Seeing Off Cui the Ninth

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Peach Blossoms in Xuzhou, Jiangsu

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Seeing Off Cui the Ninth
        Pei Di 716-?

Return to the mountains
        deeper still deeper,
Exhaust every beauty
        of hill and vale.
Don't imitate 
        those old fishermen,
Who roamed 
        only fleetingly 
                in Peach Blossom Gorge.
Sòng Cuī Jiǔ
Péi Dí 716-?

Guī shān shēnqiǎn qù,
Xū jìn qiū hè měi.
Mò xué wǔ líng rén,
Zàn yóu Táoyuán lǐ.
Translator: Dongbo 東波

The last couplet of this poem refers to Wang Wei's poem about two fishermen who discovered utopia in a mountain river valley, only to leave it and never be able to return.

We are guessing Pei Di wrote this poem while he was prefect of Xuzhou.

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