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Forty-five
Bai Juyi 722-846

Age--forty five,
hair on the sides gone half grey,
slender and trim, poetry his great failing,
brusque, hearty, a bit wild when drinking,
older now, leaving all to fate,
any place comfortable he calls home.
Who knows--on Mount Lu next spring
he may even build a thatch-roofed hall!
 
Sìshíwǔ
Bái Jūyì 722-846

Xíngnián sìshíwǔ,
Liǎngbìn bàn cāngcāng.
Qīngshòu shī chéng pì,
Cūháo jiǔ fàngkuáng.
Lǎolái yóu wěi mìng,
Ān chù jì wéi xiāng.
Huò nǐ Lúshān xià,
Láichūn jié cǎo táng.
 
Translator: Burton Watson 華茲生

 
 
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