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Tower Climbing

by Du Fu



Flowers near the tall tower, hurts this visitor's heart-mind
Climbed up to overlook, in thousands of directions so many difficulties.

Along the multi-coloured tributary, heaven and earth sends forth spring colours. From ancient times clouds have changed around the Mt. Yu foothill gate.

Dawn, North polestar unchanging like our imperial courts
Enemies and thieves beyond the western mountains don’t need to encroach on us.

Going back to the Han Dynasty, our ancestral temples and shrines still stand today
Sunset, can barely make out the old songs from Zhuge Liang.

85 x 200 cm

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