Wide River
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Wide River by Pre-Qin Poetry
中文原文

南有乔木,不可休思。汉有游女,不可求思。汉之广矣,不可泳思。

江之永矣,不可方思。

翘翘错薪,言刈其楚。之子于归,言秣其马。汉之广矣,不可泳思。

江之永矣,不可方思。

翘翘错薪,言刈其蒌。之子于归。言秣其驹。汉之广矣,不可泳思。

江之永矣,不可方思。


English Translation

Tall trees in southern mountain,

nowhere i can enjoy the cool.

A fishing girl on the Han River,

nowhere i can show my passion.

Wide wide river,hard to ferry through.

Wide wide river,hard to row through.


Grass grows strong in the wood,

i cut the thorns and twigs all the day.

She's gonna be the bride with the hood,

i breed her horse and cats all the day.

Wide wide river,hard to ferry through.

Wide wide river,hard to row through.


Grass grows strong in the wood,

i pluck the songs and pansies on dark way

She's gonna be the bride with the hood,

i breed her pony and kitten in tender way.

Wide wide river,hard to ferry through.

Wide wide river,hard to row through.

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