走馬川行奉送封大夫出師西征 A Song of Running-horse River in Farewell to General Feng of the Western Expedition

岑參 Cen Can

Look how swift to the snowy sea races Running-Horse River! –
jūn bù jiàn zǒu mǎ chuān xíng xuě hǎi biān ,
And sand, up from the desert, flies yellow into heaven.
píng shā mǎng mǎng huáng rù tiān 。
This Ninth-month night is blowing cold at Wheel Tower,
lún tái jiǔ yuè fēng yè hǒu ,
And valleys, like peck measures, fill with the broken boulders
yī chuān suì shí dà rú dòu ,
That downward, headlong, follow the wind.
suí fēng mǎn de shí luàn zǒu 。
...In spite of grey grasses, Tartar horses are plump;
xiōng nú cǎo huáng mǎ zhèng féi ,
西
West of the Hill of Gold, smoke and dust gather.
jīn shān xī jiàn yān chén fēi ,
西
O General of the Chinese troops, start your campaign!
hàn jiā dà jiāng xī chū shī 。
Keep your iron armour on all night long,
jiāng jūn jīn jiǎ yè bù tuō ,
Send your soldiers forward with a clattering of weapons!
bàn yè jūn xíng gē xiāng bō ,
...While the sharp wind's point cuts the face like a knife,
fēng tóu rú dāo miàn rú gē 。
And snowy sweat steams on the horses' backs,
mǎ máo dài xuě hàn qì zhēng ,
Freezing a pattern of five-flower coins,
wǔ huā lián qián xuán zuò bīng ,
Your challenge from camp, from an inkstand of ice,
mù zhōng cǎo xí yàn shuǐ níng 。
Has chilled the barbarian chieftain's heart.
lǔ qí wén zhī yīng dǎn shè ,
You will have no more need of an actual battle! –
liào zhī duǎn bīng bù gǎn jiē ,
西
We await the news of victory, here at the western pass!
chē shī xī mén zhù xiàn jié 。
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