Improvised On Swallow Cliff


 
Search
 
About us
Contact us
 
 

 


Sunset on Yanziji as the Changjiang flows by

Slideshow  Google Map  Timeline  Timemap  Graphic Mode  Comments (0)

史可法







Improvised On Swallow Cliff
        Shi Kefa 1601-1645

I've come home 
        but can't meet my mother,
So close
        yet like a thousand miles!
At the precipice 
        clear wine and tears,
Drip down
        seep to the river bottom.
 
Yènzijī Kǒuzhàn
Shǐ Kěfǎ 1601-1645

Lái jiā bù miàn mǔ,
Zhǐchǐ yóu qiānlǐ.
Jītóu jiǔ qīnglèi,
Dīdī chén jiāng dǐ.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Shi Kefa wrote this poem in 1645 on Swallow Cliff just to the north of Nanjing. His mother was living in Nanjing and he wanted to visit and he wanted to vist her one more time. His orders to defend Nanjing against the oncoming Manchu forces were changed because Yangzhou was in danger of falling. He marched to Yangzhou to defend it, but was killed as Yangzhou fell to the Manchu forces..


 
 
Related Items:
Jiāngsū 江蘇
Nánjīnɡ 南京
Shǐ Kěfǎ Címù 史可法祠墓
Yángzhōu 揚州
Yànzíjī 燕子磯