Guan He Ling
Overcast is the autumn sky,
Sunlight shining through from time to time,
While evening draws near –
This brings a courtyard steeped in chilling sadness.
I stand listening to the voices of autumn coolness.
The clouds are thick
And no swan goose is seen in the sky.
The hours late,
The guests gone,
Leaving a blank stillness to me alone.
A single lamp shines – on empty walls.
My drunkenness is now gone.
How am I to while away the long night?
Guanheling · Loneliness During Wandering
’tis dusk while it turns sunny from cloudy,
And it’s cheerless and lonely in the courtyard,
Standing to hear the whine of autumn chilly,
I can’t see any swan ’neath a floating cloud.
’Tis so quiet at the dead night aft my friends depart,
Only my shadow is reflected on the wall by the light.
I have now entirely sobered from drunk,
How can I spend so long a lonely night?
Tune: Song of Mountain Pass and River
Autumn’s now cloudy and now fine,
Gradually on the decline.
It turns dreary and chill
In a courtyard still.
I stand to listen to cold breeze;
In thick clouds I see no wild geese.
No one is left deep in the silent night,
But lonely candle sheds on lonely walls its light.
Awake from wine and autumn song,
How can I pass this endless night so long?