A Great Wind
- Poetry of Liu Bang

《大风歌》

- Last updated: 2024-06-06 11:29:28

A Great Wind by Liu Bang
中文原文

大风起兮云飞扬,

威加海内兮归故乡。

安得猛士兮守四方。


English Translation

A great wind came forth,

the clouds rose on high.

Now that my might rules all within the seas,

I have returned to my old village.

Where will I find brave men to guard the four corners of my land?

The Song of the Great Wind is a song composed by Liu Bang in 195 BC when he visited his hometown in Pei County after suppressing Ying Bu's rebellion. He prepared a banquet and invited all his old friends and townsfolk to join him. After some drinks, Liu Bang played the guqin and sang the Song of the Great Wind (大風歌).

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