KUAIJI PREFECTURE 353 A.D. "永和九年,歲在癸丑,暮

春之初,會于會稽山陰之蘭亭,修禊事也。群賢畢至,少長

咸集。此地有崇山峻嶺,茂林修竹;又有清流激湍,映帶左

右,引以為流觴曲水,列坐其次。雖無絲竹管弦之盛,一觴

一詠,亦足以暢敘幽情。 是日也,天朗氣清,惠風和暢,仰觀

宇宙之大,俯察品類之盛,所以游目騁懷,足以極視聽之

娛,信可樂也。 夫人之相與,俯仰一世,或取諸懷抱,晤言一

室之內;或因寄所托,放浪形骸之外。雖取舍萬殊,靜躁不

同,當其欣于所遇,暫得于己,快然自足,不知老之將至。及

其所之既倦,情隨事遷,感慨系之矣。向之所欣,俯仰之間,

已為陳跡,猶不能不以之興懷。況修短隨化,終期于

 

盡。古人雲﹕死生亦大矣。豈不痛哉! 每覽昔人興感之由,若合一契,未嘗不臨文嗟悼,不能喻之于懷。固知一死

生為虛誕,齊彭殤為妄作。後之視今,亦猶今之視昔。 悲夫!故列敘時人,錄其所述,雖世殊事異,所以興懷,其致一也。後之覽

者,亦將有感于斯文。

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