[TRANSLATION]送外甥郑灌从军三首– Three Poems for My Nephew Guan Zhen who will join the army, No.1

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Three Poems for My Nephew Guan Zhen who will join the army, No.1

Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)

Translator: Lei Fan 2016 in Chicago

 

Joining army likes gambling, you will bet your way up with good lucks.

Tossing chips onto the golden plate, listen to million throwsters cheer.

To server the emperor with your life, as your stakes,

Remember to cut off barbarian’s heads, return with your splendour armor.

 

送外甥郑灌从军三首
【其一】
六博争雄好彩来,金盘一掷万人开。
丈夫赌命报天子,当斩胡头衣锦回。
Image Courtesy: 古诗学习网《从军行七首》王昌龄唐诗注释翻译赏析
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