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Small boat going upriver through the Yangtze Three Gorges.

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Traveling by Boat
Bai Juyi 772—846 

Written on the Way to Chiang-chou

Under sail, the sun getting higher,
but I go on idly dozing, still not up.
Up, I question the helmsman--
"We've made thirty li already!"
In the prow there's a portable stove
where we boil rice, cook red carp.
When I've eaten my fill, I stroll around,
rinse hands and mouth in the autumn river.
All my life I've longed to roam the waters--
What's more, I needn't give up family--
wife and child with me on the boat!
 
Zhōuxíng (Jiāngzhōu Lùshang Zuò)
Bái Jūyì 772—846

Fán yǐng rì jiàn gāo,
Xián mián yóu wèi qǐ.
Qǐ wèn gǔ xiè rén,
Yǐ xíng sānshí lǐ.
Chuántóu yǒu xíngzào,
Chuī tào péng huó lǐ.
Báo shí qǐ pósuō,
Guànshù qiū jiāngshuǐ.
Píngshēng cānglàng hì,
Yídàn lái yóu cǐ.
Hékuàn bù shī jiā,
Zhōu zhōng zài qī zǐ.
 
Translator: Burton Watson 華茲生

Notes:
即今江西九江市,东晋置江州,辖镜为江西大部,后南朝多次分割,使江州辖镜变小!
唐代在今江西九江同样因长江流经设江州,因沿袭时间较长,特别是元和十年白居易被贬任江州司马写下了脍炙人口的《琵琶行》名篇更令九江这个“江州”比较出名。一直到宋代、元代。


From Burton Watson's book of translations of Bai Juyi poems; Po Chu-I Selected Poems, Columbia University Press

 
 
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