Yuefu Songs of Han Dynasty: A Wife Longs for Her Husband~ 汉乐府《饮马长城窟行》 with English Translations

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小编导读:《饮马长城窟行》是汉代乐府诗歌。全诗从开始的魂牵梦萦,忧心缠绵,到收信看信,重逢的希望落空,通过多方描写,将思妇复杂而微妙的内心世界,作了完整而深入的刻画。而就在思妇的相思苦闷发展到顶点时,诗却在含蓄得近乎平淡的意象中结束,余味无穷。

汉乐府《饮马长城窟行》

青青河畔草,绵绵思远道。
远道不可思,宿昔梦见之。

梦见在我傍,忽觉在他乡。
他乡各异县,展转不相见。
枯桑知天风,海水知天寒。
入门各自媚,谁肯相为言!

客从远方来,遗我双鲤鱼,
呼儿烹鲤鱼,中有尺素书。
长跪读素书,书中意何如?
上言加餐食,下言长相忆。

A Wife Longs for Her Husband

Green, green, the grass by the river,
And in thought I follow it far, far away;
So far that I can hardly picture him,
And yet last night I saw him in a dream.

In a dream he was by my side,
But I woke and he was in a distant land,
A distant land, strange parts;
Tossing and turning I longed for him in vain.
Even a withered mulberry feels the wind,
Even the ocean water feels the cold.
Men come home to fondle their dear ones,
Who would carry word to me?

But a stranger from far away
Brings me two fine carp,
I call the boy to cook them
And find in them a message on white silk.
I kneel to real—
What does his letter say?
“Take good care of your health,” he starts,
And ends, “You are every moment in my thoughts.”

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