Monthly Archives: September 2018

Such were some of various omens. Emperor Lin

Such were some of various omens. Emperor Ling, GREatly moved by these signs of the displeasure of Heaven, issued an edict asking his ministers for an explanation of the calamities and marvels. Court Counselor Cai Yong replied bluntly: “Falling rainbows … Continue reading

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Emperor Huan paid no heed

Emperor Huan paid no heed to the good people of his court Three Heroes Swear Brotherhood In The Peach Garden;One Victory Shatters The Rebels In Battlegrounds. Domains under heaven, after a long period of division, tends to unite; after a … Continue reading

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Dip among doorways of the poor.

Dip among doorways of the poor. Liu Fangping A MOONLIGHT NIGHT When the moon has coloured half the house, With the North Star at its height and the South Star setting, I can fed the first motions of the warm … Continue reading

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Let bugles cry our victory!

Let bugles cry our victory! Lu Lun BORDER-SONGS II The woods are black and a wind assails the grasses, Yet the general tries night archery — And next morning he finds his white-plumed arrow Pointed deep in the hard rock. … Continue reading

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Is fame to be only for the ancients?

Wang Wei A MESSAGE TO COMMISSIONER LI AT ZIZHOU From ten thousand valleys the trees touch heaven; On a thousand peaks cuckoos are calling; And, after a night of mountain rain, From each summit come hundreds of silken cascades. …If … Continue reading

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Sunset lingers at the ferry,

Wang Wei A MESSAGE FROM MY LODGE AT WANGCHUAN TO PEI DI The mountains are cold and blue now And the autumn waters have run all day. By my thatch door, leaning on my staff, I listen to cicadas in … Continue reading

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I have poems; I can read

Li Bai THOUGHTS OF OLD TIME FROM A NIGHT-MOORING UNDER MOUNT NIU-ZHU This night to the west of the river-brim There is not one cloud in the whole blue sky, As I watch from my deck the autumn moon, Vainly … Continue reading

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Master, I hail you from my heart

Cen Can A MESSAGE TO CENSOR Du Fu AT HIS OFFICE IN THE LEFT COURT Together we officials climbed vermilion steps, To be parted by the purple walls…. Our procession, which entered the palace at dawn, Leaves fragrant now at … Continue reading

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Ever new the shock of beauty

Du Shenyan ON A WALK IN THE EARLY SPRING HARMONIZING A POEM BY MY FRIEND LU STATIONED AT CHANGZHOU Only to wanderers can come Ever new the shock of beauty, Of white cloud and red cloud dawning from the sea, … Continue reading

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What can my poor

Han Yu A POEM ON THE STONE DRUMS Chang handed me this tracing, from the stone drums, Beseeching me to write a poem on the stone drums. Du Fu has gone. Li Bai is dead. What can my poor talent … Continue reading

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