Li Bai Poem

To His Friend at Chiang-Hsia

Please log in or register to do it.

When the brazen Tartars came with their frightened horses kicking
             up dust and sand,
While the Tartar horde watered their horses in the Tien- chin
You, governor of Chang-yeh, then, resided near Wine Spring;
I, banished nine thousand li, was in the land of Pa.

When the world was put to order, and the laws made lenient,
I, an Yeh-lang exile, stricken with the chilly frost,
How I longed for my friend in the west whom I could not see.
Only the east wind bore my dream back to Chang-an.

What a chance that I met you in this place!
In joy and bewilderment I felt like one fallen from the cloud.
And amid the noise of pipes and flutes at the joyous feast
I endeavored in vain to utter long sentences.

Yesterday, clad in a brocade robe, I poured the costly wine.
To-day, sore-afflicted, I am dumb like the speechless trees.
Once I rode on horseback in the great imperial park;
Now I jog about slowly from house to house of mandarins.

At Nan-ping I met the governor and opened my heart;
Now with you I may hold sweet conversation.
Even as the leagues of cloud melt above the mountain,
Opening the view of the blue sky around, so melts my grief.

Oh, grief! Oh, bitter pain, and pain evermore!
Sorrowing, I drink two thousand jugs of wine—
The cold ashes are warm again, and the spring is born.
And you, jolly wise host without compare,
Drunken, you go about, riding on the back of a mule.

In the cloister yonder under clouds and the moon there are monks
But the mountains and waters—did they ever cater to man’s
Ah, no! Better blow your reed pipes, beat your drums, and wanton
             on the river water.
Call forth the young girls of the south and bid them sing the
             boat songs!

I will knock down the Yellow Crane House for you with a hammer,
You may upset the Parrot Island, too, for my sake.
The heroic battle of the Red Walls was fought as in a dream—
Let me sing and dance and lighten the sorrow of sep- aration!

The Cataract of Luh Shan-I
The Rover of Chao


Already reacted for this post.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *