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采薇

采薇采薇、薇亦作止。

曰歸曰歸、歲亦莫止。

靡室靡家、玁狁之故。

不遑啟居、玁狁之故。

采薇采薇、薇亦柔止。

曰歸曰歸、心亦憂止。

憂心烈烈、載飢載渴。

我戌未定、靡使歸聘。

采薇采薇、薇亦剛止。

曰歸曰歸、歲亦陽止。

王事靡盬、不遑啟處。

憂心孔疚、我行不來。

駕彼四牡、四牡騤騤。

君子所依、小人所腓。

四牡翼翼、象弭魚服。

豈不日戒、玁狁孔亟。

彼爾維何、維常之華。

彼路斯何、君子之車。

戎車既駕、四牡業業。

豈敢定居、一月三捷。

駕彼四牡、四牡騤騤。

君子所依、小人所腓。

四牡翼翼、象弭魚服。

豈不日戒、玁狁孔亟。

昔我往矣、楊柳依依。

今我來思、雨雪靡靡。

行道遲遲、載渴載飢。

我心傷悲、莫知我哀。

CAI WEI

Let us gather the thorn-ferns , let us gather the thorn-ferns ;

The thorn-ferns are now springing up .

When shall we return ?

When shall we return ?

It will be late in the [next] year .

Wife and husband will be separated ,

Because of the Xian-yun .

We shall have no leisure to rest ,

Because of the Xian-yun .

Let us gather the thorn-ferns ,

let us gather the thorn-ferns ;

The thorn-ferns are now tender .

When shall we return ?

When shall we return ?

Our hearts are sorrowful ;

Our hearts are sad and sorrowful ;

We shall hunger , we shall thirst .

While our service on guard is not finished ,

We can send no one home to enquire about our families .

Let us gather the thorn-ferns , let us gather the thorn-ferns ;

The thorn-ferns are now hard .

When shall we return ?

When shall we return ?

The year will be in the tenth month .

But the king’s business must not be slackly performed ;

We shall have no leisure to rest .

Our sorrowing hearts are in great distress ;

But we shall not return from our expedition .

What is that so gorgeous ?

It is the flowers of the cherry tree .

What carriage is that ?

It is the carriage of our general .

His war carriage is yoked ;

The four steeds are strong .

Dare we remain inactive ?

In one month we shall have three victories .

The four steeds are yoked ,

The four steeds , eager and strong ;

The confidence of the general ,

The protection of the men .

The four steeds move regularly , like wings ;

here are the bow with its ivory ends , and the seal-skin quiver .

Shall we not daily warn one another ?

The business of the Xian-yun is very urgent .

At first , when we set out ,

The willows were fresh and green ;

Now , when we shall be returning ,

The snow will be falling in clouds .

Long and tedious will be our marching ;

We shall hunger ;

we shall thirst .

Our hearts are wounded with grief ,

And no one knows our sadness .

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