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Pavilion Laolao

劳劳亭

天下伤心处
劳劳送客亭
春风知别苦
不遣柳条青

 
Pavilion Laolao

There is no place that oftener breaks the heart
Than this pavilion seeing people part.
The wind of early spring knows parting grieves;
It will not green the roadside willow leaves.

The Chinese had the custom of breaking off a green willow branch by the roadside and presenting it to the departing friend. The last line implies that the wind of early spring is unwilling to let friends sever.

2016-06-24

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