Written on Horseback on the Eighth Day of the Seventh Moon by Lu You (translation)七月八日馬上作。陸游

I regret missing Qixi Festival (last Monday)this year as I meant to translate a poem for that occasion. There are hundreds of Chinese poems written on that subject over hundreds of years but the Song Dynasty poet, Lu You (1125-1209) missed doing so and wrote this poem as he travelled the next day.  Lu You had been sent down and recalled by the court too many times, perhaps, or he was thinking of his beloved wife whom his mother forced him to divorce.



Written on Horseback on the Eighth Day of the Seventh Moon by Lu You

The water in the ditch has drowned the new moon

The scholar trees in the street stained the mist green

The river is bright after Qixi Festival as

The tired horse leaves the capital’s gate

The small towns’ lamps are being stirred

As the tall tower sounds its drums

Composing this poem eases my regret yet

The sadness remains after the sigh

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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6 Responses to Written on Horseback on the Eighth Day of the Seventh Moon by Lu You (translation)七月八日馬上作。陸游

  1. aruna3 says:

    Really.a very saddy thing to force tearing.

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  2. Subtle way of saying more to regret, perhaps the political climate of the time. Tired horses are leaving our capital.
    I am looking at the Chinese, and maybe to my old eyes, I’m seeing a prosody, also something early English verse. I see four sets of two columns each, the hemstitch in an old bard’s line, and five characters in each line. I am seeing five separate characters, but I don’t know enough Chinese to accurately distinguish.

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  3. A brilliantly apt choice, Mary

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  4. zdunno03 says:

    Reblogged this on Leonard Durso and commented:
    another translation from the Chinese by Mary Tang on her blog Life is But This


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