Treasure Island

Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

Poems of Bai Juyi

21. Golden Bells 3/21/2012
22. Grass 8/9/2012
23. Grasses 1/1/2004
24. Hearing the Early Oriole 8/9/2012
25. Illness and Idleness 8/9/2012
26. In Early Summer Lodging in a Temple to Enjoy the Moonlight 8/9/2012
27. Kept Waiting! 3/21/2012
28. Lazy Man's Song 3/21/2012
29. Lodging with the Old Man of the Stream 8/9/2012
30. Losing a Slave Girl 8/9/2012
31. Night on the West River 3/21/2012
32. Night Snow 8/9/2012
33. On Being Stricken With Paralysis 3/21/2012
34. On His Baldness 8/9/2012
35. On the Lake (1) 8/9/2012
36. On the Lake (2) 8/9/2012
37. Peach Blossom at Dalin Temple 8/9/2012
38. Planting Bamboos 8/9/2012
39. Poems in Depression, at Wei Village 8/9/2012
40. Rain 8/9/2012

Song of Unending Sorrow.

China's Emperor, craving beauty that might shake an empire,
Was on the throne for many years, searching, never finding,
Till a little child of the Yang clan, hardly even grown,
Bred in an inner chamber, with no one knowing her,
But with graces granted by heaven and not to be concealed,
At last one day was chosen for the imperial household.
If she but turned her head and smiled, there were cast a hundred spells,
And the powder and paint of the Six Palaces faded into nothing.

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