A Mountain Pavilion on a Summer Day

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Pavilion on Meng Haoran's Lumenshan, Hubei

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A Mountain Pavilion on a Summer Day
Gao Pian 821-887

The shade from trees is dense and summer days are long
An upside-down pavilion is mirrored in the pond
Crystal curtains shimmer in the faintest wind
A trellis of roses fills the courtyard with perfume
Shān Tíng Xiàrì
Gāo Pián 821-887

Lǜ shù yīn nóng xiàrì cháng,
Lóu tái dàoyǐng rù chítáng.
Shuǐjīng lián dòng wēi fēng qǐ,
Mǎn jià qiángwēi yī yuàn xiāng.
Translator: Red Pine-Bill Porter 赤松

From Poems of the Masters, one of the best books of general translations of Chinese poems into English, with detailed notes on the background of each poem.

Translated by Red Pine, published by Copper Canyon Press.

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