李白（701 - 762）
THE MOON OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASS
Li Bai (701 - 762)
The bright moon emerges
from behind Tian Shan1,
Amidst a sea of clouds boundless in its span.
From tens of thousands of miles,
Blows the long-travelling wind
through Yu Men Guan2.
The Hans descended Bai Deng Road3;
The Tartars spied on Qing Hai Wan4.
From battlefields since ancient times,
Returned not a single man.
Warriors gaze at the border town:
Many look miserable,
yearning to return to their clan.
On this night at home in tall houses,
Their loved ones would sigh and sigh...
stop they hardly can.
1 One of the largest mountains in northwestern China.
2 Border pass in ancient northwest China, also known as Jade Pass or Yu Men Guan in Dunhuang, Gansu Province.
3 The original name of this place is Bai Deng Terrace（白登台）. This is the place where Liu Bang（漢高祖劉邦）, the Emperor of the West Han Dynasty（西漢漢高祖）(B.C. 206 - B.C. 195) was besieged by the tartars for seven days. It is now in the east of Datong, Shaanxi Province.
4 East of Qinghai Province. The tartars (barbarians who made raids on Chinese towns from time to time in ancient times) were still keeping a stealthy watch in Tang Dynasty.