To Son

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"To Son", by Lu You

Simplified:

死去原知万事空,

但悲不见九州同。

王师北定中原日,

家祭无忘告乃翁。


Traditional:

死去原知萬事空,

但悲不見九州同。

王師北定中原日,

家祭無忘告乃翁。

English:

All turns to dust in my dying eyes,

only hatred is that a unified land is not seen.

When the day of the emperor's troops sweeping the North comes,

you must not forget to tell me before my tombstone.