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I couldn't find a good translation for this since Google Translate with picture feature probably is not as good for such a long sentence

So I came here: Google Translate says "Jingling children come and go in the wish" is google translate accurate at this?

I was unable to identify even the first character; see my attempt here.

  • right column: 金陵(pre-Han name for Nanjing common place name)子弟来相送(see sb. off )left column:欲行不行各尽觞 jukuu:1. "With my comrades of the city who are here to see me off; And as each of them drains his cup, I say to him in parting," 金陵子弟来相送, 欲行不行各尽觞。
    – user6065
    Jul 23, 2017 at 19:41
  • sorry i couldnt quite get "i say to him in parting" ... how does this work in english meaning?
    – LuxBellum
    Jul 23, 2017 at 20:07
  • other users neither, maybe it should be "them" ("say" may have surfaced in translation, not containing context) once the text is entered into any browser, the latter will return the source: 出自唐朝诗人李白的古诗作品《金陵酒肆留别》 see e.g. search.yahoo.com/yhs/…
    – user6065
    Jul 23, 2017 at 21:45

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These two verses came from 李白 (Li Bai)'s poem


"金陵子弟來相送,欲行不行各盡觴。" 出自於李白的《金陵酒肆留别》










Jinling: Today's Nanjing City , Jiangsu Province, China



子弟(sons): Refers to 'native sons of Jinling' -- Li Bai's friends



'欲行' (about to leave) refers to 'the person who was about to leave'. And that person was Li Bai himself.

'不行' (not leaving) refers to 'the people who were not leaving'. And they were Li Bai's friends.




盡觴: drink down the whole cup of wine. Also refers to the cheers



" The native sons of Jinling (my friends) came to see me off; I, the one who is about to leave, and my friends who are not leaving, all drunk down a cups of wine (before we part). "

  • Ohhh okey... thats very interesting it took me long time to decipher it even tho you were explaining it to me... now the mistery is why is this into a dizi flute... very strange world, thank you so much Tang Ho
    – LuxBellum
    Jul 23, 2017 at 20:01

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