Charm of a Maiden Singer
文 / 苏轼
译 / 许渊冲、许明
The endless river eastward flows;
With its huge waves are gone all those
Gallant heroes of bygone years.
West of the ancient fortress appears
Red Cliff where General Zhou won his early fame
When the Three Kingdom were in flame.
Rocks tower in the air and waves teat on the shore,
Rolling up a thousand heaps of snow.
To match the land so fair, how many heroes of yore
Had made great show!
I fancy General Zhou at the height
Of his success, with a plume fan in hand,
In a silk hood, so brave and bright,
Laughing and jesting with his bride so fair,
While enemy ships were destroyed as planned
Like castles in the air.
Should their souls revisit this land,
Sentimental, his bride would laugh to say;
Younger than they, I have my hair turned grey.
Life is but like a dream.
On moon, I drink to you who have seen them on the stream.