古詩十九首 之十五

生年不滿百    常懷千歲憂
晝短苦夜長    何不秉燭遊
為樂當及時    何能待來茲
愚者愛惜費    但為後古嗤
仙人王子喬    難可與等期

Nineteen Ancient Poems    XV             江紹倫  譯

People live not a hundred years long
They worry how life goes a thousand year strong
Days are too short as nights too long
To enjoy life why not light candles to play along
Seize the moment to be fun and gay
Leave the future alone however it may
Only fools like to live frugally
And keep their wealth for posterity
The immortals may like to level with mankind sometime
To ascend to heaven is difficult as to leave earth behind

Life That’s Scarce a Hundred Years    tr By Father John Turner

Life, that’s scarce a hundred years,
Holds millenniums of fears.
Brief is noon, and long its night:
Best then mingle dark with light.
Merry-making whiles ye may:
Wait not for another day.
Fools that treasure up their stock
After-generation’s mock.
Him that held a bond with fate
None may seek to emulate.

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