Category: Poems by – 蘇軾 (1037-1101)

《梅花〈一〉梅花〈二〉》蘇軾 (1037-1101)

The Plum Flower (1)  江紹倫譯plum flower_1

 

Spring brings lyrical murmurs to this serene valley
Salient plum trees bloom amid wild grasses calmly
Winds all night trigger thick ice to break
I cross the mountain passes Nature’s beauty my mate Continue reading

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《歸宜興留題所竹西寺》 蘇軾 (1037-1101)

way home

My Way Home to Yi Xin    江紹倫譯

For ten years west winds carried my dreams back home
This time I have decided to lead a rustic life my own
I repeatedly seek for the sweet well water of my native land
And bring something homely with me across the river to east bank

My life now is free from responsibilities or gains
A good year promises high yields of produces and grains
On my way home from the mountain shrine there is good news
Even wild flowers and singing birds make up a grand view

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《紅梅》蘇軾 (1037-1101)

red plum_1 Red Plum Blossom   江紹倫譯

She prefers to drown her grief in sleep so she blooms late
It matters not her icy look up to date
Imitating peach and apricot roughs on her face
To maintain her uniqueness a slender and frosty grace
Her serene character cares not for the brilliance of spring
Her jade skin carries the hue of a subdue wine stain
Alas the old poet knew not how to describe her noble beauty
Only sang songs of peach leaves and apricot boughs ordinary

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《雨晴後步至四望亭》蘇軾 (1037-1101)

fourviewAfter Rain at the Four-side view Pavilion   江紹倫譯

This magnificent pavilion is deserted long ago
Below thrives a pond where fishes happily grow
The setting sun sends rays to shine on a thousand hills
Vernal breezes air a hundred fragrances in meadow fields

In this community people are contented not to win
Beside the ancient temple dark vermilion bamboos gleam
From where have these herons come
At dusk their loud cries just awesome

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百步洪__蘇軾(1037-1101)

长洪斗落生跳波     轻舟南下如投梭    水师绝叫凫雁起     乱石一线争磋磨
有如兔走鹰隼落     骏马下注千丈坡    断弦离柱箭脱手     飞电过隙珠翻荷
四山眩转风掠耳     但见流沫生千涡    险中得乐虽一快     何异水伯夸秋河
我生乘化日夜逝     坐觉一念逾新罗    纷纷争夺醉梦里     岂信荆棘埋铜驼
觉来俯仰失千劫     回视此水殊委蛇    君看岸边苍石上     古来篙眼如蜂窠
但应此心无所住     造物虽驶如余何    回船上马各归去     多言哓哓师所呵

Hundred Pace Rapids__Su Shi (1037-1101)      江紹倫譯

Waves leap stirred up by the long rapids steeply fall
On the river a skiff glides southward like a shooting ball
Water birds take fright startled by boatmen calls
Through scattered rocks it sails straight forward evermore
Like darting hares and wing-spread eagles sour
Like wild horses race downhill its slope freely fall
Like a lute string snaps and an arrow out of the bow
Lightning cleaves the sky and raindrops on lotus leaves roll Continue reading

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蝶恋花__蘇軾(1037-1101)

花褪残红青杏小  燕子飞时  绿水人家绕  枝上柳绵吹又少  天涯何处无芳草

墙里秋千墙外道  墙外行人 墙里佳人笑  笑渐不闻声渐悄  多情却被无情恼

Tune: Butterflies Love Flowers  Su Shi (1037-1101)  江紹倫譯

Colours fade on receding blooms apricots yet to grow
Gliding pass are swallows
The garden walls girded by vermilion flow
Willowcatkins mostly gone carried by vernal blows
Everywhere else sweet green grass grow

Swing standing inside out of the walls winds a road
A man walks by
While inside a laughing maiden behold
As ringing laughter fades silence follows
How enchantment dims as enchantment gets bold

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守歲_ 蘇軾(1037-1101)

守歲_ 蘇軾 (1037-1101)

欲知垂盡歲  有似赴壑蛇
修鱗半已沒  去意誰能遮
況欲系其尾  雖勤知奈何
兒童強不睡  相守夜歡嘩
晨雞且勿唱  更鼓畏添撾
坐久燈燼落  起看北鬥斜
明年豈無年  心事恐蹉跎
努力盡今夕  少年猶可誇

Watching Pass New Year’s Eve   Su Shi (1037-1101)    江紹倫譯

The year draws near its end in full
Like a snake crawling back to its hole
Most of its body has vanished from behold
Soon we will loose sight of it whole
Should we try to tie down its tail
Whatever who we will fail
Children will stay up however to bed they are soothed
They will celebrate feast and feast all night through
Cocks don’t you wake us up at dawn with your songs
Nor drums boom at the set hour forlorn
Sitting till the oil lamp wick burns out
I rise to see the Plough slanting to call the hour
Will New Year’s Eve come not again next year
I fear time will prove its arrival to be too long
Let us enjoy this night to the full extent
So youthful life will have much more to contend

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黄州定慧院寓居作 蘇軾(1037-1101)

卜算子

缺月挂疏桐
漏斷人初靜
誰見幽人獨往來
缥缈孤鴻影

驚起卻回頭
有恨無人省
揀盡寒枝不肯棲
寂寞沙洲冷

Written at Dinghui Abbey      Su Shi (1037-1101)     江紹倫譯

Tune: Song of Divination

On a dwindling plain tree hangs a waning moon
The water clock stops the man remains still
Who sees a hermit pacing alone
Like an appearing and disappearing swan shadow

Startled he turns his head
With grief none would know
Scaling all trees he won’t perch on a branch dead
Preferring a lone cold sandbank instead

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尋春 蘇軾(1037-1101)

東風未肯入東門
走馬還尋去歲村
人似秋鸿来有信
事如春夢了無痕

江城白酒三杯釅
野老蒼顏一笑溫
已約年年為此會
故人不用賦招魂

Looking for Spring                 Su Shi (1037-1101)              江紹倫譯

East winds are unwilling to enter the East Gate
Looking for a familiar village I ride in haste
Like autumn swan old friends are punctual going on date
In spring dreams past events are gone leaving no trace

Three cups of wine in Riverside Town may keep me late
An old man’s warm smile urges me to hurry as I may
As we have agreed to meet every year on this day
Why my dear friend must I be so earnest to see your face

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紅梅 蘇軾(1037-1101)

怕愁貪睡獨開遲
自恐冰容不入時
故作小红桃杏色
尚餘孤瘦雪霜姿
寒心未肯随春態
酒暈無端上玉肌
詩老不知梅格在
更看綠葉與青枝

To Pink Mume             Su Shi (1037-1101)                江紹倫譯

You blossom late fearing grief and loving to sleep
With an icy face you are concerned for being out of date
With touches of apricot and peach rouges your face so neat
In frost or snow your lonely grace is ever on vivid display
Your heart calm and cool you will not flirt like spring
Your dimple appears naturally to enliven your jade-like face
Poets know not how to fully describe your amazing grace
They say your beauty is seen amid branches and green foliage

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