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"The War Chariots A-Rolling" -Du Fu
-Du Fu (Tang Dynasty)
-Translated by Frank C Yue
The war chariots a-rolling,
Their bows and arrows over hips hanging;
Alongside the soldiers running -
The parents, wives and children, raising
Dust billows the Xiangyang Bridge obscuring!
They stamp their feet, hold onto the men's clothing,
The road the great crowds clogging...
Their loud, plaintive cries
Pierce the clouds high in the skies!
A passer-by asks of the men -
Their reply: Men were conscripted often then.
15-year-olds were sent north,