Author: CHUNG Yoon Ngan
Date: 07-20-11 06:08
薛瑩詩 A poem by Xue Ying (生卒年不詳)
224. 秋日湖上 Autumn on the lake
落日五湖遊,---Luo4 ri4(*1A) wu3 hu2(*2B) you2,
煙波處處愁;---Yan bo chu4 chu4 chou2.
浮沈千古事,---Fu2 shen2 qian gu3 shi4,
誰與問東流.---Shui2 yu4 wen4 dong liu2(*3C).
The explanations in plain Chinese and English.
(1) 太陽落下來的時候, 我到太湖裏去遊玩,
When the sun sets I tour the Taihu,
(2) 那湖上的煙霧和波浪, 到處都惹入愁悶的.
The mist and the waves on the surface of the lake cause the gloomy atmosphere.
(3) 人如水一樣的浮沈, 試看千古以來的事情,都沒有一定的,
Since time immemorial, it has remained virtually unchanged that man has
been like water either he floats or sinks.
(4) 滔滔的盡付東流, 卻有那一個人同我去問他呢?
It is like the rivers endlessly flowing towards the east and who should
go with me to go and ask why?
(*1A) 落日 = 是落山的太陽。
(*2B) Wuhu (五湖)
It was called Wuhu (五湖) during the Kingdoms of Wu (吳國) and Yue (越國
) in the Period of Warring States Period (戰國時代 475BC to 221BC) of the
Zhou Dynasty (周朝 1134BC to 256BC). The total area of the lake was five
hundred square lis (里) and people called it Wuhu (The Five Lakes) which
is in the provinces of Zhejiang (浙江省) and Jiangsu (江蘇省)..
The four biggest rivers in China flow eastwards. The Chinese, therefore,
always compare a thing that has no end is like a river flowing eastwards
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By CHUNG Yoon-Ngan (鄭永元)