Inscribed in The Inn At Tong Gate in An Autumn Trip To The Capital
- Poetry of Xu Hun

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Inscribed in The Inn At Tong Gate in An Autumn Trip To The Capital by Xu Hun
中文原文

红叶晚萧萧,长亭酒一瓢。

残云归太华,疏雨过中条。

树色随山迥,河声入海遥。

帝乡明日到,犹自梦渔樵。


English Translation

Red leaves are fluttering down the twilight

Past this arbour where I take my wine;

Cloud-rifts are blowing toward Great Flower Mountain,

And a shower is crossing the Middle Ridge.

I can see trees colouring a distant wall.

I can hear the river seeking the sea,

As I the Imperial City tomorrow --

But I dream of woodsmen and fishermen.

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