Three with the Moon and his Shadow

For other English-language translations of this work, see Yue xia du zhuo.
Three with the Moon and his Shadow
by Shigeyoshi Obata

With a jar of wine I sit by the flowering trees.
I drink alone, and where are my friends?
Ah, the moon above looks down on me;
I call and lift my cup to his brightness.
And see, there goes my shadow before me.
Hoo! We’re a party of three, I say, –
Though the poor moon can’t drink,
And my shadow but dances around me,
We’re all friends to-night,
The drinker, the moon and the shadow.
Let our revelry be meet for the spring time!

I sing, the wild moon wanders the sky.
I dance, my shadow goes tumbling about.
While we’re awake, let us join in carousal;
Only sweet drunkenness shall ever part us.
Let us pledge a friendship no mortals know,
And often hail each other at evening
Far across the vast and vaporous space!

NotesEdit

  • From The Works of Li Po (E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1922).
  • This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States before 1923.


 

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