Following the Rhymes of a New Graduate’s Poem Mourning the Death of His Wife (Two Poems) II
Blending with the mist, a single branch of moon cassia（1） is graceful,
Bearing the rain, myriad river-peach trees are red.
Get drunk a while in front of your goblet stop your sad gazing,
For, since olden times, sorrow and joy have been the same as today.
（1）. “Cassia” is homophonous with “honor”; successful examination candidates were therefore said to have “plucked cassia” (achieved honor).
（Jennifer Carpenter 译）
Two Verses, On Winning a Degree on Mourning 2
A laurel branch stands out alone
distinguished in the mist;
myriad riverside peach trees
are crimson in the rain.
Drunk before the wine jar,
let me give up wishful thinking;
sorrows and joys since ancient times
are still the same today.
（Bannie Chow, Thomas Cleary 译）