merits like the sky and the sea always remain,
children’s repayment is about to boast and complain.”
is the abounding habit of behavior so bad:
such feeling is depressed! How such way is sad!
gave birth to you, do you have the heart to forget?
brought you up, how can you have neglected as yet?
flesh-and-blood love, one should not ignore.
Mothers’ dedication, nobody should think no more.
does not naturally care about nescience,
one ought not to slight any emotional experience:
being born, the baby has been quite cherished,
and night parents trying to do what they wished.
children got sick mothers also got gaunt, tense
the long night staying awake worried hence
agonizing anguish day after day crushed by grief:
sentimental attachment would you omit as lief?
fathers always earnestly expect and try their best
see their kids progress, of education stand the test,
exams, obtain rolls of honor with names entered in:
Their parents’ hope to satisfy and their own end to win.
Your Dads spared no pains round the clock striving
make a living though burdensome but life-giving trying
Until they married you off and you left for all quarters
their endless suffering, dear sons and daughters!
Translation by THANH-THANH