Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The 300 Tang Dynasty Poems, #41 A Song of an Autumn Midnight

The Tang Dynasty was a cultural high point in the Chinese civilization. Poetry was especially esteemed during this period and the best works of that age were compiled into The 300 Tang Dynasty Poems. A free online version of this work may be found here.

For now, please enjoy #41.

Li Bai

A slip of the moon hangs over the capital;
Ten thousand washing-mallets are pounding;
And the autumn wind is blowing my heart
For ever and ever toward the Jade Pass....
Oh, when will the Tartar troops be conquered,
And my husband come back from the long campaign!

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