Lu Yu: My Neighbor Ling Qu Has the Meal Ready

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My Neighbor Ling Qu Has the Meal Ready, Tax Collectors Arrive, All Food Stored in a Coffin, Feel Sorry For Them

 

 

令 曲 有 未 饭 被 追 入 郭 者 悯 然 有 作
春 得 香 粳 摘 绿 蔡
县 符 急 急 不 容 炊。
君 王 日 御 金 华 殿
谁 诵 周 家 七 月 诗。
Ling Qu You Wei Fan Bei Zhui Ru Guo Zhe Min Ran You Zuo

Chong de xiang jing zhai lu cai
Xian fu ji ji bu rong chui.
Jun wang ri yu jin hua dian
Shei song zhou jia qi yue shi?

 

My Neighbor Ling Qu Has the Meal Ready, Tax Collector Arrives, All Food Stored in a Coffin, Feel Sorry For Them

Pound the fragrant jing rice, pick out the green parts
Government tax collector shows up, uncooked food quickly stashed away.
Daily the emperor rides around his golden and radiant palace
Who chants and cares for all the families working hard during harvest time?

 

Commentary:

“What has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.”:  Ecclesiastes

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