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Quiet Night Thoughts

靜夜思ó李白   †  
床前明月光, † † † †
疑是地上霜. † † †  
舉頭望明月, † † † †
低頭思故鄉. † † †  
Jing Ye Si by Li Bai † † †  
chuang qian ming yue guang, † † †  
yi shi di shang shuang. † † †  
ju tou wang ming yue, † † †  
di tou si gu xiang. † † † †
† † † †
Itís completely nostalgic † † †  
the endless homesick † † †  
intolerably gnaws the soul † † †  
when itís far away from home † † †  
† † † †
At a distant streaming city † † †  
loneliness is the only company † † †  
Heís woken by the moon glow † † †  
which shines in front of his pillow † † †  
and brightens the gloomy dark road † † †  
† † † †
For a moment he thought † † †  
the moonlit floorís covered by the frozen frost † † †  
When raising up his head to search † † † †
He found the night curses approach † † †  
They are conjuring spells † † †  
as well the voices of home swell † † †  
† † † †
Simply heartbroken for home † † † †  
under the illusion of the moon † † †  
pondering is the only solution † † †  
bowing his head for a meditation † † †  
† † † †
When will he be going back † † † †
the date for return still lacks † † †  
He clenches his fist † † † †  
stamp his feet to feel † † † †
the frost-like moonlit floor † † †  
as cold as a solid closed door † † †  
keep him 10 thousand miles away † † † †
the nostalgia of home sings all the way † † †  
never ends until then † † †  
Written by RoseJasmine
Published | Edited 5th Jun 2018
Author's Note
In the year 726, Li Bai was 26 years old. He traveled to Yangzhou, Jiangsu. At a quiet night of a tavern, he extremely missed his family, and then he wrote down this poem. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular poems in Chinese poetry history.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82jcwYdKPTY&t=50s
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