Farewell to Vice-Prefect Du Setting Out for His Official Post in Shu

We present this work in honor of the Ching Ming Festival.

04-05 Wang
Wang Bo
Chinese
650 – 676

By this wall that surrounds the three Qin districts,
Through a mist that makes five rivers one,
We bid each other a sad farewell,
We two officials going opposite ways….
And yet, while China holds our friendship,
And heaven remains our neighbourhood,
Why should you linger at the fork of the road,
Wiping your eyes like a heart-broken child?

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