by Li-Tai-Po (701 - 762)
Translation by Herbert Allen Giles (1845 - 1935)

The poet
Language: English  after the Chinese (中文) 
You ask what my soul does away in the sky, 
I inwardly smile but I cannot reply; 
Like the peach-blossom carried away by the stream, 
I soar to a world of which you cannot dream. 

Confirmed with Chinese Poetry in English Verse by Herbert Giles, London: Bernard Quaritch; Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh, Ltd., 1898, p. 73.


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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Henri Pierre Roché (1879 - 1959) , first published 1907 ENG GER ; composed by Georges Auric, Ferdinand Barlow.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Der Poet", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ENG ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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