Wang Wei: Meng City Mountain Pass

Meng City Mountain Pass

孟 城 坳
新 家 孟 城 口
古 木 馀 衰 柳。
来 者 复 为 谁?
空 悲 昔 人 有。
Meng Cheng Ao

Xin jia meng cheng kou
Gu mu yu shuai liu.                                                                                                                    Lai zhe fu wei shei ?
Kong bei xi ren you.

Meng City Mountain Pass

New house at a Meng City wall gate
Remaining ancient willow trees are weak and ailing.

For whom does the future repeat?
Past generations with empty sorrows.



The last two lines reminds me a lot of the lines in the book of Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

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