by 李白(Lĭ Bái) Li Bai
Chuáng qián míng yuè guāng,
床 前 明 月 光，
I wake and moonbeams play around my bed,
Yí shì dì shàng shuāng.
疑 是 地 上 霜。
Glittering like hoar froast to my wondering eyes.
Jŭ tóu wàng míng yuè,
举 头 望 明 月，
Upwards the glorious moon I raise my head,
Dī tóu sī gù xiāng.
低 头 思 故 乡。
Then lay me down and thoughts of home arise.
Li Bai (701-762) was born in Suiye in Central Asia. When he was 42, he was recommended to TangXuan Zong, who ordered him to go to Chang’an. He stayed there for three years and was bitterly disappointed. During the years of An Lushan’s rebellion, he joined the staff of Prince Li Lin. Later, because Li Lin tried to seize power and failed, Li Bai was exiled to Yelang. On his way to Yelang he was freed by an amnesty. He went to East China and died at 62 in Dangtu, Anhui.
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