<Song of Water Clock> Seeing Sun Juyuan off
- Poetry of Su Shi


- Last updated: 2024-03-23 17:07:35

<Song of Water Clock> Seeing Sun Juyuan off by Su Shi



English Translation

The water joins the sky,

The town girt with hils high,

This is al and of talents as of yore 

Your hair has turned white 

Of gold you make light,

You value friendship more 

East of the sea,

Where end the hills you see,

Boats come and go since days of old 

They have a date;

For you I'l wait.

Will you comeback with autumn cold?

The poet writes this lyric for Sun Ju yuan who left the capital together with him but went back before him.

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How to read a Chinese poem?
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