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Random Lines on Home-Coming

Random Lines on Home-Coming

By He Zhizhang (659 - 744 CE)

贺知章(659-744)

Traditional

老大
鄉音鬢毛
兒童相見相識
何處

Simplified

家老
乡音鬢毛
儿童相见
何处

Vocabulary and Notes

Line 1: a youth, parting from home
Line 2: 乡音 local accent, unchanged, 鬢毛 hair locks grizzled
Line 3: 儿童 boys, 相见 not knowing me on sight
Line 4: laughing, stranger

Source: Complete Tang Poems, Scroll 112, 全唐詩 一百一十二 . Translation by Sun Dayu, 1981.

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