Wang Wei: Received Mail From Governor Wei’s Imperial Guards Upon My Promotion

Received Mail From Governor Wei’s Imperial Guards Upon My Promotion

奉 寄 韦 太 守 陟
荒 城 自 萧 索
万 里 山 河 空。
天 高 秋 日 迥
嘹 唳 闻 归 鸿。
寒 塘 映 衰 草
高 馆 落 疏 桐。
临 此 岁 方 晏
顾 景 咏 悲 翁。
故 人 不 可 见
寂 寞 平 林 东。

 

Feng Ji Wei Tai Shou Zhi

Huang cheng zi xiao suo
Wan li shan he kong.
Tian gao qiu ri jiong
Liao li wen gui hong

Han tang ying shuai cao
Gao guan luo shu tong.
Lin ci sui fang yan
Gu jing yong bei weng
Gu ren bu ke jian
Ji mo ping lin dong.

 

Received Mail From Governor Wei’s Imperials Guards Upon My Promotion

Desolate land outside the city wall
Myself also deserted and solitary.
For thousands of miles, empty mountains and rivers
Tall sky, autumn sun far away.

Hear the loud and clear cries of returning geese
Frigid pond reflects wilted grasses.
Near tall buildings, thin and neglected paulownia trees have fallen down
On the verge of the end of this year.
Look back and notice a scene from the “Sad Old Man”.
Not able to see old friends
Flat eastern forest silent and lonely.

 

Notes:

Paulownia trees: Deciduous trees native to central and western China.

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