- contains articles submitted by members and friends of WYKAAO; please click a tab on top of the page or select a category below to jump to an area of specific interests
Category: Poems by – 文天祥 (1236-1283)
《New Year Eve》Wen Tian Xiang
乾坤空落落 Heaven and earth exist wide and high
歲月去堂堂 My years gone my spirit freely ride
末路驚風雨 Winds and rains foretell the end of my road
窮邊飽雪霜 In the frontier I had endured stormy snows Continue reading
《In Praise of Tea》Wen Tian Xiang
揚子江心第一泉 In Mid-Yangzi flows this our Prime Spring
南金來北鑄文淵 Southern tea culture nurtures literary supreme
男兒斬卻樓蘭首 A brave man renders the Tartar King his demise
閒品茶經拜羽仙 Then sips tea at leisure to Tea Saint Lu he admires
《Tune: Charm of a Maiden Dancer . Farewell at a Post House》Wen Tien Xiang
水天空闊 The sky boundless over a vast ocean
恨東風 不借世間英物 But the hero’s borrowed wind is not present
蜀鳥吳花殘照裏 Under the setting sun cuckoos sing amid southern flowers
忍見荒城頹壁 Sadly I see so many ruined towns and towers
銅雀春清 The Bronze Statue bears witness in spring
金人秋淚 By autumn Tatar tears will be seen
此恨憑誰雪 Who can revenge this invading woe
堂堂劍氣 The shining revenge sword is in my fold
鬥牛空認奇傑 The Dipper will witness the victory of this hero Continue reading
Crossing Lingding Sea Wen Tianxiang (1236-1283)
Tr. YK Chan 陈耀国译:
Hardship endurance began with my scripture exam,
Sporadic struggles lasting over four decades thence.
A kingdom vanquished, in the wind catkins fly.
Like duckweeds struck by heavy rain I fall and rise.
Retreat from Panic Beach tells a panicky action,
On Lingding Sea I lament my lone incarceration.
Since the beginning of time who can ever not die?
My unwavering devotion shall in history shine!
《Crossing the Lonely Ocean 》__ Wen Tian Xiang (1236-1282) 江紹倫譯
Moved by the I Ching I built my good character working hard
For four long years I fought our enemy with all my heart
Now my motherland is shattered into pieces like drifting leaves
I swim or sink much like duckweed under heavy rain
For feelings of peril I sigh on Perilous Beach
Crossing Lonely Ocean I feel dreary and lonely
Since days of old man lived but die
I choose to live loyal to my country forever thrive