Friday, July 08, 2016

While in my dream, I forget I am a guest, / And covet pleasure! - Li Yu #QotD

Outside the Curtains the Rain is Murmuring (Ripples Sifting Sand)

Outside the curtains the rain is murmuring,
And spring is waning,
Silk bedding cannot resist the fifth watch cold.
While in my dream, I forget I am a guest,
And covet pleasure!
I should not lean alone on these railings,
The land is unlimited;
It's easy to part- to meet again is hard.
Spring's gone like blossom fallen on flowing water,
My paradise too!

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Li Yu was an early writer of Song dynasty lyrics, (ci in Chinese), a much more fluid form than those used by the great Tang poets. His works often express strong romantic or nostalgic feelings; they bear the title only of the tune to which they were sung. Here they are identified by their first line in English. (from the website)

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Book at right is from the Ancient Chinese Book collection, Shanghai Library and note related to the poem

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