閣夜 Night in the Watch-tower

杜甫 Du Fu

While winter daylight shortens in the elemental scale
suì mù yīn yáng cuī duǎn jǐng ,
And snow and frost whiten the cold-circling night,
tiān yá shuāng xuě jì hán xiāo 。
Stark sounds the fifth-watch with a challenge of drum and bugle.
wǔ gèng gǔ jiǎo shēng bēi zhuàng ,
...The stars and the River of Heaven pulse over the three mountains;
sān xiá xīng hé yǐng dòng yáo 。
I hear women in the distance, wailing after the battle;
yě kū qiān jiā wén zhàn fá ,
I see barbarian fishermen and woodcutters in the dawn.
yí gē shù chù qǐ yú qiáo 。
...Sleeping-Dragon, Plunging-Horse, are no generals now, they are dust –
wò lóng yuè mǎ zhōng huáng tǔ ,
Hush for a moment, O tumult of the world.
rén shì yīn shū màn jì liáo 。

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