Chant of Osmanthus
Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)
Translator: Lei Fan 2016 in Chicago
My friend, you know, people likes to plant plum and peach trees,
In those courtyards belong to the dignitaries and noble families.
They indeed look glamourous and flamboyant in the spring breeze,
So people are in a race to pick a twig, wishing good luck and bless.
Over one frosty night,
Nothing is left but withered branch.
Have you heard of Osmanthus trees stand on mountains in south?
They have lush leaves all year long, and the root spreads fragrance.
Sheltering under its shade,
Why not plant it in your garden?
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