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4 Tang poems about the Mid-Autumn Festival

Drinking alone with the moon 月下独酌

Li Bai


From a wine pot amidst the flowers,

I drink alone without partners.

花间一壶酒, 独酌无相亲;

To invite the moon I raise my cup.

We're three, as my shadow shows up.

举杯邀明月, 对影成三人。

Alas, the moon doesn't drink.

My shadow follows but doesn't think.

月既不解饮, 影徒随我身;

Still for now I have these friends,

To cheer me up until the spring ends.

暂伴月将影, 行乐须及春。

I sing; the moon wanders.

I dance; the shadow scatters.

我歌月徘徊, 我舞影零乱;

Awake, together we have fun.

Drunk, separately we're gone.

醒时同交欢, 醉后各分散。

Let's be boon companions forever,

Pledging, in heaven, we'll be together.

永结无情游, 相期邈云汉。

Viewing the moon, thinking of you 望月怀远

Zhang JiuLing


As the bright moon shines over the sea,

From far away you share this moment with me.


For parted lovers lonely nights are the worst to be.

All night long I think of no one but thee.


To enjoy the moon I blow out the candle stick.

Please put on your nightgown for the dew is thick.


I try to offer you the moonlight so hard to pick,

Hoping a reunion in my dream will come quick.


Thinking of my brothers on a moonlit night 月夜忆舍弟

Du Fu


War drums break people's journey drear;

A swan honks on autumn frontier.


Dew turns into frost since tonight;

The moon viewed at home is more bright.


I've brothers scattered here and there;

For our life or death none would care.


Letters can't reach where I intend;

Alas! The war's not come to an end.


The moon at the fortified pass 关山月

Li Bai


From Heaven's Peak the moon rises bright,

Over a boundless sea of cloud.


Winds blow for miles with main and might

Past the Jade Gate which stands so proud,


Our warriors march down the frontier

While Tartars peer across Blue Bays.


From the battlefield outstretched here,

None have come back since olden days.


Guards watch the scene of borderland,

Thinking of home, with wistful eyes.


Tonight upstairs their wives would stand,

Looking afar with longing sighs.


Source: hjengligh


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