Lim Tze Peng writes the words of 秋登万山寄张五 or Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Tang Dynasty poet Meng Haoran (689-740.) The full poem reads: 北山白云里，隐者自怡悦。 相望始登高，心随雁飞灭。 愁因薄暮起，兴是清秋发。 时见归村人，平沙渡头歇。 天边树若荠，江畔舟如月。 何当载酒来，共醉重阳节。 Translated, it means: That northern peak enveloped in pearly clouds, brings jubilation to my reclusive heart. I attempt the climb with a mind to survey the land from up high, while my heart soars with the swans. Twilight is the harbinger of gloom, but then again late autumn is a time for joyous merriment. I often observe from a vantage point the villagers returning home, watching as they recline on sandy beaches at the place of the ferry crossing. The horizon is filled with trees as small as a shepherd’s satchel, and gazing downward I view the banks of the shore in the moonlight. What harm could befall me if I were to bring fine wine to the mountain, to gaily celebrate the Double Ninth Festival.
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