by Emperor Yang of Sui (569 - 618)
Translation by Arthur Waley (1889 - 1969)

The evening river is level and...
Language: English  after the Chinese (中文) 
The evening river is level and motionless --
The spring colours just open to their full.
Suddenly a wave carries the moon1 away
And the tidal water comes with its freight of stars.

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Confirmed with A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems, Translated by Arthur Waley, London, Constable and Company Ltd., 1918, page 92.

Note: the Chinese poet is identified as "Yang-ti (605-617), emperor of the Sui dynasty"; the dates are for his reign.

1 note from the poem's published version: "i.e., the reflection in the water."

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