by Ts'en Ts'an (flourished 750?)
Translation by Launcelot Alfred Cranmer-Byng (1872 - 1945)

A dream of spring
Language: English  after the Chinese (中文) 
Last night within my chamber's gloom 
some vague light breath of Spring
Came wandering and whispering, 
and bade my soul take wing.

A hundred moonlit miles away 
the Chiang crept to sea;
O keeper of my heart, 
I came by Chiang's ford to thee.

It lingered but a moment's space, 
that dream of Spring, and died;
Yet as my head the pillows pressed, 
my soul had found thy side.

Oh! Chiang Nan's a hundred miles,
yet in a moment's space
I've flown away to Chiang Nan 
and touched a dreaming face.


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