古詩十九首：明月何皎皎 (No. 19)
明月何皎皎 míng yuè hé jiǎo jiǎo [bright] [moon] [why] [clear] [clear] Why is the bright moon so clear?
照我羅床緯 zhào wǒ luó chuáng wěi [illuminate] [my] [gauze] [bed] [weave] It illuminates the gauze weave of my bed.
憂愁不能寐 kōu chóu bùnéng mèi [concern] [worry] [not] [can] [sleep soundly] Worried, one cannot sleep soundly.
攬衣起徘徊 lǎn yī qǐ pái huái [seize] [clothes] [rise] [dither] [hesitate] Grabbing clothes, ones rises and dithers hesitantly.
客行雖云樂 kè xíng suī yún lè [guest] [travel] [even] [say] [happy] The guest’s journey, although it could be said to be happy,
不如早旋歸 bù rú zǎo xuán guī [not] [as good] [early] [revolve] [return] is not as good as an early return. _[旋歸](http://www.zdic.net/cd/ci/11/ZdicE6Zdic97Zdic8B223756.htm "Meaning of 旋歸") is a binome meaning 'return'._
出戶獨徬徨 chū hù dú páng huáng [exit] [household] [alone] [uncertain] [uncertain] One leaves the household alone, uncertain.
愁思當告誰 chóu sī dāng gào shuí [worry] [consider] [should] [tell] [whom] Worried, one considers whom one should tell.
引領還入房 yǐn lǐng huán rù fáng [look forward] [return] [enter] [house] One looks forward to returning and entering the house. _[引領](http://www.zdic.net/cd/ci/4/ZdicE5ZdicBCZdic95303489.htm "Meaning of 引領") is a binome meaning 'to look forward to'._
淚下沾裳衣 lèi xià zhān shang yī [tears] [fall] [moisten] [skirt] [clothes] Tears fall, moistening one’s skirts and clothes.
- 明月何皎皎 translation by Esicq
- Chinese Lyricism (Burton Watson) – has a lot of quality translations and analysis.
- Popular Songs and Ballads of Han China (Anne Birrell) – more general insight into verse from this period.