Spring Outing On Qiantang Lake


 
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Spring Outing On Qiantang Lake
        Bai Juyi 772-846

Gushan Temple to the north
        Jia Pavillion to the west,
Lake surface smooth
        clouds droop low.
Everywhere
        early orioles
                warble in warm trees,
At someone's home
        first swallows
                peck at spring mud.
Ravishing flowers
        want to charm
                my eyes,
Mostly I love
        the east side of the lake
                can't come too often.
In the shade of green poplars
        rests white sand embankment.
 
Qiántáng Hú Chūnxíng
Bái Jūyì 772-846

Gūshānsì běi Jiǎtíng xī,
Shuǐ miàn chū píng yún jiǎo dī.
Jǐ chù zǎo yīng zhēng nuǎn shù,
Shuǐ jiā xīn yàn zhuó chūn ní.
Luàn huā jiàn yù mí rén yǎn,
Qiǎn cǎo cái néng mò mǎ tí.
Zuì ài hú dōng xíng bù zú,
Lǚ yáng yìn lǐ bái shá dī.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Qiantang Lake is the famous Xihu, West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Bai Juyi served as govenor here and was responsible for building the Baidi, the dyke that carries his name. The Baidi connects the island of Gushan, Lone Mountain, to the mainland. Over the centuries there were a number of temples on Gushan. Today none remain.

 
 
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