Yuǎn jìn gāo dī gè bùtóng.
Bù shí Lúshān zhēn miànmù,
Zhǐ yuán shēn zài cǐ shān 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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