A Play for Cold Meal Day

A Play for Cold Meal Day Lu Yanrang (~ 900)  On Twelfth Street here it’s like a packed bazaar,A world of dust that’s choked and cannot clear;We work like ox until our sweat pours out,No time to sit and watch the flowers near.   Chinese 寒食日戲盧延讓 十二街如市紅塵咽不開灑蹄驄馬汗沒處看花來 Pronunciation Hán Shí …

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Cicadas

Cicadas Yu Shinan (558-638)  He dangles down to drink the clear light dew,Exuding sound through the green leaf brush;And flowing far and wide, his voice flies onWithout the need of wind from autumn’s rush.   Chinese 蟬虞世南 垂緌飲清露流響出疏桐居高聲自遠非是藉秋風 Pronunciation ChánYú Shìnán Chuí suí yǐn qīng lùLiú xiǎng chū shū tóngJū gāo …

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Farewell to Meng Haoran

 My dear old friend who’s parting WestBeneath the Yellow Towers;While falling on the Yangzhou landsAre mists and springtime flowers. Your orphan boat’s a distant shade,That sails where blue skies go;I look upon the water tides—Until the end they flow.  By Li Bai, tr. from the Chinese by …

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Anchored at Jiande River

Meng Haoran This anchored boat’s astir in fog and breeze,As sunset rends my fears up once again,But as the sky descends beneath the trees,The river, moon, and quiet become my friends.    Chinese Pronunciation     宿建德江 Sù jiàn dé jiāng     移舟泊煙渚, Yí zhōu …

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Gazing at the Snow Peak of Zhongnan

Above the mountain dark and deepThe snow clouds form a floating quill;But though these woods are clear and bright,Inside the town I feel it chill.   Chinese Pronunciation     終南望餘雪 Zhōng Nán Wàng Yú Xuě     終南陰嶺秀, Zhōng nán yīn lǐng xiù , 積雪浮雲端。 …

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Farewell to Cui

229. Farewell to Cui  Pei Di Traversing mountains thin and deepAnd on through hills and dales revered;For just a day you’ll be a manOf Eden, land of love and cheer.   Chinese Pronunciation     送崔九 Sòng cuī jiǔ     歸山深淺去, Guī shān shēn qiǎn qù, …

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For the Reminiscing General

The General went fore, a prisoner of war,Enchained at the enemy’s behest;But now he’s back, the dust is slack,With wine I greet my guest. We sing in verse of skies and birds,Forbidding a barrack word;With spring before, we leave the warAnd howls of night unheard. But peaceful …

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