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:: 但願人長久 ::

 

:: 但願人長久 ::

但願人長久 is a very old Chinese poem.
Written by 蘇轼 (1037-1101)In modern times, it has been sung as a song,
Made very popular by 邓丽君 (Teresa Deng),
And also sung by 王菲 (Faye Wong).



明月幾時有, 把酒問青天
不知天上宮闕, 今夕是何年
我欲乘風歸去
唯恐琼樓玉宇, 高處不勝寒
起舞弄清影, 何似在人間
轉朱閣, 低綺戶, 照無眠
不應有恨, 何事偏向別時圓
人有悲歡離合, 月有陰晴圓缺
此事古難全, 但願人長久, 千里共嬋娟

When do the moon grow bright; raise a toast to heaven
Which calender of gods is this; what year is tonight
I wish to hitch the wind and return
Only fearing palaces, high places aren't warm
Dancing to my shadow, what a life it is
Passed the door, under the window, shined on my sleeplessness
Resentment grows from no answer, what are better than not known
There are joy and there are gloom, there are phases even for the moon
This no perfection any can reach, may people live long and prosper,
As birds fly a thousand miles.

And the birds will fly a 
Thousand miles. 





 
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My take is like this:

I see the stance of the stoic conceding that many reunions much desired (such as the one desired by him in the present) has gone unfulfilled time immemorial; he then resorts to prescribe a sort of comfort in the knowledge that as long as the parties endure the test of time (keeping faith, being well and alive!), they will always be somewhat reunited too if not physically, then 'in spirit' admiring the graces of that same moon.

the same without all the convolution:

Would have died and took a ride on the winds and come but they say it's cold up there. Haven't quite the warmth of the missing we do here. So bro, as long as we are alive, fret not, we're eyeing that same chick on the moon.

It's bloody ouchy stuff I feel if my reading makes any sense. It's the I'm alright, I'm alright! (I'm not!). But look at it this way, we're not dead! Yum Seng! Have a moon cake. Don't choke on it. Reminds me of "Somewhere out there" in American Tale. Bloody Americans. They stole it!

Ha. were you? "This no perfection any can reach, may people live long and prosper"?!?! Really now....

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