My friend has traveled by rivers and seas since we parted.
We have been separated by mountains and rivers for many years.
When I suddenly see him, I suspect I am dreaming.
We lament the long separation and ask each other's age.
A lonely lamp illuminates the cold rain.
Floating fog obscures the distant bamboo trees.
I hate that we must go our separate ways tomorrow.
To cherish every moment we have together,
We toast each other ceaselessly.
According to "The Epitaph in Honor of Shen Han" written by Yu Han, Yu had
an uncle named Shen Han who had been the Head of Jing-yang County.
Yun-yang was the name of a county. Its old location was north of present
day Xi-an City in Shaanxi Province. A post was a hotel and post office run by
the government. It provided post chaises to carry mail and passengers. It also
provided housing for government officials on business trips.