<Riverside town> Hunting at Mizhou
- Poetry of Su Shi


- Last updated: 2024-03-23 14:32:19

<Riverside town> Hunting at Mizhou by Su Shi






English Translation

Rejuvenated,my fiery zeal I display:

Left hand leashing a yellow hound,

On the right wrist a falcon gray.

A thousand silk-capped and sable-coated horsemen sweep 

Across the rising ground 

And hillocks steep.

Townspeople come out of the city gate 

To watch the tiger-hunting magistrate.

Heart gladdened with strong wine, who cares 

For a few frosted hairs?

When will the imperial court send 

Me as envoy with flags and banners? Then I'll bend 

My bow like a full moon,and aiming northwest,

I Will shoot down the Wolf from the sky.

This poem was written in 1075 when the poet was magistrate of Mizhou."The Wolf"here stands for the Qiang tribesmen then fighting with the Hans.

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