The Roosting Crows By Li Po

The Roosting Crows On Soochow’s terrace the crows find their nests. The King of Wu in his palace drinks with Hsi Shih. Songs of Wu,…

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Marble Stairs Grievance By Li Po

Marble Stairs Grievance On Marble Stairs still grows the white dew That has all night soaked her silk slippers, But she lets down her crystal…

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Ch’ing P’ing Tiao By Li Po

Ch’Ing P’Ing Tiao Clouds bring back to mind her dress, the flowers her face. Winds of spring caress the rail where sparkling dew-drops cluster. If…

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Yellow Crane Terrace By Li Po

Yellow Crane Terrace by Li Po English version by Kenneth Hope Original Language Chinese Here he is, my good old friend! He’s at Yellow Crane…

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Spring Night In Lo-Yang Hearing A Flute By Li Po

Spring Night In Lo-Yang Hearing A Flute In what house, the jade flute that sends these dark notes drifting, scattering on the spring wind that…

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Ho Chih-Chang By Li Po

Ho Chih-Chang When we met the first time at Ch’ang-an He called me the ‘Lost Immortal’. Then he loved the Way of Forgetting. Now under…

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Amidst The Flowers A Jug Of Wine By Li Po

Amidst The Flowers A Jug Of Wine Amidst the flowers a jug of wine, I pour alone lacking companionship. So raising the cup I invite…

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To Wang Lun By Li Po

To Wang Lun I was about to sail away in a junk, When suddenly I heard The sound of stamping and singing on the bank—…

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Parting By Li Po

Parting by Li Po English version by Sam Hamill Original Language Chinese Green mountains rise to the north; white water rolls past the eastern city….

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For Meng Hao-Jan By Li Po

For Meng Hao-Jan I love Master Meng. Free as a flowing breeze, He is famous Throughout the world. In rosy youth, he cast away Official…

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The River-Captain’s Wife – A Letter By Li Po

The River-Captain’s Wife – A Letter I with my hair in its first fringe Romped outside breaking flower-heads. You galloped by on bamboo horses. We…

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Moon Over Mountain Pass By Li Po

Moon Over Mountain Pass A bright moon rising above Tian Shan Mountain, Lost in a vast ocean of clouds. The long wind, across thousands upon…

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Clearing At Dawn By Li Po

Clearing At Dawn The fields are chill, the sparse rain has stopped; The colours of Spring teem on every side. With leaping fish the blue…

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Yearning By Li Po

Yearning Misted the flowers weep as light dies Moon of white silk sleeplessly cries. Stilled – Phoenix wings. Touched – Mandarin strings. This song tells…

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The Birds Have Vanished Into The Sky By Li Po

The birds have vanished into the sky by Li Po English version by Sam Hamill Original Language Chinese The birds have vanished into the sky,…

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If High Heaven Had No Love For Wine By Li Po

If High Heaven had no love for wine by Li Po English version by Arthur Waley Original Language Chinese If High Heaven had no love…

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Alone And Drinking Under The Moon By Li Po

Alone And Drinking Under The Moon Amongst the flowers I am alone with my pot of wine drinking by myself; then lifting my cup I…

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To Tu Fu From Shantung By Li Po

To Tu Fu From Shantung You ask how I spend my time– I nestle against a treetrunk and listen to autumn winds in the pines…

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Parting At A Wine-Shop In Nan-King By Li Po

Parting At A Wine-Shop In Nan-King A wind, bringing willow-cotton, sweetens the shop, And a girl from Wu, pouring wine, urges me to share it….

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Farewell To Meng Hao-Jan By Li Po

Farewell To Meng Hao-Jan I took leave of you, old friend, at the Yellow Crane Pavilion; In the mist and bloom of March, you went…

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The River-Merchant’s Wife By Li Po

The River-Merchant’s Wife While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead I played about the front gate, pulling flowers. You came by on…

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Mêng Hao-Jan By Li Po

Mêng Hao-Jan True-Taoist, good friend Mêng, Your madness known to one and all, Young you laughed at rank and power. Now you sleep in pine-tree…

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Chiang Chin Chiu By Li Po

Chiang Chin Chiu See the waters of the Yellow River leap down from Heaven, Roll away to the deep sea and never turn again! See…

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You Ask Why I Make My Home In The Mountain Forest By Li Po

You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest by Li Po English version by Sam Hamill Original Language Chinese You ask why…

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Song Of The Jade Cup By Li Po

Song Of The Jade Cup A jade cup was broken because old age came too soon to give fulfilment to hopes; after drinking three cups…

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In Spring By Li Po

In Spring Your grasses up north are as blue as jade, Our mulberries here curve green-threaded branches; And at last you think of returning home,…

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Along The Stream By Li Po

Along the Stream by Li Po English version by L. Cranmer-Byng Original Language Chinese The rustling nightfall strews my gown with roses, And wine-flushed petals…

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To Tu Fu From Shantang By Li Po

To Tu Fu from Shantang by Li Po English version by Sam Hamill Original Language Chinese You ask how I spend my time– I nestle…

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On Kusu Terrace By Li Po

On Kusu Terrace The old gardens of Kusu Terrace are a wilderness, yet the willows that remain still put out new branches; lasses gathering water…

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Farewell To Secretary Shu-Yun At The Hsieh Tiao Villa In Hsuan-Chou By Li Po

Farewell To Secretary Shu-Yun At The Hsieh Tiao Villa In Hsuan-Chou Since yesterday had throw me and bolt, Today has hurt my heart even more….

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The Old Dust By Li Po

The Old Dust The living is a passing traveler; The dead, a man come home. One brief journey betwixt heaven and earth, Then, alas! we…

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Lu Mountain, Kiangsi By Li Po

Lu Mountain, Kiangsi I climbed west on Incense Cloud Peak. South I saw the spray-filled falls Dropping for ten thousand feet Sounding in a hundred…

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Chuang Tzu And The Butterfly By Li Po

Chuang Tzu And The Butterfly Chuang Tzu in dream became a butterfly, And the butterfly became Chuang Tzu at waking. Which was the real—the butterfly…

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Ziyi Song By Li Po

Ziyi Song Chang-an — one slip of moon; in ten thousand houses, the sound of fulling mallets. Autumn winds keep on blowing, all things make…

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Song Of The Forge By Li Po

Song Of The Forge The forge-fire sets a glow in the heavens, the hammer thunders, showering the smoke with sparks. A ruddy smithy, the white…

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In The Quiet Night By Li Po

In the Quiet Night by Li Po English version by Vikram Seth Original Language Chinese The floor before my bed is bright: Moonlight – like…

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Autumn River Song By Li Po

Autumn River Song by Li Po English version by Sam Hamill Original Language Chinese The moon shimmers in green water. White herons fly through the…

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To Tan-Ch’iu By Li Po

To Tan-Ch’Iu My friend is lodging high in the Eastern Range, Dearly loving the beauty of valleys and hills. At green Spring he lies in…

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On Dragon Hill By Li Po

On Dragon Hill Drunk on Dragon Hill tonight, the banished immortal, Great White, turns among yellow flowers, his smile wide, as his hat sails away…

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Drinking Alone In The Moonlight By Li Po

Drinking Alone In The Moonlight Amongst the flowers I am alone with my pot of wine drinking by myself; then lifting my cup I asked…

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The Moon At The Fortified Pass By Li Po

The Moon At The Fortified Pass The bright moon lifts from the Mountain of Heaven In an infinite haze of cloud and sea, And the…

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Lines For A Taoist Adept By Li Po

Lines For A Taoist Adept My friend lives high on East Mountain. His nature is to love the hills and gorges. In green spring he…

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Bringing In The Wine By Li Po

Bringing In The Wine See how the Yellow River’s water move out of heaven. Entering the ocean,never to return. See how lovely locks in bright…

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Waterfall At Lu-Shan By Li Po

Waterfall At Lu-Shan Sunlight streams on the river stones. From high above, the river steadily plunges– three thousand feet of sparkling water– the Milky Way…

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She Spins Silk By Li Po

She Spins Silk Far up river in Szechuan, waters rise as spring winds roar. How can I dare to meet her now, to brave the…

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Hard Is The Journey By Li Po

Hard Is The Journey Gold vessels of fine wines, thousands a gallon, Jade dishes of rare meats, costing more thousands, I lay my chopsticks down,…

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Alone And Drinking Under The Moon By Li Po

Alone and Drinking Under the Moon by Li Po English version by Rewi Alley Original Language Chinese Amongst the flowers I am alone with my…

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To My Wife On Lu-Shan Mountain By Li Po

To My Wife On Lu-Shan Mountain Visiting the nun Rise-In-Air, You must be near her place in those blue hills. The river’s force helps pound…

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On Gazing Into A Mirror By Li Po

On Gazing Into A Mirror Follow Tao, and nothing is old or new. Lose it, and the ruins of age return. Someone smiling back in…

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Drinking Alone By Li Po

Drinking Alone I take my wine jug out among the flowers to drink alone, without friends. I raise my cup to entice the moon. That,…

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The Exile’s Letter By Li Po

The Exile’s Letter (To Yüan) Remember how Tung built us a place to drink in At Lo-yang south of the T’ien-ching bridge? White jade and…

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Listening To A Flute In Yellow Crane Pavillion By Li Po

Listening To A Flute In Yellow Crane Pavillion I came here a wanderer thinking of home, remembering my far away Ch’ang-an. And then, from deep…

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Before The Cask Of Wine By Li Po

Before The Cask Of Wine The spring wind comes from the east and quickly passes, Leaving faint ripples in the wine of the golden bowl….

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We Fought For – South Of The Walls By Li Po

We Fought For – South Of The Walls Died for – North of the Ramparts’(to an old tune) We fought for Mulberry Springs Die now…

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Self-Abandonment By Li Po

Self-Abandonment I sat srinking and did not notice the dusk, Till falling petals filled the folds of my dress. Drunken I rose and walked to…

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Green Mountain By Li Po

Green Mountain You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain; I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care….

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About Tu Fu By Li Po

About Tu Fu I met Tu Fu on a mountaintop in August when the sun was hot. Under the shade of his big straw hat…

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Through The Yangzi Gorges By Li Po

Through The Yangzi Gorges From the walls of Baidi high in the coloured dawn To Jiangling by night-fall is three hundred miles, Yet monkeys are…

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On Climbing In Nan-King To The Terrace Of Phoenixes By Li Po

On Climbing In Nan-King To The Terrace Of Phoenixes Phoenixes that play here once, so that the place was named for them, Have abandoned it…

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Confessional By Li Po

Confessional There was wine in a cup of gold and a girl of fifteen from Wu, her eyebrows painted dark and with slippers of red…

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