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Ch'Ing P'Ing Lyrics

Li Po

Waking in the gallery
at dawn, and told it's snowing,

I raise the blinds and gaze into pure good fortune.
Courtyard steps a bright mirage of distance,

kitchen smoke trails light through flurried skies,
and the cold hangs jewels among whitened grasses.

Must be heaven's immortals in a drunken frenzy,
grabbing cloud and grinding it into white dust.

Translated by David Hinton

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"Ch'Ing P'Ing Lyrics" by Li Po from The Selected Poems of Li Po, translated by David Hinton. Copyright © 1996 by David Hinton. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. 

 

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