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楊萬里 過揚子江 (其二) translation: Crossing the Yangzi River II, by Yang Wanli

This is a very rough annotation / translation of the poem 過揚子江 (其二) (Guò Yángzǐjiāng), ‘Crossing the Yangzi River’ (2nd poem), by the Song Dynasty Chinese poet 楊萬里 (Yáng Wànlǐ).

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The Milky Way

過揚子江 (其二) Guò Yángzǐjiāng (Qí Èr) [cross] [Yang] [Zi] [river] [its] [two] Crossing the Yangzi River (2nd poem)

天將天塹護吳天, Tiān jiāng tiān qiàn hù wú tiān, [heaven] [use] [heaven] [moat] [protect] [Wu] [heaven] Heaven uses the heavenly moat protect the Heavens of Wu;

不數崤函百二關。 bù shù Yáo Hán bǎi èr guān. [not] [count] [Yao] [Han] [hundred] [two] [mountain pass] one has no need to count the hundred and two mountain passes of Yao and Han.

萬里銀河瀉瓊海, Wànlǐ Yínhé xiè qióng hǎi, [ten thousand] [li] [silver] [river] [flow out] [fine jade] [sea] Across ten thousand _li_ the Milky Way flows into the jade-green sea;

一雙玉塔表金山。 yī shuāng yù tǎ biǎo Jīnshān. [one] [pair] [jade] [pagoda] [represent] [gold] [mountain] a pair of jade pagodas represent Jin Mountain.

旌旗隔岸淮南近, Jīng qí gé àn huáinán jìn, [banner] [flag] [separate] [shore] [Huai] [Nan] [near] Banners and flags on the opposite shore - Huainan is near;

鼓角吹霜塞北閒。 gǔ jiǎo chuī shuāng sàiběi xián. [drum] [horn] [blow] [frost] [fortress] [north] [unoccupied] drums and horns sound over space to the north of the fortress.

多謝江神風色好, Duōxiè jiāng shén fēngsè hǎo, [many] [thank] [river] [god] [wind] [appearance] [good] One thanks the river god for the winds so favourable;

滄波千頃片時間。 cāng bō qiān qǐng piàn shíjiān. [blue-green] [wave] [thousand] [acre] [piece] [time] [among] a thousand acres of blue-green waves covered in a moment.

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