Liu Yuxi: Mount West-Fort: Reflections on an Ancient Battle ~ 《西塞山怀古》 刘禹锡 with English Translations

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《西塞山怀古》 刘禹锡


Mount West-Fort: Reflections on an Ancient Battle
Liu Yuxi

Down from Yizhou, Wang Jun’s battleships came tearing,
Jinling, the Wu’s capital, lost its regal bearing.
With the blocking iron-chains broken and sunk,
Over the city wall a white flag appeared, wavering.
Aloof from the myriad sad human affairs,
On a cold river the mountain lies, resting.
Today, everywhere there is peace, there is home, yet
Buried in autumnal reeds the ancient ruins are, rustling.

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