Translation:A View from the Wild

A View from the Wild
by Wang Ji, translated from Chinese by Wikisource
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Gazing from Donggao[1] as twilight falls, I wandered and leaned, but where could I stay?

Every tree is tinged with autumn hue, with every hill bathed in the sunset rays.

A herdsman drove his calves back, and a hunter on a horse went home with his prey.

Not acquainted with faces I met, I chanted a song for those who gathered ferns, hiding away[2].

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The village where the author, Wang Ji, lived.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Referring to Boyi and Shuqi, two princes of the Shang dynasty. After the overthrow of the Shang dynasty, they refused to eat the food of the newly founded Zhou dynasty. They lived in seclusion and ate fiddlehead ferns before starving to death.

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