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Du Fu
Du Fu

Theme:  Friends

Du Fu is also known as Tu Fu

Amy Lowell, the co-translator of this poem with Florence Ayscough, also contributes her own wine poems to this site.
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Special Note:  The Wine Poems of China

more Du Fu at

Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup  (Obata)  A/V
Sent To Li Bai As A Gift  (Lowell)

To Li Bai  (Obata)

Multiple translations:
Thinking Of Li Bai On A Spring Day (Lowell)

To Li Bai On A Spring Day  (Obata)

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A Toast for Mng Yn-ch’ing
Du Fu (712-770), Chinese poet
translation by Florence Ayscough (1878-1942), British scholar
English versions by Amy Lowell (1874-1925), American poet

Illimitable happiness,
But grief for our white heads.
We love the long watches of the night, the red candle.
It would be difficult to have too much of meeting,
Let us not be in hurry to talk of separation.
But because the Heaven River will sink,
We had better empty the wine-cups.
To-morrow, at bright dawn, the world’s business will entangle us.
We brush away our tears,
We go – East and West.

from Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems From The Chinese (1921)

Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems from the Chinese (1921)

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