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

有感

世间无物抵春愁,合向苍冥一哭休。
四万万人齐下泪,天涯何处是神州。

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