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Anthology of Vietnamese Poems
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:46:08 PM »
From the eleventh through the twentieth century.  Edited and translated by Huynh Sanh Thong.


I.  Vietnam and China


1.  The Southern Emperor Rules the Southern Land
     (Ly Thuong Kiet)


The Southern Emperor rules the Southern Land
Our destiny in written in Heaven's book
How dare ye bandits trespass on our soil?
Ye shall meet your undoing at our hands!




note:  Marshall Ly Thuong Kiet read this poem to hi troops in 1076 , exhorting them to resist agressors from China.

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Re: Anthology of Vietnamese Poems
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 10:14:01 PM »
2.  The Bach Dang River
(by king Tran Nhan Tong)

Blue peaks are swords and lances thrust at clouds
The dragon swallows waves and spews white sprays
After spring rain, flowers deck the earth like gems --
in chilly winds, pines hum and the stir the sky
Open your eyes, admire your timeless land
bow and recall the strife of Viets and Huns
down goes the sun--the river's flowing red
is that the blood, undried, of those war killed?



note: the Bach Dang river was the site of 3 major battles in 3 dirrent eras in Vietnamese history.

 
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