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Fighting South of the Castle

Fighting South of the Castle

They fought south of the Castle,
They died north of the wall.
They died in the moors and were not buried.
Their flesh was the food of crows.
"Tell the crows we are not afraid;
We have died in the moors and cannot be buried.
Crows, how can our bodies escape you?"
The waters flowed deep
And the rushes in the pool were dark.
The riders fought and were slain:
Their horses wander neighing.
By the bridge there was a house*.
Was it south, was it north?
The harvest was never gathered.
How can we give you your offerings?
You served your Prince faithfully,
Though all in vain.
I think of you, faithful soldiers;
Your service shall not be forgotten.
For in the morning you went out to battle
And at night you did not return.

* There is no trace of it left. This passage describes the havoc of war. The harvest has not been gathered: therefore corn-offerings cannot be made to the spirits of the dead. 

战城南

战城南,死郭北,野死不葬乌可食。
为我谓乌:且为客豪!
野死谅不葬,腐肉安能去子逃?
水声激激,蒲苇冥冥;
枭骑战斗死,驽马徘徊鸣。
梁筑室,何以南?何以北?
禾黍不获君何食?愿为忠臣安可得?
思子良臣,良臣诚可思:
朝行出攻,暮不夜归!

2016-06-23

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