Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

Sleeping On A Night Of Autumn Rain - Poem by Bai Juyi

Cold cold 3rd autumn night
Peaceful leisure one old man
Lie late lamp go out after
Sleep beautiful rain sound in
Ash long warm bottle fire
Fragrance increase warm quilt cover
Sawn clear cold not rise
Frost leaf full level red
It's cold this night in autumn's third month,
Peacefully within, a lone old man.
He lies down late, the lamp already gone out,
And beautifully sleeps amid the sound of rain.
The ash inside the vessel still warm from the fire,
Its fragrance increases the warmth of quilt and covers.
When dawn comes, clear and cold, he does not rise,
The red frosted leaves cover the steps.


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  • Susan Williams (1/16/2016 3:25:00 PM)


    In the last nine lines, the translation improves enough to let us sense the mastery of the poet who wrote these lines. It makes me want to learn the language, read Bai Juyi till his poetry runs out my ears, and then try to translate the beauty and heart and compassion in his soul. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 9, 2012



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