97 Starting the journey
News is on its way from Shanglin,
Spring is colorful and bright;
Lift the whip fast now,
Saddle up and start your journey.
上林Shànglín (上林苑 Shàng hunting p,rk): built by Qín II in Cháng’ān, is a place for the emperor to hunt for sport. See 'Shanglin'
馬上 On horse, at once, right away.
Rats go into holes,
Their favorite shelter.
They are not seen at noon,
In the silence of the night they makes their rounds.
99 Astride a crane
Always raise your aspirations,
It is good to leave for the southwest;
Your travel money a 100.000 strings,
Astride a crane high over YangZhou.
騎鶴上揚州 (idiom) to have unbounded ambition.
100 The pearl of the black dragon
Finally an end to stagnation.
You won the pearl from the fangs of the black dragon.
Suddenly losing it,
It is still here in the water.
The state has distuinguished men,
The court has no flatterers,
Weapons of war are not needed,
There is constant peace and tranquility.
102 It is up to you
Peace comes when stagnation reaches its peak,
Do not worry about everything.
One only needs to foster vitality and happiness,
Produce some good deeds and go somewhere one belongs.
A little bit of cleverness and all is truly yours.
泰否Hexagrams 11 and 12.
103 Thousand years
The people like their jobs, and the officials are just and honest,
A time of harmony and prosperity comes back in sight,
Tell all people now,
About the innumerable years of achievements of rulers.
On this depends the hope for a bright monarch.
104 As solid as Mount Tai
As solid as Mount Tai,
Firm like a boulder,
Boldly and with confidence moving ahead,
The inside connects directly to the appearance.
泰山 Taishan, mount Tai. Tai: hexagram 11.
105 Cloud ladder
On the moon orange Osmanthus blooms,
A person finally climbs up but cannot touch it,
A cloud ladder appears below the feet,
Now it is good to rest.
雲梯 Cloud ladder, scaling ladder, firefighting ladder.
終 End, finish, whole, to die.
In heaven's space one solitary goose,
Loudly warbling laments being alone;
May we ask a gentleman if he knows,
How many people are in a situation like this?
107 Autumn leaves
Red autumn leaves lose color,
Withered in one night of wind;
A neighborhood chicken wakes up from a midnight dream,
Worry accomplishes nothing.
Wakes up or wakes you up.
108 Tangled affairs
Affairs like hemp,
Operations in tangles.
The sun hides in the clouds.
Empty success and delay.
109 The easy highway
Do not embark on past old ruts.
A sweet drive in a new car,
In all four directions,
Steadily on a level and easy highway.
東西南北 East West South North, all corners of the world; the four directions, point of decision.
In the night, dreaming, startled by a rat,
Waking up not seeing anyone;
All night sleepless until dawn.
111 Commenting the weather
Severe autumn frost, hot summer days;
Fresh new flowers - withered old flowers,
Generations have seen changes in temperature,
Meet one who doesn't need to comment.
112 A hero's will
You didn't exhibit a hero's will yet.
Do your utmost without fearing trouble,
Handle predictions of weal and woe with courage,
In the Northwest contend for the front degree.
前標The Imperial examinations are held in the Northwest.
113 One Shock
Catching the illness of gloominess,
Drunk all day long,
The way of thunder is one shock,
And then the system is healthy and the body agile.
114 What it seems
Easy not easy,
Difficult not difficult,
Suddenly great waves rise up,
Two or three times laughing heartily.
非 not: the meaning is close to "not conform to" or non-
115 Dark moon
The road is obstructed,
The doors are closed,
Cautious and guarded,
The clouds conceal a dark moon.
Profits like the tentacles of a snail, the head of a fly,
Now you stop and change the poking,
The people of Cantou ridicule you,
A suitable beginning, not a suitable end.
草頭 Cantou, tiny place in China; strawhead; cantouren: bandit chief.
A tray overflowing with pearls and jades,
Abundent fields and gardens settled in the hills,
Cease talking, abort scheming,
This proceeds quite well.
118 All in accord
The moon is already bright,
Flowers open up abundantly;
Affairs move along leisurely,
All is in accord.
A hazy autumn moon shines on red-lacquered doors,
In the unknown forest birdcalls and distant temple monks.
Certainly there is a noble man coming to lead the way,
No need for pretty words like the chatter of warblers.
朱門Red doors, gates of wealthy homes.
貴人 Respectable person, high court lady, high official, high-ranking imperial concubine.
流鶯Chatter of warblers, streetwalker.
120 Get calm and decide
Affairs don't get resolved,
The heart is unsettled,
There are doubts for a long time.
Start to find peace.