A Poem by Late Qing Chinese Patriot Tan Sitong

While reading Kong Linping’s 孔令平  memoir Bloody Chronicles  血纪 of his long imprisonment after the Great Leap Forward, I came across Kong’s quote of  executed poet-statesman Tan Sitong‘s 1896 poem “My Feelings”.   My translation below.

My Feelings

Nothing in this world can withstand the longing for Spring,
These longings join together until they reach the shadowy netherworld.
The tears of 400 million people combine,
Where o where on this earth can we find our divine China?

Tan Sitong’s poem My Feelings 有感 http://baike.baidu.com/view/6123746.htm




About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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