相見歡 李煜 (937~978)

無言獨上西樓 月如鉤

剪不斷 理還亂
是離愁 別是一般滋味在心頭
The Western Stair
-to the Tune of “Joy at Meeting”
   tr. By Father John Turner

Alone and silent up the Western Stair
A sickle moon hangs there:
And in the court below
One lonely tree is lapped in cold autumn air.

Shearing will not sever – no,
Nor sorting disentwine their woe,
When lovers part.
Sure ‘tis a special savour in the heart.
Silently I Ascend the West Tower Alone

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《送孟浩然之廣陵》__ (唐) 李白

故人西辭黃鶴樓     煙花三月下揚州
孤帆遠影碧山盡     唯見長江天際流

Farewell – on seeing Meng Hao-jan off from Brown Crane Tower as he took his departure for Kuang-lin, tr by Father John Turner

And so, dear friend, at Brown Crane Tower you,
Bidding the West adieu,
‘Mid April mists and blossoms go,
Till in the vast blue-green
Your lonely sail’s far shade no more is seen,
Only on the sky’s verge the River’s flow.

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(唐) 李商隱 (812~858)

無題          (唐)  李商隱 (812~858)

相見時難別亦難  東風無力百花殘
春蠶到死絲方盡  蠟炬成灰淚始乾

曉鏡但愁雲鬢改  夜吟應覺夜光寒
蓬山此去無多路  青鳥殷勤為探看

No Title      Li Shang Yin (812-858)         江紹倫  譯

Staying together is difficult and parting even more heart-rending
Whence the east wind blows weak how could flowers not be fading
Silkworms die not until they have spun all silks so lingering
Candles burn out only when no more tears can be dripping

A morning look into the mirror you are alarmed of locks greying
Your sad croons by night makes the moon feel unnaturally chilling
‘Tis not far to reach the legendary isles from here
Would the blue birds care to find the way for you to go there

常娥             (唐)  李商隱

雲母屏風燭影深  長河漸落曉星沉
常娥應悔偷靈藥  碧海青天夜夜心

To Cheng O the Moon Goddess           tr By S L Kong

Behind the agate screen candlelight flickers vividly
As the Milky Way vain stars fade away gradually
O Moon Goddess you ought to regret deceiving your family by taking the elixir
Night by night you are doomed to miss your dears from this side of the galaxy

無題          (唐)  李商隱

昨夜星辰昨夜風  畫樓西畔桂堂東
身無彩鳳雙飛翼  心有靈犀一點通

隔座送鉤春酒暖  分曹射覆蠟燈紅
嗟余聽鼓應官去  走馬蘭臺類轉蓬

No Title                                                tr By S L Kong

Watching last night’s starry twilight in the gentle wind
And thinking of you in your bower at the East Cassia Hall
How I wished to be with you if only I had wings
With telepathy you must have heard my inner call

Could it be when you were drinking with friends wine so warm
Or reading cup signs beside burning candles their brilliant lights shone
Alas I am hearing drums to summon me to duties officially
And mount my steed to head for the Capital however unwillingly

夜雨寄北      (唐)  李商隱

君問歸期未有期  巴山夜雨漲秋池
何當共剪西窗燭  卻話巴山夜雨時

To My Wife in the North                       tr By S L Kong

You asked me my homeward itinerary I do not know
Here in the southern country an o’ernight rain can flood all roads
O whence could we together trim the candle wick by the window
And chat about this miserable country its autumn rain so overflow

登樂遊原                李商隱

向晚意不適  驅車登古原
夕陽無限好  只是近黃昏

To Ancient Tomb Mount                      tr By S L Kong

Towards dusk I felt a sense of gloom
I drove my carriage to visit the ancient tombs
The setting sun shines its brilliance so sublime
O only if this grandeur was not a reflection of the dying time

錦瑟                         李商隱  

錦瑟無端五十絃  一絃一柱思華年
莊生曉夢迷蝴蝶  望帝春心託杜鵑

滄海月明珠有淚  藍田日暖玉生煙
此情可待成追憶  只是當時已惘然     

The Zither                                             tr By S L Kong

It is not known why the zither has fifty strings
Each string and strain evokes the vanishing times of spring
In his morning dreams Zhongtse fancied the love life of butterflies
And by-gone emperors expressed their amorous desires through cuckoo cries

In the moonlit ocean luminous pearls sadly shed tears
Across the sun-warmed fields white vapours rise
Such beautiful feelings await future memory recalls
But I was at a loss then unable to register them all

Jewelled Zither           tr By Father John Turner

Vain are the jewelled zither’s fifty strings:
Each string, each stop, bears thought of vanished things.
The sage of his loved butterflies day-dreaming:
The king that sighed his soul into a bird:
Tears that are pearls, in ocean moonlight streaming:
Jade mists the sun distils from Sapphire Sward:
What need their memory to recall today?–
A day was theirs, which is now passed away.

七步詩 曹植 (192-232)


Written on seven paces by Demand     tr. By S L Kong (1953)

Beans weep boiling in pot
Being cooked fired by its own stalk
Growing up we stemmed from the same root
Providence allows no haste we each other boot

tr by Robert Li (1959) and Philip Lee (1960)

From the pot of frying beans on a beanstalk fire;
Came weeping from the beans in the pot of dire;
Since the beans and stalk were derived from the same root of distinction;
Why the urgency in a rush for mutual destruction.

Seven-Pace Song     tr. By Father John Turner, S.J. (WYCHK 1946-47; 1949-61)

Beans in flame that bean stalks feed
Out from the pan cry
Sprung from the same stalk, what need
Each the other fry

曹植“七步成詩”的廣為流傳:「煮豆燃豆萁,豆在釜中泣。本是同根生,相煎何太急?」(见于《三国演义》),然而這首詩不見於陳壽的《三國志》,最早見於南朝 劉義慶的《世說新語·文學》,《世说新语》记载着魏文帝曹丕妒忌曹植的才学,命曹植在七步之内作出一首诗,否则将被处死,曹植在不到七步之内便吟出:「煮豆持作羹,漉菽以为汁。萁在釜下燃,豆在釜中泣。本自同根生,相煎何太急?」但此詩是否為曹植所著作,至現今仍有爭議。   维基百科 __ YK Chan

觀遊魚 白居易 (772-846)


Looking at Fishes        Po Chu-I (772-846)  tr by Father John Turner, S.J.

As all around the pool I went,
    Watching the fishes glide:

In fishing-boat on fishing bent
    My little ones I spied.

The love of fish did each one lead
    As each one’s fancy took him.

For I came out my fish to feed:
    And you came out to hook him.

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