Drunk At Lakeview Pavillion, No. 2


 
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Wanghulou on the shore of West lake, Hangzhou.

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Drunk At Lakeview Pavillion, No. 2
Five quatrains written after getting drunk at Lakeview
Pavilion on the twenty-seventh of the sixth month, no. 2
Su Shi 1036-1101

Fish and turtles set free in the lake
        approach people on the banks.
Lotuses without any caretaker
        blossom everywhere.
The water-borne pillow makes 
        the hills rise and fall,
The wind-blown boat knows to 
        sway back and forth with the moon. 
 
Liùyuè Èrshíqī Rí Wànghúlóu Zuì Shūwǔ Jué, Dìèr
Sū Shì 1036-1101

Fàngshēng yú biē zhú rén lái,
Wúzhǔ héhuā dàochù kāi.
Shuǐ zhěn néng lìng shān fǔyǎng,
Fēng chuán jié yǔ yuè páihuái.
 
Translator: Ron Egan 艾朗諾

Notes:
Lakeview Pavillion on West Lake, Hangzhou.

From Ron Egan's definitive book on Su Shi (Su Dongpo), Word Image and Deed In The Life Of Su Shi, Harvard University Press. Used with permission. Professor Egan teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.

 
 
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