Friday, 31 August 2018

The Court of Dreams - Sung Chih-Wên

Rain from the mountains of Ki-Sho
Fled swiftly with a tearing breeze;
The sun came radiant down the west
And greener blushed the valley trees.

I entered through the convent gate:
The abbot bade me welcome there,
And in the court of silent dreams
I lost the thread of worldly care.

Sung Chih-Wên (also Song Zhiwen or Yanqing) (c.660 - 712) China
Translated by L. Cranmer-Byng
Source: A lute of jade: selections from the classical poets of China, rendered by L. Cranmer-Byng, John Murray, 1918

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