Of Li Bai On
A Spring Day
Du Fu (712-770), Chinese poet
Translation by Florence Ayscough (1878-1942), British scholar
English verse by Amy Lowell (1874-1925), American poet
The poems of Bai are unequalled.
His thoughts are never categorical, but fly high in the wind.
His poems are clear and fresh as those of YŁ, the official;
They are fine and easy as those of Pao, the military counselor.
I am North of the river Wei, looking at the Spring trees;
You are East of the river, watching the sunset clouds.
When shall we meet over a jug of wine?
When shall I have another precious discussion of literature with you?
from Fir-Flower Tablets; Poems From The Chinese (1921)
courtesy of vintagewinepoems.com