Drunk Again by Bai Juyi

Last year, when I lay sick,
I vowed
I’d never touch a drop again
As long as I should live.

But who could know
Last year
What this year’s spring would bring?

And here I am,
Coming home from old Liu’s house
As drunk as I can be!

From: http://www.humanistictexts.org/po_chu_i.htm

Date: 9th century (original); 1933 (translation)

By: Bai Juyi (772-846)

Translated by: Henry Hersch Hart (1886-1968)


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