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第一回: Chunk 20

Posted by derek August 9, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: 红楼梦

后面又有一首偈云:

无材可去补苍天,枉入红尘若许年.
此系身前身后事,倩谁记去作奇传?

诗后便是此石坠落之乡,投胎之处,亲自经历的一段陈迹故事.其中家庭闺阁琐事,以及闲情诗词倒还全备,或可适趣解闷,然朝代年纪,地舆邦国,却反失落无考.

The back [of the stone] again has a Buddhist verse saying:

"Having no ability to go to repair heaven, to no avail [I] have entered the world for so many years. This series of life and death matters, who can I ask to go to compose an astonishing story."

After the poem was [written] a historical story of the place that this stone was dropped, the place of its reincarnation and [its] personal experiences. Among them was [written] the trivial affairs of the boudoir as well as the leisurely poetry, all complete in every way, some very amusing and diverting, however the dynasty, age and nation were lost and could not be checked.

Breakdown:

后面又有一首偈云: -> The back [of the stone] again has a (偈)Buddhist verse saying:
(偈: ji4, a buddhist chant or hymn.)

无材可去补苍天,枉入红尘若许年. -> Having no ability to go to repair heaven, (枉) to no avail [I] have entered the world for (若许年) so many years.

(若许年, could also mean: seemingly many years.)

此系身前身后事,倩谁记去作奇传? -> This series of (身前身后) life and death matters, (倩谁) who can I ask to go to compose an (奇传) astonishing story.

诗后便是此石坠落之乡,投胎之处,亲自经历的一段陈迹故事. -> After the poem was [written] a historical story of the (坠落之乡) place that this stone was dropped, the (投胎之处) place of its reincarnation and [its] (亲自经历) personal experiences.

其中家庭闺阁琐事,以及闲情诗词倒还全备,-> Among them was [written] the (琐事) trivial affairs of the (家庭闺阁) family boudoir as well as the (闲情诗词) leisurely poetry, (倒还全备) all complete in every way.

(闺阁: literally, womens pavilion or apartments; 倒还全备: could mean "unexpectedly complete in every possible way".)

或可适趣解闷,然朝代年纪,地舆邦国,却反失落无考.-> some very amusing and diverting, however the (朝代) dynasty, (年纪) age and (地舆邦国) nation were lost and could (无考) not be checked.

(地舆邦国: region and nation?; 却反: on the contrary or unexpectedly?)

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