Climbing the Terrace of Guanyin and Looking at the City of Chang'an


 
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Climbing the Terrace of Guanyin and Looking at the City of Chang'an
Bai Juyi 772-846

Hundreds of houses, thousands of houses--like a great chess board.
The twelve streets like a huge field planted with rows of cabbage.
In the distance I see faint and small the torches of riders to Court,
Like a single row of stars lying to the west of the Five Gates.
 
Dēng Guānyīntái Wàng Chéng
Bái Jūyì 772-846

Bǎi qiān jiā sì wéiqí jú,
Shíèr jiē rú zhòng càiqí.
Yáo rèn wēiwēi rù zhāo huǒ,
Yì tiáo xīngxiǔ wǔmén xī.
 
Translator: Arthur Waley 亞瑟·魏黎

 
 
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