江州重別薛六柳八二員外 On Leaving Guijiang Again to Xue and Liu

劉長卿 Liu Changqing

Dare I, at my age, accept my summons,
Knowing of the world's ways only wine and song?....
Over the moon-edged river come wildgeese from the Tartars;
And the thinner the leaves along the Huai, the wider the southern mountains....
I ought to be glad to take my old bones back to the capital,
But what am I good for in that world, with my few white hairs?....
As bent and decrepit as you are, I am ashamed to thank you,
媿
When you caution me that I may encounter thunderbolts.

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