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行行重行行 Translation - Marching On and On

This is a translation of the poem 行行重行行 from 古詩十九首 (Nineteen Old Poems).

行行重行行 xíng xíng chóng xíng xíng [walk] [walk] [again] [walk] [walk] Marching on and on,

與君生別離 yǔ jūn shēng biélí [from] [you] [live] [separate] [leave] Living far away from you.

相去萬餘里 xiāng qù wàn yú lǐ [each other] [remove] [ten thousand] [excess] [mile] We stand more than a thousand miles apart,

各在天一涯 gè zài tiān yī yá [each] [at] [sky] [one] [horizon] Each of us at opposite ends of the sky.

道路阻且長 dào lù zǔ qiě zhǎng [way] [road] [obstructed] [and] [long] The way between us is long and obstructed,

會面安可知 huì miàn ān kě zhī [meet] [face] [secure] [can] [know] Who knows if we will see each other again?

胡馬依北風 hú mǎ yī běi fēng [barbarian] [horse] [depend] [north] [wind] The barbarian horses need the winds of the North,

越鳥巢南枝 yuè niǎo cháo nán zhī [_Yue_] [bird] [nest] [south] [branch] The birds of Yue nest in the branches of the South.

相去日已遠 xiāng qù rì yǐ yuǎn [each other] [remove] [day] [already] [far] Every day we grow further apart,

衣帶日已緩 yī dài rì yǐ huǎn [clothes] [belt] [day] [already] [loose] Every day my clothes become looser.

浮雲蔽白日 fú yún bì bái rì [drift] [cloud] [conceal] [white] [sun] The drifting clouds obscure the sunlight,

遊子不顧反 yóu zǐ bù gù fǎn [wanderer][] [not] [consider] [go back] The wanderer does not consider going back.

思君令人老 sī jūn lìng rén lǎo [long for] [you] [make] [person] [old] Longing for you makes one grow old,

歲月忽已晚 suì yuè hū yǐ wǎn [year] [month] [suddenly] [already] [late] The months and years are suddenly far behind me.

棄捐勿復道 qì juān wù fù dào [reject] [abandon] [do not] [again] [speak] But let’s not speak any more of this rejection;

努力加餐飯 nǔ lì jiā cān fàn [exert] [strength] [add] [food] [food] Please make sure you are eating well.

行行重行行 from the Nineteen Old Poems (Han dynasty 207BCE - 220CE)

Series: Nineteen Old Poems

  1. 行行重行行 Translation - Marching On and On (this article)
  2. 青青河畔草 Translation - Green, Green, Grass on the Riverbank
  3. 青青陵上柏 translation - Green, Green, Cypress on the Mound
  4. 今日良宴會 translation – Today we hold a splendid feast
  5. 西北有高樓 translation - A Tall Tower in the Northwest
  6. 涉江采芙蓉 translation - Crossing the River to Pick Hibiscus
  7. 明月皎夜光 translation - The Clear Moon Shines Brightly by Night
  8. 冉冉孤生竹 translation - Frail Bamboo Growing Alone
  9. 庭中有奇樹 translation - In the Courtyard there is a Strange Tree
  10. 迢迢牽牛星 translation - So Remote, the Draught Ox Star
  11. 迴車駕言邁 translation - I turn the carriage, pull the reins and set off
  12. 東城高且長 translation - The Eastern Wall is High and Long
  13. 驅車上東門 translation - I Ride My Chariot from the Upper East Gate
  14. 去者日以疏 translation - The Departed Are More Distant Daily
  15. 生年不滿百 translation - The Years of Life Reach Not One Hundred
  16. 凜凜歲云暮 translation - Bitterly Cold, the Year Ends
  17. 孟冬寒氣至 translation - In the First Month of Winter, Cold Air Arrives

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