can someone help me translate this poem? Tried google translate but it was a total mess

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It is a poem by 杜牧 (DU Mu)

Title: 將赴吳興登樂遊原



Author: 杜牧

289 杜牧 – 將赴吳興登樂遊原 (DU Mu – Mounting the Leyou Tombs Before Departing for Wuxing)

English Translation﹕

Only the incompetent would laze away peaceful times, I'd stare at a lone cloud when idle, and seek a monk's company for peace and quiet.

Now I'm about to trudge over rivers and seas to a corner administer, Here on Leyou Tombs my tribute goes to Emperor Taizong.

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