與高適薛據登慈恩寺浮圖 Ascending the Pagoda at the Temple of Kind Favour with Gao Shi and Xue Ju

岑參 Cen Can

The pagoda, rising abruptly from earth,
tǎ shì rú yǒng chū ,
Reaches to the very Palace of Heaven....
gū gāo sǒng tiān gōng ;
Climbing, we seem to have left the world behind us,
dēng lín chū shì jiè ,
With the steps we look down on hung from space.
dèng dào pán xū kōng 。
It overtops a holy land
tū wù yā shén zhōu ,
And can only have been built by toil of the spirit.
zhēng róng rú guǐ gōng ;
Its four sides darken the bright sun,
sì jiǎo ài bái rì ,
Its seven stories cut the grey clouds;
qī céng mó cāng qióng 。
Birds fly down beyond our sight,
xià kuī zhǐ gāo niǎo ,
And the rapid wind below our hearing;
fǔ tīng wén jīng fēng 。
Mountain-ranges, toward the east,
lián shān ruò bō tāo ,
Appear to be curving and flowing like rivers;
bēn còu rú cháo dōng 。
Far green locust-trees line broad roads
qīng huái jiā chí dào ,
Toward clustered palaces and mansions;
gōng guǎn hé líng lóng ?
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Colours of autumn, out of the west,
qiū sè cóng xī lái ,
Enter advancing through the city;
cāng rán mǎn guān zhōng 。
And northward there lie, in five graveyards,
wǔ líng běi yuán shàng ,
Calm forever under dewy green grass,
wàn gǔ qīng méng méng 。
Those who know life's final meaning
jìng lǐ le kě wù ,
Which all humankind must learn.
shèng yīn sù suǒ zōng 。
...Henceforth I put my official hat aside.
shì jiāng guà guān qù ,
To find the Eternal Way is the only happiness.
jué dào zī wú qióng 。

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