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On Hearing Someone Singing a Poem by Yuan Zhen
Bai Juyi 772-846

No new poems his brush will trace;
    Even his fame is dead.
His old poems are deep in dust
    At the bottom of boxes and cupboards.
Once lately, when someone was singing,
    Suddently I heard a verse--
Before I had time to catch the words
   A pain had stabbed my heart. 
 
Wén Gēzhě Chàng Wēizhī Shī
Bái Jūyì 772-846

Xīn shī juébǐ shēngmíng xiē,
Jiù juàn shēng chén qièsì shēn.
Shí xiàng gē zhōng wén yī jù,
Wèi róng qīngěr yǐ shāngxīn.
 
Translator: Arthur Waley 亞瑟·魏黎

 
 
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