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王維 欹湖 translation: Yi Lake, by Wang Wei (輞川集)

This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 欹湖 (Yī Hú), ‘Yi Lake’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 王維 (Wáng Wéi).

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Green mountain slopes under blue cloudy sky

欹湖 Yī Hú [Yi] [lake] Yi Lake

吹簫凌極浦, Chuī xiāo líng jí pǔ, [blow] [flute] [approach] [extreme] [shore] One plays the flute, crossing to a distant shore;

日暮送夫君。 rìmù sòng fū jūn. [sun] [set] [see off] [man] [sir] the sun sets, one sees you off.

湖上一回首, Húshàng yī huíshǒu, [lake] [on] [one] [return] [head] On the lake, turning the head back once -

青山卷白雲。 qīngshān juǎn báiyún. [green] [mountain] [roll] [white] [cloud] a green mountain and rolling white clouds.

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