"滕王閣" 唐 王勃
"King Teng's Mansion"
-- by Wang Bao
-- Translated by Frank C Yue
The King Teng Mansion towers high
Beside the river's sandbar long;
The revellers had long gone, said goodbye
To the joyous dancing and songs.
Colourful Nanpu clouds in the morning
Over the painted rooftops fly;
The beaded curtains in the evening
Help stop the West Hill rain from coming by.
Above the clouds leisurely,
And the shadowy gorge, the Sun shines ceaselessly;
All things that came, they came to pass --
How many Autumns gone as the Stars move in their paths?
In the mansion exalted,
Now, where has the mighty Prince gone?
Beyond the railing sculpted,
In vain the Yangtze keeps rolling on.