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'李白 當塗趙炎少府粉圖山水歌 translation: Ode to a Scenic Painting by the Official Zhao Yan of Dangtu County, by Li Bai'

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當塗趙炎少府粉圖山水歌

Dāngtú Zhào Yán shǎofǔ fěntú shānshuǐ gē [Dang] [Tu] [Zhao] [Yan] [official][] [powder] [picture] [water] [mountain] [song] Ode to a Scenic Painting by the Official Zhao Yan of Dangtu County

峨眉高出西極天, Éméi gāo chū xī jí tiān, [E] [Mei] [high] [exit] [west] [utmost] [sky] Mt. E'mei towers in the west, reaching the sky,

羅浮直與南溟連。 luófú zhí yǔ nán míng lián. [Luo] [Fu] [straight] [to] [south] [sea] [link] and Mt. Luofu reaches right to the south sea.

名公繹思揮彩筆, Míng gōng yì sī huī cǎi bǐ, [famous] [man] [unravel] [thought] [scatter] [colour] [brush] A famous master unravels his thoughts in a scattering of colour and brush strokes,

驅山走海置眼前。 qū shān zǒu hǎi zhì yǎnqián. [drive] [mountain] [go] [sea] [put] [eye] [before] driving the mountains into the sea to put them before one's eyes.

滿堂空翠如可掃, Mǎn táng kōng cuì rú kě sǎo, [whole] [hall] [empty] [blue green] [like] [can] [sweep] It fills the hall's emptiness with blue colour that seems touchable;

赤城霞氣蒼梧煙。 chìchéng xiá qì cāngwú yān. [Chi] [Cheng] [red cloud] [air] [Cang] [Wu] [mist] there is the red clouded air of Mt. Chicheng, and the mists of Cangwu.

洞庭瀟湘意渺綿, Dòngtíng xiāoxiāng yì miǎo mián, [Dong] [Ting] [Xiao] [Xiang] [idea] [vast] [silk] The Dongting and Xiaoxiang rivers make one think of a vast silk-work;

三江七澤情洄沿。 sānjiāng qī zé qíng huí yán. [three] [river] [seven] [pool] [feeling] [whirl] [along] the three rivers and seven pools, like friendship, ebb and flow.

驚濤洶湧向何處, Jīng tāo xiōngyǒng xiàng hé chù, [alarm] [great wave] [torrential] [rush forth] [to] [what] [place] Raging waves surge forth to what place? -

孤舟一去迷歸年。 gū zhōu yī qù mí guī nián. [lone] [boat] [as soon as] [go] [lost] [return] [year] a lone boat, once gone, is lost for a year without return.

征帆不動亦不旋, Zhēngfān bùdòng yì bù xuán, [expedition] [sail] [not] [move] [also] [not] [revolve] The sail of an expedition boat does not move, does not turn,

飄如隨風落天邊。 piāorú suí fēng luò tiānbiān. [float] [like] [follow] [wind] [go out] [Heaven] [edge] floating as if wind-borne to the edge of Heaven.

心搖目斷興難盡, Xīn yáo mù duàn xìng nán jìn, [heart] [shake] [eye] [break] [excite] [hard] [exhaust] One's heart shakes and eyes break, the enthusiasm almost endless -

幾時可到三山巔。 jǐshí kě dào sānshān diān. [how much] [time] [can] [arrive] [three] [mountain] [summit] how long would it take to reach the Three Summits?

西峰崢嶸噴流泉, Xifēng zhēng róng pēnliú quán, [west] [peak] [lofty] [towering] [spray] [flow] [spring] The West Peak towering and lofty, bursting with flowing springs;

橫石蹙水波潺湲。 héng shí cù shuǐbō chányuán. [horizontal] [stone] [block] [water] [wave] [flow] [rush] horizontal stones block the rush and flow of the waves.

東崖合沓蔽輕霧, Dōng yá hé dá bì qīng wù, [east] [cliff] [together] [pile] [conceal] [light] [mist] The East Cliffs concealed in layers of light mist;

深林雜樹空芊綿。 shēnlín zá shù kòng qiān mián. [deep] [woods] [mixed] [tree] [vacant] [lush] [silk] in deep woods, a menagerie of trees, vacant yet lush like silk.

此中冥昧失晝夜, Cǐ zhōng míng mèi shī zhòuyè, [this] [in] [dark] [dark] [lose] [day] [night] In this dark gloom, one loses day and night,

隱几寂聽無鳴蟬。 yìn jī jì tīng wú míng chán. [lean on] [table] [silent] [listen] [not have] [call] [cicada] leaning on the table in silence, listening – there is no sound of cicadas.

長松之下列羽客, Zhǎngsōng zhī xiàliè yǔ kè, [long] [pine] ['s] [below] [line up] [Daoist priest][] Daoist priests line up below a tall pine tree;

對坐不語南昌仙。 duì zuò bù yǔ nánchāng xian. [opposite] [sit] [not] [speak] [Nan] [Chang] [imortal] opposite, unspeaking, sits the Nanchang Immortal.

南昌仙人趙夫子, Nánchāng xiānrén zhào fūzǐ, [Nan] [Chang] [immortal] [person] [Zhao] [master][] The Nanchang Immortal, Master Zhao,

妙年曆落青雲士。 miào niánlì luò qīngyún shì. [young] [year] [calendar] [accept] [official position][] [scholar] though still young has a high official position.

訟庭無事羅眾賓, Sòng tíng wúshì luózhòngbīn, [litigation] [court] [not have] [matter] [sift] [numerous] [visitor] When there is no work in the court, he receives numerous guests,

杳然如在丹青裡。 yǎorán rú zài dānqīng li. [dark] [-ly] [like] [in] [red] [green] [in] as though he is in the dark painting himself.

五色粉圖安足珍, Wǔsè fěn tú ān zú zhēn, [five] [colour] [powder] [picture] [still] [enough] [precious] This painting of splendid colours is not so precious -

真仙可以全吾身。 zhēn xian kěyǐ quán wú shēn. [true] [immortal] [can] [take] [whole] [my] [body] the truly immortal can protect my life.

若待功成拂衣去, Ruò dài gōng chéng fú yī qù, [if] [wait] [success] [complete] [pull] [clothes] [go] If I wait for my accomplishments to be complete before shrugging off my official clothes,

武陵桃花笑殺人。 wǔlíng táohuā xiào shārén. [Wu] [Ling] [peach] [flower] [laugh] [kill] [person] the peach blossoms of Wuling will die laughing.

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