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This is a remarkable song and poem. I don't think I've ever read another Tang poem quite like it. It reminds me of a Dylan song in some ways, or any good ballad or folk song for that matter. You can see the Tang travelers so clearly, banded together as they head south, away from Chang An, the capital city, and towards a very uncertain future, pursing their fate on the empire's perimeter.

Song Heading South
by Chang Yueh

Toward a distant soil
Pulling the same old halter
Onward I flee
En route
We find plenty of pleasure
Traveling together
For though worries are many
And we're sore from the saddle
When time finally comes
We hoist up our wine cups
And join in song together

Ahead lies the Southern Sea
Where the winds may be gentle
But the waves remain strong
And by the mouth of the Westerly River
The diseases are plentiful too

Oh where shall we go
To reclaim our natural state
In a few more days
We'll each head off
Going our separate ways
And of our various injuries
What more can be said




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