Glad Rain on a Spring Night by Du Fu (translation)

Recently the deluge in Sydney spoilt my crop of figs.  Dismayed by this unseasonal Summer rain, I thought of a poem by the Tang Dynasty poet, Du Fu (712 – 770).  I have translated it into English as follows:

Glad Rain on a Spring Night by Du Fu

A good rain knows its season

Fostering life in Spring

Stealthily it enters the night with a breeze

Softly and silent it moistens all things

Dark clouds cover this darkened path

The only light on a boat by the river

When dawn stains red the rain soaked wet

Jin Guan City will be heavy with flowers

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017

The original in Chinese:

春夜喜雨。杜甫

好雨知時節,當春乃發生。

隨風潛入夜,潤物細無聲。

野徑雲俱黑,江船火獨明。

曉看紅濕處,花重錦官城。

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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11 Responses to Glad Rain on a Spring Night by Du Fu (translation)

  1. That’s great, Mary. My wife would mourn the loss of good figs, too!

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  2. “When dawn stains red the rain soaked wet” is marvelous! As is “the glad rain”; I feel ‘glad’ is under-used and under-appreciated these days. I hope the surviving figs are all the more delicious!

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    I’m sorry for your figs. I like that line, “A good rain knows its season…”

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  4. zdunno03 says:

    Reblogged this on Leonard Durso and commented:
    another translation from the Chinese by Mary Tang at Life is But This

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  5. gaiainaction says:

    Sorry to hear about your figs Mary, and I liked your poem very much.

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