《 An Envoy to the Frontiers 》
by Wangwei, from Tang dynasty
Riding in a carriage to the frontiers, expressing solicitude,
Passing Juyan, a vassal state, on the road.
Like Halogeton grass swaying in the wind, far away from Han villages,
Like Geese flying to the north, entering foreign land.
A plume of smoke is rising in the vast desert, up straight,
The sun is descending into the Yellow River, blazing round.
Only to meet defensive cavalry after arrived at the Xiao pass,
All generals are still at the Yanran battlefield.