Dream Song by Li Qing Zhao (translation)

This Song Dynasty poem was written by the most celebrated woman poet in Chinese history, Li Qing Zhao (1084 – 1151).  The title indicates the set rhythm of a particular tune.

Dream Song by Li Qing Zhao

Last night a sudden gale scattered the rain

Slumber failed to quell the touch of wine

How can you who let in the day

Say that the begonias are as always?

Know this, know this:  there must be

Scant pink against the luscious green

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017


昨夜雨疏風驟,濃睡不消殘酒,試問卷簾人,卻道海棠依舊。 知否,知否,應是綠肥紅瘦。

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 Dream Song by Li Qing Zhao (translation)

  1. arlingwoman says:

    It is raining here tonight, so this mysterious poem seems particularly vivid. I would like to be able to sing it, like a Schubert song…

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  2. taphian says:

    that’s wonderful again, dear Mary. Thanks for introducing me to a very unknown part of Chinese culture, have a nice day, regards Mitza

    Liked by 1 person

  3. zdunno03 says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I love this one, and this poet — beautifully done. I’ve often looked for reconstructions of the songs these poems were set to, but either due to my deficient Chinese or to the fact that the songs are truly lost to antiquity; I can never seem to find them.

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