053 李白 – 廬山謠寄盧侍御虛舟
053 LI Bai – To the Royal Inspector Lu Xuzhou: An Idyll on the Lu Mountains to a Folk Song
英文翻譯 / English Translation﹕
I've always been like the madman of Chu,
Singing satires on Confucian ideals.
In my hand is a cane as green as jade,
As I farewell the Tower of Yellow Storks at daybreak;
Distance matters not as I go around visiting the five eminent peaks hoping to find sages,
For I love climbing renowned mountains in my living days.
The Lu Mountains divide the land with the Archer drawing bow overhead,
The landscape expands like a screen of nine folds embellished with clouds in the sky;
There ripple reflections of mountains in the lake shining green dazzles,
The Stone Gate Summit sits like a palace flanked by two peaks by its sides.
Waters stream from hills like the Milky Way overhung, straddled by three stone bridges,
Over there cascades a waterfall off the Peak of Fragrant Furnace on the other side.
Surrounded and barricaded by precipices among boundless fog, I feel like I'm taking flight.
Mountains are brilliantly green and clouds aglow in the morning sun,
There is not a bird on the wing in the vast domain of the Wu skies.
Having surmounted such height to look far into the world,
There the Yangtze rushes away spectacularly, never to return.
The weather is about to change as thousands of miles of glowing clouds drift in the wind,
Waterfalls cap mountains like snow, down they flow on their separate ways into nine rivers.
I come up with a lyric on the Lu Mountains to a folk song,
As I my moments in the Lu Mountains enjoy.
By the Stone Mirror I reflect on myself to clear my mind,
Where Master Xie left his footprints has long been covered by layers of moss.
Maybe in order to the worldly forget I should resort to alchemy,
To help me accumulate intrinsic strength and focus on the essence of Taoist practice.
I seem to see a sage riding among colourful clouds,
She has a lotus in her hand as she makes her way towards the celestial palace.
I've made a pact with you to journey to the farthest, beyond the nine levels of skies,
And join the legendary Lu Ao on our way to sightsee heaven's grandness.