The northern sight:
All the land is under ice
Snow travels far and wide
The Great Wall Both inside and outside
Only a vast expanse of white
Yellow River from tail to head
Has come to rest.
Mountains are silver snakes on flight
plateau hills are running elephants white
they are seemingly rivaling the sky.
Wait till it is clear and fine.
Snow white under the Sun bright
What a fascinating sight.
The nation’s charming and fine.
For it countless heroes are willing to die.
It's a pity that Ying of Qin and Wu of Han
Lack a bit literary talents.
Taizong of Tang and Taizu of Song
Are slightly inferior in political merits
The outstanding Giant
could do shooting, nothing besides.
All these have passed by
If you want to have heroes to highlight
Only in this era you can find.
North country scene:
A hundred leagues locked in ice,
A thousand leagues of whirling snow.
Both side of the Great Wall
One single white immensity.
The Yellow River's swift current
Is stilled from end to end.
The mountains dance silver snakes
And the highland charge like wax-hued elephants.
Vying with heaven in stature.
On a fine day, the land,
Clad in white, adorned in red,
Crows more enchanting.
This land so rich in beauty
Has made countless heroes bow in homage.
But alas! Qin Shihuang and Han Wudi
Were lacking in literary grace,
And Tang Taizong and Song Taizu
Had little poetry in their souls;
That proud son of Heaven,
Knew only shooting eagles, bow outstretched.
All are past and gone!
For truly great men
Look to this age alone.