|The Rhyme Maker
Unknown Poet of China
Special Note: The Wine Poems
Poet of China (1st Century bce)
by Arthur Waley (1889-1966), British scholar/poet
go to the Golden Palace:
set out the jade cups.
summon the honored guests
enter at the Golden Gate.
enter at the Golden Gate
go to the Golden Hall.
the Eastern Kitchen the meat is sliced and ready –
beef and boiled pork and mutton.
Master of the Feast hands round the wine.
harp-players sound their clear chords.
cups are pushed aside and we face each other at chess:
rival pawns are marshaled rank against rank.
fire glows and the smoke puffs and curls;
the incense-burner rises a delicate fragrance.
clear wine has made our cheeks red;
the table joy and peace prevail.
those who shared in this day's delight
countless autumns enjoy like felicity.
from A Hundred and Seventy Chinese