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With many a sigh

© 2007
BASID #700

Beth Ames Swartz
With many a sigh
acrylic and paste on canvas
16" x 24" (0.41m x 0.61m)

Words in blue visible in painted frame


Li Bai (Li Po, Li Tai-Po)


Endless Yearning I


"I am endlessly yearning

To be in Changan.

...Insects hum of autumn by the gold brim of the well;

A thin frost glistens like little mirrors on my cold mat;

The high lantern flickers; and. deeper grows my longing.

I lift the shade and, with many a sigh, gaze upon the moon,

Single as a flower, centred from the clouds.

Above, I see the blueness and deepness of sky.

Below, I see the greenness and the restlessness of water....

Heaven is high, earth wide; bitter between them flies my sorrow.

Can I dream through the gateway, over the mountain?

Endless longing

Breaks my heart."




長相思, 在長安。

絡緯秋啼金井闌, 微霜淒淒簟色寒。

孤燈不明思欲絕, 卷帷望月空長歎

美人如花隔雲端 上有青冥之長天,


天長路遠魂飛苦, 夢魂不到關山難。

長相思, 摧心肝。


原文 80

Bynner, Witter and Kiang, Kang Hu, trans. The Jade Mountain: A Chinese Anthology (Being 300 Poems of the T'ang Dynasty (618-906). New York: Vintage Books, 1972;Alfred A Knopf, 1929, 69.