Farewell by Wang Wei

Down horse drink gentleman alcohol
Ask gentleman what place go
Gentleman say not achieve wish
Return lie south mountain near
Still go nothing more ask
White cloud not exhaust time


Dismounting, I offer my friend a cup of wine,
I ask what place he is headed to.
He says he has not achieved his aims,
Is retiring to the southern hills.
Now go, and ask me nothing more,
White clouds will drift on for all time.

by Wang Wei

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Peach Blossom Journey

A Farmhouse on the Wei River

Lily Magnolia Enclosure

An Evening in the Mountains

A Song of a Girl from Loyang

Thinking of My Brothers in Shantung on the Ninth Day of the Ninth Month

Duckweed Pond

A Study

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