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李白







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

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