江南春 / Spring, South of the Yangzi

Chinese

千里莺啼绿映红,水村山郭酒旗风。 / 南朝四百八十寺,多少楼台烟雨中。

English Translation

A thousand miles
of warbling nightingales
and red flower-flashes
amongst the greenery.

In villages beside the water,
in walled mountain towns,
the banners of wine-shops
flutter in the breeze.

The Southern Dynasties built
four hundred eighty temples —
how many towering buildings
lost in the mist and rain?

(ca. 830)

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