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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)
Planting Flowers On The Eastern Embankment (Waley)
The Chrysanthemums  (Waley)
Thinking Of The Past (Waley)

To His Brother Hsing-Chien (Waley)



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Rejoicing At The Arrival Of Ch’ēn Hsiung
Bai Juyi (772-846), Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty
translated by Arthur Waley (1889-1966), British scholar

When the yellow bird’s note was almost stopped;
And half formed the green plum’s fruit;
Sitting and grieving that spring things were over,
I rose and entered the Eastern Garden’s gate.
I carried my cup and was dully drinking alone:
Suddenly I heard a knocking sound at the door.
Dwelling secluded, I was glad that someone had come;
How much the more, when I saw it was Ch’ēn Hsiung!
At ease and leisure, – all day we talked;
Crowding and jostling, – the feelings of many years.
How great a thing is a single cup of wine!
For it makes us tell the story of our whole lives.


from A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems (1919)


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