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The Envoy Arrives at the Borderlands

I travel by cart alone to the hinterlands,  

our colony extends through Junyan sea.  

Wind lifts clumps of grass out of Han territory,  

and geese flying home enter foreign skies.  

A pillar of smoke rises above the great desert,  

and a round sun falls into the stretched river.  

In this remote area I encounter military scouts,  

I learn their commander remains at Yanran mountain.  

使至塞上

單車欲問邊,屬國過居延。征蓬出漢塞,歸雁入胡天。  

大漠孤煙直,長河落日圓。蕭關逢候吏,都護在燕然。