Thus speaking she seized the curving rail and started into the lily pond. Lu Bu caught her in his strong arms and wept as he held her close. “I knew it： I always knew your heart,” he sobbed. “Only we never had a chance to speak.” She threw her arms about Lu Bu. “If IContinue reading Thus speaking she seized the curving rail and started into
“How dare I expect this？” said Dong Zhuo. “From the days of old, those who walk in the way have replaced those who deviate therefrom； those who lack virtue have fallen before those who possess it. Can one escape fate？” “If indeed the decree of Heaven devolves on me, you shall be held the firstContinue reading “How dare I expect this？” said Dong Zhuo.
Lu Bu was a conspicuous figure in front of the line. On his head was a triple curved headdress of ruddy gold with pheasant tails. He wore a warring velvet-red robe of Xichuan silk embroidered with thousand flowers, which was overlapped by golden mail adorned with a gaping animal’s head, joined by rings at theContinue reading Lu Bu was a conspicuous figure in front of the line
Dong Zhuo angrily drew his sword to slay the bold Lu Zhi, but two other officials remonstrated. “Minister Lu Zhi is the cynosure of the whole country, the bold Lu Zhi, but two other officials remonstrated. “Minister Lu Zhi is the cynosure of the whole country, and his violent death would stir the hearts ofContinue reading “Minister Lu Zhi is the cynosure of the whole country,
I decide that not my mother-in-law Liu Changqing FAREWELL TO A BUDDHIST MONK Can drifting clouds and white storks Be tenants in this world of ours? — Or you still live on Wuzhou Mountain, Now that people are coming here? Wei Yingwu AN AUTUMN NIGHT MESSAGE TO QIU As I walk in the cool ofContinue reading I decide that not my mother-in-law
Boundless grasses over the plain Zhang Ji THINKING OF A FRIEND LOST IN THE TIBETAN WAR Last year you went with your troops to Tibet; And when your men had vanished beyond the citywall, News was cut off between the two worlds As between the living and the dead. No one has come upon aContinue reading Boundless grasses over the plain
Han Yu ON THE FESTIVAL OF THE MOON TO SUB-OFFICIAL ZHANG The fine clouds have opened and the River of Stars is gone, A clear wind blows across the sky, and the moon widens its wave, The sand is smooth, the water still, no sound and no shadow, As I offer you a cup ofContinue reading The fine clouds have opened and the River of Stars is gone
Yuan Jie A DRINKING SONG AT STONE-FISH LAKE I have used grain from the public fields, for distilling wine. After my office hours I have the wine loaded on a boat and then I seat my friends on the bank of the lake. The little wine-boats come to each of us and supply usContinue reading When the top of Zun is green and the summer tide is rising.
Li Bai PARTING AT A WINE-SHOP IN NANJING A wind, bringing willow-cotton, sweetens the shop, And a girl from Wu, pouring wine, urges me to share it With my comrades of the city who are here to see me off; And as each of them drains his cup, I say to him in parting, Oh,Continue reading With my comrades of the city who are here to see me off
Du Fu It is almost as hard for friends to meet As for the morning and evening stars. Tonight then is a rare event, Joining, in the candlelight, Two men who were young not long ago But now are turning grey at the temples. …To find that half our friends are dead Shocks us, burnsContinue reading This cloud, that has drifted all day through the sky