Songs from outside of Great Wall, No.2
Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)
Translator: Lei Fan 2016 in Chicago
The imperial army is marching towards far desolate north,
The barbarian tribes plan to feed their horses with our rivers.
Holding the spears, fighting hundred battles,
Blessed by emperor’s benevolence and grace.
Rubbing snows , eating like we are dining over white sea,
Brushing away the sands on the hills, they are our pillows while we sleep.
Only when we defeat those invading savages ,
Then it’s time to seal our swords, sit back and relax.
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