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New Year’s Watch

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New Year’s Watch
Su Shi

《守岁》

【宋】苏轼

欲知垂尽岁,有似赴壑蛇。

修鳞半已没,去意谁能遮。

况欲系其尾,虽勤知奈何。

儿童强不睡,相守夜欢哗。

晨鸡且勿唱,更鼓畏添挝。

坐久灯烬落,起看北斗斜。

明年岂无年,心事恐蹉跎。

努力尽今夕,少年犹可夸。

Soon know approach end year
be like go to hole snake
Long scales half already disappear
Go all trace who able stop
If wish tie his tail
Even if diligent know to no avail
Children try not sleep
Mutual watch night cheer noise
Dawn chicken for now not cry
Further, drum respect increase
Sit long lamp ashes down
Rise see north plough slant
Next year not natural span of years
Worry fear waste time
Exert oneself to utmost today evening
Youth still ability praise
Soon now, we’ll mark the year’s end that approaches,
It’s like a snake that crawls into a hole.
Already half its scaly length is hidden,
What man can stop us losing the last trace?
And even if we want to tie its tail,
No matter how we try, we can’t succeed.
The children make all effort not to sleep,
We laugh together, watching through the night.
The cockerels should not cry the dawn for now,
The drums as well should give the hour respect.
We sat so long the lamp’s burnt down to ash,
I rise and see the Plough is slanting north.
Next year, perhaps, my span of years could end,
My fear is that I’ve just been marking time.
So exert ourselves to the utmost here tonight,
I still admire the exuberance of our youth!
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