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李商隱 夜雨寄北 translation: Sent North in Night Rain, by Li Shangyin

This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 夜雨寄北 (Yè Yǔ Jì Běi), ‘Sent North in Night Rain’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李商隱 (Lǐ Shāngyǐn).

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Rain veiled mountains

夜雨寄北 Yè Yǔ Jì Běi [night] [rain] [send] [north] Sent North in Night Rain

君問歸期未有期, Jūn wèn guīqī wèi yǒuqī, [sir] [ask] [return] [time] [not yet] [have] [time] You ask the time of my return, but there is not a time;

巴山夜雨漲秋池。 Bāshān yè yǔ zhǎng qiū chí. [Ba] [mountain] [night] [rain] [rise] [autumn] [pool] on Mt. Ba, the night rain swells autumnal pools.

何當共剪西窗燭, Hé dāng gòng jiǎn xī chuāng zhú, [what] [at] [together] [cut] [west] [window] [candle] When can we together cut the candle by the west window,

卻話巴山夜雨時。 què huà Bāshān yè yǔ shí. [yet] [speak] [Ba] [mountain] [night] [rain] [time] and speak of the time of night rain on Mt. Ba?

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