Lady Bao Junhui: Moon Over Frontier Mountains (From Classical Chinese)

Moon Over Frontier Mountains
By Lady Bao Junhui
Translated by A.Z. Foreman

The rising, rising moon of fall
Glows north on the Liaoyang1 barricade.
The border is far but the moon gleams farther.
Great ice-bows flash as the winds invade.
Soldiers gaze back: home beats at the heart
And war-steeds balk at the beat of a drum.
The north wind grieves in the frontier grass
And barbarous sands hide hordes to come.
Frost freezes their swordblades into the sheath.
Wind wears their banner to bits on the plain...
Oh someday.... someday... to bow near the palace
And never hear camp-gongs clang again!


1: Liaoyang- a frontier town which has the distinction of being one of the most fiercely, gruesomely and perennially contested pieces of real estate in Chinese history.


The Original:
(Medieval Chinese transcribed using a system developed by David Branner)

Han Characters 

關山月  
鮑君徽 

高高秋月明, 
北照遼陽城。 
塞迥光初滿, 
風多暈更生。 
徵人望鄉思, 
戰馬聞鼙驚。 
朔風悲邊草, 
胡沙暗虜營。 
霜凝匣中劍, 
風憊原上旌。 
早晚謁金闕, 
不聞刁斗聲。  
Medieval Chinese 

kwan2a sran2b ngwat3a
báu2 kwen3a hwi3a

kau1 kau1 tshou3b ngwat3a meing3a
pek1 tsyàu3 lau4 yang3 dzyeing3b
sek1 ghwéing4 kwang1 tshruo3b mán1
pung3b te1 ghwèn3a kèing2a sreing2a
treng3 nyen3b màng3 hang3 si3d
tsyàn3b2 men3a bei4 keing3a
srok2 pung3b pi3cx pan4 tsháu1
ghuo1 sra2 àm1a lúo1 yweing3b
srang3 ngeng3 ghap2b trung3b kàm3a
pung3b bèi2b ngwan3a dzyàng3 tseing3b 
tsáu1 mán3a at3a kem3x khwat3a
pet3a men3a tau4 tóu1 syeing3b
Modern Chinese 

Guān shān yuè  
Bào Jūn hūi  

Gāo gāo qiūyuè míng  
Běizhào liáoyáng chéng  
Sāi jiǒng guāng chū mǎn  
Fēng duō yún gèngshēng  
Zhēng rén wàng xiāngsī  
Zhànmǎ wén pí jīng  
Shuòfēng bēi biān cǎo  
Hú shā àn lǔ yíng  
Shuāng níng xiá zhōng jiàn  
Fēng bèi yuán shàng jīng  
Zǎowǎn yèjīn què  
Bù wén diāodǒushēng  

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