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Ci (Poetry) by Lu Dongbin to the tune of
Qinyuanchun (Spring in the Princess Garden)

Translated by Akrishi, 2009/1/3
(Courtesy to
 

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  Introduction   

Poem 1
1

Before reverting to the elixir with seven homebound cycles,
we should first refine ourselves and wait for the time to come.

2

The first one Yang starts to move, when the water clock flows at midnight.
Lukewarm in the tripod caldron for lead, and light through the curtains.
3

Creation striving and galloping, with the dragon and tiger copulating,
While practicing the advancing of the fire through the constellations of Ox, Dipper and Encampment.
4 On the Winding River is seen the moonlight with pure lustre. And there is a crow flying.
5 At that time, I drink the Daogui by myself,
And who will believe one can give birth to a child from nothingness?
6

To distinguish whether the water's source is clear or turbid, and know the separation between wood and metal,
Without the instruction of a master, this is difficult to know.
7

The essentials of Tao are mysterious and subtle, and the heavenly mechanism is deep and far-reaching,
Quickly start to practice before it is too late.
8

On the road returning to Penglai, relying on the fulfillment of three thousand good works, one walks alone, matchless, on the clouds.

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Poem 2
1

Entangled in the burning house, day passes by and comes the night, worrying day and night.

2

Cannot avoid feeling loss today, and don't know about tomorrow.
What is the reason for the turbulence and inexorable sense of doom?
3

A man's life is like a candle in the wind, and the dew on the grass, which I grieve with tears.
4

Neither strong nor longlasting, but like the spark from the flint stone, and bubbles floating on water.
5

If you would be carefree, repent early.
Write off the romance and dissoluteness of bygone days in one stroke.
6

Only with plain clothes and simple food, and pass the days in accord with circumstances.
No matter how people may laugh at me, what else to seek?
7

One is destined to die, whether rich or poor. So why bother working so busily and worrying day and night?
8

My advice is to abandon your family karma when young, and sail on the sea.

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Poem 3
1

Poetries, songs and essays - sheer vanity - may you leave thousands pieces.

2

Having no way out, you postpone to another day, or another month.
No ending in sight this year; perhaps next year.
3

With limited time, but this immense burning house,
I am afraid your time is slipping by and your talent deteriorates with age.
4

The insatiable fool: hoping to accomplish both have a family and learning Tao.
5

In this material world people are only attached to earthly karma.
And who will believe in the other world through the elixir inside the gourd of the immortals? Reference: The Origin of the Alchemical Jargon "Gourd" (in Chinese GB)

6

The nature of this Tao is unsentimental, adhering to neither riches nor honour,
It is not distant to the poor and lowly, but only if one is determined.
7

No need for burdening one's mind, or for asceticism.
Just be natural, cease deliberation and be aloof.
8

Waiting for the sensible to drop the load, so this thing about immortality can be imparted.

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