|《龜雖壽》||Though the Tortoise Lives Long|
|神龜雖壽，猶有竟時。||Though the tortoise blessed with magic powers lives long,|
Its days have their allotted span;
|騰蛇乘霧，終為土灰。||Though winged serpents ride high on the mist,|
They turn to dust and ashes at the last;
|老驥伏櫪，志在千里；||An old war-horse may be stabled,|
Yet still it longs to gallop a thousand li;
|烈士暮年，壯心不已。||And a noble-hearted man though advanced in years|
Never abandons his proud aspirations.
|盈縮之期，不但在天；||Man's span of life, whether long or short,|
Depends not on Heaven alone;
|養怡之福，可得永年。||One who eats well and keeps cheerful|
Can live to a great old age.
|幸甚至哉！歌以咏志。||And so, with joy in my heart,|
I hum this song.
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