Yang Shen: Lin Jiang Xian ~ 《临江仙》 杨慎 with English Translations

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《临江仙》 杨慎


Lin Jiang Xian
Yang Shen

The roaring Yangtze flows ever eastward,
Its waves scouring away all heroes.
Success or failure, right or wrong –
They do not seem to matter so much
Once your back is turned.
But the green mountains will be there still,
And how many sunsets will carry the glorious afterglow?

White-haired fishermen work the shoals;
They’ve seen so much of the spring breeze and autumn moon.
A jug of cheap wine to drink to our happy meeting:
So many momentous events, past and present,
Are bandied about with a laughter!

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