The Blue Mountain Torrent:

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By Wang Wei (AD 699 – 759)

From The Strathvea Music Festival – Musica Poetica;

 

It is said that those who make for the Yellow Flower River,

 

Must pursue this mountain stream,

 

And follow a myriad twists and turns among the hill ravines,

 

Although as the crow flies the distance is less than one hundred miles,

 

The stream bickers among the pebbles and,

 

(Under) the deep tranquil green of the pines,

 

Here broadening out to all the water chestnut,

 

And water gentian to float on its surface,

 

And there glistening deep and bright among reeds and rushes,

 

I am by temperament indolent and slothful,

 

And how much more by this restful clear stream,

 

Leave me to ponder on the hermit’s rock,

 

For there dangling a fishing rod I am entirely content.

 

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