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陸遊 過野人家有感 translation: Feelings When Passing Countryside Homes, by Lu You

This is a very rough annotation / translation of the poem 過野人家有感 (Guò Yěrén Jiā Yǒu Gǎn), ‘Feelings When Passing Countryside Homes’, by the Song Dynasty Chinese poet 陸遊 (Lù Yóu).

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by the river at dusk

過野人家有感 Guò Yěrén Jiā Yǒu Gǎn [pass] [wild] [person] [home] [have] [feeling] Feelings When Passing Countryside Homes

縱轡江皋送夕暉, Zòng pèi jiāng gāo sòng xī huī, [release] [bridle] [river] [bank] [see off] [evening] [shine] One unbridles the horses at the river bank and sees off the evening rays;

誰家井臼映荊扉。 shéi jiā jǐng jiù yìng jīng fēi. [who] [home] [well] [mortar] [reflect] [berry tree] [leaf door] the well and mortar of whose home reflects on a wooden door?

隔籬犬吠窺人過, Gé lí quǎn fèi kuī rénguò, [separate] [fence] [dog] [bark] [peep] [person] [pass] On the other side of a fence a dog barks, spying someone passing;

滿箔蠶飢待葉歸。 mǎn bó cán jī dài yè guī. [full] [bamboo screen] [silkworm] [hungry] [wait] [leaf] [take care of] covering a bamboo board, the silkworms are hungry, waiting to be fed with leaves.

世態十年看爛熟, Shì tài shí nián kàn lànshú, [world] [attitude] [ten] [year] [look] [thoroughly] [familiar] The situation of this world over ten years - one has seen and knows it thoroughly;

家山萬里夢依稀。 jiāshān wànlǐ mèng yīxī. [family] [mountain] [ten thousand] [li] [dream] [vague][] the hills of one's home are ten thousand _li_ distant - in one's dreams they are faint.

躬耕本是英雄事, Gōng gēng běn shì yīngxióng shì, [bow] [plough] [originally] [is] [hero] [hero] [task] Working the plough is itself the work of heroes;

老死南陽未必非。 lǎo sǐ Nányáng wèibì fēi. [old] [die] [Nan] [Yang] [not] [definitely] [bad] growing old and dying in Nanyang is not necessarily so bad.

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