The Girl of Ba Speaks

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The Girl of Ba Speaks
Li Bai 701-762

The water of the River Ba is swift like an arrow;
The boat on the River Ba slips away
As if it had wings.
It will travel in ten days three thousand li.
And you are going, my dear--
Ah, how many years before you return?
Bā Nǚ Cí
Lǐ Bái 701-762

Bā shuǐ jí rú jiàn,
Bā chuán qù ruò fēi.
Shí yuè sān qiān lǐ,
Láng xíng jǐ suì guī?
Translator: Shigeyoshi Obata 小畑薰良

Ba is the eastern region of Sichuan, traversed by the swift flowing Yangtze.

From the book The Works of Li Po, first published in Tokyo, Japan in 1935, Excellent English translations by a Japanese scholar.

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