Archive for April 3rd, 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Song of the Great Wind by Liu Bang

A great wind came forth,
the clouds rose on high.
Now that my might rules all within the seas,
I have returned to my old village.
Where will I find brave men
to guard the four corners of my land?

From: Minford, John and Lau, Joseph S. M. (eds.), An Anthology of Translations. Volume I: From Antiquity to the Tang Dynasty, 2002, Columbia University Press: New York and The Chinese University Press: Hong Kong, p. 415.

Date: 196 BCE (original); 1961 (translation)

By: Liu Bang (256-195 BCE)

Translated by: Burton Dewitt Watson (1925-2017)