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唐诗三百首 Tang Shi San Bai Shou


A Selection from the

300 Tang Dynasty Poems

 

 

 

List of Poems

 

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A SONG OF THE SOUTHERN RIVER by Li Yi - 江南曲 李益

 

 

唐诗三百首 Tang Shi San Bai Shou


A Selection from the

300 Tang Dynasty Poems

 


A SONG OF THE SOUTHERN RIVER by Li Yi - 江南曲 李益

 

江南曲
李益

嫁得瞿塘賈,
朝朝誤妾期。
早知潮有信,
嫁與弄潮兒。

 

江南曲
李益

嫁(Marry)得(Receive)瞿(Qu)塘(Tang)賈(Merchant/Tradesman),
朝(Morning)朝(Morning)誤(Miss)妾(I/My)期(Date/Time)。
早(Early)知(Know)潮(Tide)有(Have/Has/Keep)信(Faith/Promise),
嫁(Marry)與(And/To)弄(Play)潮(Tide)兒(Boy)。

瞿(Qu)塘(Tang): the name of a place.
妾(I/My): female form.
早 (Early)知(Know): combination of these two character indicated a precognition term or condition, such as ‘If I knew early/I already knew….’


A SONG OF THE SOUTHERN RIVER

Li Yi

I am Married and Received by the Qu Tang Tradesman,
but Morning by Morning he Missed My Time.
I’ve already known that the tide keeps its Promise,
then I should have married to the Boy Playing in tide.

Note: The poet used the metaphor of Woman’s Time and the Tide to express the need of woman for her man to live and work according to a regular schedule, like the tide. However it is a forlorn hope a her current husband misses all the time, and every time.

Qu Tang: the name of a place.

 

Li Yi 李益 (770 - 827) was a poet of the Tang Dynasty.

 

 

List of Poems