I invited you to dismount from your horse and accept some wine.
"Where are you going?" I asked.
You said, "I could not fulfill my goal with my position,
So I resigned, and plan to retire to the foot of Southern Mountain
I let you go and asked no more questions.
Your happy life, like white clouds, will last forever.
Wang originally wanted to acquire a government position to serve people.
However, he lost confidence when Lin-Fu Li became the Prime Minister because Li
was jealous of talented people. Because he was afraid of inciting jealousy, he
lived partly as an official and partly as a hermit. Thus, Wang transferred his
focus to mountains, rivers, and his garden. When Wang heard that his friend
wanted to become an hermit, he sympathized with him.
Southern Mountain refers to Qin Mountain. It is located at south of modern
Xi'an in Shaanxi Province.