See Off Royal Guard General Tao
Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)
Translator: Lei Fan 2016 in Chicago
General sets off the voyage with gigantic warships,
Banners are flying, purple smokes are winding around.
Holding axes firmly, you will explore where tigers rest,
With three cups of wine, you will sword dance at where dragons bath.
Who says poets are timid without valor and courage?
My stratagem is the gift for you before you leave for the expedition.
送羽林陶将军 将军出使拥楼船。 江上旌旗拂紫烟。 万里横戈探虎穴。 三杯拔剑舞龙泉。 莫道词人无胆气。 临行将赠绕朝鞭。 Image Courtesy: 杜君立专栏- 凤凰网