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Grand Canal near Xiuzhou, Zhejiang Province

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For Elder Wen, a Country Monk and Abbot of the Baoben Buddhist Temple of Xiu Zhou
        Su Shi 1036-1101

My mountain home thousands of miles away ― merely a thing to dream of;
The vernacular of Wu ― now my children's tongue.
Every time I chat with this old man from Shu,
The green of Mt. Emei sweeps across the horizon from end to end.
The master, having attained the true Dao, has given up all the words;
Only I would search for the right phrase ― with no other credit to claim..
Next year I will go and collect herbs on Mt. Tiantai,
And fill the entire east of Zhejiang with my poems.
 
Xiùzhōu Bào Běn Chányuàn Xiāng Sēng Wéncháng Lǎo Fāngzhàng
Sū Shì 1036-1101

Wàn lǐ jiā shān yī mèng zhōng,
Wú yīn jiàn yǐ biàn értóng.
Měi féng Shú sǒu tán zhōng rì,
Biàn jué Éméi cuì sǎo kōng.
Shī yǐ wàng yán zhēn yǒu dào,
Wǒ chú sōu jù bǎi wú gōng.
Míngnián cǎi yào Tiāntái qù,
Gèng yù tí shī mǎn Zhè dōng.
 
Translator: Charles Q. Wu 吳千之

Notes:
Xiuzhou District 秀洲区 is today a district in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. It is located between Shanghai and Hangzhou, 90km to Shanghai, 80km to Hangzhou and 70km to Suzhou.

Xiuzhou was originally founded in the Spring and Autumn Period and lies on the Grand Canal.

 
 
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