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Bai Juyi
772-846


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NOTES:
Bai Juyi is also known as Po Chü-i and, in Japan, as Haku Kyo'i.  He was a government official in the Tang Dynasty, including posts as governor of three different provinces.  Many of his poems reflect his life in government.
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After Passing the Examination (Waley)
Fishing In The Wei River (Waley)
Getting Up Early (Waley)
My Servant Wakes Me (Waley)
On Being Sixty (Waley)
Rejoicing At The Arrival Of Ch’ēn Hsiung (Waley)
The Chrysanthemums  (Waley)
Thinking Of The Past (Waley)

To His Brother Hsing-Chien (Waley)



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Planting Flowers On The Eastern Embankment
Bai Juyi (772-846), Chinese poet
translated by Arthur Waley (1889-1966), British scholar



I took money and bought flowering trees
And planted them out on the bank to the east of the Keep.
I simply bought whatever had most blooms,
Not caring whether peach, apricot, or plum.
A hundred fruits, all mixed up together;
A thousand branches, flowering in due rotation.
Each has its season coming early or late;
But to all alike the fertile soil is kind.
The red flowers hang like a heavy mist;
The white flowers gleam like a fall of snow.
The wandering bees cannot bear to leave them;
The sweet birds also come there to roost.
In front there flows an ever-running stream;
Beneath there is built a little flat terrace.
Sometimes I sweep the flagstones of the terrace;
Sometimes, in the wind, I raise my cup and drink.
The flower-branches screen my head from the sun;
The flower-buds fall down into my lap.
Alone drinking, alone singing my songs
I do not notice that the moon is level with the steps.
The people of Pa do not care for flowers;
All the spring no one has come to look.
But their Governor General, alone with his cup of wine
Sits till evening and will not move from the place!



from More Translations from the Chinese (1919)


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