by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by Arthur Waley (1889 - 1969)

The big chariot
Language: English  after the Chinese (中文) 
Don’t help -- on the big chariot;
You will only make yourself dusty.
Don’t think about the sorrows of the world;
You will only make yourself wretched.

Don’t help -- on the big chariot;
You won’t be able to see for dust.
Don’t think about the sorrows of the world;
Or you will never escape from your despair.

Don’t help -- on the big chariot;
You’ll be stifled with dust.
Don’t think about the sorrows of the world;
You will only load yourself with care.

Confirmed with Arthur Waley, Chinese Poems, 2005 (first published 1946), Oxfordshire: Routledge, p. 34.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-11-04
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