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Li Bai reaching for the moon on 捉月臺 Zhuoyuetai, 采石磯 Caishiji

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Deathbed Song
         Li Bo 699-762

The gigantic Peng flies... Xi
        shakes the eight borders... Xi,
Shatters the Heavens... Xi
        but his might is not sufficient.
His tail wind rocks... Xi
        the endless ages,
Voyaged to Fusang... Xi
        hung there by his sleeve.
You who come later
        pass this wisdom on,
Confucious is dead... Xi
        who weeps for him!?!
 
Sǐchuáng Gē
Lǐ Bó 699-762

Dà Péng fēi xī zhèn bā yì,
Zhōng Tiān cuī xī lì bùjì.
Yú fēng jī xī wànshì,
Yóu fúsāng xī guà zài mèi.
Hòurén de zhī chuán cǐ,
Zhòngní wáng xī shéi wèi chūtì?
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
In truth, Li Bo did not drown here in the Changjiang by Caishiji. But it is nice to think the same way two billion Chinese do!

 
 
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