At Xiangshan Temple, Escaping the Heat


 
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View over rooftop of Xiangshansi across the Yihe (Yi River)

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At Xiangshan Temple, Escaping the Heat
        Bai Juyi 722-846

Sound of the sixth-month rapids like a fierce rain;
Xiangshan, upper floor morth, Master Wenchang's room:
late at night I get up, standing leaning on the railing,
the roar of the water filling my ears, coolness full in my face.
 
Xiāngshān Bìshǔ Èr Jué
Bái Jūyì 722-846

Liùyuè tān shēng rú měng yǔ,
Xiāngshānlóu běi Chàngshī fáng.
Yèshēn qǐ pín lāngān lì,
Mǎn ěr chányuán mǎnmiàn liáng.
 
Translator: Burton Watson 華茲生

Notes:
First of the two poems with this title.The temple overlooked the Yi River south of Luoyang, just opposite the famous Longmen Buddist Caves.

 
 
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