Wang Wei: With Regards, A Poetic Reply to the Emperor, Made From Penglai to Xing Qing, On a Pavilion Skywalk in Mid-Spring

With Regards, A Poetic Reply to the Emperor, Made From Penglai to Xing Qing, On a Pavilion Skywalk in Mid-Spring
奉 和 圣 制 从 蓬 莱 向 兴 庆 阁 道 中 留 春 雨 中 望 之 作 应 制
渭 水 自 萦 秦 塞 曲
黄 山 旧 绕 汉 宫 斜。
銮 舆 迴 出 仙 门 柳
阁 道 回 看 上 苑 花。
云 里 帝 城 双 凤 阙
雨 中 春 树 万 人 家。
为 乘 阳 气 行 时 令
不 是 宸 游 重 物 华。
Feng He Sheng Zhi Cong Peng Lai Xiang Xing Qing Ge Dao Zhong Liu Chun Yu Zhong Chun Wang Zuo Ying Zhi

Wei shui zi ying qin sai qu
Huang shan jiu rao han gong xie.
Luan yu hui chu xian men liu
Ge dao hui kan shang yuan hua.

Yun li di cheng shuang feng que
Yu zhong chun shu wan ren jia.
Wei cheng yang qi xing shi ling
Bu shi chen you zhong wu hua.

 

With Regards, A Poetic Reply to the Emperor, Made From Penglai to Xing Qing, On a Pavilion Skywalk in Mid-Spring

A Qin strategic stronghold where the Wei River naturally winds around a river bend
Ancient Huangli Mountains coil about a sloped Han palace.
Imperial carriage bells tinkling while circling back from the Penglai gate willow trees
On the pavilion skywalk, turn around to see the palace’s enclosed flower garden.

So many clouds inside the emperor’s city, only see two phoenix watchtower gates
Rain on the spring trees and thousands of houses.
Take advantage of the sunnier weather, good time to travel out
It is not palace travel with the opulence that I think important.

 

Notes:

Penglai and Xing Qing: Scenic areas within the palace walls.

Qin:  The state of Qin encompassing Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

Enclosed flower garden: Literally means an enclosed ground for growing trees, and figuratively as a center for creating and appreciating art and literature.

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