Bai Juyi Poems

  • 1.  
    At the rise of summer a hundred beasts and trees
    Join in gladness that the season bids them thrive. Stags and does frolic in the deep woods;
  • 2.  
    Don't think of the past;
    It only awakens painful regrets. Don't think of the future;
  • 3.  
    Flower no flower
    mist no mist
  • 4.  
    After eating lunch, I feel so sleepy.
    Waking later, I sip two bowls of tea,
  • 5.  
    In an idle hour I thought of former days;
    And former friends seemed to be standing in the room. And then I wondered 'Where are they now?'
  • 6.  
    No moon
    To light my way upon the stair, Cold comfort
  • 7.  
    A magisterial rock windswept and pure
    and a few bamboo so lavish and green:
  • 8.  
    China's Emperor, craving beauty that might shake an empire,
    Was on the throne for many years, searching, never finding, Till a little child of the Yang clan, hardly even grown,
  • 9.  
    You were a pearl
    In the palm of my hand, My tiny baby boy.
  • 10.  
    Gushan temple north Jiating west
    Water surface first flat cloud base low Several places early orioles fight warm tree
  • 11.  
    The flower of the pear-tree gathers and turns to fruit;
    The swallows' eggs have hatched into young birds. When the Seasons' changes thus confront the mind
  • 12.  
    Last year, when I lay sick,
    I vowed I'd never touch a drop again
  • 13.  
    In the land of Tao-chou
    Many of the people are dwarfs; The tallest of them never grow to more than three feet.
  • 14.  
    Ruined and illâ??a man of two score;
    Pretty and guilelessâ??a girl of three.
  • 15.  
    A melancholy walk among red peonies;
    When evening comes, only two flowers remain. They will not survive the morning wind;
  • 16.  
    There came an officer knocking by night at my door
    In a loud voice demanding grain-tribute. My house-servants dared not wait till the morning,
  • 17.  
    Cold, cold this third night of autumn
    Rain makes me sleepy Alone, this old man is contented and idle
  • 18.  
    At dawn I rode to escort the Doctors of Art;
    In the eastern quarter the sky was still grey. I said to myself, 'You have started far too soon,'
  • 19.  
    By woods and water, whose houses are these
    With high gates and wide-stretching lands? From their blue gables gilded fishes hang;
  • 20.  
    My clumsy poem on the inn-wall none cared to see.
    With bird-droppings and moss's growth the letters were blotched away. There came a guest with heart so full, that though a page to the Throne,
  • 21.  
    Men's hearts love gold and jade;
    Men's mouths covet wine and flesh. Not so the old man of the stream;
  • 22.  
    My house is poor; those that I love have left me;
    My body is sick; I cannot join the feast. There is not a living soul before my eyes
  • 23.  
    At dawn I sighed to see my hairs fall;
    At dusk I sighed to see my hairs fall. For I dreaded the time when the last lock should go ...
  • 24.  
    I treasure what front eaves face
    and all that north windows frame.
  • 25.  
    There's a gleam of green in an old bottle,
    There's a stir of red in the quiet stove, There's a feeling of snow in the dusk outside --
  • 26.  
    In the tenth year of Yuanhe I was banished and demoted to be assistant official in Jiujiang. In the summer of the next year I was seeing a friend leave Penpu and heard in the midnight from a neighbouring boat a guitar played in the manner of the capital. Upon inquiry, I found that the player had formerly been a dancing-girl there and in her maturity had been married to a merchant. I invited her to my boat to have her play for us. She told me her story, heyday and then unhappiness. Since my departure from the capital I had not felt sad; but that night, after I left her, I began to realize my banishment. And I wrote this long poem -- six hundred and twelve characters.
    I was bidding a guest farewell, at night on the Xunyang River,
  • 27.  
    I dismount from my horse at the Hsi-Lin Temple;
    I hurry forward, speeding with light cane. In the morning I work at a Govermnment office-desk;
  • 28.  
    Bloom not bloom
    mist not mist Night half come
  • 29.  
    Boundless grasses over the plain
    Come and go with every season; Wildfire never quite consumes them --
  • 30.  
    Since I lived a stranger in the City of Hsün-yang
    Hour by hour bitter rain has poured. On few days has the dark sky cleared;
  • 31.  
    Illness and idleness give me much leisure.
    What do I do with my leisure, when it comes? I cannot bring myself to discard inkstone and brush;
  • 32.  
    Pillow low quilt warm body smooth and steady
    Sunshine room door cloth not open Still have young spring air taste
  • 33.  
    Around my garden the little wall is low;
    In the bailiff's lodge the lists are seldom checked. I am ashamed to think we were not always kind;
  • 34.  
    Startled at the cold stiffness of my pillow,
    I see that the window is a sheet of pure white. Deep in the night, the weight of snow increases
  • 35.  
    Unrewarded, my will to serve the State;
    At my closed door autumn grasses grow. What could I do to ease a rustic heart?
  • 36.  
    South river good
    Landscape old once know well Sunrise river flower red bear fire
  • 37.  
    When the sun rose I was still lying in bed;
    An early oriole sang on the roof of my house. For a moment I thought of the Royal Park at dawn
  • 38.  
    Sent as a present from Annam
    A red cockatoo. Coloured like the peach-tree blossom,
  • 39.  
    Person between fourth month fragrant fragrant end
    Mountain temple peach blossom begin bloom out Great regret spring go not find trace
  • 40.  
    We had rode long and were still far from the inn;
    My eyes grew dim; for a moment I fell asleep. Under my right arm the whip still dangled;
  • 41.  
    Time hard year famine life land empty
    Brothers live abroad each east west Fields gardens few fall shield spear after
  • 42.  
    White billows and huge waves block the river crossing;
    Wherever I go, danger and difficulty; whatever I do, failure. Just as in my worldly career I wander and lose the road,
  • 43.  
    Green ant new unstrained beer
    Red clay small fire stove Evening come sky almost snow
  • 44.  
    here's my snowy crown
    time's tinted decrepitude there's the frost in the courtyard
  • 45.  
    Deep the waters of the Black Pool, colored like ink;
    They say a Holy Dragon lives there, whom men have never seen. Beside the Pool they have built a shrine; the authorities
  • 46.  
    Tillers of the soil have few idle months;
    In the fifth month their toil is double-fold. A south-wind visits the fields at night:
  • 47.  
    I have got patronage, but am too lazy to use it;
    I have got land, but am too lazy to farm it. My house leaks; I am too lazy to mend it.
  • 48.  
    I hug my pillow and do not speak a word;
    In my empty room no sound stirs.Who knows that, all day a-bed,
  • 49.  
    Heat and cold, dusk and dawn have crowded one upon the other;
    Suddenly I find it is two years since I came to Chung-chou.Through my closed doors I hear nothing but the morning and evening drum;
  • 50.  
    Good friends,
    Why waste your time in wailingAnd in sympathy for me?
Total 75 poems written by Bai Juyi

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